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Athletics Department announces new mental health program

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s Athletics Department announced a new partnership with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC to add two full-time mental health counselors to the department’s staff to interact with student-athletes on a daily basis, according to a statement released Wednesday. Student-athletes were previously referred to WPIC for mental health treatment. The new program will include one-on-one counseling and focus on techniques for practi...

WWE women’s ‘Money in the Bank’ results in another generic outcome

WWE women’s ‘Money in the Bank’ results in another generic outcome

By Alexa Marzina | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

This year, I spent my Father’s Day the way anybody who feels awkward during family gatherings should — drinking a beer and watching eight beautiful women beat each other up with ladders. Though WWE’s 2018 Money in the Bank pay-per-view Sunday featured results I was in favor of, the show lacke...

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Entering June with zero commitments from the 2019 recruiting class, Pitt’s football team found itself stuck with a late start to its recruiting trail. But despite the slow start, the pace suddenly changed as the the count rocketed to 11 commits in just one weekend, with nine of those players verbally ...

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After finishing the regular season as the 12th seed in the ACC Tournament, the Pitt men’s baseball team pulled off two incredible upsets against eighth-seeded Georgia Tech and top overall seed North Carolina. Although the Panthers would go on to lose in the semifinal to Louisville, it was a strong ...

Column: Hosting World Cup in Russia is dangerous for LGBTQ+ fans

Column: Hosting World Cup in Russia is dangerous for LGBTQ+ fans

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

June 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Professional sports environments aren’t traditionally safe spaces for LGBTQ+ athletes and fans — especially in Russia, where policies outlawing “gay propaganda” have been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights as “discriminatory.” With the 2018 World Cup games quickly approachin...

Column: Mainstream sports rhetoric limits female athletes

Column: Mainstream sports rhetoric limits female athletes

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

“You play ball like a girl,” said “Ham” from “The Sandlot,” settling an intense roast battle against the baseball uniform-wearing rich kids with what seems to be the greatest insult one could possibly say to someone in 1962.   But the insult is two-fold. Female athletes face a deep...

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 7, 2018


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

Two Panthers were selected into the MLB on the second day of the 2018 draft, marking the sixth year in a row that Pitt has had at least one player picked to join the league. RJ Freure The Houston Astros drafted Pitt rising junior relief pitcher RJ Freure in the sixth round with the 192nd pick of the...

Column: Group by Group World Cup Preview

Column: Group by Group World Cup Preview

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The 2018 World Cup isn’t a priority for most Americans since the United States failed to qualify for the competition, but this year’s games have the potential to be one of the most entertaining tournaments in years. The tournament — hosted in Russia this year — kicks off June 14 at 11 a.m. with t...

Column: LeBron James stands no chance against the Warriors

Column: LeBron James stands no chance against the Warriors

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Golden State Warriors followed up their thrilling overtime victory in game one of the NBA Finals with a more dominant result in game two Sunday night, trouncing the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-103 with help from a record-setting performance by two-time MVP point guard Stephen Curry. The basket se...

Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 2, 2018


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

Pitt’s swimming and diving program announced 12 new additions to the upcoming 2018-19 season on Friday. These dozen athletes join the seven other members of the Class of 2018, announced last November. “We believe that each of these kids has the potential to leave Pitt as an accomplished student and a phenomenal athlete,” Pitt head coach John Hargis sai...

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

By Hannah Schneider | Sports Editor

June 2, 2018


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

Jeff Capel landed another highly rated recruit when Au’Diese Toney verbally committed to Pitt today — joining Xavier Johnson, Curtis Aiken and Trey McGowens in Pitt’s class of 2018. Committed pic.twitter.com/U08k1gsDaF — A.M.T (@thefuturetoney) June 2, 2018 The Fayetteville, North Carolina nat...

A new path for champions: Lyke discusses renovations, new hires, athletic culture

A new path for champions: Lyke discusses renovations, new hires, athletic culture

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

As Pitt’s highly anticipated McCarl Hall of Champions is under construction, Panther fans can expect the changes to continue — Pitt’s athletic innovation will extend up “cardiac hill” to all athletic facilities. In a question and answer roundtable discussion between Pitt athletic direct...

Improving Referees’ Experiences: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference joins Men’s Basketball Officiating Alliance

Improving Referees’ Experiences: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference joins Men’s Basketball Officiating Alliance

By ALEX LEHMBECK | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

While most of the attention in the college basketball offseason is given to the stars sporting the flashy uniforms, there’s some important action happening off the court. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will join the Men’s Basketball Officiating Alliance in July, expanding the coalition to te...

