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COLUMN: Like it or not, nobody beats Brady

COLUMN: Like it or not, nobody beats Brady

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Hating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots has become a national sport. Since 2001, Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have been rewriting the record books. The duo has won 14 division titles, seven AFC championships and four Super Bowls. Brady has won the league’s Most Valuable Playe...

Panthers riding momentum into Raleigh vs. No. 18 NC State

Panthers riding momentum into Raleigh vs. No. 18 NC State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s showdown with the Virginia Cavaliers Sunday afternoon was set up to be a turning point for the Panthers’ season, win or lose. In a battle of teams with identical 2-3 records in the ACC, the winner would move to 3-3 in conference play and rise to the middle...

Keep Brown in Town: Steelers star well worth the trouble

Keep Brown in Town: Steelers star well worth the trouble

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Some players are so good, the baggage they’re bringing along is worth it. Antonio Brown is one of those players, so reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers may be open to trading the All-Pro wide receiver should make you scratch your head. Brown’s 17-minute Facebook Live video in the locker room after the Ste...

Schedule finalized for 2017 Pitt football

Schedule finalized for 2017 Pitt football

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Football

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the finalized 2017 schedules of its member football teams, including the University of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday afternoon. Next fall, the Panthers will face eight teams that made bowl games this season, four of which finished the season in the Top 25 rankings....

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Pitt men’s basketball team, think again. Last time the Panthers played at home, they suffered their worst loss in the 14-year history of the Petersen Events Center: a 72-46 pounding against Miami. They more than doubled that 26-point defeat in...

No. 13 Cardinals crush Pitt, 106-51

No. 13 Cardinals crush Pitt, 106-51

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team is making history for all the wrong reasons. Just 10 days after suffering the worst loss in Petersen Events Center history — a 26-point defeat against the Miami Hurricanes — the Panthers shattered their own record in a 55-point home loss to the No. 13 Louisville Card...

Panthers prep for crucial conference showdown with Cardinals

Panthers prep for crucial conference showdown with Cardinals

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Forget making the NCAA Tournament — the Pitt men’s basketball team will need to pull off an upset on Tuesday just to stay out of the ACC’s cellar. Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings said he wasn’t “up in arms” after the Panthers dropped back-to-back games on the road against the Syracuse O...

No Contest: Tomlin blunders another battle with Belichick

No Contest: Tomlin blunders another battle with Belichick

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots was a mismatch of epic proportions — not on the field, but on the sidelines. The talent level on the Steelers’ and Patriots’ 53-man rosters is virtually even. Both teams are stacked with future Hall of ...

Wise, Panthers hold off Hoos, 62-54

Wise, Panthers hold off Hoos, 62-54

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 23, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

At the beginning of the season, pundits and coaches picked the Pitt women’s basketball team to be one of the worst in the ACC. But after Sunday afternoon’s back-and-forth 62-54 win over Virginia at the Petersen Events Center, the team has continued to exceed expectations and is now 3-3 in confer...

Without Peters, Racciato, Pitt wrestling sees mixed results

Without Peters, Racciato, Pitt wrestling sees mixed results

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 23, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Without former coach Jason Peters and wrestler Mikey Racciato, the Pitt wrestling program attempted to recover, if only briefly, from a tumultuous week. The weekend started poorly for the No. 23 Panthers (8-3 overall, 0-1 ACC) as they took a beating Friday in Blacksburg, Virginia, losing to No. 5...

Pitt football team adds 23rd member to 2017 recruiting class

Pitt football team adds 23rd member to 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With only 10 days left until National Signing Day, Pat Narduzzi added the 23rd member — and first junior college transfer — to his second full recruiting class as Pitt’s head coach. Kam Carter, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive tackle, gave his verbal commitment Sunday to transfer to Pitt for the upc...

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

No. 3. — Sept. 10 - Pitt 42, Penn State 39 With 69,983 people in attendance — a record for a Pittsburgh sporting event — this game’s fame was set to reach epic proportions before the players even stepped on the field. The pregame atmosphere at Heinz Field on Sept. 10 was teeming with ener...

Relief of Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters came after incident in Evanston

Relief of Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters came after incident in Evanston

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Without clear explanation, Pitt relieved Jason Peters of his position as Pitt’s head wrestling coach Thursday. Peters no longer works for the University. Assistant head coaches Matt Kocher and Drew Headlee will act as co-head coaches for the remainder of the 2017 season. Senior 149-pounder Mi...

