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Pitt junior guard Emy Hayford (4) dribbles the ball at a Nov. 17 game against Long Island University at the Petersen Events Center.

Preview | Pitt looks to build on hot start against No. 2 NC State Wolfpack on Friday

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer December 9, 2021
Pitt's start will be put to the test on Friday, as the Panthers tip off their conference schedule with a home game against No. 2 North Carolina State (8-1, 0-0 ACC). This will be the two teams’ only meeting in the regular season.
Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23) guards the ball during Thursday night’s game against Colgate at the Petersen Events Center.

Photos: Men’s Basketball vs. Colgate

By Hannah Wilson, Staff Photographer December 9, 2021

The Pitt men’s basketball team defeated Colgate 71-68 during Thursday’s game at the Petersen Events Center. After the game, head coach Jeff Capel said this win was important for his team’s growth.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation named Pitt sophomore wide receiver Jordan Addison the winner of the 2021 Biletnikoff Award on Thursday evening.

Addison wins Biletnikoff Award, first Panther since 2003

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 9, 2021
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation named Pitt sophomore wide receiver Jordan Addison the winner of the 2021 Biletnikoff Award on Thursday evening.
Senior middle blocker Serena Gray (21) spikes the ball against Kansas during Thursday afternoons Sweet 16 match at Fitzgerald Field House.

No. 3 Panthers sweep Jayhawks, advance to second consecutive Elite Eight

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer December 9, 2021
Pitt volleyball swept Kansas on Thursday afternoon at the Fitzgerald Field House — earning its second consecutive spot in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Emy Hayford (4) scores during the Pitt women’s basketball game against LIU on Nov. 17.

Pitt off to best start in 12 years after 67-51 win over Coppin State

By Brian Sherry, Staff Writer December 8, 2021
Led by a career night from junior forward Amber Brown, Pitt women’s basketball beat Coppin State 67-51 and improved to 8-2, the Panthers’ best 10-game start to a season since the 2009-10 season.
Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne throws a pass during their game against Penn State in November, in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won 30-27.

Pitt draws favorable matchup in Peach Bowl vs. Michigan State

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer December 8, 2021
The Spartan running game will test Pitt’s defense in the Peach Bowl, but the Panthers, led by Heisman Trophy finalist Kenny Pickett, appear poised to exploit Michigan State’s weak secondary.
Head basketball coach Jeff Capel watches from the bench as a penalty call dashes the Panthers’ hopes to upset Louisville in January 2020.

Column | It’s starting to look like Jeff Capel’s final season in Pittsburgh

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer December 8, 2021
When Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel accepted his job in 2018, he was widely labeled a home-run hire. For his first two seasons, he looked the part, which makes his tenure’s sudden turn for the worse all the more surprising and disappointing.
Israel Abanikanda (2) and Calijah Kancey (8) celebrate a touchdown during Pitt football’s game vs. Miami on Oct. 30 at Heinz Field.

Post-ACC Championship Game football superlatives

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer December 7, 2021
Pitt experienced its most successful season in recent history this year, with double digits wins for the first time since 1981 and winning its first ACC Championship. Although the Panthers’ season doesn’t conclude until Dec. 30 at the Peach Bowl, here are some superlatives for the 2021 football season.
Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple at a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.

Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple resigns from post with Pitt football

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor December 7, 2021
Pitt offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple resigned from his post this morning. He is not expected to coach in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 vs. Michigan State.
Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) runs with the ball during the first half of Saturday evening’s ACC Championship game against Wake Forest University at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kenny Pickett named Heisman finalist, invited to New York ceremony

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 6, 2021
After setting numerous records, winning 10 regular season games and the ACC Championship Game, redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett is a Heisman Trophy finalist.
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