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Pitt men’s basketball holds off Yale, 75-70

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Yale, 75-70

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings admitted Monday that his team could use a third scoring option to go with seniors Michael Young and Jamel Artis. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson was that third scoring threat in Pitt’s win over Yale on Tuesday, providing Young and Artis with just...

Pitt women’s basketball mauls Loyola Maryland, 74-44

Pitt women’s basketball mauls Loyola Maryland, 74-44

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team put together its most complete performance of the season Monday night as all five starters reached double digits in points. Pitt, 4-0, cruised to a 74-44 victory over the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds, 2-3, Monday at the Petersen Events Center, led by standout performance...

Stallings sees positives in 2K Classic trip ahead of Yale matchup

Stallings sees positives in 2K Classic trip ahead of Yale matchup

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Kevin Stallings’ debut season as the Pitt men’s basketball head coach almost got off to a disastrous start, but the Panthers have managed to scrape their way to a 3-1 record to start a season that very easily could be 1-3. Pitt will return home to host the Yale Bulldogs at the Petersen Events Cent...

James Conner receives Disney Sports Spirit Award

James Conner receives Disney Sports Spirit Award

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Disney Sports recognized Pitt running back James Conner for his remarkable comeback season by naming him the recipient of the 2016 Disney Sports Spirit Award Monday afternoon. The award — which Disney Sports Vice President Faron Kelley will present to Conner at The Home Depot College Football Award...

Pitt football improves passing defense against Duke

Pitt football improves passing defense against Duke

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

It’s no secret that the Pitt football team has been explosive on offense this season. The Panthers’ 56-14 win Saturday over Duke gave them a program-record 432 points scored in only the team’s 11th game of the season. But the real story in Pitt’s resounding win over the Blue Devils was the...

Volleyball captures weekend wins against Syracuse and Boston College on the road

Volleyball captures weekend wins against Syracuse and Boston College on the road

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

November 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With only four games remaining in the season, the Pitt volleyball team picked up two more wins on the road, bringing them one step closer to solidifying a spot in the NCAA Tournament. On Friday, in the first match of the weekend, the Panthers (21-8 overall, ACC 12-5) squared off against the Syracuse Or...

Forys powers Panthers to 2nd-place finish in Keystone Classic

Forys powers Panthers to 2nd-place finish in Keystone Classic

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt junior wrestler Dom Forys took home the 133-pound title at the 2016 Keystone Classic Sunday, his third straight championship at the annual open tournament in Philadelphia. Forys’ tournament win highlighted a successful day overall for the Panthers, who finished in second place out of 12 schoo...

Gillian Schriever places 106th in NCAA Championships

Gillian Schriever places 106th in NCAA Championships

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

After becoming Pitt’s only cross-country runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships this season, sophomore Gillian Schriever placed 106th out of 250 runners in the 6k with a time of 20:52.1 over the weekend. Last week at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Schriever became the first Panther in 12 ...

Pitt football decimates Duke in highest scoring game of season, 56-14

Pitt football decimates Duke in highest scoring game of season, 56-14

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The last time the Pitt football team broke out its retro uniforms, the Panthers needed every page in their playbook to pull out a win, as a last-second stop sealed the game against Georgia Tech in early October. Donning the royal blue-and-mustard yellow outfits for the second time this season on Sat...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Duke Football

GALLERY: Pitt vs Duke Football

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton | Visual Staff

November 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

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Pitt wrestling suffers first loss in home opener vs. No. 11 Lehigh

Pitt wrestling suffers first loss in home opener vs. No. 11 Lehigh

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 19, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 21 Pitt wrestling team opened its home slate on Friday night against the team’s toughest non-conference opponent of the season — the No. 11 Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Lehigh’s lineup — consisting of seven top-25 wrestlers — proved to be too much for the Panthers (3-1) as the Mountain Hawks...

Pitt men’s basketball clinches third place in 2K Classic against Marquette, 78-75

Pitt men’s basketball clinches third place in 2K Classic against Marquette, 78-75

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Panthers captured third place in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden after barely managing a 78-75 victory against Marquette on Friday afternoon. Pitt (3-1) gave up a dominating lead to Marquette (2-2) in the first half, but senior Michael Young came back to pull the Panthers ahead in the s...

PREDICTION: Panthers to ride momentum to big win over Duke

PREDICTION: Panthers to ride momentum to big win over Duke

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off the biggest win of his head coaching career against Clemson, Pat Narduzzi needs his high-flying Pitt Panthers to refocus. Pitt, already bowl eligible, is now looking to boost its resumé with another conference victory on Saturday. The young but dangerous Duke Blue Devils will come to Hei...

Pitt men’s basketball slips up against SMU, 76-67

Pitt men’s basketball slips up against SMU, 76-67

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s lack of depth has proven to be a big problem so far this season — and it showed on Thursday night. The Panthers (2-1) fell to the Southern Methodist Mustangs (3-0), 76-67, in the semifinals of the 2016 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warriors Project, an annual ...