Players with promise: Capel welcomes 3 top-100 athletes to Pitt

Players with promise: Capel welcomes 3 top-100 athletes to Pitt

By Tessa Sayers | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The first things Trey McGowens noticed were the bridges. He had never been to Pittsburgh before — but everyone in Pittsburgh already knew who he was. Just 28 days after Jeff Capel was named the head coach of Pitt’s men’s basketball team in late March, he was about to officially sign McGowens, Pitt...

Lyke’s plan: new hires in Pitt Athletics

Lyke’s plan: new hires in Pitt Athletics

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

In her first year as Pitt’s athletic director, Heather Lyke quickly received a six-year extension to her contract at the end of April. Jumping right into a hectic season, Lyke hired six new head coaches to begin leading in the 2018-19 season, each one building their own unique coaching staffs. The whol...

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The best way to build a strong athletic program involves consistency and a direction. It’s very difficult for schools to form their own identity with constantly changing leadership as Pitt has experienced over the past decade with seven different head football coaches. But Pitt now officially has...

Future ACC Studio offers opportunities for Pitt students

Future ACC Studio offers opportunities for Pitt students

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

After claiming two conference championships, hiring new basketball coaches and entering the 2018-19 season with a promising young quarterback, Pitt Athletics seem to be entering a period of success. Further proof of that success is is the promise of a new media studio and the projected August 2019 ...

Pre-season preparation: Volleyball and soccer teams train in the offseason

Pre-season preparation: Volleyball and soccer teams train in the offseason

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

The beginning of summer sounds like freedom for many Pitt students. But for student athletes, it is just the beginning of a long grind that will continue from now until the end of their season. For the women’s volleyball and men’s soccer teams, there are a few athletes who will stay on campus...

Panther pride: O’Neill, Whitehead and Maddox’s journeys to the NFL

Panther pride: O’Neill, Whitehead and Maddox’s journeys to the NFL

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s 2018 NFL Draft selections — offensive lineman Brian O’Neill, safety Jordan Whitehead and cornerback Avonte Maddox — all share common skills that made them appealing to professional teams — positional diversity and exceptional speed. Had these athletes played for different college teams, they may ...

A night at The Priory

A night at The Priory

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

The ballroom of the Priory Grand Hall, a small hotel in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood of Deutschtown, is actually a converted church — but last Friday it became a boxing ring. A red-matted ring bordered by red and blue ropes sat in the center of the ballroom, hit directly by the fading ev...

Pitt Ultimate Frisbee makes history

Pitt Ultimate Frisbee makes history

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

This weekend in Milwaukee was hot — over 80 degrees in the sun, and hotter on the turf fields of the Uihlein Soccer Park, where the Pitt Ultimate frisbee men’s and women’s teams competed for a shot at their respective national championships. But according to rising fifth-year senior Hafeez Shams,...

Pitt baseball falls to Louisville in ACC semifinal

Pitt baseball falls to Louisville in ACC semifinal

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While it was an exciting run, all good things must end —  and that’s what happened for the Pitt baseball team Saturday afternoon when a 5-2 loss to the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals put an end to the No. 12 Panthers’ ACC Baseball Championship bid in the semifinal round in Durham, North Carolina. A...

Column: Women’s sports need female leaders

Column: Women’s sports need female leaders

By Jordan Mondell | Senior Staff Writer

May 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

Pitt’s new women’s basketball head coach Lance White — who was hired April 18 to replace former coach Suzie McConnell-Serio — seems like a great snag for the program. The former Florida State assistant has it going on — a 350-145 overall record, 12 seasons with 20 or more wins with the Se...

Take 5: Stakes Races, Shaq and Southgate

Take 5: Stakes Races, Shaq and Southgate

By The Pitt News Staff

May 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Though Pitt's campus has mostly emptied out, The Pitt News sports staff is still full of hot takes. They're back to round up some of the best  — and unexpected  — stories of the week.  Patience for Pirates Fans The Pittsburgh Pirates finally got a glimpse of their future when centerfielder A...

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


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

The Panthers softball team finished its most successful season yet with a 33-18-1 record, earning head coach Holly Aprile the ACC Coach of the Year honor. With two victories over Louisville earlier this month, the Panthers ended the season as ACC Coastal Champions for the first time in school history — and...

