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Take Five: Pirates, Pacquette and Rick Pitino

Take Five: Pirates, Pacquette and Rick Pitino

By The Pitt News Staff

March 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Spring break is upon us but the non-stop news cycle of the sports world takes no breaks. The Pitt News staff is back to round up this week’s best stories. Click here to see last week's takes. Cheapskates The Major League Baseball Players Union filed grievances against the Oakland Athletics, Mi...

Women’s club hockey skates to success

Women’s club hockey skates to success

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 2, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports Features

It’s 5 a.m., and while most Pitt students are still hitting snooze and sleeping off late-night study binges or a night out, one group on campus is already wide awake and on their way out of the city to start their day. The sun rises over the passing scenery and empty roads as sticks and pads clatter i...

Imperfect Panthers: Pitt goes 0-18 in ACC

Imperfect Panthers: Pitt goes 0-18 in ACC

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team dropped its final game of the regular season Wednesday night at Notre Dame (18-12 overall, 8-9 ACC), 73-56, giving the Panthers a winless 0-18 record in the ACC and an 8-23 record overall. The loss gave the Panthers their first ever winless season in conference play, whil...

Demon Deacons send Panthers packing in ACC tournament

Demon Deacons send Panthers packing in ACC tournament

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Riding a seven-game losing streak and with one last chance to turn the season around in the ACC tournament, the Pitt women’s basketball team was blown out in Wednesday’s first round by Wake Forest, 72-38. At the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Demon Deacons (15...

Chase Brown brings talent to young Pitt offense

Chase Brown brings talent to young Pitt offense

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Offensive tackle Chase Brown announced in June that he will attend the University of Pittsburgh, marking the Panthers’ ninth commit of the 2018 recruiting class and — more interestingly — Brown’s third stint at a university. Brown — unlike most of the class — enters the program with m...

Narduzzi rounds out staff for 2018 season

Narduzzi rounds out staff for 2018 season

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi announced three coaching appointments Saturday, finalizing his 2018 staff. Narduzzi promoted defensive line coach Charlie Partridge to assistant head coach, hired Cory Sanders as safeties coach and brought in Paris Johnson Sr. as assistant director of player perso...

Wheel city: Pitt groups team up to host 3-on-3 adaptive sports tournament

Wheel city: Pitt groups team up to host 3-on-3 adaptive sports tournament

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Sports

The Chair Bears claimed the title in Pitt’s inaugural 3-vs-3 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament last Saturday. The tournament featured 14 teams — a significant outcome for a school that had no program for adaptive sports just two years ago. “We’re hoping to use this as an outreach effort and ...

Few bright spots for Panthers in cloudy sports weekend

Few bright spots for Panthers in cloudy sports weekend

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

As winter sports athletes are attempting to close out their seasons, the spring sports are just getting started. And while some members of the track and field team set personal bests and both baseball and softball hit the diamond with winning weekends, both Panthers basketball squads and the tennis ...

No. 4 Cardinals clobber Panthers, 81-49

No. 4 Cardinals clobber Panthers, 81-49

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team dropped its sixth straight — and final — regular season game, 81-49, at No. 4 Louisville Sunday, finishing with a 2-14 ACC record heading into the postseason conference tournament. A day after the men’s basketball team suffered a 29-point loss to the best team ...

Pitt runners compete, set personal bests at ACC Indoor Championships

Pitt runners compete, set personal bests at ACC Indoor Championships

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Though some Pitt runners brought home personal bests from the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Clemson, South Carolina, the men’s and women’s teams both struggled overall. Senior Desiree Garland made program history Saturday, earning Pitt’s first-ever ACC women’s in...

Panthers set individual records at ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Panthers set individual records at ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Men’s swimming and diving partook in the 2018 ACC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina on Saturday, setting records and placing multiple athletes. Sophomore Brian Ramsey set a school record in the Saturday morning races in the 200m breaststroke with ...

No. 1 Virginia vanquishes Pitt, 66-37, in last home game of the season

No. 1 Virginia vanquishes Pitt, 66-37, in last home game of the season

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

February 24, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers secured their third ACC regular season title in the last five years Saturday afternoon. The Panthers also continued to set records, extending their losing streak to 17 in a loss against the best team in the nation. Despite low attendance this season, fans filled the lower leve...

Gallery: No. 1 Virginia hands Pitt 17th straight loss

Gallery: No. 1 Virginia hands Pitt 17th straight loss

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

February 24, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Visual

While the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers secured their 3rd outright ACC regular-season title in the last five years on Saturday afternoon, the Panthers also continued to make history books — extending their losing record streak to 17 in a loss against the best team in the nation. Despite low attendance...