Pitt women’s basketball rumbles to 59-35 win over Ramblers

Pitt women’s basketball rumbles to 59-35 win over Ramblers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Three games into the 2016-2017 season, the Pitt women’s basketball team continues to find different ways to win. This time, height and strength were the keys for the Panthers (3-0) as 6-foot-4 center Brandi Harvey-Carr and 6-foot forward Brenna Wise led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds api...

Archers Unite: First-year Pitt students come together to revive Pitt Archery Club

Archers Unite: First-year Pitt students come together to revive Pitt Archery Club

By Molly Appezzato | Staff Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

It was happenstance that first-year Pitt students Julia Lam, from East Brunswick, New Jersey, and Anjna Nair, from Fairfax, Virginia, got paired to share a practice target at the 2016 U.S. Archery National Indoor Championships in Virginia last winter. They took a few deep breaths, kept their bodies perfectly straig...

Pitt football players continue to reap rewards

Pitt football players continue to reap rewards

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

As the old saying goes, to the victor goes the spoils. After one of the biggest victories in program history, the Pitt football team is still reaping the benefits. Panthers quarterback Nathan Peterman, running back James Conner, linebacker Matt Galambos, defensive end Ejuan Price, kicker Chris Blew...

Pitt baseball, track and field coaches announce 2016-17 schedules

Pitt baseball, track and field coaches announce 2016-17 schedules

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For Pitt head baseball coach Joe Jordano and head track and field coach Alonzo Webb, revealing their teams’ respective 2016-17 schedules on Tuesday meant new opportunities for their teams to show significant advancement as ACC competitors — a task both coaches think is achievable by the end of their seasons. Jordano made the announcement in a press release ...

Pitt women’s basketball pummels Youngstown State, 63-50

Pitt women’s basketball pummels Youngstown State, 63-50

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After the two youngest players on the Pitt women’s basketball team led the way in the regular season opener, a familiar name emerged at the top of the stat sheet in game two: Brenna Wise. A team-record 9,771 fans spilled out of school buses and into the Petersen Events Center at 11 a.m. Monday ...

Pitt men’s basketball waxes Gardner-Webb, 99-80

Pitt men’s basketball waxes Gardner-Webb, 99-80

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Despite his team’s easy 99-80 win over the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings was disgruntled after the game. “With all due respect to Gardner-Webb, I think we missed an opportunity to get better tonight,” Stallings said. “I was disappointed in our...

Team effort pays off for Pitt football against Clemson

Team effort pays off for Pitt football against Clemson

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

After back-to-back losses, the unranked Pitt football team was an unlikely match for the No. 2 Clemson Tigers this weekend. But in a shocking upset thanks in large part to kicker Chris Blewitt in the final six seconds of the game, the Panthers handed the Tigers their first loss and shook up the College F...

Wrestlers edge out Edinboro in final matches, 20-16

Wrestlers edge out Edinboro in final matches, 20-16

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 14, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 22 Pitt wrestling team faced its toughest test of the season against the Edinboro Fighting Scots, but came away unscathed to return home undefeated. The Panthers (3-0) used back-to-back victories by redshirt sophomore Zach Bruce and redshirt junior Ryan Solomon to cap off a 20-16 comeback vic...

Pitt’s Gillian Schriever to race in NCAA Cross Country Championship

Pitt’s Gillian Schriever to race in NCAA Cross Country Championship

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sophomore runner Gillian Schriever told The Pitt News two weeks ago that she’s had to push herself to achieve the unlikely. After placing 41st out of 131 competitors in last year’s ACC Championships, Schriever made a considerable jump up to fifth this year. At the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regiona...

Volleyball splits weekend matches at home against Wake Forest and Duke

Volleyball splits weekend matches at home against Wake Forest and Duke

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After losing to both the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Duke Blue Devils on the road in October, the Pitt volleyball team managed to vanquish only one of the two hellish opponents over the weekend. On Friday at the Fitzgerald Field House, Pitt (overall 20-7, 11-4 ACC) crippled Wake Forest (overa...

Chris Nailedit: Panthers upend No. 2 Clemson, 43-42

Chris Nailedit: Panthers upend No. 2 Clemson, 43-42

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi has his signature win. Thanks to a game-winning 48-yard field goal with six seconds left by kicker Chris Blewitt, the Pitt football team pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the college football season, defeating the No. 2 Clemson Tigers on the road by a score of 43-42. Pitt’s ...

Pitt women’s basketball cruises to 89-54 season-opening win

Pitt women’s basketball cruises to 89-54 season-opening win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 12, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Many fans and analysts wondered how the Pitt women’s basketball team would deal with the offseason transfers of forward Stasha Carey and guard Fred Potvin. If the Panthers’ regular season opener Saturday vs. Mount St. Mary’s is any indication, recruiting first-year guards Jasmine Whitney and Al...