COLUMN: Don’t cry over Canada

COLUMN: Don’t cry over Canada

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

January 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

It’s been three weeks since the Pitt football team’s season came to an end with a 31-24 loss to Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl, and there’s still no sign of who will be running the offense next year. But there’s no need to panic. As the mastermind behind the 2016 team’s record-setti...

Pitt’s Rachel Dugan named EAGL Rookie of the Week

Pitt’s Rachel Dugan named EAGL Rookie of the Week

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The season may not have started the way the Pitt gymnastics team wanted, but the Panthers turned things around in their second match with a razor-thin victory over the No. 21 West Virginia Mountaineers. Pitt has a pair of newcomers — Rachel Dugan and Alecia Petrikis — to thank for its solid start,...

Pitt football team adds 22nd member to 2017 recruiting class

Pitt football team adds 22nd member to 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class continues to take shape, as a new member joined the class Wednesday — marking the second commit in two days. Michael Smith, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver from Vero Beach, Florida, verbally committed Wednesday to join the Panthers for the 201...

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

As a football fan, I tuned in to watch all four of this weekend’s NFL playoff games. Despite the NFL’s assurances of excitement that bombarded me, courtesy of their enormous advertising machine, I could not help but walk away from the latest slate of games dissatisfied. This weekend featured a game with the larges...

Three-star cornerback Jason Pinnock commits to Pitt

Three-star cornerback Jason Pinnock commits to Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Football

With only two weeks until National Signing Day, the Pitt football team added the 21st member to its 2017 recruiting class and continued to strengthen its defensive back depth in the process. Jason Pinnock, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from Windsor, Connecticut, gave his verbal commitment Tuesday to join ...

Panthers drop fourth straight at NC State, 79-74

Panthers drop fourth straight at NC State, 79-74

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Although the Pitt men’s basketball team received a strong performance by Michael Young, it wasn’t enough for the Panthers Tuesday night. In a close game, the Panthers fell to the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Raleigh, 79-74. Pitt’s senior forward Young rebounded from the worst game of his college career w...

Desmond Palmer sets school record in 600m at Nittany Lion Challenge

Desmond Palmer sets school record in 600m at Nittany Lion Challenge

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt senior Desmond Palmer is already a two-time NCAA All-American hurdler. Competing in the 600-meter race for the first time on Saturday, he proved he’s capable of making history as a traditional sprinter, too. Palmer broke the Pitt track and field program record in the 600m at the Nittany Lio...

Pitt divers excel, but Seminoles swim past Panthers for victory

Pitt divers excel, but Seminoles swim past Panthers for victory

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After inclement weather forced the Denison University Big Red to cancel their trip to Pittsburgh over the weekend, the Pitt swimming and diving teams were left with only one opponent — the formidable Florida State Seminoles. The Panthers picked up several individual wins in both swimming and diving...

Pitt tennis racks up pair of resounding wins to start 2017 season

Pitt tennis racks up pair of resounding wins to start 2017 season

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming off its most successful season in four years, the Pitt women’s tennis team built off that momentum with an emphatic performance in its 2017 season-opening meet. Last season, the Panthers claimed their first-ever ACC win and finished with seven victories total — the most since their 2012 ...

No. 23 Pitt wrestling team easily sweeps trio of weekend meets

No. 23 Pitt wrestling team easily sweeps trio of weekend meets

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After going more than two weeks without competition and more than a month without a dual meet, the No. 23 Pitt wrestling team returned to action last weekend and showed no signs of rust at the Pitt Duals. The Panthers (7-2) rolled to three lopsided nonconference victories at the Fitzgerald Field Hous...

Pitt gymnastics conquers No. 21 WVU for first time in 26 years

Pitt gymnastics conquers No. 21 WVU for first time in 26 years

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt gymnastics head coach Debbie Yohman knows her team has struggled on the beam, so she decided to try something new at practice this week. “We got [into the Fitzgerald Field House] and I said, ‘Warm up, and then we’re doing a beam inter-squad. We’re just doing a whole lineup of full be...

Panthers pound Tar Heels at the Pete, 68-48

Panthers pound Tar Heels at the Pete, 68-48

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

January 15, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team has owned its series with the conference rival North Carolina Tar Heels since moving to the ACC. Sunday afternoon was no different. Following a pair of road losses against top-ten opponents, the Panthers (11-7 overall, 2-3 ACC) returned home and dominated the Tar H...