Pittsburgh Marathon draws runners from around the world

Pittsburgh Marathon draws runners from around the world

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Despite overcast skies, cool temperatures and the threat of rain, more than 37,000 people showed up at the starting line for the 10th annual Pittsburgh Marathon early Sunday morning. The weekend of races, hosted by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., also drew a crowd of more than 200,000 sp...

Photos from race day: Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

Photos from race day: Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

By TPN Visual Staff

May 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Uncategorized, Visual

The 10th annual Pittsburgh Marathon took place on Sunday. This year, the event also hosted the 2018 USA Track and Field National Championship race, an elite event which saw finishing times of over a minute faster than the top men's category of the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Over 20,000 people participated...

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt softball team earned a crucial 9-8 victory over Louisville Friday afternoon to clinch first place in the ACC Coastal Division — marking the team’s first division championship in its 20-year history. The Panthers then took a victory lap on Saturday with a 10-2 win in their second game against...

Aiken basketball legacy to continue at Pitt

Aiken basketball legacy to continue at Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

May 4, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers men’s basketball team secured a legacy talent Thursday night when North Allegheny High School senior Curtis Aiken Jr. verbally committed to Pitt via Twitter. ✅ pic.twitter.com/o7KDwZkQec — Curtis Aiken Jr. (@caiken_14) May 4, 2018 Aiken will join the team next season as a preferred walk-on, meanin...

Lyke announces first class in Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame

Lyke announces first class in Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

After sorting through more than 300 nominations, it should come as no surprise that the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee chose Panther Football stars Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino and Mike Ditka as inaugural members of Pitt’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Some of the inductees — like class of 191...

Pitt extends contract with Athletic Director Heather Lyke

Pitt extends contract with Athletic Director Heather Lyke

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced last week a six-year extension to Athletic Director Heather Lyke’s contract. Lyke was hired in March 2017 to replace Scott Barnes — and she had a busy first year. “I am grateful to Chancellor Gallagher and our Board of Trustees for their belief in me, our team a...

Diop announces transfer to Louisville

Diop announces transfer to Louisville

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt redshirt junior forward Yacine Diop announced Monday that she is transferring to Louisville for her final season of eligibility. Once she gets there, she will immediately be eligible to play. With Diop’s departure, the Pitt women’s basketball team loses last year’s leading scorer and rebou...

7 Pitt players find NFL homes in free agent deals

7 Pitt players find NFL homes in free agent deals

By Hannah Schneider, Joanna Li, and Trent Leonard

April 29, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Only three Panthers were selected in this year’s NFL draft, starting in round 2 with Brian O’Neill. After the Vikings picked O'Neill, Tampa Bay chose Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round. The Philadelphia Eagles then chose Avonte Maddox with the 125th overall pick. The seven Pitt players in the dr...

Philadelphia Eagles snag Avonte Maddox in 4th round of NFL Draft

Philadelphia Eagles snag Avonte Maddox in 4th round of NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Just eight spots after fellow Pitt defensive back Jordan Whitehead was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Avonte Maddox joined the NFL ranks when the Philadelphia Eagles snagged him in the fourth round with the 125th overall pick. As a Panther, Maddox was a consistent presence in the defensiv...

Tampa Bay selects Jordan Whitehead with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft

Tampa Bay selects Jordan Whitehead with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football had its second player taken off the board— after offensive lineman Brian O’Neill— when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected safety Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Despite dealing with two shortened seasons after an impressive first year, Whi...

Minnesota Vikings pick Brian O’Neill 62nd overall in NFL Draft

Minnesota Vikings pick Brian O’Neill  62nd overall in NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

It took nearly two rounds, but the Pitt football team finally saw some recognition in the NFL Draft Friday night when the Minnesota Vikings selected offensive lineman Brian O’Neill with the 62nd overall pick. This is the culmination of a successful three-year career with the Panthers for O’Neill, whe...

Lyke Plans to “Flip the Pete”

Lyke Plans to “Flip the Pete”

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

April 25, 2018


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

Athletic Director Heather Lyke wants to “flip” the basketball court at the Petersen Events Center. She announced that the Athletic Department will be changing the layout of the court at a media roundtable discussion at the Pete Wednesday morning. According to Lyke, when Pitt built the eve...

Pitt gains first top-100 basketball recruit since 2013

Pitt gains first top-100 basketball recruit since 2013

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team received its first verbal commitment of the 2018-2019 recruiting season today at noon when four-star recruit Trey McGowens announced his commitment to the Panthers via Twitter. McGowens, a senior 6-foot-3 guard at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., chose Pitt...