NCAA should leave the past alone

NCAA should leave the past alone

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The last time the Louisville men’s basketball team won the NCAA tournament was 22 years ago — at least according to the NCAA. The NCAA vacated 123 wins from Louisville’s program — from between 2011 and 2015 — on Tuesday. The Cardinals will also be stripped of their 2013 NCAA championship win after bei...

Pitt falls to NC State, loses fifth straight

Pitt falls to NC State, loses fifth straight

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team extended its losing streak Thursday night as they were chased down by the No. 21 NC State Wolfpack, 77-66. The Panthers (10-18 overall, 2-13 ACC) failed to capitalize on a strong early start as the Wolfpack (22-6 overall, 11-4 ACC) stymied the Panthers’ offense ...

Take Five: Mets, mock drafts, Mark Cuban

Take Five: Mets, mock drafts, Mark Cuban

By The Pitt News Staff

February 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With the NBA and NHL seasons passing their midway point and the MLB season on the brink, there are plenty of stories to sift through for fans of all interests. The Pitt News sports staff is here to round up the best ones of the week. Put Me in Coach Tim Tebow is a former professional quarterback with...

Demon Deacons dunk on Panthers, 63-57

Demon Deacons dunk on Panthers, 63-57

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a game where neither team led by more than seven points, the Pitt men’s basketball team battled fellow ACC bottom-dweller Wake Forest Wednesday but couldn’t convert enough opportunities down the stretch and suffered its 16th straight loss, 63-57. A home game against the Wake Forest Demon De...

Point-Counterpoint: Pyeongchang brings the heat despite critiques

Point-Counterpoint: Pyeongchang brings the heat despite critiques

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

If you don’t know what’s been happening during this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, you’re sorely missing out. That shirtless Tongan flag bearer you fell in love with during the Rio Games made an appearance, an Austrian snowboarder finished a race after literally breaking his neck and all-American swee...

Point-Counterpoint: Winter Olympics leaves fans iced out

Point-Counterpoint: Winter Olympics leaves fans iced out

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

What’s the biggest story from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics so far? It could be Adam Rippon’s spat with Vice President Mike Pence, or Pence and North Korean propaganda vice director Kim Yo Jong’s awkward non-interaction. Is the answer legendary snowboarder Shaun White’s third halfpipe Olympic gold win in dramatic fashion, or ...

Taysir Mack transfers to become a Panther

Taysir Mack transfers to become a Panther

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt has a storied history of great college wide receivers, including Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Bryant and Tyler Boyd. Taysir Mack, a new Pitt transfer from Indiana University, hopes to follow in their footsteps. “Every time I walk in the door, I look at the Biletnikoff Award, and I’m just li...

Syracuse stifles Pitt, 62-53

Syracuse stifles Pitt, 62-53

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team was blown out at the Carrier Dome, 70-52, in its first matchup of the season against rival Syracuse Jan. 21. During Monday night’s home stand, the Panthers played much better but still lost to the Orange, 62-53. The Panthers (10-17 overall, 2-12 ACC) kept the final margin clo...

Photos: Wrestling against Virginia

Photos: Wrestling against Virginia

By Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Visual

Much like last week against Duke, the team registered seven victories to take down the University of Virginia Friday night for the final home match of the season at the Pete. The win moves the team to 4-10 on the season and 2-3 in the ACC. Click here to read the weekend recap ...

Weekend sports: Baseball opens season, wrestling tries to pack the Pete

Weekend sports: Baseball opens season, wrestling tries to pack the Pete

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It was a quiet weekend on upper campus as Pitt sports traveled across the states to take on new and familiar foes. While many students stayed in Oakland this weekend, the baseball team travelled to Florida to compete against Oakland University. And while Pittsburgh experienced some snow, baseball and s...

Women’s swimming and diving breaks records at ACC Championships

Women’s swimming and diving breaks records at ACC Championships

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite being outperformed by eight of the 12 other teams, the Pitt women’s swimming and diving team showed significant signs of improvement, breaking 11 school records last weekend at the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Though they improved on last year’s score by 66 points, the Pa...

Seminoles smother Panthers, 88-75

Seminoles smother Panthers, 88-75

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

February 18, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

For the fifth straight time this season, the Pitt men’s basketball set a school record — this time after an 88-75 road loss to Florida State on Sunday — extending the team’s record losing streak to 15. This time, the Panthers (8-20 overall, 0-15 ACC) kept it close — leading the Seminoles (19-8...