Pitt men’s basketball manages double-OT victory against Eastern Michigan, 93-90

Pitt men’s basketball manages double-OT victory against Eastern Michigan, 93-90

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 11, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t pretty, but in his first game, Kevin Stallings wasn’t looking for pretty. “This isn’t an art contest, it’s a math contest, baby,” Stallings said. “And we added up more than they did.” In a game that took two extra periods to decide, the Pitt men’s basketball team d...

Prediction: Clemson QB Watson to throttle Panthers defense

Prediction: Clemson QB Watson to throttle Panthers defense

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s chances of victory Saturday are slim going against the undefeated No. 3 Clemson Tigers. But Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi reminded reporters Wednesday at his weekly media teleconference, you don’t need to look any further than Election Day to remember not to pencil in any...

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams sign 2017 recruits

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams sign 2017 recruits

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

Even though the 2016-2017 basketball seasons are just days away, both Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings and women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio solidified their rosters for next year on Thursday. Stallings officially inked four players to the Panthers’ 2017 recruiting class...

Pitt volleyball team finalizes 2017 recruiting class

Pitt volleyball team finalizes 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher has had plenty of reasons to smile this year. On Thursday, he had a new one — and the Panthers don’t play again until Friday. Already on a roll from five straight wins, the squad received a boost for the future early Thursday afternoon when Fisher revealed t...

No Debate: Stephen A. Smith speaks to Pitt students at WPU

No Debate: Stephen A. Smith speaks to Pitt students at WPU

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

November 10, 2016


Filed under Sports

For one night, the William Pitt Union Assembly Room became a hotbed for hot takes when Pitt Program Council hosted “An Evening with Stephen A. Smith.” Smith is one of television’s most recognizable personalities, perhaps best known as a co-host on the ESPN2 morning talk show “First Take....

Injuries on Pitt’s D-Line force new faces into key roles

Injuries on Pitt’s D-Line force new faces into key roles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s much-maligned defense has given up its fair share of devastating plays this year. The Panthers’ defense has struggled all season to come up with stops in key situations. But midway through the second quarter of a 51-28 loss to Miami Saturday, the unit may have experienc...

Q&A with cross country runner Nick Wolk

Q&A with cross country runner Nick Wolk

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant News Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Before driving 45 minutes to McMurray, Pennsylvania, to cast his vote in the election, first-year runner Nick Wolk caught up with The Pitt News prior to Friday’s NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals. Wolk is wrapping up a standout first season with the Panthers, including a 50th place finish at the ACC Cha...

Who will jump in for Clark?

Who will jump in for Clark?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The regular season hasn’t even started yet, and the Pitt men’s basketball team is already dealing with adversity. When sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark suffered a season-ending knee injury Monday –– just four days before the Panthers’ season officially gets underway –– it forced new ...

Pitt G Crisshawn Clark suffers season-ending knee injury

Pitt G Crisshawn Clark suffers season-ending knee injury

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 8, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark is officially out for the second straight season after suffering a left knee injury at the Pitt men’s basketball team’s practice Monday, Nov. 7. According to Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings, doctors diagnosed Clark with a torn MCL and a torn meniscus, and he ma...

Paddle masters: Pitt Ping Pong Club serves up wins

Paddle masters: Pitt Ping Pong Club serves up wins

By Brady Langmann | Culture Editor

November 8, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Shay Sinha likes to humble his opponents. When Sinha started at Pitt this fall, his go-to icebreaker was that he was a pingpong player. His fellow first-years weren’t impressed — they asked him if there was something else he could do with his time. Instead of telling his Tower C floormates t...

Narduzzi defends conservative play calling vs. Miami

Narduzzi defends conservative play calling vs. Miami

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team and head coach Pat Narduzzi have taken a lot of flak for the way the defense has performed this season, especially when defending opponents’ passing games. Despite the criticism, Narduzzi made a couple of late-game decisions Saturday against Miami that required a lot of f...

Pitt wrestling sweeps Mountaineer Duals to open season, 2-0

Pitt wrestling sweeps Mountaineer Duals to open season, 2-0

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sporting a No. 23 ranking in USA Today’s preseason poll, the Pitt wrestling team had high expectations going into its first dual meet of the season. The Panthers proved they deserved that ranking at the Mountaineer Duals in Morgantown, West Virginia, beating both Ohio University and Campbell University in...

Pitt women’s basketball pummels IUP in exhibition game, 72-40

Pitt women’s basketball pummels IUP in exhibition game, 72-40

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Petersen Events Center hosted the third straight McConnell family reunion on Sunday afternoon, pitting head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio against her brother in the women’s basketball exhibition matchup. For the third year in a row, McConnell-Serio’s Panthers topped her older brother Tom Mc...