Q&A: Expert gives tips to stay fit for finals

Q&A: Expert gives tips to stay fit for finals

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Students hardly have time to work out during the semester, but finding time for physical activity becomes even more of a hassle when finals roll around. Putting time in to study for finals may take precedent this week, but there are plenty of benefits to finding a way to work in a quick run or worko...

Weekend recap: Panthers break records, keep winning on track and field

Weekend recap: Panthers break records, keep winning on track and field

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers come out of this weekend with records set on the track and with both the baseball and softball teams continuing their winning ways on the diamond. As students fight through finals this week, the Panthers are sprinting through the finish line. Baseball Pitt went 2-1 this weekend against Miami, moving th...

Take 5: Kiper, Cavs and Kardashians

Take 5: Kiper, Cavs and Kardashians

By The Pitt News Staff

April 20, 2018


Filed under Sports Columns

With finals week quickly approaching, you may have been too busy studying to keep up with the world of sports. No worries — The Pitt News staff has you covered with the most savvy, significant and scandalous sports stories from this week. Keeping up with Khloe and Tristan The Cleveland Cavali...

White About Now: New Women’s Basketball Coach Meets Pitt

White About Now: New Women’s Basketball Coach Meets Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Women's Basketball

When Lance White watched Jeff Capel — the next head coach of Pitt’s men’s basketball team — speak about his late father’s advice to take time and sleep on big decisions, he figured he would follow that advice if he was ever given the same opportunity. Instead, when he was offered the role as ...

Panthers put out Golden Flashes, 6-4

Panthers put out Golden Flashes, 6-4

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt softball moved to within two games of first place in the ACC coastal division after winning their second game in a row, 6-4, against the Kent State Golden Flashes Wednesday. Coming off a series win against Georgia Tech, the Panthers (23-16-1) looked to remain on track on what’s been a somewh...

Golden Flashes blind Panthers, 2-0

Golden Flashes blind Panthers, 2-0

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After winning a huge series against Georgia Tech this past weekend, Pitt baseball looked to stay hot and get revenge on nonconference opponent Kent State. In the second of two matchups between the two clubs this season, Pitt failed to get a runner across home, losing 2-0. The Panthers (19-15) suffered a shutout loss...

Luther leaves Pitt

Luther leaves Pitt

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 19, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team got an answer to one of its biggest roster questions heading into next season on Wednesday night. Graduate forward Ryan Luther will be transferring to Arizona for the 2018-19 season, according to reports. Luther leaves a big absence in the Panthers’ already-depleted ...

Pitt hires Lance White as women’s basketball coach

Pitt hires Lance White as women’s basketball coach

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Florida State associate head coach Lance White has been hired as Pitt’s new head women’s basketball coach, the University announced Wednesday. Lance, who was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association assistant coach of the year in 2017, was hired by Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke ...

Column: Pirates’ season a pleasant surprise for fan

Column: Pirates’ season a pleasant surprise for fan

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In one of Pittsburgh’s colder Aprils in recent memory, the Pittsburgh Pirates have remained hot, though it didn’t seem it would be that way just a few weeks ago. Despite trading two All-Stars — outfielder Andrew McCutchen and starting pitcher Gerrit Cole — in the offseason, the Pirates stand on top of the NL Central at 11-6 and are one of the top teams in MLB right now. The Pirates came into ...

Column: J.J. Redick is one for the NBA record books

Column: J.J. Redick is one for the NBA record books

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Every so often in professional sports, a special athlete comes along who is single-handedly able to elevate their team’s performance to elite ranks. These once-in-a-generation talents carry their teams to the playoffs year in and year out through sheer individual willpower and exceptional abilit...

Capel rounds out assistant coaching staff with hiring of Milan Brown

Capel rounds out assistant coaching staff with hiring of Milan Brown

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

New men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel has officially rounded out his immediate coaching staff with the hiring of a third full-time assistant, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Capel hired College of Charleston assistant coach Milan Brown to join associate head coaches Tim O’Toole and Jason Capel, both of whom Pitt hired as assistant coaches last we...

Q&A: Jeff Capel looks to rebuild Pitt basketball

Q&A: Jeff Capel looks to rebuild Pitt basketball

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After arguably one of the worst seasons in Pitt men’s basketball history, and facing the potential exodus of nearly half of last year’s roster, the program needed to make a change — so Athletic Director Heather Lyke hired Jeff Capel in March as head coach to bring the program back to prominence. The Pitt News sat down with Capel to discuss his transition from the Blue Devils to the Panthers, his ...