Panthers swing in to spring: Baseball and softball preview

Panthers swing in to spring: Baseball and softball preview

By Michael Nitti | For the Pitt News

February 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

While the Pirates just sent their pitchers and catchers down to Bradenton, Florida, for spring training, the Pitt baseball and softball teams are already getting started in their 2018 campaigns. Both Pitt squads are coming off of difficult seasons that saw each team finish with losing records in ...

Miami mauls Pitt, 82-58

Miami mauls Pitt, 82-58

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team kept it close early in the first half of Thursday night’s game against Miami but couldn’t keep up in the second half, losing 82-58. The Panthers (10-16 overall, 2-10 ACC) showed flashes of effective offense in the first quarter, as they shot 47 percent from t...

Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Before Aaron Donald was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, he spent his Saturdays terrorizing college quarterbacks at Heinz Field. In the NFL, Donald has a reputation of being a hard worker and relentless competitor playing for the Los Angeles Rams. According to Chris Lasala, Pitt’s associat...

The NBA’s injury problem is overblown

The NBA’s injury problem is overblown

By Cale Berger | For the Pitt News

February 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Uncategorized

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward was set to make his team debut opening night of the 2017-18 NBA season. He had just signed a four-year, $128 million contract during the off-season, joining forces with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in an attempt to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. ...

Interactive graphic: Sexual assault and college sports

Interactive graphic: Sexual assault and college sports

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Visual

   

Boston College blows out Pitt, 81-58

Boston College blows out Pitt, 81-58

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team entered Tuesday night’s game with the same goal as the previous 12 — to get a conference win and avoid being winless in the ACC. Boston College — who went winless in the ACC back in 2016 — had other plans as they beat Pitt 81-58 in front of a paltry crowd at ...

NHL needs to fix rules for goals

NHL needs to fix rules for goals

By Max Sirianni | For the Pitt News

February 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It is not uncommon to hear boos raining down from the stands when an official makes a penalty call on the ice. Fans are usually just annoyed that someone on their favorite team is headed to the box.   But the jeers are because of the controversy surrounding the NHL’s rule of goaltender interfer...

Blake Zubovic lines up at Pitt

Blake Zubovic lines up at Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Belle Vernon offensive lineman Blake Zubovic committed to Pitt last June. He was the ninth commitment of the 2018 class. This was a big commitment for Pitt, as it finds itself particularly shorthanded on the offensive line going into the 2018 season. Listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals, Zubovic was ranked as ...

Pitt announces Dave Borbely as new offensive line coach

Pitt announces Dave Borbely as new offensive line coach

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team announced on its website on Monday, Feb. 12,  that head coach Pat Narduzzi has hired Dave Borbely as the new offensive line coach. Borbely comes over from Maryland where he has coached the last two seasons. Previously, he was the offensive line coach at 11 different schools si...

Weekend sports: Panthers experience strong starts, struggling streaks

Weekend sports: Panthers experience strong starts, struggling streaks

By Stephen Cuddy | For The Pitt News

February 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While some Panthers started off seasons strong this weekend, others continued painful bouts of loss. The softball team dominated their opening weekend in sunny California, and wrestling saw the clouds part on a four-game losing streak, the men’s basketball got drenched in another record-setting ...

Eagles sink talons into Panthers, 72-61

Eagles sink talons into Panthers, 72-61

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team slipped back into a losing rut Sunday afternoon after a loss to an evenly matched Boston College, 72-61. In a tight game in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the Panthers (10-15 overall, 2-10 ACC) exchanged the lead with the Eagles (7-18 overall, 2-10 ACC) throughout...

With Louisville loss, Panthers drop third straight by 30-plus

With Louisville loss, Panthers drop third straight by 30-plus

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 11, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The last time the Pitt men’s basketball team played Louisville, Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings made headlines for yelling at a Louisville fan in the midst of a blow-out loss. This time around, Stallings stayed out of trouble — but the result was the same, as Pitt fell to Louisville 94-60. Pi...

Tigers thrash Panthers, 72-48

Tigers thrash Panthers, 72-48

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In the last game of it three-game road trip, the Pitt men’s basketball team once again suffered a blowout loss to an in-conference opponent. No. 16 Clemson beat Pitt, 72-48, and brought the team’s already-historic losing streak to 12 games. After shooting 39 percent from the field and coughing up 16 turn...

Column: Men’s basketball season one for the record books

Column: Men’s basketball season one for the record books

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Let’s party like it’s 1993. Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Meat Loaf top the Billboard Hot 100 nationwide. Michael Jordan is striking out in minor league baseball for the Birmingham Barons after his first three-peat and subsequent retirement from the NBA. Bill Clinton is named the 42nd pre...

