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Sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda (2) at Pitt football’s training camp on Thursday.

Uncertainty surrounding defensive back, kicker positions as Pitt football wraps up training camp

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor
After three consecutive days north of 80 degrees accompanied by high humidity, head coach Pat Narduzzi and his staff concluded training camp Thursday.
Dalton Coppola (left) and Stephen Thompson (right) are the sports editors for the 2021-22 academic year.

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Introducing Pitt athletics’ biggest faces

By Richie Smiechowski, For The Pitt News
For the first day of classes, what better way to acclimate new fans with their athletes than a quick introduction of Pitt Athletics’ biggest names and faces prior to the first day of classes?
The NCAA transfer portal is being utilized more and more by athletes each year. Staff writer Griffin Floyd breaks down four new additions across Pitt Athletics who can make an impact in Pittsburgh.

Column | Transfers look to make a name for themselves in their first year at Pitt

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer
The transfer portal provides reinforcements in the form of players who didn’t fit in with the first program they chose. The Panthers received a number of high-profile transfers this year who will look to make an instant impact.
From sleeping in his junior college’s stadium press box to being one of the most well-respected young assistant coaches in the nation, Brennan Marion is ready to lead the wide receivers in his inaugural campaign with the Panthers.

After taking detour from his NFL dreams, Brennan Marion is back home to lead Pitt’s receivers

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor
Although the position with Pitt is a job Marion coveted since entering the coaching profession, it took a couple of detours from his original goal to get here.
Now that Panther fans can return to the stands, there are a few dates that they should circle from multiple sports, such as men’s and women’s soccer.

Tracking marquee matchups of the fall semester for Pitt athletics

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor
Pitt athletics announced two weeks ago that they would hold on-campus events without attendance restrictions this fall. Now that Panther fans can return to the stands, there are a few dates they should circle. Some of the best in the country at their respective sports are traveling to Oakland this semester, and Pitt’s venues will host some high-leverage matchups.
Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Jim Phillips announced an “alliance” with the Big Ten and PAC-12.

ACC, Big 10, Pac 12 commissioners announce inter-conference alliance

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor
Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Jim Phillips and his counterparts, Kevin Warren of the Big Ten and George Kliavkoff of the PAC-12, announced in a joint press conference on Tuesday afternoon that the three leagues would join to form an “alliance” beginning immediately. 
Gilbert Brown, the headband-wearing Pitt basketball folk hero, is returning to the program in a new role. As director of player and alumni development, Brown will look to preserve and embrace the traditions Pitt was built upon.

Gilbert Brown ready to embrace tradition in new role

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer
Brown’s duties will be made easier by the trust and respect that Pitt’s prominent alumni already have for Capel. The next step for Capel and Brown will be to build that same trust with the squad’s current roster.
Senior midfielder Jackson Walti, a returning player on Pitt men's soccer.

Column | Walti, Noel need to lead young stars to keep men’s soccer elite

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer
While there is no doubt that coach Jay Vidovich has turned a previously hapless program into a legitimate powerhouse, last year’s “national contender” label and its sustainability will be put to the test. 
Pitt Football will look quite different on the defensive side of the ball, but writer Frankie Richetti believes the defense will pick up the slack lost to the NFL while the offense is led by returning quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Column | D-Line, QBs will lead the way in Pitt’s 2021 campaign

By Frankie Richetti, For The Pitt News
An ACC-leading six Panthers heard their name called during this year's NFL draft, leaving the roster looking much different heading into the 2021 campaign. Here are the position groups that will lead the way.
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