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

By Cale Berger | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s annual Blue and Gold Spring Game may be the first chance of the year for Pitt students, alumni and fans to tailgate and bring their favorite jerseys out of retirement, but it is also an opportunity to get a small taste of what the upcoming season will bring on the field. This year was no ...

Gallery: Spring Blue and Gold game

Gallery: Spring Blue and Gold game

By Thomas Yang | Visual Editor

April 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

The Panthers split their football team into Blue and Gold sides Saturday afternoon for their annual Spring Game, a contest in which neither offense looked exceptional. It proved fitting that a defensive touchdown — junior defensive back Dane Jackson’s 60-yard interception-turned-touchdown — handed...

Weekend sports: Track tabs top-10s, tennis trips up

Weekend sports: Track tabs top-10s, tennis trips up

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

This past weekend for Pitt Athletics looked like a repeat of the one before it. Track athletes again set personal bests and nabbed top finishes as softball and baseball each won two of three and tennis continued to struggle. Baseball Like tennis and softball, the baseball team also hosted Georg...

Blue beats Gold, 10-3, in Spring Game defensive battle

Blue beats Gold, 10-3, in Spring Game defensive battle

By Trent Leonard and Joanna Li | TPN Staff

April 14, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers split their football team into Blue and Gold teams Saturday afternoon for their annual Spring Game, a contest in which neither offense looked exceptional. It proved fitting that a defensive touchdown — redshirt junior defensive back Dane Jackson’s 60-yard interception-turned-touchdown ...

Capel hires Tim O’Toole, Jason Capel as assistant coaches

Capel hires Tim O’Toole, Jason Capel as assistant coaches

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel hired his brother, Jason Capel, and Tim O’Toole to be assistants on his staff, according to reports Wednesday.   https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/984087393371328513   O’Toole joins Pitt after spending the last two seasons as an a...

Take 5: Spieth, Simmons, Stanley Cup

Take 5: Spieth, Simmons, Stanley Cup

By The Pitt News Staff

April 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Is Jordan Spieth the new Tiger Woods? Who is and who isn’t a rookie? Will the Penguins win their third straight Stanley Cup? All of that and more — The Pitt News staff is back to round up the week’s best sports stories. Masterful performance Golf is fun. Golf is exciting. This past Sunday was ...

Mountaineers maul Panthers, 12-1

Mountaineers maul Panthers, 12-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


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

Pitt’s bats fell silent on Wednesday as they were unable to score more than one run for the third straight game, losing 12-1 to the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown. West Virginia’s (15-15) offense found life against Pitt (17-13) in the 195th Backyard Brawl and handed the second straigh...

4 predictions for the NHL playoffs

4 predictions for the NHL playoffs

By Max Sirianni | Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

After 82 games, the NHL regular season has officially ended, and the 16 teams that made the playoffs are ready to face off for the Stanley Cup. Playoff hockey is always full of surprises, so here are some attempts at predicting the madness in an intense playoff format that teaches us to expect the u...

Kent State clobbers Pitt, 4-1

Kent State clobbers Pitt, 4-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After falling behind early in the game, the Pitt baseball team was unable to catch up to Kent State, ultimately falling 4-1 to the Golden Flashes Tuesday. The Panthers (17-12 overall, 6-9 ACC) lost to the Golden Flashes (18-10, MAC) in an out-of-conference matchup at the Charles L. Cost Field. ...

ACC releases 2018 basketball matchups

ACC releases 2018 basketball matchups

By Jordan Mondell and Trent Leonard | TPN Staff

April 10, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories

Jeff Capel and his new squad got a glimpse of their upcoming season Tuesday as the ACC announced conference matchups for the 2018-19 men’s basketball season. Pitt — who will be entering the season with Capel as head coach — will take on every team in the conference. Last season, the team went ...

Pitt gymnastics sets the bar with record-breaking season

Pitt gymnastics sets the bar with record-breaking season

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Looking back on Pitt’s season, it is hard not to be impressed with the progress the gymnastics team has made under first-year head coach Samantha Snider. Despite finishing at a meager 7-18, new program records and history-making performances defined the Panthers’ season. The Panthers closed out their 2018 season Ap...