Take five: Trades, tanks and take-backs

Take five: Trades, tanks and take-backs

By The Pitt News Staff

February 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Remember in elementary school when you would beg your friends to trade what with was in your lunchbox? We can all identify, and apparently so can every coach, owner and player in professional sports this week. Between hour-long hires and trading between sports, The Pitt News has you covered in thi...

Pitt nabs top recruits on National Signing Day

Pitt nabs top recruits on National Signing Day

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football has almost rounded out its squad for the 2018 season after National Signing Day Wednesday. Some players who signed were expected, including Belle Vernon offensive lineman Blake Zubovic and linebacker Wendell Davis of Richmond, Virginia, who both gave their verbal commitments to Pitt last year. Still, five brand-new Panthers have si...

Panther Spotlight: Jared Wilson-Frame, Nick Wolk, Callie Frey

Panther Spotlight: Jared Wilson-Frame, Nick Wolk, Callie Frey

By Jon Shaiken | For the Pitt News

February 7, 2018


Filed under Sports

There have been a number of standout seasons for winter sports at Pitt — for better and for worse. For the track, field and women’s tennis teams, sustained individual success has been the story of their strong seasons. As for the struggling men’s basketball team, a junior college transfer ...

QBs don’t need to be elite

QBs don’t need to be elite

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Baltimore Ravens long-snapper Morgan Cox ordered a bundle of 15 shirts for Ravens players to wear in August of 2016. On each shirt was the face of their quarterback, Joe Flacco, and a single word — “elite.” The shirts were a half-serious answer to the ongoing question of whether Flacco is an ...

Seven Panthers invited to NFL combine

Seven Panthers invited to NFL combine

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

There will be seven Pitt Panthers potentially heading to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine this March. Among the Panthers going to Indianapolis are wide receiver Quadree Henderson, safety Jordan Whitehead and offensive lineman Brian O’Neill, who each announced that they we...

Pitt professor’s model miscalculates Super Bowl prediction

Pitt professor’s model miscalculates Super Bowl prediction

By Michael Nitti | For the Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Sports

Pitt associate professor Konstantinos Pelechrinis predicted the Patriots would win the Super Bowl last week. Or, more accurately, his model did. Pelechrinis has been teaching at the School of Computing and Information at Pitt since 2010. He developed a model two years ago that’s meant to predi...

Shocky Jacques-Louis lands at Pitt

Shocky Jacques-Louis lands at Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

When Shocky Jacques-Louis committed to Pitt Dec. 20, 2017, the football team finally landed its highest-rated recruit. Jacques-Louis joined the Panthers after a tumultuous recruiting process saw him decommit from two other schools. Jacques-Louis is listed by 247sports.com as a three-star, 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlet...

Weekend sports: Pitt sets records high and low

Weekend sports: Pitt sets records high and low

By The Pitt News Staff

February 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It was a weekend for the record books, as Pitt sports topped past streaks in wins and losses. The track and field team broke two school records with best times, while men’s basketball broke the record for longest losing streak in a season with 11 straight and wrestling, tennis and gymnastics fell...

First-year gymnast Haley Brechwald brings talent, poise to Pitt

First-year gymnast Haley Brechwald brings talent, poise to Pitt

By David Leftiwch | Senior Staff Writer

February 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Gymnastics has always provided first-year gymnast Haley Brechwald a creative space to learn and have fun. “Gymnastics is a crazy sport because there is just always something new to learn,” Brechwald said. “You never really get bored or tired of it.” She fell in love with the sport when ...

Photos and videos: Pitt Students celebrate Eagles Super Bowl win

Photos and videos: Pitt Students celebrate Eagles Super Bowl win

By The Pitt News Staff

February 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Sports

The last time a Philadelphia sports team won a major championship, the United States was in a recession, former President George W. Bush signed a $700 billion bailout bill and O.J. Simpson was found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. Now, more than 10 years later, hundreds of Pitt students took to...

Pitt falls to Florida State, 66-59

Pitt falls to Florida State, 66-59

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 4, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

For the second straight Sunday, Pitt women’s basketball took a ranked team down to the wire, but ultimately couldn’t hold on for the victory. The Panthers fell to the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles, 66-59, at the Petersen Events Center. “I’m so proud of the effort our players gave the entire game...

Pitt receives commit from 3-star recruit Erick Hallett II

Pitt receives commit from 3-star recruit Erick Hallett II

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football received another commit for the 2018 class in Erick Hallett II, according to a tweet posted Sunday morning. The 5-foot-11 and 175-pound defensive back is a 3-star recruit, according to 247sports.com, and was one of the top uncommitted players in Texas. He helped lead his team at Cy-Fair High School to a 6A-DII championship in...

