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Young WRs Ffrench and Tipton fill in, break out against Marshall

Young WRs Ffrench and Tipton fill in, break out against Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The call was for the Panthers’ trademark jet sweep –– a handoff where a wide receiver gets a running start before the snap. But this time, the call wasn’t intended for the usual receiver. Usually, jet sweeps go to sophomore Quadree Henderson, who spent Pitt’s first five games gashing opposin...

Sheldon Jeter encourages team about Kevin Stallings

Sheldon Jeter encourages team about Kevin Stallings

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In late March — after Pitt head basketball coach Jamie Dixon left for Texas Christian University, and the Panthers replaced him with Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings — whispers began to spread. Sheldon Jeter is gone! Michael Young and Jamel Artis are going to enter the NBA Draft! Chris Jones can l...

ACC announces new locations for championship games

ACC announces new locations for championship games

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After saying it would relocate this year’s championship games because of a discriminatory law passed in North Carolina, the Atlantic Coast Conference named the new locations for each of the conference’s eight title games on Tuesday. The bill, which the North Carolina state legislature passed in M...

Whitehead practices on Tuesday, expected to play Saturday

Whitehead practices on Tuesday, expected to play Saturday

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 4, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

For at least the 30-minute window that was open to the media, Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead suited up and returned to practice with the Panthers Tuesday morning. After missing Pitt’s 43-27 win against Marshall on Saturday, Whitehead –– the reigning ACC rookie of the year –– appears to be on tr...

Beware of Bumgarner: Lefty to lead San Francisco to 4th World Series title

Beware of Bumgarner: Lefty to lead San Francisco to 4th World Series title

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 4, 2016


Filed under Sports

It’s an even year, and that means it’s the San Francisco Giants’ turn to win the World Series. The St. Louis Cardinals swept the Pittsburgh Pirates on the final weekend of the regular season. That meant the Giants — who won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 — had to also sweep the ...

Late goal lifts Saint Mary’s to 1-0 win over Pitt men’s soccer

Late goal lifts Saint Mary’s to 1-0 win over Pitt men’s soccer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Taking a break from a grueling ACC schedule, the Pitt men’s soccer team might have expected an easier night at home against non-conference opponent Saint Mary’s, California. The St. Mary’s Gaels rolled into Pittsburgh with a lot of confidence after a 2-1 overtime victory over the No. 17 West ...

Layne Van Buskirk earns second ACC Freshman of the Week award

Layne Van Buskirk earns second ACC Freshman of the Week award

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Middle blocker Layne Van Buskirk keeps making an impact in her first year with the Pitt volleyball team, earning her second ACC Volleyball Freshman of the Week award on Monday. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Van Buskirk racked up 23 kills on 35 attempts for a .571 hitting percentage in Pitt’s wins...

Freshmen lead Pitt to victory against Marshall

Freshmen lead Pitt to victory against Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 2, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

In its first four games, the Pitt football team relied almost exclusively on its returning starters and upperclassmen while battling to a 2-2 record. Against Marshall on Saturday, though, it was the Pitt freshmen talent that carried the team in the first half of the Panthers’ 43-27 victory. But what ...

Volleyball sweeps 3-0 win against Virginia

Volleyball sweeps 3-0 win against Virginia

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After conquering Virginia Tech for its third-straight ACC win of the season, the Pitt women’s volleyball team was looking for a victory against the University of Virginia Cavaliers. Sunday afternoon was the first time the teams faced off since Pitt swept the university 3-0 last year. “I was c...

Pitt seniors win Ballin’ on Bigelow basketball tournament

Pitt seniors win Ballin’ on Bigelow basketball tournament

By Molly Appezzato and Tiyanna Brown | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2016


Filed under Sports

Although it was a chilly morning, ballers started warming up on Bigelow Boulevard a little before 10 a.m. Wearing basketball shorts matched with sweatshirts and sneakers, students stretched out their hamstrings and checked their shoelaces one last time before taking the court for Pitt’s newest ba...

Pitt tops Marshall at home, 43-27, in first win since Penn State

Pitt tops Marshall at home, 43-27, in first win since Penn State

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 2, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

On paper, the score of Saturday’s Pitt-Marshall game would seemingly tell the story of a blowout win for the Panthers. But numbers can be deceiving, and the 43-27 final certainly was, as the Panthers utilized two touchdowns in the final minute of play to beat the Thundering Herd at Heinz Field Sa...

No. 2 Florida State holds off Pitt women’s soccer, 2-0

No. 2 Florida State holds off Pitt women’s soccer, 2-0

By Alessandro Conway | For The Pitt News

October 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Following two defeats on the road, the Pitt women’s soccer team returned home to face another tough conference opponent on Saturday afternoon in a matchup against the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles. When these two teams met last October, Florida State (9-1-1 overall, 3-0-1 ACC) came out on top in a...