Pitt volleyball dominates two more ACC competitors in weekend play

Pitt volleyball dominates two more ACC competitors in weekend play

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After grabbing its biggest win of the season against No. 8 North Carolina a week ago, the Pitt volleyball team surged forward with road victories against Clemson and Georgia Tech this weekend. The first matchup for the Panthers (19-7 overall, 10-4 ACC) was Friday in Clemson, South Carolina, agains...

Pitt swimming and diving trounced by Notre Dame and Virginia Tech

Pitt swimming and diving trounced by Notre Dame and Virginia Tech

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

In Pitt’s second tri-meet of the season against ACC competitors Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were unable to edge past their competitors. The men’s team finished the weekend with a crushing loss to Notre Dame, 238-115, and a devastating...

Panthers rout Pitt-Johnstown in exhibition matchup, 95-65

Panthers rout Pitt-Johnstown in exhibition matchup, 95-65

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

While the Pitt men's basketball team's record still sits at 0-0, the Panthers looked ready for regular season play on Saturday. In Pitt’s only exhibition game of the season, the Panthers crushed the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats, winning by a final score of 95-65 at the Petersen Events Center....

Miami squashes Pitt’s division title hopes in 51-28 pounding

Miami squashes Pitt’s division title hopes in 51-28 pounding

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Going into Saturday’s game, the Pitt football team had slim hopes of making it to the ACC Championship game. But the Miami Hurricanes extinguished the Panthers’ aspirations in convincing fashion in an excruciating 51-28 win. Miami (5-4 overall, 2-3 ACC) put an end to its four-game losing st...

PREDICTION: Panthers to rebound with rare win vs. Miami

PREDICTION: Panthers to rebound with rare win vs. Miami

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 3, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Though there are still four games left in the regular season, the Pitt Panthers and the free-falling Miami Hurricanes –– a team that’s lost its last four games in a row –– will collide in Miami in a must-win battle for both teams on Saturday. The Panthers will enter the 12:30 p.m. matchup c...

Pitt club tennis posts record performance at USTA Fall Invitational

Pitt club tennis posts record performance at USTA Fall Invitational

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | For The Pitt News

November 3, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

A youth movement helped propel the Pitt club tennis team to a record performance at the 2016 USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational last weekend. The Panthers built off their 13th-place finish at last year’s event with a seventh-place finish this year, setting a club record in the process. “We had a...

Pitt men’s soccer squashed by Syracuse in season-ending 4-0 loss

Pitt men’s soccer squashed by Syracuse in season-ending 4-0 loss

By Alex Butelli | For The Pitt News

November 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men's soccer team’s season came to a close Wednesday night with a shutout loss against the No. 5-seeded Syracuse Orange in the ACC Tournament. The Panthers (2-13-3 overall, 0-6-2 ACC) fell to Syracuse (11-3-3 overall, 3-2-3 ACC), 4-0, in the first round of the 2016 ACC Tournament at the ...

Swimming and diving splashes into new season

Swimming and diving splashes into new season

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a spring and summer full of changes for Pitt’s swimming and diving program — from the addition of new head coach John Hargis to $3 million in renovations to Trees Hall — the Panthers are in the pool once again. The men’s team — overall 2-2 and ACC 1-2 — and the women’s team — ...

Narduzzi’s bark needs less bite

Narduzzi’s bark needs less bite

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

If Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t careful, his self-described “Rottweiler” attitude on the sidelines could do more than dent the University’s wallets –– it could cost his team a game. Narduzzi’s comments criticizing officials after Pitt’s 39-36 loss to the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies...

Bell, Markovic take both ACC volleyball weekly honors

Bell, Markovic take both ACC volleyball weekly honors

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The volleyball team not only swept two victories over the weekend at home but also weekly honors from the ACC. The ACC named junior Mariah Bell player of the week, and first-year Nika Markovic freshman of the week. Bell and Markovic were instrumental in Friday’s win against North Carolina State...

Winning Ways: Whitney brings championship pedigree to Panthers

Winning Ways: Whitney brings championship pedigree to Panthers

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | For The Pitt News

October 31, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

At Pitt’s first open practice of the year, first-year point guard Jasmine Whitney controls the Petersen Events Center court with a quiet calmness. She doesn’t frantically shout out a play — rather, she stands at the top of the key and directs her teammates to open spots on the court. She hold...

Q&A: Kevin Stallings settles in

Q&A: Kevin Stallings settles in

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It feels like an eternity since March 21, when Jamie Dixon’s resignation forced the Pitt men’s basketball team to find a new head coach for the first time in 13 years. The Panthers hired Kevin Stallings away from Vanderbilt to replace him — a move that was met with immediate and widespread ...

Zimba: Give Stallings a chance

Zimba: Give Stallings a chance

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

New Pitt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings knows his first season won’t be easy. When the Panthers’ ACC schedule came out Sept. 12, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Craig Meyer, “It looks almost comically difficult.” But as challenging as the Panthers’ schedule may be — with two matchups against Virginia, wh...

