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May 12, 2020

With college sports fans anxiously awaiting updates on their teams’ 2020-21 season in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, fans have passed the time debating sports topics of the past, present and future.

Pittsburgh sports community donates $800,000 to vaccine research

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke. (TPN File photo)

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

May 6, 2020

Pitt athletics announced Wednesday morning that four of the department’s leaders — athletic director Heather Lyke, head football coach Pat Narduzzi, head women’s basketball coach Lance White and head men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel — would donate a combined $500,000 to support Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research in their pursuit of a vaccine that protects against the coronavirus.

No. 1 Player in Pennsylvania, Jeffress, commits to Pitt basketball

Head coach Jeff Capel (far right) and his coaching staff frantically signal to Pitt's players during a game.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

April 28, 2020

In a five minute video detailing his journey through basketball, William Jeffress Jr., a 6-foot-7 four-star forward in the class of 2020 from nearby Erie, Pa. announced his commitment to Pitt basketball. 

Jackson selected by Buffalo in NFL Draft’s seventh round

Former Pitt cornerback Dane Jackson earned a grade of 5.99 at the 2020 NFL Combine.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

April 25, 2020

Former Pitt defensive back Dane Jackson was selected 239th overall in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday by the Buffalo Bills.

Sports editor Trent Leonard revisits predictive hits and misses

Sports editor Trent Leonard revisits predictive hits and misses

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

Sports editor Trent Leonard revisits some of his past takes that we can now look back on with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.

Senior staff writer Dominic Campbell reflects on TPN tenure

Senior staff writer Dominic Campbell reflects on TPN tenure

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2020

Dominic Campbell has always dreamed of being a sports writer, and for the last four years, he’s been able to live out that dream.

Rodney Gallagher receives Pitt football offer

Gallagher caught 25 passes for 491 yards and rushed 36 times for 392 yards as a freshman at Laurel Highlands.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2020

Laurel Highlands freshman Rodney Gallagher, who received a basketball offer from Capel on March 7, announced Thursday that he also received an offer from Pitt football.

Pitt hosts virtual Panthers’ Choice Awards amidst pandemic

Senior receiver Maurice Ffrench won the Panther Award in the 2020 Panthers' Choice Awards.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Pitt Athletics hosted its third annual Panthers' Choice Awards Wednesday, celebrating student-athlete achievements in academics, athletics and citizenship.

Cast and crew of “Warrior” remember filming at Pitt

The Petersen Events Center was once a major filming location of “Warrior,” a film that features some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Pitt students probably know the Petersen Events Center as the home to their Panther men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as an adequate concert venue. They might not realize that the venue once was a major filming location of a film that featured some of today’s biggest stars in Hollywood.

Joe Solomon named to Pa. Sports Hall of Fame

Joe Solomon (behind) won an NCAA Championship at 167 pounds in 1954.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2020

The late Joe Solomon, a former wrestling National Champion at Pitt, was named to the 2020 class of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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