No. 2 Notre Dame tops Pitt men’s soccer, 2-0

No. 2 Notre Dame tops Pitt men’s soccer, 2-0

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

October 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Fresh off a 2-1 win on the road against Longwood, the Pitt men’s soccer team was unable to sustain its momentum in a 2-1 loss against No. 2 Notre Dame. A capacity crowd of 842 fans at Ambrose Urbanic Field came out to watch the Panthers (2-6-2 overall, 0-3-1 ACC) try to pull off a massive upset a...

Sports dietitians Rachel Baker and Auburn Weisensale keep Pitt fit

Sports dietitians Rachel Baker and Auburn Weisensale keep Pitt fit

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 30, 2016


Filed under Sports

Rachel Baker sits in a corner of the cafeteria at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, Pitt’s football practice facility on the South Side, for an hour-and-a-half each afternoon during football season. It’s not her break –– though she does use the time to eat lunch. Rather, she’s watching ov...

Prediction: Pitt football to get back on winning track vs. Marshall

Prediction: Pitt football to get back on winning track vs. Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The unbridled joy the Pitt football team felt after its 42-39 victory over in-state rival Penn State on Sept. 10, evaporated quickly. After excruciating back-to-back defeats on the road against Oklahoma State and North Carolina, the Panthers know they were just a play or two away from coming home w...

Pitt volleyball stays hot with 3-1 win at Virginia Tech

Pitt volleyball stays hot with 3-1 win at Virginia Tech

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Whether it’s the unfamiliar arena or the heckling fans, playing on the road in any sport can be difficult. But the Pitt volleyball team settled right in Wednesday night with a victory in Blacksburg, Virginia. Pitt (12-3 overall, 3-0 ACC) began its second week of conference play by cruising to a 3-1...

Adaptive sports practices begin at Pitt

Adaptive sports practices begin at Pitt

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under Sports

Brandon Daveler was perplexed. The inaugural wheelchair basketball practice for the semester was supposed to take place the first Thursday after school started — but no one showed up. Instead, a wheelchair with a basketball on its seat sat alone in the corner of the second-floor Bellefield gym...

Point blank: “I’m the point guard”

Point blank: “I’m the point guard”

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

While dribbling around the court during a workout this offseason, Pitt forward Jamel Artis decided to pitch an idea to his new head coach, Kevin Stallings. “Hey, Coach,” Artis said. “I need to play point guard.” To Artis’ surprise, an intrigued Stallings replied with the one word the Panthers...

Narduzzi laments missed opportunities against UNC, preps for Marshall

Narduzzi laments missed opportunities against UNC, preps for Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Normally, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi likes to move on from a previous week’s game after 24 hours and focus his attention on the next match. But after coming so close to a win over a quality opponent only to falter at the end for the second week in a row, he allowed time at his Monday press conf...

Pitt men’s soccer triumphs at Longwood, 2-1

Pitt men’s soccer triumphs at Longwood, 2-1

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team continues to show steady improvement after encountering a rough stretch early on in Jay Vidovich’s first season as head coach. After battling to a 1-1 draw against the Duke Blue Devils on Friday to snap a four-game losing streak, the Panthers (2-5-2 overall) defeated ...

Pitt football plays it too safe against UNC

Pitt football plays it too safe against UNC

By Steve Rotstein and Ashwini Sivaganesh | Sports Editors

September 25, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

For the third week in a row, the Pitt football team scored more than 35 points against a formidable opponent. But for the second week in a row, the Panthers’ conservative play in the final quarter cost them the game. The Panthers went into Saturday’s game knowing that a victory against North Ca...

Women’s soccer devastated by Notre Dame, 4-0

Women’s soccer devastated by Notre Dame, 4-0

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 25, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team suffered its third shutout loss in as many conference games Sunday afternoon. The Panthers (1-9-1, 0-3-0 ACC) fell to the No. 24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1-3, 2-0-1), 4-0, in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame stormed out to a four-goal lead in the first half, then kep...

Volleyball starts ACC play with two weekend wins

Volleyball starts ACC play with two weekend wins

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 25, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Just like last year, the Pitt volleyball team opened conference play with back-to-back wins at the Fitzgerald Field House this past weekend. Now the question remains if the Panthers can avoid the same losing streak they ran into on the road in Virginia in 2015. Pitt (11-3, 2-0 ACC) began conference play F...

Pitt falls in 37-36 thriller at North Carolina

Pitt falls in 37-36 thriller at North Carolina

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 24, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

North Carolina senior wideout Ryan Switzer might be done terrorizing the Pitt secondary, but on Saturday, he made his final go-around count. Thanks in large part to Switzer’s 16 catches for 208 yards in his last game against the Panthers, Pitt lost a heartbreaker in Chapel Hill. The Panthers (2-2 o...