Miami thrashes Pitt for 72-46 victory

Miami thrashes Pitt for 72-46 victory

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a pair of disappointing losses on the road, the Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center looking to bounce back against the Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon. Instead, the Hurricanes (12-4 overall, 2-2 ACC) humiliated the Panthers (12-6 overall, 1-4 ACC) on their home ...

Pitt women’s basketball drubbed by No. 6 Notre Dame, 86-54

Pitt women’s basketball drubbed by No. 6 Notre Dame, 86-54

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

For the second game in a row, the Pitt women’s basketball team faced the unenviable task of trying to knock off a top-10 team on the road. Against the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals on Sunday, the Panthers played a mostly competitive game that eventually turned into a 73-52 loss. Facing a tough opponent...

Pitino’s praise for Artis not as crazy as it sounds

Pitino’s praise for Artis not as crazy as it sounds

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, the only head coach to lead two different programs to national championships and the only coach to lead three different programs to the Final Four, knows a good player when he sees one. Moments after his No. 14 Cardinals overcame Pitt senior point guard Jamel Arti...

Artis’ career-high 43 points not enough in Pitt’s 85-80 loss at Louisville

Artis’ career-high 43 points not enough in Pitt’s 85-80 loss at Louisville

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt senior point guard Jamel Artis nearly had a record-setting night Wednesday. If he had just a bit more help from his teammates, his historic performance would also have been enough to pull of a win. Artis racked up a career-high 43 points on only 22 shots, going 15-for-22 from the field and 7-for-1...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Jerry Drake Jr.

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Jerry Drake Jr.

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under Football

Pitt’s newest offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. doesn’t like the cold. Drake, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive lineman from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, could have easily stayed down south to play college ball in the warm, friendly confines of the Southeastern Conference. After all, he had scholarship...

Randy Juhl to serve as Pitt’s acting athletic director

Randy Juhl to serve as Pitt’s acting athletic director

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

When it comes to sports, a little bit of chemistry can go a long way. The Pitt Panthers will get just that from their new acting athletic director, Randy Juhl. Juhl has spent the majority of his time at the University of Pittsburgh as a distinguished service professor in the School of Pharmacy, with h...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Kenny Pickett

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Kenny Pickett

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Kenny Pickett is quick to commit. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound quarterback from Oakhurst, New Jersey, announced his intention to join the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class on June 3. He didn’t wait to make it official either, as he’s one of five 2017 recruits who chose to get a head ...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Deslin Alexandre

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Deslin Alexandre

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

When Deslin Alexandre became the 19th member of the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class, it signaled a major coup for the Panthers — while also highlighting the volatile nature of the recruiting process. Alexandre, a 6-foot-3, 229-pound defensive end from Deerfield Beach, Florida, is a ...

Pitt crushed by No. 8 Louisville, 73-52

Pitt crushed by No. 8 Louisville, 73-52

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

Graduate transfer center Brandi Harvey-Carr continues to excel with the Pitt women’s basketball team, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a lopsided defeat Sunday against the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals. Despite a career-high 25 points from the 6-foot-4 Harvey-Carr, the Panthers (10-6 overall, 1-2 ACC) su...

PREDICTION: Tigers roll Tide, 34-31

PREDICTION: Tigers roll Tide, 34-31

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 9, 2017


Filed under Football

After a long season filled with upsets and close calls, this year’s college football playoff has given many viewers exactly what they wanted — a rematch of last year’s championship game between the No. 2 Clemson Tigers and the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. The matchup became an instant classic last s...

Buckeyes stick it to Panther gymnastics

Buckeyes stick it to Panther gymnastics

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

On a frigid Saturday night in Pittsburgh, the Pitt gymnastics team’s season opener got off to a cold start against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although Pitt participated in an exhibition last month against the Kent State Golden Flashes, Saturday’s competition was the squad’s first official action...

Giordano breaks record, Pitt swims past WVU

Giordano breaks record, Pitt swims past WVU

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Dominic Giordano has already enjoyed incredible success as a diver for the Pitt Panthers, winning the NCAA Championship in the 3-meter last year. Saturday afternoon, the senior from Wexford, Pennsylvania, added to his already impressive legacy with a historic performance. Giordano, the reigning NCAA champion in the ...

Panthers fall flat in 77-66 loss at Syracuse

Panthers fall flat in 77-66 loss at Syracuse

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

January 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Any lasting euphoria from the Pitt men’s basketball team’s overtime win against the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday quickly vanished Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The Panthers (12-4 overall, 1-2 ACC) fell to the Syracuse Orange (10-6 overall, 2-1 ACC), 77-66, i...