Panther Spotlight: Liam Sabino, Kayla Harris, Claudia Bartolome

Panther Spotlight: Liam Sabino, Kayla Harris, Claudia Bartolome

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Conference play is well underway for spring sports, with some Pitt teams performing much better than others. As regular seasons come to a close, here are some standout athletes of the last few weeks. Liam Sabino After dropping its  first three series in ACC play against Virginia Tech, North Ca...

Column: Suzie McConnell-Serio needed to go

Column: Suzie McConnell-Serio needed to go

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt Athletics decided to uproot the second basketball program this offseason as it fired women’s coach Suzie McConnell-Serio Thursday. McConnell-Serio spent five years as head coach with the Panthers but didn’t have much success, going 67-87 overall and 22-58 in the ACC. Pitt had a record of 10-20 a...

Weekend sports: Softball causes upset, gymnastics competes at regionals

Weekend sports: Softball causes upset, gymnastics competes at regionals

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Though some students may be struggling with the stresses that the end of the semester brings, Pitt athletes weren’t cracking under the pressure over the weekend. Track athletes continue to set personal bests, the baseball team improved on their impressive win percentage and the softball team registere...

Gymnastics competes at NCAA regional competition

Gymnastics competes at NCAA regional competition

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt gymnastics team competed in the NCAA Regional Championship in the St. John Arena at Ohio State University Saturday, placing fifth overall out of six teams and finishing with a score of 195.125. This season — Samantha Snider’s first year as head coach — was the first time since 2013 ...

Parker Stewart announces decision to transfer

Parker Stewart announces decision to transfer

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

First-year Pitt guard Parker Stewart announced via Twitter on Friday that he will be transferring from the Pitt basketball program. Stewart — who was also the first Pitt player to request his release from the program after the firing of former head coach Kevin Stallings — is the only player of the nine that requested their releases to ...

Take 5: Pirates, playoffs, PGA tour

Take 5: Pirates, playoffs, PGA tour

By The Pitt News Staff

April 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

There are just two weeks left in the semester and classes are winding down at Pitt. The same can’t be said for news in the sports world. The Pitt News staff is back with a weekly roundup of this week’s best. More of the same Are the Houston Rockets leading the West? Yes. Have the Cleveland Caval...

Q&A: Desiree Garland gets gold for Pitt

Q&A: Desiree Garland gets gold for Pitt

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Senior Desiree Garland never intended to become a collegiate sprinter — she began her high school career as a jumper. But after she finished with the best 400-meter time in replacement of a missing teammate at one high school meet, Garland’s path as a sprinter was set. She claimed Pitt’s fi...

Pitt fires women’s basketball coach McConnell-Serio

Pitt fires women’s basketball coach McConnell-Serio

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

April 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio was fired from the program, Pitt Athletics announced Thursday afternoon. McConnell-Serio is the third head coach to be fired by athletic director Heather Lyke, with former women’s head soccer coach Greg Miller’s dismissal in December 2017...

Staff picks: Pitt athletics Hall of Fame

Staff picks: Pitt athletics Hall of Fame

By The Pitt News Staff

April 4, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in January that Pitt will be implementing its own Hall of Fame, with the inaugural class to be inducted Sept. 7. We’ll have to wait a few months to find out who will make the first Hall of Fame class — in the meantime, The Pitt News sports staff has ...

Randy Waldrum brings change, experience to Pitt women’s soccer

Randy Waldrum brings change, experience to Pitt women’s soccer

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


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

For a team that won just three games last year, hiring one of the most successful women’s soccer coaches in the country might seem unlikely. But that’s just what athletic director Heather Lyke announced in December with the hiring of Randy Waldrum to lead the struggling program. Waldrum has been coaching soccer for the last 30 years. He comes to Pitt as one of the winningest head coaches ...

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


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

A quick glance at the men’s top 10 world tennis rankings reveals that no two players share the same country of origin. The same can be said for the top eight women in the world — an unusual trend considering certain nations tend to specialize and often dominate in other sports. A microcosm of...

Panthers baseball pounces on Penguins, 9-5

Panthers baseball pounces on Penguins, 9-5

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt baseball snagged their third victory in a row this season with a 9-5 win over Youngstown State Tuesday night. The softball team was also set to take on Penn State the same evening, but the game was canceled due to rain. The Panthers (15-10, 4-8 ACC) swapped runs with the Penguins (8-18, 6-3 Horizon) th...

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team showcase skills before heading to championships

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team showcase skills before heading to championships

By Marissa Perino | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


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

On quiet upper campus yesterday evening, an eager crowd gathered to support the Pitt cheerleaders and Dance Team. Under the bright lights of the Petersen Events Center, the teams showcased their polished routines, which will debut at the National Cheer Association and National Dance Association Colleg...