Pitt men’s soccer battles to 1-1 draw at Duke

Pitt men’s soccer battles to 1-1 draw at Duke

By Alessandro Conway | For The Pitt News

September 24, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team didn’t get its first ACC win, but showed improvement on Friday against the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, North Carolina. After suffering a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Loyola three days ago, the Panthers (1-5-2 overall, 0-2-1 ACC) battled to a 1-1 draw against the Duke (3-2...

Prediction: Switzer to give Pitt fits one more time

Prediction: Switzer to give Pitt fits one more time

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Opening up conference play against a reigning division champion is less than ideal, especially after a heartbreaking road loss. But Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi is embracing the challenge heading into Pitt’s ACC opener Saturday against the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. ...

Pat Narduzzi prepares defense for balanced UNC offensive attack

Pat Narduzzi prepares defense for balanced UNC offensive attack

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Nobody expected the Pitt football team to have trouble dispatching Villanova in its season opener, which the Panthers won, 28-7. But everybody knew the three-week stretch that followed –– against Penn State, Oklahoma State and North Carolina –– would make or break the season. The Panth...

Boston College shuts out Pitt women’s soccer, 3-0

Boston College shuts out Pitt women’s soccer, 3-0

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 22, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team continued its rough start to ACC play with another shutout loss Thursday night against No. 17 Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Panthers (1-8-1 overall, 0-2-0 ACC) began their two-game road trip riding a five-game losing streak, and the skid continued aga...

Friends James Conner and Ryan Switzer ready to compete again Saturday

Friends James Conner and Ryan Switzer ready to compete again Saturday

By Stephen Caruso | Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Ryan Switzer’s North Carolina Tar Heels had just wrapped up a perfect 8-0 season in conference play and were 24 hours away from taking on the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 5, 2015. But Switzer was in no mood to celebrate. Earlier that day, he opened his Twitter feed to ...

Stephanie Williams: Coming back for the kill

Stephanie Williams: Coming back for the kill

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

Stephanie Williams had been here before, almost one year to the day.   It was the Michigan game. The Pitt volleyball team faced a 12-9 deficit in the fifth and final set. Last year, the Panthers lost, and Williams left the court with a broken foot. She would have to sit out a majority of her fi...

Pitt men’s soccer foiled by Loyola in overtime, 2-1

Pitt men’s soccer foiled by Loyola in overtime, 2-1

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

September 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After holding the No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels to just one goal on the road in a 1-0 loss on Friday, the Pitt men’s soccer team had to feel good about its chances back at home against Loyola on Tuesday night. Instead, Loyola (2-5-0) shocked the Panthers (1-5-1 overall, 0-2-0 ACC) with two late ...

Narduzzi moves past Oklahoma State for UNC

Narduzzi moves past Oklahoma State for UNC

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

With a showdown looming against the reigning ACC Coastal Division champion North Carolina Tar Heels, the Pitt football team has no time to linger on past mistakes. Coming off a disappointing 45-38 loss in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Panthers will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to begin ACC ...

Pouncey powers Steelers offense

Pouncey powers Steelers offense

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 20, 2016


Filed under Sports

At age 27, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has already been through a career’s worth of devastating injuries, yet he always finds a way to return to All-Pro form. After his worst injury scare yet, Pouncey is back to leading the Steelers’ offensive line –– and he looks better t...

Ejuan Price named ACC defensive lineman of the week

Ejuan Price named ACC defensive lineman of the week

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 20, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt redshirt senior defensive end Ejuan Price was recognized as the ACC defensive lineman of the week for the third time in his career Monday, this time for his efforts against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Week 3. Price continued to wreak havoc on opponents in the Panthers’ 45-38 loss to the Cowbo...

Passing offense falters late against Oklahoma State

Passing offense falters late against Oklahoma State

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s passing offense could not keep up with Oklahoma State Saturday, due in part to redshirt senior Dontez Ford sitting out the game because of a reported broken collarbone. Playing without the team’s only experienced wide receiver, quarterback Nathan Peterman threw for 237 yards and completed less than 50 percent...

Boyd returns as Pittsburgh opponent

Boyd returns as Pittsburgh opponent

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 18, 2016


Filed under Sports

A strong start in former Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd’s Heinz Field homecoming turned into a nightmare finish for the Cincinnati Bengals rookie. Boyd returned home Sunday to the stadium where he spent three years torching secondaries with the Panthers –– this time as a member of the Pittsburgh Steel...

Pitt volleyball dominates in Panther Challenge

Pitt volleyball dominates in Panther Challenge

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 18, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Following a discouraging loss Friday night, the Pitt volleyball team rebounded to secure a pair of wins Saturday in the Panther Challenge tournament at the Fitzgerald Field House. The Panthers (9-3) hosted Western Kentucky, Lehigh and Robert Morris over the weekend after going 2-1 in the Panther Invi...