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

As the clock ticked down Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s New Years Eve meltdown had to be fresh in the players’ minds. For Pitt’s seniors, who had yet to defeat Virginia in four tries, another haunting memory seemed to be replaying itself. ...

Panthers pound Eagles for first ACC win, 56-43

Panthers pound Eagles for first ACC win, 56-43

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

January 6, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team has turned to Brenna Wise and Brandi Harvey-Carr for the majority of its offense this season, but a new face emerged Thursday night as the Panthers’ go-to offensive threat — reserve forward Kalista Walters. Wise, a sophomore forward, leads the team with 14.1 points per g...

Pitt wrestlers refocus after setbacks in Stillwater

Pitt wrestlers refocus after setbacks in Stillwater

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 5, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After successful high school wrestling careers, Pittsburgh natives Dom Forys and TeShan Campbell are on the cusp of greatness at the next level. Both Forys and Campbell sit inside the top 15 of the latest InterMat NCAA rankings — Forys is ranked No. 7 at 133 pounds, while Campbell slides in at N...

Panthers knock off No. 11 Virginia in OT, 88-76, for first ACC win

Panthers knock off No. 11 Virginia in OT, 88-76, for first ACC win

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t a full house at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night, but it sure sounded like it when the Pitt men’s basketball team started pulling away in overtime against No. 11 Virginia. The game was almost a repeat performance from the Panthers’ ACC opener on New Year’s Eve, when No. 24 Notre...

ICYMI: Winter Break

ICYMI: Winter Break

By The Pitt News Staff

January 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Sports

Here are some of the changes, appointments and news that happened locally and nationally while Pitt students, faculty and staff enjoyed their winter break. Dec. 14 — Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaves for LSU After one season as Pitt’s offensive coordinator — in which he guided the Pan...

Saying Goodbye: Pitt seniors lament last loss, cherish memories made

Saying Goodbye: Pitt seniors lament last loss, cherish memories made

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Northwestern was supposed to be a coronation of sorts for the Panthers’ 2016 senior class. After two 6-6 seasons under Todd Graham in 2013 and 2014, the seniors helped engineer a smooth transition to Pitt’s new regime, posting back-to-b...

Pinstripe Bowl debacle doesn’t detract from Pitt’s historic season

Pinstripe Bowl debacle doesn’t detract from Pitt’s historic season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Going into last week’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Northwestern, the Pitt football team talked about the importance of ending the season by picking up that elusive ninth win. Pitt came up just short in a 31-24 loss to the Wildcats in New York City, thanks to a combination of costly tu...

Palmer and Newkirk pack powerful 1-2 punch for Panthers

Palmer and Newkirk pack powerful 1-2 punch for Panthers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With Pitt’s 2016-17 indoor track and field season getting into full swing, two athletes stick out as names to watch: Desmond Palmer and Quadaisha Newkirk. Palmer, a senior from Pickerington, Ohio, is already established as one of the Panthers’ most accomplished track stars. Newkirk, meanwhile, is a ...

No. 11 Miami throttles Pitt women’s basketball, 82-50

No. 11 Miami throttles Pitt women’s basketball, 82-50

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s ACC opener against the Miami Hurricanes went a lot like the teams’ last meeting at last year’s ACC tournament — a dominant victory for Miami. The No. 11 Hurricanes (12-2 overall, 1-1 ACC) defeated the Panthers (9-5 overall, 0-1 ACC), 82-50, on Monday ni...

Notre Dame stuns Pitt in OT on Vasturia’s game-winner, 78-77

Notre Dame stuns Pitt in OT on Vasturia’s game-winner, 78-77

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

December 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Saturday’s game had the makings of a special start to conference play under the new regime for the Pitt men’s basketball team. Instead, it turned into a heart-wrenching ending for the Panthers at the Petersen Events Center on New Year’s Eve. Pitt (11-3 overall, 0-1 ACC) dropped its ACC opener to the No. 2...

Pitt women’s basketball drops City Game to Duquesne, 63-54

Pitt women’s basketball drops City Game to Duquesne, 63-54

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 30, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After a promising start to the season, the Pitt women’s basketball team wrapped up its nonconference schedule in disappointing fashion in the City Game Thursday night. The Panthers (9-4) suffered a 63-54 loss to the cross-town rival Duquesne Dukes (7-7) at the A.J. Palumbo Center, giving Duquesne...

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Marshall for 112-106 win

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Marshall for 112-106 win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 29, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team wrapped up its nonconference schedule by continuing a familiar trend for the 2016 season — jumping out to an enormous lead, then barely scraping by for a win. The Panthers (11-2) led by 29 points with less than 15 minutes to play, but the Thundering Herd (7-6) storm...