Column: College sports deserve diverse leadership

Column: College sports deserve diverse leadership

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Not only is Pitt’s new men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel a star recruiter and successful tournament coach, he brings something to Pitt that the program has never seen before. Diversity. Specifically, Capel — a black man — is the first-ever head coach of any minority status to oversee ...

Weekend sports: Panthers split across the states

Weekend sports: Panthers split across the states

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers’ track and field team found both faltered and found success from coast to coast during the weekend while Pitt baseball, softball and tennis stayed home for conference matchups. Track and Field The Pitt track and field team had a jam-packed weekend, with athletes competing in fou...

Panthers fall flat on the track in Texas

Panthers fall flat on the track in Texas

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In the scorching Texas heat, five Pittsburgh track athletes competed in the annual Texas Relays — the second biggest relays in the country — at the University of Texas at Austin. The Panthers sent four women — seniors Morgan Harvey, Quadaisha Newkirk and Lalia Ismail and first year Breanna Phil...

Take 5: Harden, hot dogs, home runs

Take 5: Harden, hot dogs, home runs

By The Pitt News Staff

March 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Oakland has been buzzing about the hiring of a new head basketball coach — our lord and savior Jeff Capel. But while the Pitt community has been busy celebrating the arrival of a new king, the rest of the sports world has continued to make headlines. The Pitt News staff is back to round up some of the...

Capel is more than capable

Capel is more than capable

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 29, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Just when it looked like Pitt would be left out in the late March cold without a head coach, Athletic Director Heather Lyke, unlike her predecessor, made a bold decision. Lyke hired Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel Tuesday — 17 days after firing Kevin Stallings. Capel’s hiring comes as a pleasant...

Pitt introduces Jeff Capel as new head basketball coach

Pitt introduces Jeff Capel as new head basketball coach

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 28, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke introduced Jeff Capel as the next men’s basketball coach during a ceremony at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday. The gym floor was packed with University students and staff, including Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, women’s head basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Ser...

Softball falls to Ohio, 6-1

Softball falls to Ohio, 6-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt softball (17-12-1) traveled to Athens Wednesday to take on Ohio University (15-12) in a non conference matchup. Pitt baseball was scheduled to take on West Virginia University in the 156th Backyard Brawl in Morgantown, but the game was canceled due to rain. In Ohio, the Bobcats shut down the P...

Stevenson, Wilson-Frame plan to stay at Pitt

Stevenson, Wilson-Frame plan to stay at Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Two Pitt men’s basketball players who requested release from the program upon the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings are staying with program after Pitt hired Duke’s Jeff Capel Tuesday. According to a post on Instagram, first-year guard Shamiel Stevenson has no plans to leave the program, s...

Pitt hires Jeff Capel as men’s basketball head coach

Pitt hires Jeff Capel as men’s basketball head coach

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2018


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

Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel has been hired as Pitt’s new head men’s basketball coach, the University announced Tuesday. Capel has made a deal with the Panthers on a seven-year contract. This hiring ends a long, rumor-filled search for Pitt after former head coach Kevin Stallings’ ousting Mar...

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Although a growing demographic, international college football players are hard to find. According to The Growth of a Game, a Belgian-based company connecting football advocates across Europe, only two active Division I college football players were born in Italy as of 2015. Incoming Pitt commit Haba...

European powers gear up for UCL quarterfinals

European powers gear up for UCL quarterfinals

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

American soccer fans don’t have much to look forward to this summer, with the U.S. Men’s National Team failing to make this year’s World Cup in Russia. But for those still interested in gearing up for the tournament, the UEFA Champions League should provide great drama and competition. The C...

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Basketball season may be officially over for Pitt, but it was still a packed weekend for athletics, as four teams took the stage with varied results. Gymnastics saw strong individual performances once again and softball swept their series. Baseball had a mixed bag against a ranked Duke, and tenn...

‘Stallings 2.0:’ Fans react to Pitt’s reported interest in Mark Schmidt

‘Stallings 2.0:’ Fans react to Pitt’s reported interest in Mark Schmidt

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

St. Bonaventure men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt interviewed for the vacant Pitt job Thursday, according to multiple reports. Days after learning Pitt offered Dan Hurley $3 million for the job, fans were underwhelmed -- to say the least -- that Pitt is considering Schmidt. https://twitter.com/AdamZagoria/status/977230454217723904 https://twitter.co...