Pitt women’s soccer shut out in ACC opener vs. Louisville, 1-0

Pitt women’s soccer shut out in ACC opener vs. Louisville, 1-0

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s women’s soccer team opened conference play at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Saturday night with a 1-0 loss to the Louisville Cardinals. The struggling Panthers (1-7-1 overall, 0-1-0 ACC) dropped their fifth consecutive game and failed to score a goal for the third time in that stretch. Louisvi...

Pitt falls to Oklahoma State, 45-38, in weather-delayed shootout in Stillwater

Pitt falls to Oklahoma State, 45-38, in weather-delayed shootout in Stillwater

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was right to be worried about Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington during the week leading up to Saturday’s game. “They’ve got this James Washington, No. 28, that can run down the field, and we’re talking about clapping,” Narduzzi said after fielding a ...

Pitt shut out by No. 2 North Carolina, 1-0

Pitt shut out by No. 2 North Carolina, 1-0

By Ryan Zimba | For The Pitt News

September 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team fought valiantly Friday night in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but came up just short in a shutout loss against the No. 2 team in the nation. The No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1-0 overall, 2-0-0 ACC) controlled the majority of the game against the Panthers (1-4-1 o...

Pitt LB Mike Caprara named to 2016 AFCA Good Works Team

Pitt LB Mike Caprara named to 2016 AFCA Good Works Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt senior linebacker Mike Caprara is off to a fast start to his 2016 season, playing a big role in each of Pitt’s first two wins with 1.5 sacks against Villanova and two fumble recoveries against Penn State. On Thursday, though, he was recognized for all the work he’s put in off the field. A 6...

Q&A with Tyler Palko: From field general to leader in the business field

Q&A with Tyler Palko: From field general to leader in the business field

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

You may know Tyler Palko as the local star who forever etched his name into western Pennsylvania football lore during his time as a fiery southpaw quarterback. Palko –– a three-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year –– led West Allegheny High Scho...

Employment Guide: Pitt student-athletes receive valuable life skills

Employment Guide: Pitt student-athletes receive valuable life skills

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Sports

Colin Sisk has been a lifelong Pitt fan, even attending the last game at Pitt Stadium –– a 37-27 Pitt triumph against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Nov. 13, 1999. So six years ago, when Sisk was just a first-year undergrad trying to get involved, he joined the football staff as an equipment m...

Pitt women’s basketball releases 2016 ACC schedule

Pitt women’s basketball releases 2016 ACC schedule

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio unveiled the team’s full 2016-2017 schedule Thursday, with nine consecutive home games scheduled at the Petersen Events Center to start the season. The Panthers’ season starts Nov. 12, with a home game against Mount St. Mary’s, and featu...

ACC moves all neutral-site championship games out of North Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Sports

After North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation barring transgender people from using bathrooms that match their gender identities, the ACC announced on Wednesday it would move all of its neutral-site championships out of the state. The decision, which will be in effect for at least the 2016-2017...

Pitt football in for even bigger challenge after knocking off PSU

Pitt football in for even bigger challenge after knocking off PSU

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi is tired of talking about Penn State, and he wants to make sure his players aren’t spending too much time basking in the glory of last week’s win. “There's a 24-hour rule,” the Pitt head football coach said Wednesday. “You can have fun Saturday night and wake up in the morni...

James Conner, Ryan Lewis earn national honors for week two efforts

James Conner, Ryan Lewis earn national honors for week two efforts

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

After battling both injury and cancer over the past year before coming back to score a pair of touchdowns against Penn State last Saturday, Pitt running back James Conner was recognized this week for his courage. On Wednesday, the redshirt junior became the first weekly nominee for the 2016 Capit...

Pitt men’s soccer subdued by Robert Morris, 2-0

Pitt men’s soccer subdued by Robert Morris, 2-0

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team travelled to Moon, Pennsylvania, in search of a win after losing its first conference game lost to Louisville but instead fell in a 2-0 shutout to Robert Morris. The Panthers (1-3-1) took the upper hand in the beginning of the match by keeping the ball near the Coloni...

No Bell, No Bryant, No Problem: Steelers roll in D.C.

No Bell, No Bryant, No Problem: Steelers roll in D.C.

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Sports

As a national audience witnessed Monday night, rumors of the 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers’ demise were greatly exaggerated. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shined, and Antonio Brown further staked his claim as the best wide receiver in the NFL with a pair of touchdown catches in the Steelers’ 38-16 s...

Pitt’s newest basketball recruits for 2017 class

Pitt’s newest basketball recruits for 2017 class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 13, 2016


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

The Pitt women’s basketball team received a verbal commitment to its recruiting 2017 class on Monday from Angelique Rodriguez, a 6-foot shooting guard from Capital Prep Magnet High School in Hartford, Connecticut, who averaged 16.5 points per game last season. Rodriguez announced her decision on Monday v...