GALLERY: Pinstripe Bowl

GALLERY: Pinstripe Bowl

By Elaina Zachos and Stephen Caruso | Pitt News Visual Staff

December 28, 2016


Filed under Football, Uncategorized, Visual

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Wildcats run over Panthers for 31-24 Pinstripe Bowl victory

Wildcats run over Panthers for 31-24 Pinstripe Bowl victory

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football team closed out the regular season as one of the hottest teams in college football, but finished its year with a dud of a performance against Northwestern in New York City. The Panthers (8-5) fell to the Wildcats (7-6), 31-24, in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N...

Scott Barnes leaving Pitt to take over as athletic director at Oregon State

Scott Barnes leaving Pitt to take over as athletic director at Oregon State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced Thursday that he will leave Pitt in the new year for the AD position at Oregon State. After denying an initial report that he was leaving for Oregon State, Barnes cited “personal family considerations” as motivation for the move in a press release Thu...

Pitt men’s basketball routs Omaha in second half for 94-75 win

Pitt men’s basketball routs Omaha in second half for 94-75 win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 21, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Michael Young again led the Pitt men's basketball team with 24 points Wednesday night, but the senior forward offered a simple two-word response for how the Panthers took control of the game against the Omaha Mavericks: Ryan Luther. After scoring a career-high 20 points on perfect 8-of-8 shooting Satu...

Wise tallies 25 to carry Panthers past McNeese State, 71-65

Wise tallies 25 to carry Panthers past McNeese State, 71-65

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 20, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The McNeese State Cowgirls gave the Pitt women’s basketball team a stiff test Tuesday night, but the Panthers’ frontcourt duo of Brenna Wise and Brandi Harvey-Carr proved too much for the Cowgirls to handle. Wise, a sophomore forward, followed up her 18-point, 10-rebound effort in Pitt’s 71-46...

Pitt women’s basketball team rolls to 71-46 win over UTEP

Pitt women’s basketball team rolls to 71-46 win over UTEP

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 19, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team recovered from its most lopsided loss of the season with a resounding 25-point win in game one of the Patrick Harrington Tournament in Niceville, Florida. With eight days of rest following a 91-62 defeat against Penn State Dec. 10, Pitt (8-3) made the trip to Florida...

Artis scores 31 to guide Panthers to 83-73 win over Rice

Artis scores 31 to guide Panthers to 83-73 win over Rice

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 17, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team had a new name atop the scoring sheet Saturday night, but the result was familiar: a hard-fought, back-and-forth victory over a supposedly inferior opponent. The Panthers (9-2) defeated the Rice Owls (8-3) at the Petersen Events Center, 83-73, behind a game-high 31...

Pitt football team receives 18th verbal commitment to 2017 class

Pitt football team receives 18th verbal commitment to 2017 class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team received another new commitment just one day after adding graduate transfer quarterback Max Browne and three-star offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. to next year’s team. Defensive end Deslin Alexandre withdrew his commitment to North Carolina State and verbally committed t...

James Conner Wins 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award

James Conner Wins 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt running back James Conner continued to stockpile his trophy case Friday afternoon, winning the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. The award recognizes those who display courage on or off the field, including overcoming a physical injury or handicap, preventing a disaster or liv...

Pitt AD Scott Barnes denies Oregon State rumor, mum on whether he’s considering leaving

Pitt AD Scott Barnes denies Oregon State rumor, mum on whether he’s considering leaving

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016


Filed under Sports

Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes denied a report Wednesday night claiming he would be resigning and taking over as athletic director at Oregon State. But he has yet to deny reports that he is considering leaving Pitt. Barnes has served as Pitt’s athletic director since April 2015. But on Wedn...

Pitt football team receives pair of new commitments for 2017

Pitt football team receives pair of new commitments for 2017

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team received a pair of commitments to join next year’s team Thursday, one from a high school prospect and one from a proven veteran at the college level. Graduate transfer quarterback Max Browne and three-star offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. both announced their intentions Th...

Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaving for LSU after season

Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaving for LSU after season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada is leaving the team after one season to take the same job at LSU. It is the second year in a row the Panthers’ offensive coordinator will be departing after his first season to accept the same position at another school. Last year, Jim C...