Panthers fall to Tar Heels, 96-65, set losing streak record

Panthers fall to Tar Heels, 96-65, set losing streak record

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 3, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team struggled against No. 19 North Carolina Saturday night, but the Panthers didn’t leave Chapel Hill entirely empty-handed, taking home the record for longest losing streak in program history. Beating 10-game losing bouts during 1968-69 and 1992-93 seasons, the Panthers ...

Take Five: Fuller, Federer, Free agents

Take Five: Fuller, Federer, Free agents

By The Pitt News Staff

February 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Super Bowl may be the biggest event happening in sports this week, but it’s not the only thing going on. The Pitt News sports staff is back with a weekly roundup of this week’s sports headlines … OK, and one Super Bowl take. Click here for last week's takes. Show Me the Money Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in two weeks, and ther...

Pitt remembers wrestling legend Rande Stottlemyer

Pitt remembers wrestling legend Rande Stottlemyer

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

When former Pitt track and field coach John Vasvary first came to Pitt, he was looking for someone to help him find his way. Help came quickly from Rande Stottlemyer. “I became head coach in 1982. I didn’t know anyone except the administrative staff,” Vasvary said. “Rande was one of the fir...

Pitt ends losing streak, beats Clemson, 58-42

Pitt ends losing streak, beats Clemson, 58-42

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In a battle of ACC bottom dwellers, the Pitt women’s basketball team ended its four-game losing streak, winning 58-42 against Clemson. The win was the first for the Panthers (10-13 overall, 2-8 ACC) since Jan. 14, when they beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 68-62. The win — the team’s first ...

Panthers swept away by Hurricanes, 69-57

Panthers swept away by Hurricanes, 69-57

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team continued its trend of poor play late in games Wednesday night at Miami. As in their previous two contests, the Panthers held a lead in the latter part of the second half, but they failed to maintain that lead and fell to the Hurricanes, 69-57. With Miami’s (16-5 ...

Michigan State just part of the problem

Michigan State just part of the problem

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In a courtroom in Lansing, Michigan, Wednesday, Jan. 24, a small amount of justice was served. The unfortunate truth of justice is that it’s often preceded by a great deal of pain. In this case, it took the courage of more than 150 women who suffered before the decision was made to sentence former Mic...

Pitt hires Archie Collins as 10th assistant coach

Pitt hires Archie Collins as 10th assistant coach

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

The Pitt football team announced on its website on Wednesday that former Central Michigan secondary coach Archie Collins will be joining next year’s coaching staff. The NCAA allows football programs to hire up to 10 assistant coaches starting this January. The team has not yet specified what Col...

Prediction: Patriots to pin 6th Super Bowl Win

Prediction: Patriots to pin 6th Super Bowl Win

By Jon Shaiken | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With their offensive and defensive coordinators in line for head coaching jobs elsewhere and quarterback Tom Brady on the wrong side of 40, this weekend may be the New England Patriots’ last legitimate shot at a championship for the foreseeable future. New England will be going for their second S...

Column: Hating on the Super Bowl is so last year

Column: Hating on the Super Bowl is so last year

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The biggest mistake I continually make, over and over, is logging onto Facebook during a huge sporting event. This year, I’ll probably slip up again with the 2018 Super Bowl. It isn’t memes about Tom Brady’s bizarre-looking — but also somehow handsome — face or general trash talk from eith...

Jake Kradel stays home to join Pitt

Jake Kradel stays home to join Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Jake Kradel stirred up the Pitt Panther fan base when he announced his commitment to the University of Pittsburgh. Kradel’s tweet, announcing he was “STAYING HOME,” racked up over 1500 likes. The 290-pound offensive guard is ranked as a three-star recruit by 247sports.com. He went to Butler ...

Randy Bates feels welcome at Pitt

Randy Bates feels welcome at Pitt

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

When Josh Conklin left the Pitt football program to become the head coach at Wofford, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had to find someone to replace the long-standing assistant — and quickly. Narduzzi called on an old friend to fill the position. Randy Bates was officially introduced as Pitt’s new defensive ...

Photos: Women’s basketball plays Duke at 11th Pink the Pete

Photos: Women’s basketball plays Duke at 11th Pink the Pete

By Thomas Yang | Visual Editor

January 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Visual, Women's Basketball

With more than 2,000 fans in a sea of pink in support of a cure for breast cancer, the Pitt women’s basketball team fell 58-46 to No. 18 Duke in the 11th annual Pink the Peterson game. “It’s fun when you have all those people there. And today it was bigger because it wasn’t just for us,...