TPN Panthers of the Week: Gillian Schriever and George Aston

TPN Panthers of the Week: Gillian Schriever and George Aston

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Gillian Schriever - Women’s Cross Country Sophomore runner Gillian Schriever continued her dominant start to her second year at the Tommy Evans Invitational on Friday in Akron, Ohio. The women’s cross country standout led the pack and secured Pitt’s first individual win this season as well as ...

Nick Wolk honored as ACC Men’s Cross Country Freshman of the Week

Nick Wolk honored as ACC Men’s Cross Country Freshman of the Week

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt runner Nick Wolk was named the ACC Men’s Cross Country Freshman of the Week after an impressive showing at last weekend’s Tommy Evans Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Wolk has quickly established himself as one of Pitt’s most valuable assets after posting a time of 20:23.1 in the 6.4K. He f...

Narduzzi shifts focus from PSU to Oklahoma State

Narduzzi shifts focus from PSU to Oklahoma State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Although Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi seemed eager to move forward to this week’s game against Oklahoma State, he opened his Monday press conference by reflecting on last Saturday’s monumental 42-39 win against Penn State. “Just to close the chapter on last week’s game, obviously it...

Pitt men’s basketball releases 2016 ACC schedule

Pitt men’s basketball releases 2016 ACC schedule

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 12, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pitt released dates and times for its 2016 men’s basketball conference schedule on Monday afternoon. All 18 of the Panthers’ ACC contests will be televised nationally, and this year’s conference schedule should be one of Pitt’s most chall...

Ryan Lewis, Quadree Henderson earn weekly ACC honors

Ryan Lewis, Quadree Henderson earn weekly ACC honors

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt senior cornerback Ryan Lewis and sophomore wide receiver Quadree Henderson earned accolades from the Atlantic Coast Conference for their standout performances in Pitt’s 42-39 win over Penn State on Saturday. Lewis was selected as the ACC defensive back of the week while Henderson was named ACC sp...

Pitt women’s soccer falls in double OT to Kent State, 2-1

Pitt women’s soccer falls in double OT to Kent State, 2-1

By Molly Appezzato | For The Pitt News

September 12, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s women’s soccer team struggled to find many scoring opportunities and fell to Kent State in double overtime, 2-1, Sunday night. Despite a strong game from Pitt’s (1-6-1) young players on offense, Kent State (3-1-0) outshot the Panthers, 16-13, led by three shots apiece from forwards K...

Will PSU consider Pitt a rival now? Panthers hope so

Will PSU consider Pitt a rival now? Panthers hope so

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

September 11, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Saturday’s Pitt vs. Penn State game exceeded all expectations, especially for Penn State fans who were skeptical about the scope of the historic clash. But after the game, the Panthers who took the field had only one thing to say. The rivalry is back — and it’s real. A record-breaking 69...

Early injuries end Hendrix and Ziese’s season

Early injuries end Hendrix and Ziese’s season

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 11, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Though Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi said the status of defensive end Dewayne Hendrix and Star linebacker Elijah Zeise’s health was “day-to-day” during the week, he confirmed Saturday after the Panthers’ 42-39 win over Penn State the two key defensive players are out for the season. Reds...

Volleyball concludes Panther Invitational, 2-1

Volleyball concludes Panther Invitational, 2-1

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 11, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming off an undefeated weekend at the UCSB Thunderdome Classic in Santa Barbara, California, the Pitt volleyball team made its regular season home debut at the Fitzgerald Field House over the weekend. The Panthers welcomed Coastal Carolina, American University and No. 22 University of Michigan for th...

Pitt men’s soccer shut out vs. Louisville, 2-0

Pitt men’s soccer shut out vs. Louisville, 2-0

By Tiyanna Brown | For The Pitt News

September 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s men’s soccer team fell in its first conference game under new head coach Jay Vidovich, 2-0, on Friday night. The Panthers (1-2-1 overall, 0-1-0 ACC) hosted the Louisville Cardinals (3-1-1 overall, 1-0-0 ACC) at Ambrose Urbanic Field to open up ACC play. It was the fourth meeting between t...

Pitt conquers Penn State, 42-39, in Keystone Classic game

Pitt conquers Penn State, 42-39, in Keystone Classic game

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, GameDay, Sports

On Saturday, Pitt senior defensive back Ryan Lewis proved a living example of the adage “practice makes perfect.” According to Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, Lewis has stayed late at practices this year, working on improving his ball skills, particularly on deep passes. And in the biggest g...