No. 23 Pitt wrestling team conquers WVU, 23-15

No. 23 Pitt wrestling team conquers WVU, 23-15

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 11, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 23 Pitt wrestling team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon with a 23-15 dual meet victory at the Fitzgerald Field House over the rival West Virginia Mountaineers. The Panthers (4-2) rebounded from a shutout loss against the No. 1 Oklahoma State Cowboys last Sunday in Stillwater, Ok...

Pitt women’s basketball trounced by Penn State, 91-62

Pitt women’s basketball trounced by Penn State, 91-62

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After suffering a 29-point thumping Saturday afternoon against her alma mater, Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio had one question. “Who thought igniting this rivalry was a good idea?” McConnell-Serio said after the Panthers’ blowout defeat against the Penn State Nitta...

Pitt men’s basketball ekes out 81-73 win over Penn State

Pitt men’s basketball ekes out 81-73 win over Penn State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team picked up another win Saturday afternoon, but again the Panthers made it much harder on themselves than it needed to be. Pitt (8-2) allowed only 22 points in the first half against the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-5) while jumping out to a 20-point halftime lead. The...

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Pitt running back James Conner announced Saturday afternoon that the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be his final game in a Panthers uniform, as he will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Conner, a redshirt junior, could have returned to Pitt for one more season. But the star tailback decided it...

Hanging ’em up: A farewell to Pitt sports

Hanging ’em up: A farewell to Pitt sports

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

December 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

When I first arrived at Pitt in August of 2012, I knew a handful of truths about the school’s athletic programs. The football program was in perpetual turmoil. People didn’t seem to like this Todd Graham guy. A good running back in Ray Graham coming off an injury. A new, quiet head coach from ...

Henderson, Johnson and Price receive All-America honors

Henderson, Johnson and Price receive All-America honors

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Sporting News and USA Today each named a pair of Panthers to their 2016 college football All-America teams Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. Both publications named sophomore Quadree Henderson a first-team All-American as a return specialist, the first kick returner in Panthers history to receive the honor. Sporting News also selected senior offensive guard Dorian Johnson as a first-team All-American, while senior defensive end Ejuan Price ma...

Scouting Northwestern: Wildcats more dangerous than they appear

Scouting Northwestern: Wildcats more dangerous than they appear

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Don’t let the Northwestern football team’s 6-6 record fool you. Although the Wildcats needed a win over Illinois in their regular season finale just to become bowl eligible, Northwestern is a balanced and dangerous team possessing all the tools necessary to deny Pat Narduzzi his first bowl game victo...

Pitt men’s basketball scrapes by Buffalo for 84-79 win

Pitt men’s basketball scrapes by Buffalo for 84-79 win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team appeared to be headed for a much-needed blowout win over the underwhelming Buffalo Bulls Wednesday night. Instead, it turned into another ugly nail-biter for the Panthers. After Pitt jumped out to a 26-point lead, the Bulls (4-5) completely outplayed the Panthers ...

Pitt women’s basketball team batters Bryant, 76-60

Pitt women’s basketball team batters Bryant, 76-60

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team won a decisive 76-60 contest against the Bryant Bulldogs on Tuesday night, scoring a staggering 28 points off turnovers in the game. The Panthers (7-2) defense proved to be too much for the Bulldogs (4-4) as Bryant turned the ball over 25 times during the non-conferenc...

Pitt volleyball on the rise after another successful season

Pitt volleyball on the rise after another successful season

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After losing two of the most decorated athletes in program history to graduation, 2016 could have easily been a down year for the Pitt volleyball team. But thanks to an influx of first-year talent, it instead turned into a season to remember. The Panthers finished 25-9 overall, making it back to ...

A case for Conner: Why Pitt’s RB should have been a Heisman finalist

A case for Conner: Why Pitt’s RB should have been a Heisman finalist

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

If we’re going strictly by numbers, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson should win the Heisman Trophy. If we allow wins and team performance to factor into the equation, then Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Clemson quarte...

Pitt women’s basketball struggles with fouls in 70-63 loss vs. Charlotte

Pitt women’s basketball struggles with fouls in 70-63 loss vs. Charlotte

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

When two key starters fouled out before the end of the game, the Pitt women’s basketball team’s attempt at a comeback against Charlotte Sunday afternoon fizzled out, ending instead in a 70-63 loss. Uncharacteristically, forward Brenna Wise and center Brandi Harvey-Carr each collected five personal...

No. 21 Pitt wrestling team foiled by No. 1 Oklahoma State, 39-0

No. 21 Pitt wrestling team foiled by No. 1 Oklahoma State, 39-0

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the second season in a row, the Pitt wrestling team failed to win a match against the most accomplished program in the history of the sport — the Oklahoma State Cowboys. After a 36-0 win for the 34-time national champions at the Fitzgerald Field House last season, No. 1 Oklahoma State (4-0) ...