Pitt Men’s Basketball Season Preview: A New Era

Pitt Men’s Basketball Season Preview: A New Era

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

If Kevin Stallings were still in the Southeastern Conference, his roster — featuring an arsenal of returning talent and multiple all-conference performers — would rank among the best, a definite contender to make the title game in the conference tournament. But Stallings, the new head coach of the men...

Pitt Women’s Basketball Season Preview: A Transition Year

Pitt Women’s Basketball Season Preview: A Transition Year

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

It seems like the same refrain year after year, but it holds true again this season — Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio is once again fielding a young team. Out of 12 players on the Panthers’ roster, eight are first- and second-year players, and only two are seniors. Bu...

Volleyball captures crucial weekend of five-set Carolina matches

Volleyball captures crucial weekend of five-set Carolina matches

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Once sophomore Kamalani Akeo slammed down the final service ace onto the court, there was no stopping the Pitt women’s volleyball team from rejoicing a pair of weekend victories against two reputable North Carolina teams. Not only do the wins make a NCAA tournament bid a serious possibility for ...

ACC reprimands Narduzzi after Virginia Tech game

ACC reprimands Narduzzi after Virginia Tech game

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

October 31, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

In the wake of Pitt’s loss to Virginia Tech, the ACC issued a public reprimand Sunday evening to Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi for criticizing the game’s referees after Thursday night’s game. In a statement, the ACC said Narduzzi’s criticisms violated the league’s Sportsmanship Policy and w...

Schriever dominates for Pitt cross country at ACC Championships

Schriever dominates for Pitt cross country at ACC Championships

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

October 30, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Gillian Schriever, a sophomore runner on the Pitt women’s cross country team, had a goal. She stated last week that she would “place top 10, if not top five” at the ACC Championships this weekend. Looking at her 41st overall finish in the same race last year, it was an ambitious goal. Bu...

Pitt men’s soccer wraps up regular season with 2-1 loss at VT

Pitt men’s soccer wraps up regular season with 2-1 loss at VT

By Ryan Zimba | For The Pitt News

October 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite a late goal by senior midfielder Matt Venanzi and seven saves by first-year goalkeeper Jacob Rooth, the Pitt men’s soccer team closed out its regular season with a 2-1 loss to No. 23 Virginia Tech on Friday night. The Panthers struggled mightily in their bid to earn their first ACC win o...

Pitt women’s soccer finishes season in OT loss to NC State, 2-1

Pitt women’s soccer finishes season in OT loss to NC State, 2-1

By Alessandro Conway | Staff Writer

October 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In the last act of a troubled season for the Pitt women's soccer team, the Panthers’ hopes for an end-of-season revival were dashed by North Carolina State in overtime. The Panthers (2-15-1, 1-9-0 ACC) came into Raleigh, North Carolina, after getting edged out 2-0 at home against Duke last Sunday, where ...

Panthers thwarted in Thursday night throwdown against VT, 39-36

Panthers thwarted in Thursday night throwdown against VT, 39-36

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Pitt’s chances at an ACC Coastal Division title were likely shattered during a rare Thursday night game at Heinz Field. In a high-scoring affair typical of this season, the Panthers (5-3, 2-2 ACC) lost their first home game of the year, falling to the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2, 4-1 ACC) in...

Glory Days: Former Panthers reflect on early-2000s showdowns vs. VT

Glory Days: Former Panthers reflect on early-2000s showdowns vs. VT

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies are coming to Heinz Field Thursday night for a crucial conference showdown with the Pitt football team –– a visit that has been a death wish for the Hokies in the past. Tonight’s game will be the 16th meeting between the former Big East and now ACC rivals. Vi...

Prediction: Panthers to rekindle old magic vs. Bud Foster’s VT defense

Prediction: Panthers to rekindle old magic vs. Bud Foster’s VT defense

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

As a head coach, Pat Narduzzi has never defeated a ranked program. The Pitt football team will have its third chance in two years to change that Thursday night. Narduzzi’s Panthers host the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies at Heinz Field 7 p.m. Thursday in a battle of two 5-2 teams, effectively puttin...

Pitt football and men’s basketball receive new verbal commitments

Pitt football and men’s basketball receive new verbal commitments

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

Even though the Pitt football season is far from over and the basketball season isn’t even underway yet, both teams each picked up a new verbal commitment to their 2017 recruiting classes on Wednesday. The Panthers received their 16th verbal commitment to next year’s football recruiting class from...

One woman show: Alyson Kornberg tackles club football at Pitt

One woman show: Alyson Kornberg tackles club football at Pitt

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The Cost Center is never empty at midnight — at least not if Alyson Kornberg can help it. The rhythmic sound of shuffling feet fill the indoor field, as each movement requires precision and repetition, while each breath fuels the contractions of tired muscles and joints as Kornberg and her club ...