Pitt women’s soccer improves but loses to Kansas, 2-1

Pitt women’s soccer improves but loses to Kansas, 2-1

By Ryan Zimba / For The Pitt News

September 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team showed improvement in its match Friday night against the Kansas Jayhawks, but were still unable to pick up a win. Pitt (1-5-1) dropped its third consecutive game in a 2-1 defeat to the Jayhawks (4-2-1) in Lawrence, Kansas. The Panthers went winless on their three-game roa...

Schriever leads Pitt cross country to clean sweep in Akron

Schriever leads Pitt cross country to clean sweep in Akron

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s and women’s cross country teams built off a strong showing at the Duquesne Duals last week to sweep the Tommy Evans Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Friday night. The men’s team placed third in the season opener while the women placed second, but the women’s team got back star so...

Pitt-Penn State Preview: Tight matchup could come down to the last drive

Pitt-Penn State Preview: Tight matchup could come down to the last drive

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Pitt vs. Penn State: an in-state rivalry that needs no introduction. In a game that is projected to be the most attended sporting event ever in the city of Pittsburgh, two flawed yet evenly matched teams will meet at Heinz Field at noon on Saturday. Here are a few key players and matchups to keep an eye on in thi...

LIVE: Pitt v. Penn State, Return of the Rivalry

LIVE: Pitt v. Penn State, Return of the Rivalry

By The Pitt News Staff

September 9, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Welcome to The Pitt News' hub for all things Pitt-Penn State related on game day. Follow this page and our social media for live coverage of the game as it's happening, including reports and photos from the sidelines, the student section and the tailgates outside the stadium.  3:45 p.m. GAME O...

Pitt football season preview: More of the same

Pitt football season preview: More of the same

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 9, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt opened its football season with a 28-7 win against the Villanova Wildcats, handily dispatching the notoriously scrappy Football Championship Subdivision –– formerly I-AA –– opponent. Although the Wildcats nearly defeated the last three Football Bowl Subdivision –– formerly I-A –– te...

Longtime Pitt fans reflect on glory days

Longtime Pitt fans reflect on glory days

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

For the first time in 16 years, Pitt students will rise Saturday morning for a date with the Nittany Lions. It’s something no current Pitt student has done, but alums throughout the past century –– from the age of Chuck Berry and poodle skirts to Nirvana and chokers –– recall the annual Pitt...

The last Pitt coach to beat PSU: Q&A with Walt Harris

The last Pitt coach to beat PSU: Q&A with Walt Harris

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Until Pitt’s Chris Blewitt or Penn State’s Joey Julius kicks the ball off Saturday, the last Pitt head coach to take on the Nittany Lions is none other than Walt Harris, who headed the program from 1997 to 2005. Harris coached the Panthers to a 52-44 record in eight seasons with the team, culmina...

Pitt-Penn State traffic update

Pitt-Penn State traffic update

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

September 9, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Panthers’ showdown against Penn State on Saturday is expected to have a record-breaking number of people in attendance, so here are a few traffic and celebration considerations to keep in mind before kickoff: Road closures: Liberty Bridge is closed indefinitely due to an electrical fire and Se...

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2016


Filed under Columns, Football, GameDay, Opinions

‘Ped State!’ ‘Joe Knew!’ “Hilarious. I’ve got to get that on a T-shirt. Or a sign. Or something.” This is the unhinged thought process that select members of the Pitt fan base will likely go through, or have already gone through, prior to the Panthers’ long-awaited clash with t...

Pitt-Penn State expected to set Pittsburgh sporting event attendance record

Pitt-Penn State expected to set Pittsburgh sporting event attendance record

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Saturday’s game at Heinz Field between the Pitt Panthers and the Penn State Nittany Lions is set to be the all-time most attended sporting event in the city of Pittsburgh, according to Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes. Pitt has already set a new school record for season ticket sales with 55,63...

Pitt-Penn State matchup brings familiar foes back together

Pitt-Penn State matchup brings familiar foes back together

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t letting the media observe practice or speak to players this week, but he did have some things to say about the upcoming game against Penn State during his weekly teleconference Wednesday. According to Narduzzi, about three-fourths of the Panthers’ ro...

Storied past of Pitt vs. Penn State

Storied past of Pitt vs. Penn State

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

This Saturday at Heinz Field, the Pitt Panthers and Penn State Nittany Lions will renew one of college football’s most storied rivalries after a 16-year hiatus. The in-state battle for supremacy between Pennsylvania’s only Power Five conference schools –– now known as the Keystone Classic –– ...

NFL season preview: Steelers to send Green Bay packing in Super Bowl LI

NFL season preview: Steelers to send Green Bay packing in Super Bowl LI

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 6, 2016


Filed under Sports

When the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers square off on Thursday night, it will be exactly seven months since the Broncos defeated the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, 24-10. The Super Bowl rematch to kick off the 2016-17 NFL season will mark the first time since 1970 the previous year’s Super Bowl o...