Weekend sports: records set on the track, in the pool

Weekend sports: records set on the track, in the pool

By The Pitt News Staff

January 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Though Pitt athletics experienced a few bright spots this weekend — which included record-setting performances and wins — there were usual losses for Pitt’s struggling teams. While both Pitt men’s and women’s basketball suffered double-digit defeats at home and wrestling lost a grapple to ...

Women’s basketball falls to No. 18 Duke, 58-46

Women’s basketball falls to No. 18 Duke, 58-46

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

With more than 2,000 fans in a sea of pink in support of a cure for breast cancer, the Pitt women’s basketball team fell 58-46 to No. 18 Duke in the 11th annual Pink the Peterson game. “It’s fun when you have all those people there. And today it was bigger because it wasn’t just for us, it was...

Pitt wrestling icon Rande Stottlemyer dies at 62

Pitt wrestling icon Rande Stottlemyer dies at 62

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Rande Stottlemyer, an iconic former Pitt wrestler and longtime coach, died today due to complications of early onset Alzheimer's, according to the University. He was 62. Stottlemyer — whose association with Pitt spanned nearly four decades — was a three-time All-American wrestler for the Panthers. Enrolling...

Panthers drop ninth straight, lose to Syracuse, 60-55

Panthers drop ninth straight, lose to Syracuse, 60-55

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 27, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team seemed closer than ever to winning its first ACC game of the season after Wednesday’s close loss to NC State. The Panthers came into Saturday’s home game looking to amend the late-game mistakes that cost them their previous match. Instead, Pitt (8-14 overall, 0-9 ACC) once a...

Pitt celebrates survivors with Pink the Pete

Pitt celebrates survivors with Pink the Pete

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball will play in a tough matchup against No. 18 Duke this Sunday, but unlike a normal game, the focus will be on something much bigger than the sport. The game coincides with Pink the Petersen, an event that focuses on breast cancer awareness by recognizing and honoring survivo...

Pitt unlucky against Irish, 87-53

Pitt unlucky against Irish, 87-53

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team continued its recent streak of blowout losses Thursday night as the Panthers fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 87-53. The Panthers (9-12 overall, 1-7 ACC) came into the game after two losses of more than 15 points against Syracuse and No. 4 Louisville. The No. ...

Take Five: Fouls, Fans, Hall of Fame

Take Five: Fouls, Fans, Hall of Fame

By The Pitt News Staff

January 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Another week, another glut of sports headlines to keep up with. The Pitt News sports staff is back to keep you up to date on everything happening across the sports landscape. Click here to see last week's five takes. Why Eagles Why? After the Eagles' 38-7 victory over the Vikings last week, it ...

Pitt loses late to NC State, 72-68

Pitt loses late to NC State, 72-68

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 25, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Despite playing its best in-conference game of the season, the Pitt men’s basketball team came up short of a crucial victory and let a 15-point lead slip away — dropping its eighth straight ACC game, 72-68, to the NC State Wolfpack. Playing in front of a home crowd in the ACC’s late-night 9 p.m...

Noah Palmer brings local flair to Pitt defense

Noah Palmer brings local flair to Pitt defense

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Noah Palmer finished his high school football career with a win at Heinz Field. The 2018 Pitt football signee is hoping for many more victories in the stadium during the next four years — but this time in a blue and gold uniform. Palmer is listed as a 6-foot-4, 215-pound strong-side defensive end by 247spo...

Analysis: Social implications of personal identification to sports

Analysis: Social implications of personal identification to sports

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

The City of Pittsburgh took a collective gut punch last weekend as the Steelers suffered a 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars to end the season. Beyond the more than 60,000 people who flocked to Heinz Field to sit in 20-degree weather and watch the loss live, around 20 million people at home invested abo...

Point-Counterpoint: Stallings should go

Point-Counterpoint: Stallings should go

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

January 23, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Currently winless in conference play this season and 4-21 overall in the ACC during his time at Pitt, Kevin Stallings has done little to establish Pitt or himself in the ACC. In two years, Stallings has coached the Panthers to a 55-point loss at home against Louisville and a 35-point loss on nati...

Point-Counterpoint: Stallings should stay

Point-Counterpoint: Stallings should stay

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 22, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team, under head coach Kevin Stallings, is currently 8-12 overall, with an 0-7 record in the ACC. That puts the Panthers in the basement of the conference. To make matters worse, they’ve struggled to keep games close — all seven ACC losses have been decided by 14 points ...