Narduzzi trolls Pitt fans on Twitter before VT game

Narduzzi trolls Pitt fans on Twitter before VT game

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

October 26, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

What if Pat Narduzzi, head coach of Pitt’s football team, wrote you a pass to get out of class Thursday night so you could watch the Panthers take on Virginia Tech at Heinz Field? Well, he did. Kind of. At about noon Tuesday, Narduzzi tweeted out a permission slip — as a joke, he later said — for stud...

TPN Panthers of the Week: Mariah Bell and Mikal Outcalt

TPN Panthers of the Week: Mariah Bell and Mikal Outcalt

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

October 26, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Mariah Bell, volleyball, outside hitter The junior outside hitter contributed tremendously to the volleyball’s two-game split at the Fitzgerald Field House against Notre Dame and Louisville over the weekend. Although the Panthers lost to the Fighting Irish, Bell managed 12 kills for the team. Sh...

NBA 2016-17 season preview: James against the world

NBA 2016-17 season preview: James against the world

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2016


Filed under Sports

It’s hard to remember a season where so many NBA teams have seemingly so little hope for a championship. Which is why the prevailing thought Tuesday night at the onset of the 2016-17 NBA season might be: “The Warriors are going to win, so why bother?” On paper, there are essentially only two ...

Armchair Coach: Tomlin’s mistakes cost Steelers chance at huge upset

Armchair Coach: Tomlin’s mistakes cost Steelers chance at huge upset

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 24, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the New England Patriots Sunday, 27-16 — but don’t blame backup quarterback Landry Jones. This one’s on the coach. Jones performed admirably, starting in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. After throwing a horrible interception in the end zone on the Steelers...

Pitt volleyball splits straight sets during weekend play

Pitt volleyball splits straight sets during weekend play

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

October 23, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Continuing a tough stretch of ACC matches, the Pitt volleyball team came home to the Fitzgerald Field House to split conference matches against Notre Dame and Louisville over the weekend. The Panthers (15-7 overall, 6-4 ACC) started play Friday night against Notre Dame, losing 3-0 in straight s...

Pitt women’s soccer baffled early on by Duke, 2-0

Pitt women’s soccer baffled early on by Duke, 2-0

By Tiyanna Brown | For The Pitt News

October 23, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt women’s soccer returned to Ambrose Urbanic Field for their last home game of the season, but fell 2-0 to No. 4 Duke within the first 10 minutes of the game on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers (2-14-1 overall, 1-7-1 ACC) struggled to keep Duke’s (13-3-2 overall, 7-1-1 ACC) offense away from the bal...

Panthers battle to scoreless draw on Senior Night vs. No. 16 Virginia

Panthers battle to scoreless draw on Senior Night vs. No. 16 Virginia

By Molly Appezzato | For The Pitt News

October 22, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team hasn’t scored a goal since Sept. 26, against the Longwood Lancers –– and that streak didn’t come to an end on Friday. But the Panthers did snap their six-game losing streak with a draw against the No. 16 team in the country. Despite the pouring rain, 325 peopl...

Q&A: Catching up with Gillian Schriever

Q&A: Catching up with Gillian Schriever

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sophomore Gillian Schriever has led the Pitt cross country team since she arrived on campus. The Tuckerton, New Jersey, native is now entering the ACC Cross Country Championships coming off the best performance of her college career. The Panthers wrapped up their regular season at the Penn St...

Pitt women’s soccer thrashed by No. 18 North Carolina, 3-0

Pitt women’s soccer thrashed by No. 18 North Carolina, 3-0

By Alex Butelli | For The Pitt News

October 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team fell to the No. 18 North Carolina Tar Heels, 3-0, in a weather-delayed ACC matchup at Ambrose Urbanic Field Thursday night. Coming off a road loss to the Syracuse Orange Sunday afternoon, Pitt (2-13-1, 1-7-0 ACC) sought to beat both the rain and UNC (9-3-3, 4-2-2 ACC) but...

Michael Young named to Karl Malone Award watch list

Michael Young named to Karl Malone Award watch list

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Senior forward Michael Young has accomplished a lot in his first three years at Pitt, but expectations are even higher entering his senior season. Young earned the first preseason award nomination of 2016 for the Pitt men’s basketball team Thursday afternoon when he was selected to the Karl Malone Award ...

Sostek Selects: Pitt football 2016 midseason awards

Sostek Selects: Pitt football 2016 midseason awards

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team entered its bye week on the strength of three straight wins but will face a gauntlet of a three-game stretch coming out of the break. With a 5-2 overall record and 2-1 record in ACC play at the midway point of the season, the Panthers are in position for a run at the division ...