Penn State fans plan game day “white out”

By Ash Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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Narduzzi silences players entering Penn State week

Narduzzi silences players entering Penn State week

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

September 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

In the weeks leading up to Pitt football’s season opener against Villanova, head coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t want to talk about Penn State. This week, he’s talking but is still tight-lipped. He’s adamant, though, that his players and staff remain totally silent ahead of Saturday’s rivalry ...

Pitt women’s soccer shut out at UC Irvine, 3-0

Pitt women’s soccer shut out at UC Irvine, 3-0

By Ryan Zimba - For The Pitt News

September 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the second straight game, the Pitt women’s soccer team was unable to generate any opportunities on offense, falling Sunday night to the University of California, Irvine, 3-0. The Panthers (1-4-1) were shut out for the second game in a row to start their three-game road trip. Chalk the loss up...

Pitt men’s soccer blasts St. Joseph’s for first win, 4-1

Pitt men’s soccer blasts St. Joseph’s for first win, 4-1

By Ted Zhang / Staff Writer

September 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It took three games, but Jay Vidovich, the former NSCAA National Coach of the Year, earned his first win as head coach of the Pitt men’s soccer team Sunday night. Following a disappointing loss to Temple Friday, the Panthers (1-1-1) bounced back Sunday with a 4-1 domination against the St. Jose...

Pitt volleyball goes undefeated at UCSB Thunderdome Classic

Pitt volleyball goes undefeated at UCSB Thunderdome Classic

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It was home sweet home for Pitt volleyball head coach Dan Fisher last weekend at the UCSB Thunderdome Classic in Santa Barbara, California. Playing in Fisher’s hometown, the Panthers (5-1) proved they can not only finish matches but come from behind to win. Pitt went undefeated in three matches ov...

Former Pitt LB Nicholas Grigsby makes L.A. Rams’ 53-man roster

Former Pitt LB Nicholas Grigsby makes L.A. Rams’ 53-man roster

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 4, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Former Pitt linebacker Nicholas Grigsby survived the last round of NFL preseason roster cuts Saturday, officially making the Los Angeles Rams’ 53-man roster entering the 2016-2017 season. Grigsby joins former Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd of the Cincinnati Bengals as the second player from Pitt’s 2015 ...

James Conner returns, Pitt tops Villanova 28-7

James Conner returns, Pitt tops Villanova 28-7

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

There aren’t many occasions for a stadium to give a standing ovation to a rush for a one-yard loss, but Pitt saw one of them on Saturday. Because, after battling cancer, a torn MCL, chemotherapy and physical rehab, star running back James Conner was back. And he could have fumbled the ball into the end zone for all the fans in the Heinz Field crowd ...

Gallery: Pitt vs. Villanova 9/3/16

Gallery: Pitt vs. Villanova 9/3/16

By Jeff Ahearn and Matt Hawley

September 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, This Week In Photos, Visual

Pitt women’s soccer falls in 4-0 shutout at UCSB

Pitt women’s soccer falls in 4-0 shutout at UCSB

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Fresh off its first win of the season, Pitt’s women’s soccer team suffered its worst loss of the season in Santa Barbara, California, Friday night. The Panthers (1-3-1) gave up the first goal less than a minute into the game and never recovered, dropping a 4-0 shutout against the University of ...

Pitt men’s soccer team falters late in 2-1 loss at Temple

Pitt men’s soccer team falters late in 2-1 loss at Temple

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

September 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team traveled to Philadelphia searching for their first win of the season, but instead fell to Temple, 2-1, in the final moments of the game. “It was another experience in our growth as a program and team,” Pitt head coach Jay Vidovich said in a press release after the game. ...

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt fans know all too well the perils that can come with taking the first opponent of the season lightly just because it is a Football Championship Subdivision — formerly I-AA — team. In 2012, Paul Chryst was in his first game as head coach of the Panthers, and a win -- good start to his tenu...

Panthers set to kick off 2016 football season Saturday

Panthers set to kick off 2016 football season Saturday

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team will face a grueling three-week stretch against a dangerous trio of opponents in Penn State, No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 22 North Carolina beginning Sept. 10. But even though tougher teams loom, head coach Pat Narduzzi reminded Pitt fans this week that winning Saturday’s se...

Pitt women ranked 8th, men ranked 13th in ACC cross country poll

Pitt women ranked 8th, men ranked 13th in ACC cross country poll

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

An ACC preseason poll released Thursday has predicted the Pitt women’s and men’s cross country teams will finish eighth and 13th in the conference, respectively, according to head coaches in the ACC who voted in the rankings. “The ACC is a great conference for women’s cross country,” Pitt women...

McDowell Mob making the trip to Heinz Field for Conner’s return

McDowell Mob making the trip to Heinz Field for Conner’s return

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Last fall, sports nutrition teacher Crystal Myers and the McDowell Mob — the student fan section at McDowell High School, which she heads — had everything lined up. For the second year in a row, students from the Erie, Pennsylvania, high school planned to trek to Heinz Field by the busload to support t...