Pitt football to play in Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28

Pitt football to play in Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

For the first time in 54 years, the Pitt football team will be playing in the home of the most successful franchise in American pro sports — the New York Yankees. The Panthers will take on the Northwestern Wildcats in the Bronx, New York, in the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, D...

Pitt volleyball falls to Penn State, 3-1, in second round of NCAA Tournament

Pitt volleyball falls to Penn State, 3-1, in second round of NCAA Tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

History repeated itself on Saturday, as the Pitt volleyball team’s season came to a close with a 3-1 loss against the No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Pitt won the first set on Penn State’s home court in University Park, Pennsylvania, before the Nitt...

Pitt volleyball knocks off Dayton, 3-1, to advance in NCAA Tournament

Pitt volleyball knocks off Dayton, 3-1, to advance in NCAA Tournament

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

December 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s first appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament since 2004 was a successful one, as the Panthers kept their season alive with a stirring comeback against the Dayton Flyers. Playing in a first-round matchup Friday night in State College, Pennsylvania, Pitt (25-8 overall) squared off agains...

Panthers suffer first City Game defeat to Duquesne in 16 years, 64-55

Panthers suffer first City Game defeat to Duquesne in 16 years, 64-55

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

December 3, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the first time in 16 years, the Pitt men’s basketball team left the annual City Game against Duquesne with a loss instead of a trophy. The Panthers (6-2) fell to their crosstown rival Duquesne Dukes (4-5) by a final score of 64-55 Friday evening at the PPG Paints Arena, their first loss in t...

GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

By John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized, Visual

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Field Notes: A first-time football fan experience

Field Notes: A first-time football fan experience

By Ellen Kruczek | For The Pitt News

December 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The pounding of gloved hands on Heinz Field’s bright yellow seats echoed through the stadium. “Make Some Noise,” the voice from the jumbotron screen commanded. The 35,435 fans in attendance screeched, swore and drank in response. Except in the 10th row behind a goal post, where David Fudurich sat. Fudurich is...

Michael Young cherishing his final City Game matchup vs. Duquesne

Michael Young cherishing his final City Game matchup vs. Duquesne

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Kevin Stallings is still getting acclimated to life as head coach of the Pitt men's basketball team, so he isn’t all that familiar yet with the program’s traditions and rivalries. But how much does he know about the history of the Panthers' annual crosstown showdown with Duquesne, also known ...

Pitt women’s basketball suffers first loss of season vs. Purdue, 67-61

Pitt women’s basketball suffers first loss of season vs. Purdue, 67-61

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team could do nothing to stop Purdue point guard Ashley Morrissette Wednesday night, and it resulted in their first loss of the season. “It wasn’t our best game. We struggled offensively the whole night,” Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “Give Purdue c...

Artis savors Pitt’s big win over Maryland back in his home state

Artis savors Pitt’s big win over Maryland back in his home state

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s 73-59 win over the University of Maryland Tuesday night made a statement, and not just for the team. For senior point guard Jamel Artis, the win was a little more meaningful. Artis, who put together another solid all-around performance with 22 points, six rebo...

Pitt signs 5 wrestlers to 2017-18 class

Pitt signs 5 wrestlers to 2017-18 class

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt wrestling team is still making its way through the early part of its season, but on Tuesday, head coach Jason Peters signed five Pennsylvania natives for the 2017-18 season. Nino Bonaccorsi, Dallas Bulsak, Colin Cronin, KJ Fenstermacher and Cole Rickert all committed to Pitt during the ear...

Panthers storm out to huge lead, hold off Terps’ rally for 73-59 win

Panthers storm out to huge lead, hold off Terps’ rally for 73-59 win

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a game the Pitt basketball team led by as much as 25, a 14-point victory might not look like the most impressive of results for the Panthers. Still, the Panthers (6-1) will take it. They secured the program’s second-ever victory in the ACC/Big Ten challenge, defeating the Maryland Terrapins (7-1) i...

Pitt volleyball team elated to make NCAA tournament, ready for Dayton

Pitt volleyball team elated to make NCAA tournament, ready for Dayton

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Members of the Pitt volleyball team sat anxiously in front of a TV screen inside their locker room Sunday night, eyes fixated on the 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Selection Special. Some held hands, others crossed their legs and fidgeted in their Pitt-embroidered cushioned seats. The regular season...