Column: Don’t cry for Dan Hurley

Column: Don’t cry for Dan Hurley

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


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

Heather Lyke pushed in all the chips — in excess of $3 million a year — to get Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to be the new head coach of the Pitt men's basketball team. But Hurley chose to stay in New England, accepting Connecticut's offer, reported to be less than Pitt’s, Thursday. Both teams showed their hands, and the Huskies’ was better — there’s no shame in...

Take 5: Rookies, rejection, re-entry

Take 5: Rookies, rejection, re-entry

By The Pitt News Staff

March 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As professional sports seasons begin to wrap up, questions remain — who will win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award? How will the Golden Knights fare in the NHL postseason? Will Johnny Manziel get arrested again? The Pitt News sports staff is back with a weekly roundup of the best in sports ...

Hurley takes coaching job at UConn, Pitt’s search continues

Hurley takes coaching job at UConn, Pitt’s search continues

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 22, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Update: Hurley took the coaching job at the University of Connecticut, the school confirmed Thursday.  Athletic Director Heather Lyke wants to make Dan Hurley one of the highest paid coaches in college basketball. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Pitt has offered the Rhode Island coach more th...

Panthers put on show for pro scouts

Panthers put on show for pro scouts

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor

March 22, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

The newest Panther football players are just getting used to life in Oakland at spring practices. The draft-eligible former players, however, had a chance Wednesday morning to impress NFL scouts and potentially find their new homes. Representatives for all 32 NFL teams gathered in the UPMC Rooney...

New MLB rules may go too far

New MLB rules may go too far

By Max Sirianni | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

We’ve all been at a baseball game that just never seems to end. There are nonstop pitching changes and tedious at-bats. By the seventh-inning stretch, everyone likely wants to go home. Major League Baseball has taken notice. The game times have slowly increased over the last two years after dropping...

Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star

Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

First-year Kenny Pickett wasn’t supposed to take a snap last year, much less lead the team to the biggest win of the season. As the third-string quarterback for the Pitt football team entering the 2017 season, he was firmly entrenched behind redshirt senior Max Browne and sophomore Ben DiNucci. The expec...

Hear me out: The sexiest mascots in college sports

Hear me out: The sexiest mascots in college sports

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

During the first media time-out of No. 2 seed Duke against No. 15 Iona in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last week, the mascots from both teams hit the court for a dance-off. As I looked on in boredom, waiting for the game to resume again, my mind wandered, and I got to some serious thin...

Bentley brings brute force to Pitt D-line

Bentley brings brute force to Pitt D-line

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Rivalries are just for fans? Don’t tell that to 2018 Pitt commit Tyler Bentley. He is looking forward to the Panthers’ battles with one in-state foe as much as anyone else. “The one thing I’m looking forward to is playing Penn State, for sure,” Bentley said. “I have a couple of friends t...

Pitt men’s basketball future up in the air

Pitt men’s basketball future up in the air

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The dominoes have started to fall after a tumultuous weekend for the Pitt men’s basketball team, which saw nine current players and two recruits request releases from the program. First-year guard Marcus Carr became the second Pitt player to be granted his release from the program Monday night. H...

Pitt grants Marcus Carr release from program

Pitt grants Marcus Carr release from program

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 19, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

First-year point guard Marcus Carr became the second player from the Pitt men’s basketball team to be officially granted his release from the program on Monday night, according to reports from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Carr joins junior guard and forward Jared Wilson-Frame, who was granted his...

Weekend recap: Pitt track leads the way in disappointing weekend

Weekend recap: Pitt track leads the way in disappointing weekend

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It was an up-and-down weekend for Pitt athletics, as some Panthers were at the hands of crushing defeat, while others found themselves above all the rest. Although baseball and women’s tennis struggled and gymnastics came up just short, softball and track and field both found success in North Carolina...

Swimming and diving seniors sent off at championships

Swimming and diving seniors sent off at championships

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

The Pitt swimming and diving team said goodbye to some of its most accomplished female divers in program history at the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend. The Panthers had four athletes compete across seven events, with two earning top-25 finishes...

Panthers tap out early at NCAA championships

Panthers tap out early at NCAA championships

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 18, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The NCAA Wrestling Championships took place this past weekend at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Pitt was represented by senior Dom Forys, redshirt sophomore Taleb Rahmani and redshirt seniors Nick Zanetta and Ryan Solomon. Forys and Rahmani provided the only highlights of the Panthers’ tournament...

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