Los Angeles FC select Pitt defender in MLS draft

Los Angeles FC select Pitt defender in MLS draft

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With the 24th pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, Los Angeles FC selected Pitt senior defender Pol Calvet Planellas on Friday, Jan. 19. Los Angeles selected Planellas with the first pick of the second round. With this being LA’s first year in the MLS, Planellas became their third pick in club histo...

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Heather Lyke announced the creation of a Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday morning, according to a release from Pitt athletics. The Hall of Fame — the first of its kind at the University — will honor collegiate athletes and coaches who have built a legacy while at Pitt. “[Pitt athletics has] a his...

Weekend sports: Gymnastics sets records, wrestling gets pinned

Weekend sports: Gymnastics sets records, wrestling gets pinned

By The Pitt News Staff

January 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It was a packed weekend for Pitt sports, as teams both claimed historic victories and continued prolonged losing streaks. Pitt gymnastics made history setting a new program record, and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams claimed decisive victories. Still, men’s basketball continued ...

Pitt football looks ahead to difficult non-conference schedule

Pitt football looks ahead to difficult non-conference schedule

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

January 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With the recent finalization of Pitt’s 2018 football schedule, it’s never too early to start planning ticket purchases and tailgates. The team is set to face a tough non-conference schedule, including two perennial national title contenders and a team that just went undefeated. While ACC oppon...

Syracuse crushes Pitt, 72-50

Syracuse crushes Pitt, 72-50

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

In front of a raucous crowd of 13,000 people at the Carrier Dome, the Pitt’s women’s basketball team lost to Syracuse and missed another chance to get an ACC win on the road. The Panthers (9-11 overall, 1-6 ACC) fell to the Orange (15-5 overall, 3-4 ACC) 70-52, despite keeping the game close e...

Blue Devils best Panthers, 81-54, for the second time in two weeks

Blue Devils best Panthers, 81-54, for the second time in two weeks

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball suffered a major loss to Duke for the second time in 10 days, this time losing 81-54 on the road and falling to 0-7 in the ACC. The Panthers (8-12 overall, 0-7 ACC) committed 15 turnovers and made just four of their 16 three-point attempts while allowing four Blue Devils (17-2...

Photos: Pitt powerlifting club looks to bulk up

Photos: Pitt powerlifting club looks to bulk up

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Visual

The Pitt club powerlifting team won The Pitt News’ “Best Of” poll in the club category this year. The club was founded 2016, and many of the founding members have graduated. And as the final founders graduate this year, the club looks to strengthen its roster, sometimes hitting the gym twice a day to ...

Diop shines as Panthers fall to Louisville, 77-51

Diop shines as Panthers fall to Louisville, 77-51

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t capitalize on another strong performance from redshirt junior forward Yacine Diop, falling to the undefeated No. 2 Louisville Cardinals, 77-51 — despite Diop’s 26 points. The Panthers (9-10 overall, 1-5 ACC) had the game as close as seven at a point in t...

Pitt swim finds mixed results in Morgantown

Pitt swim finds mixed results in Morgantown

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Cold weather can’t stop a backyard brawl, only temporarily delay it. Originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6, Pitt swimming’s meet against West Virginia was delayed due to frigid temperatures in the WVU Natatorium. In the rescheduled meet Thursday, the women’s team dominated while the men ...

Dante Watson: Circling tracks and rounding the floor

Dante Watson: Circling tracks and rounding the floor

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Between lacing up his cleats for a race and spending late nights studying in Hillman, sophomore track athlete Dante Watson has a few other responsibilities: mediating disputes, doing rounds on dorm floors and being a good listener. In addition to being an athlete and a full-time student studying communic...

Take Five: coordinators, ‘Cutch, Cavaliers

Take Five: coordinators, ‘Cutch, Cavaliers

By The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The nonstop news cycle of the modern world keeps churning out more headlines than anyone can keep up with. That’s why The Pitt News sports desk is back for a second week in a row with five takes on five stories from this past week of sports news. Click here to see last week's five takes. One Down, One to Go Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have officially parted ways with off...

Panthers Spotlight: Haley Brechwald, Andin Fosam

Panthers Spotlight: Haley Brechwald, Andin Fosam

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s gymnastics and track and field teams were both in action over the first weekend of the new semester. One of the program’s most established stars lifted the Panthers on the track, while a fresh face provided a boost for the Panthers in the gym. Haley Brechwald Despite losing a close compe...