Stallings prepares Panthers for first road game at Maryland

Stallings prepares Panthers for first road game at Maryland

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the first time under new head coach Kevin Stallings, the Pitt men’s basketball team will step onto an opposing team’s court for a true road game. Stallings and the Panthers (5-1) will travel to College Park, Maryland, Tuesday night to take on the Maryland Terrapins (7-0) as part of the ACC/Big T...

Nine Panthers named to ACSMA All-ACC football teams

Nine Panthers named to ACSMA All-ACC football teams

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Nine players on the Pitt football team received All-ACC recognition Monday from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Four Panthers earned first-team All-ACC honors: redshirt junior running back James Conner, senior offensive guard Dorian Johnson, sixth-year senior defensive end Ejuan Price and ...

Pitt volleyball places six on All-ACC teams

Pitt volleyball places six on All-ACC teams

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After discovering they were heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 on Sunday night, Pitt’s volleyball players had a new reason to celebrate Monday. The Panthers placed six players on the various All-ACC teams, second-most in the conference behind North Carolina with seven....

A game that encompassed an entire season

A game that encompassed an entire season

By Brady Langmann | Contributing Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

If you were to combine every story of Pitt football’s season so far — James Conner’s return to stardom, Quadree Henderson’s emergence as a do-it-all scoring threat, the leaky pass defense, an inability to put teams away — you would get Saturday’s game versus Syracuse. In a football game...

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA Tournament after pair of weekend wins

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA Tournament after pair of weekend wins

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

November 27, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team finished its regular season with a flourish, recording two big wins in its final two games and claiming a spot in the NCAA Tournament. With most of Pitt’s students home for Thanksgiving break, the Panthers (24-8 overall, 14-5 ACC) first swept the Virginia Tech Hokies (13-18 o...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Syracuse Football

GALLERY: Pitt vs Syracuse Football

By Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

  Quadree Henderson (10) leads the NCAA with four combined kick and punt return touchdowns on the season. Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor ...

Ranked: Pitt football now No. 24 in Week 14 AP poll

Ranked: Pitt football now No. 24 in Week 14 AP poll

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After toiling just outside the top 25 for most of the season, the Pitt football team is now ranked, coming in at No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday. The ranking is Pitt’s highest mark since Pat Narduzzi took over the squad last year. The Panthers (8-4 overall, 5-3 ACC) finished the regular season on a three-ga...

Pitt women’s basketball conquers Cornell, 56-44

Pitt women’s basketball conquers Cornell, 56-44

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team is off to a 6-0 start for the fourth time in school history after another double-digit win on Saturday. Playing with an eight-woman rotation due to a rash of injuries, the Panthers (6-0) managed to defeat the Cornell Big Red (4-2) at the Petersen Events Center Satu...

Pitt finishes regular season with record-setting 76-61 win vs. Syracuse

Pitt finishes regular season with record-setting 76-61 win vs. Syracuse

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 26, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s high-powered offense and lackluster defense combined to create history at Heinz Field on Saturday. In the highest-scoring game in major college football history, the Panthers capped off their regular season with a 76-61 victory against the Syracuse Orange — their eig...

Pitt men’s basketball stifles Morehead State, 76-63

Pitt men’s basketball stifles Morehead State, 76-63

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 26, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Three was the Pitt men’s basketball team’s lucky number Friday night. The Panthers (5-1) utilized a season-high 11 made 3-pointers to defeat the Morehead State Eagles at the Petersen Events Center, 76-63. Senior forward Michael Young led the way for Pitt once again with 20 points on eight-of-14 sh...

PREDICTION: Panthers to pull out another close win vs. Cuse

PREDICTION: Panthers to pull out another close win vs. Cuse

By Steve Rotstsein | Sports Editor

November 25, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Two familiar foes riding opposite waves of momentum will collide at Heinz Field on Saturday afternoon in the Pitt football team's regular season finale. The Panthers (7-4 overall, 4-3 ACC) will host the Syracuse Orange (4-7 overall, 2-5 ACC) on Senior Day at 12:30 p.m. looking to cap their regular seas...

Pitt women’s basketball romps to 94-48 win vs. Slippery Rock

Pitt women’s basketball romps to 94-48 win vs. Slippery Rock

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 23, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team is dealing with injuries to top playmakers Yacine Diop and Alayna Gribble, but that hasn’t stopped the Panthers from rolling to a 5-0 start. Pitt (5-0) rumbled to a 94-48 victory against Slippery Rock University (3-2) at the Petersen Events Center on Wednesday after...

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