Three Panthers selected to midseason All-America teams

Three Panthers selected to midseason All-America teams

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Football is a game of three phases –– offense, defense and special teams. This week, players on Pitt’s football team were recognized for excellence in all three. Senior defensive end Ejuan Price, sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Quadree Henderson and senior offensive tackle Dorian Johnson ...

Pitt men’s soccer falls at Cleveland State, 1-0

Pitt men’s soccer falls at Cleveland State, 1-0

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 18, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team traveled 135 miles to nearby Cleveland for its final non-conference showdown of the season Tuesday night only to suffer yet another shutout. The Panthers (2-11-2) fell to the Cleveland State Vikings (6-6-2) on Tuesday, 1-0, suffering their fourth loss in a row in the m...

From ‘doughboy’ to ‘sculpted’: Chris Jones’ evolution

From ‘doughboy’ to ‘sculpted’: Chris Jones’ evolution

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

At 6-foot-6, Pitt senior guard Chris Jones has dunked over taller defenders. He’s scored 20 points in games against the best college basketball teams in the country. And he’s locked down the stars, like Duke’s Grayson Allen. But this summer at a Pitt basketball practice, Jones achieved something th...

Whitehead’s pick-six sparks Pitt to win in Virginia

Whitehead’s pick-six sparks Pitt to win in Virginia

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Facing third-and-10 from his own 44-yard line with 18 seconds left in the first half, Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert thought he saw a receiver come open over the middle of the field. But he didn’t see Jordan Whitehead. The Pitt football team had just tied the game at 28 with 40 seconds left in the fir...

Pitt volleyball splits pair of conference matches over weekend

Pitt volleyball splits pair of conference matches over weekend

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

October 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team picked up a big conference win on the road Friday but narrowly missed adding an even bigger one to its resumé on Sunday. The Panthers (14-6 overall, 5-3 ACC) continued their road trip this weekend with a 1-1 performance against conference opponents in Florida. The Panthers defeated the ...

Pitt women’s soccer stumbles at Syracuse, 1-0

Pitt women’s soccer stumbles at Syracuse, 1-0

By Alessandro Conway | Staff Writer

October 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With the Pitt women’s soccer team locked in a tense battle against the Syracuse Orange, the action stopped for a free kick in the 26th minute. Syracuse defender Taylor Bennett stepped up and blasted a perfect shot into the top left corner of the net, notching the only goal that would count in the...

Pitt defeats Virginia for third straight win, 45-31

Pitt defeats Virginia for third straight win, 45-31

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Saturday’s Pitt-Virginia football game was a tale of two halves. The Panthers (5-2 overall, 2-1 ACC) recovered from a shootout of a first half in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which the two teams scored a combined 63 points, holding the Cavaliers (2-4 overall, 1-1 ACC) to just three second-half...

Good Times: Pirates fans celebrate historic home run on Mazeroski Day

Good Times: Pirates fans celebrate historic home run on Mazeroski Day

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 13, 2016


Filed under Sports

It was Oct. 13, 1985, and Saul Finkelstein was having a bad day. But it was also the 25th anniversary of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees. So Finkelstein, a lifelong Pirates fan, stopped by the 457-foot marker on the Forbes Field Wall across from Sc...

Prediction: Panthers offense to keep rolling in Virginia

Prediction: Panthers offense to keep rolling in Virginia

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

One week after defeating Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers will have to harness a Bronco — Bronco Mendenhall, that is. Pittsburgh travels to Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12:30 p.m. to take on Mendenhall, the first-year...

Pens 2016-17 season preview: The quest for ‘One for the Thumb’

Pens 2016-17 season preview: The quest for ‘One for the Thumb’

By Alex Butelli | For The Pitt News

October 12, 2016


Filed under Sports

As they raise their fourth championship banner at the newly renamed PPG Paints Arena Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their quest for another title — their “One for the Thumb.” The Penguins open the defense of their 2016 Stanley Cup title at home with a Metropolitan Division m...

TPN Panthers of the Week: Scott Orndoff and MaKenzie Zeh

TPN Panthers of the Week: Scott Orndoff and MaKenzie Zeh

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 12, 2016


Filed under Sports

Scott Orndoff, Football Senior tight end Scott Orndoff played a key role in Pitt’s 37-34 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday, but he has been a steady contributor for the Panthers all season. Orndoff finished Saturday’s game with two catches for 86 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown reception t...

Men’s soccer blasted by Penn State, 1-0

Men’s soccer blasted by Penn State, 1-0

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

October 11, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team went scoreless for its fourth game in a row after falling 1-0 against Penn State Tuesday night.   The Panthers (2-9-2) struggled to keep Penn State’s (5-6-1) offensive powerhouses — midfielder Connor Maloney and forward Dayonn Harris — away from their goal, lea...

One more year: A case to keep Cutch

One more year: A case to keep Cutch

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 11, 2016


Filed under Sports

Before the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2016 season even finished in a 10-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 2, the rumors had already started swirling. It was likely, according to an Oct. 1 article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, that 29-year-old center fielder Andrew McCutchen was playing his final game as a Pirate. The next day, as the Pi...