ACC releases 2018 Pitt football schedule

ACC releases 2018 Pitt football schedule

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2018 football schedules of each of its members Wednesday afternoon. Included in the release was the Pitt Panthers 2018 schedule, which features eight games against teams that made bowl games in 2017. Of those eight teams, the Panthers will face five teams that fin...

The Orange beat Panthers to a pulp, 59-45

The Orange beat Panthers to a pulp, 59-45

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Coming off a five-game losing streak, Pitt was looking for redemption in a matchup against Syracuse on a snowy Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. Instead, the streak extended to six, as the Panthers (8-11, 0-6 ACC) fell to the Orange (13-6, 4-2 ACC), 59-45. The Panthers are still winless in the ACC, l...

Wendell Davis brings linebacker depth to Pitt

Wendell Davis brings linebacker depth to Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

When Wendell Davis committed to Pitt in June of 2017, the Panthers realized right away they had gotten a good one. Head coach Pat Narduzzi tweeted his excitement fewer than 20 minutes later, with a hearty “PITT IS IT!! #L1TS8URGH #H2P #X2.” The three-star prospect, according to rivals.com, is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Richmond, Virginia, and one of 17 players to sign their National Letters of Intent to Pittsburgh on Dec. 20. The selection of Pitt comes over some major offers, including Boston College, Duke, Michigan State and UCF. ...

Q&A: Pitt diver Meme Sharp makes history

Q&A: Pitt diver Meme Sharp makes history

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

Finishing up her final season on the Pitt diving team, senior diver Meme Sharp will leave a legacy as one the greatest divers in the program’s history. Sharp has acquired a number of accolades and set several records during her diving career at Pitt. She currently holds the record in the 3- an...

Weekend sports: Panthers flip out, fall short

Weekend sports: Panthers flip out, fall short

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While most of Oakland hunkered down because of the winter weather, three teams were in action on campus over the weekend. The track and field squad traveled to an equally snowy State College. The women’s basketball team earned its first ACC win, and the track and field team secured 22 top-five fi...

Pitt tops Georgia Tech, gets first ACC win of the season

Pitt tops Georgia Tech, gets first ACC win of the season

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt sophomore guard Alayna Gribble scored her last point of the day at the free throw line to give the Pitt women’s basketball team a 68-62 lead with one second left in Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech. Gribble scored a career-high 29 points in Pitt’s 68-62 victory as the Panthers claimed their f...

Pitt football signs Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

Pitt football signs Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

When the Pitt Panthers football team lost to Northwestern last December, 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl, Northwestern linebackers coach Randy Bates was celebrating on the Northwestern sideline. Next fall, Bates will be on the Panthers sideline with head coach Pat Narduzzi’s staff. Pitt announced Saturd...

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 69-54

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 69-54

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 13, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Coming off of an embarrassing defeat to the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils, the Pitt men’s basketball team was poised for its first ACC win of the season against less daunting competition. But, a stout Georgia Tech defense was enough to stymie Pitt's offense and earn a 69-54 victory, leaving Pitt still win...

Pitt falls to Virginia Tech, remain winless in ACC

Pitt falls to Virginia Tech, remain winless in ACC

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

January 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team walked off the court with a losing record after falling to Virginia Tech, 89-66, in Thursday night’s road game at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Panthers (8-9 overall, 0-4 ACC) started the game with the first basket, but it didn’t take long for ...

Take Five: London, Luther, lazy reporting

Take Five: London, Luther, lazy reporting

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

January 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In the age of media saturation, a lot happens in the sports world in a short amount of time. At the Pitt News, we’re embarking on a journey to pick the five most enticing sports headlines each week. This week, staff writer Brandon Glass shares a few of the highlights and lowlights, from Pittsburgh to...

Steelers seek revenge on Sunday

Steelers seek revenge on Sunday

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 12, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With a forecasted low of 2 degrees in Pittsburgh Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t have the luxury of playing in the warm Florida sun when they play the Steelers at Heinz Field in the AFC divisional playoffs. The Steelers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, which gave them the AF...

Luther ruled out for the season

Luther ruled out for the season

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 11, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team has played its last seven games without its only senior, forward Ryan Luther, and on Thursday Pitt announced on its website that Pitt will finish the season without him. Luther went down during Pitt’s Dec. 9 game against West Virginia with a stress reaction in his right foot. On T...

Balancing act: Panthers gymnastics combine youth and experience

Balancing act: Panthers gymnastics combine youth and experience

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s gymnastics team is set to begin the 2018 season under new leadership for the first time in 31 years with newly hired head coach Samantha Snider at the helm. Athletic director Heather Lyke hired coach Snider this past June. Snider will look to improve upon the Panthers’ 2017 seaso...

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