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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Lyke discusses future of men’s basketball program

Lyke discusses future of men’s basketball program

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor March 22, 2022
Pitt athletic director Lyke fielded questions Tuesday from select local media, about the direction of the men’s basketball program, and the job that fourth-year head coach Jeff Capel has done.
Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett displays the ACC Championship trophy.

Column | Top 5 best Pitt sports moments in 2021

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer March 22, 2022
Pitt athletics enjoyed a successful 2021, including championships and program firsts. Staff writer Alexander Ganias ranked the five best Panther moments from the past calendar year.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett throws a football at NFL Pro Day Monday afternoon.

Pickett sharp, Mathis turns heads at Pitt’s 2022 Pro Day

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer March 21, 2022
In total, 13 Panthers participated in the workout. Each of them will watch the NFL draft, which will take place over three days starting on April 28, closely in hopes of hearing their name called.
Pitt junior infielder Sky Duff (3) celebrates a grand slam during Pitt’s first home ACC series win of the 2021 season against Miami University in April 2021.

Weekend Sports Recap | Pitt teams compete for national titles, ramps up spring seasons

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer March 20, 2022
Pitt lacrosse, baseball and softball searched for their first ACC wins, while gymnastics, track and field and swim and dive competed for conference and national victories through St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Arizona State wrestler Josh Nummer looks displeased as Pitt wrestler Gregg Harvey wins the match at the Fitzgerald Field House on Jan. 14, 2021.

Panther wrestling falls short at national championship

By Brian Sherry, Staff Writer March 20, 2022
Pitt wrestling faced a disappointing end to its 2021-22 season at the NCAA National Championship in Detroit this weekend. The Panthers finished 24th nationally, a regression from last year’s performance.
Miami Marlins catcher Jacob Stallings runs drills during the teams spring training baseball workout at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday.

Take 5 | Steelers mastering free agency, the transfer portal is bad for college football

By The Pitt News Staff March 17, 2022
In this week’s edition of the Take 5, The Pitt News Sports Desk takes a look at how the Steelers have taken advantage of Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement through free agency, the impact of the transfer portal on college football and more.
Pitt redshirt first-year pitcher Dani Drogemuller (16) pitches at Wednesday’s game against Penn State Vartabedian Field in the Petersen Sports Complex.

Pitt softball home opener soured by a familiar rival, look to improve on a shaky season

By Christopher Cornejo, Staff Writer March 17, 2022
Pitt softball welcomed their in-state rival Penn State (11-11, 0-0 Big Ten) to Vartabedian Field for their home opener after winning two of three games over the weekend. The Panthers (11-9, 1-2 ACC) fell to the Nittany Lions 6-0 following a lackluster hitting performance.
Pitt junior center Rita Igbokwe (23), left, and sophomore guard Taisha Exanor (3) chase the ball at a Nov. 21, 2021, game against Radford University at the Petersen Events Center.

Women’s basketball, White need to make strong starts sustainable

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2022
Pitt women’s basketball faced a recurring theme throughout its 2022 campaign — an inability to finish — both their games and, ultimately, the season — with the momentum they started with.
Citadel sophomore forward Owen Spencer (23), left, and Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23) attempt to catch a rebound on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at the Petersen Events Center.

‘We have to win’: Pitt men’s basketball season in review

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor March 16, 2022
As the men’s NCAA Tournament begins in earnest this week, Pitt will watch it from home. Its postseason drought has spanned six years and two head coaches. After completing his fourth losing season in a row, Jeff Capel has his back against the wall.
Former Pitt player Lamar Patterson (21) goes for a basket at a game in the Petersen Events Center in 2014.

Pitt fans, observers recall lackluster 2012 CBI Tournament run

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer March 16, 2022
The 2011 Pitt men’s basketball season began with promise and ended with disappointment. Those Panthers won the College Basketball Invitational, but it’s a feat that some fans would rather forget.
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