Sizing up Soto: Senior flourishing in switch from DE to DT

Sizing up Soto: Senior flourishing in switch from DE to DT

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Sometime around the end of Pitt’s season-ending 44-28 loss to Navy in the 2015 Military Bowl, Pat Narduzzi decided he needed to make a change to his defense moving forward. Narduzzi has reiterated his main defensive focus — stopping the run — time and time again, and the Panthers had just been ...

Chris Blewitt, Brian O’Neill earn weekly ACC honors

Chris Blewitt, Brian O’Neill earn weekly ACC honors

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Atlantic Coast Conference recognized two Pitt Panthers Monday for their performances in the Panthers’ 37-34 Homecoming win over Georgia Tech Saturday. The ACC named senior kicker Chris Blewitt Specialist of the Week after he made all four of his extra point attempts and all three of his fiel...

Pitt lands 15th verbal commitment to 2017 football recruiting class

Pitt lands 15th verbal commitment to 2017 football recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Shortly after a 37-34 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Homecoming weekend, the Pitt football team added the newest verbal commitment to its 2017 recruiting class. Carter Warren, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive lineman from Wayne, New Jersey, is a three-star offensive tackle, according to...

Tyrique Jarrett saves Pitt in fourth quarter against Georgia Tech

Tyrique Jarrett saves Pitt in fourth quarter against Georgia Tech

By Steve Rotstein and Ashwini Sivaganesh | Sports Editors

October 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt tradition wasn’t limited to the reappearance of the royal blue and mustard yellow retro uniforms at Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. For the fifth week in a row, the Panthers honored what’s become another game day ritual: fighting their way through a game-deciding fourth quarter....

Women’s soccer prevails against Miami in double overtime, 1-0

Women’s soccer prevails against Miami in double overtime, 1-0

By Alessandro Conway | For The Pitt News

October 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In an upset victory, the Pitt women's soccer team ended its nine-game winless streak with a wild win over conference opponent Miami Hurricanes Sunday afternoon at home. Coming from a 6-0 loss on the road to the No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers, the resolute Panthers (2-11-1 overall, 1-5-0 ACC) snatched ...

Volleyball loses first conference games in North Carolina

Volleyball loses first conference games in North Carolina

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

October 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team left for North Carolina with a flawless ACC record, but returned with a pair of losses against the Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest Demon Deacons over the weekend. The Panthers (13-5-0 overall, 4-2 ACC) first took on Duke (10-5-0 overall, 4-1-0 ACC) Friday in Durham, North...

Gallery: Pitt vs. GT Homecoming 10/8/16

Gallery: Pitt vs. GT Homecoming 10/8/16

By Jeff Ahearn and Wenhao Wu

October 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Visual

Pitt musters first ACC win of the season against Georgia Tech, 37-34

Pitt musters first ACC win of the season against Georgia Tech, 37-34

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Chris Blewitt had done it again. For the second year in a row, Pitt’s kicker had just nailed a clutch kick to secure a win against Georgia Tech. The only difference this time was that Blewitt didn’t watch it happen. “I could feel it go off a touch right, but I didn’t see it, I had no clue what ...

Late goal propels BC to 1-0 win over Pitt men’s soccer

Late goal propels BC to 1-0 win over Pitt men’s soccer

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

October 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After back-to-back home losses, the Pitt men’s soccer team again came up on the wrong end of a shutout after a late goal by the Boston College Eagles at Ambrose Urbanic Field Friday night. Boston College (6-3-1 overall, 2-2-1 ACC) prevailed over the Panthers (2-8-2 overall, 0-4-1 ACC), 1-0, after...

Top 5 players to sport Pitt script

Top 5 players to sport Pitt script

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football program has produced an overwhelming amount of legendary players in its 127-year history. After all, the Panthers’ eight Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees are tied for fourth-most of any school in the country, with multiple future Hall of Famers still competing on Sundays in the NFL. Some players, such as r...

Prediction: Pitt football to conquer Georgia Tech in Homecoming game

Prediction: Pitt football to conquer Georgia Tech in Homecoming game

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

While Pitt conquered a herd in its victory against Marshall last Saturday, the Panthers will have to slay a three-headed beast this Homecoming weekend. Georgia Tech and head coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense is making its way to Heinz Field, where their hosts will re-debut throwback roya...

Former Pitt FB Conredge Collins files lawsuit against AAC, NCAA

Former Pitt FB Conredge Collins files lawsuit against AAC, NCAA

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Former Pitt fullback Conredge Collins joined athletes from 42 other universities in a class action complaint on Tuesday against two national athletic entities regarding the lasting effects of concussions. The complaint — filed against the NCAA and the American Athletic Conference, formerly called the Big ...

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