Year of the Tiger: 2016 College Football Preview

Year of the Tiger: 2016 College Football Preview

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

An Aug. 26 matchup between California and Hawaii in Sydney notwithstanding, the 2016 college football season begins in earnest today with a slate of 16 Football Bowl Subdivision games. The Panthers’ season begins on Saturday and the team figures to be a contender once again in the ACC Coastal D...

Despite uneven play Pirates remain playoff relevant

Despite uneven play Pirates remain playoff relevant

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 30, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Even with injuries, poor play and questionable decision making from the organization, the Pirates have somehow maintained mediocrity in 2016. Despite their best efforts to end a three-year postseason streak, they may still be a playoff team. In the first half of the season, the Pirates did a gr...

Women’s team ranked 6th, men’s team 14th in cross country preseason poll

Women’s team ranked 6th, men’s team 14th in cross country preseason poll

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

August 30, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

New rankings for NCAA cross country released this week placed both Pitt’s men’s and women’s teams in the top 15 in the region. The women’s team placed sixth, and the men’s team placed 14th in Tuesday’s NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Region rankings by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross ...

Pitt Athletics announces Panther Club donor acquisition campaign

Pitt Athletics announces Panther Club donor acquisition campaign

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

August 30, 2016


Filed under Sports

The University’s Panther Club announced a three-week initiative on Tuesday that will seek to procure more than 11,000 monetary donations from 220,000 possible donors. With over 300,000 living alumni, only 8,000 donated to the athletics department last year, making Pitt’s donor engagement rate ...

Pitt football week one depth chart breakdown

Pitt football week one depth chart breakdown

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

August 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

With the first game of Pat Narduzzi’s second season at Pitt less than a week away, the Panthers head coach revealed the team’s two-deep depth chart for their opener against Villanova on Saturday. As expected, Nathan Peterman, James Conner, Ejuan Price and Jordan Whitehead showed up at the top of their r...

Narduzzi keeps team focused on Nova with PSU showdown looming

Narduzzi keeps team focused on Nova with PSU showdown looming

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t dive into any specifics for his team’s game plan against the Villanova Wildcats at his week one press conference, but he made one thing clear: for him and the Panthers, the season opener can’t come soon enough. “I’m excited to watch our whole football...

Pitt women’s soccer tops Xavier, 2-1

Pitt women’s soccer tops Xavier, 2-1

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After being shut out in its first two home games of the regular season, the Pitt women’s soccer team put numbers on the scoreboard immediately in its Sunday afternoon game against the Xavier Musketeers. The Panthers (1-2-1) eventually defeated the Xavier Musketeers (2-1-1) by a 2-1 score for their first ...

Pitt volleyball goes 2-1 to begin season at Kennesaw Invitational

Pitt volleyball goes 2-1 to begin season at Kennesaw Invitational

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After narrowly missing the postseason last fall, Pitt volleyball started its new year with one goal in mind: securing that elusive NCAA Tournament spot. The Panthers’ regular season started this weekend in Georgia, where they took part in the Kennesaw Invitational — their first tune-up tournam...

Three Panthers make Rotary Lombardi Award watch list

Three Panthers make Rotary Lombardi Award watch list

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Junior running back James Conner and senior offensive linemen Adam Bisnowaty and Dorian Johnson were named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list late last week. The award is named after former Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi and awarded to players who show “outstanding” performance...

ICYMI: Summer sports recap

ICYMI: Summer sports recap

By The Pitt News Staff

August 29, 2016


Filed under Sports

Everything of note in Pitt and Pittsburgh sports since our last print edition. Stanley Cup Tracker In a competitive six-game Stanley Cup Final, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat out the San Jose Sharks for the Stanley Cup with a 3-1 win in Game 6, June 12, in San Jose, California. As one of the per...

Pitt battles to scoreless draw in Vidovich’s first game as head coach

Pitt battles to scoreless draw in Vidovich’s first game as head coach

By Meg Millure / Staff Writer

August 27, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

On an uncharacteristically temperate night in late August, 733 fans packed the stands at Ambrose Urbanic Field to catch a glimpse of Jay Vidovich’s first game as head coach of the Pitt men’s soccer team. The Panthers hosted the Detroit Titans Friday night in their regular season opener, battli...

Pitt women’s soccer falls in 1-0 shutout vs. Colorado College

Pitt women’s soccer falls in 1-0 shutout vs. Colorado College

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 26, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team has learned over the past two matches that every opponent –– big or small –– is a serious threat. Following a 2-0 loss to Duquesne in the home opener, the Panthers (0-2-1) welcomed Colorado College (2-1) to Ambrose Urbanic Field Thursday night. Despite part...

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