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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 5, 2018

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

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

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

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 2, 2018

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 2, 2018

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 2, 2018

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

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

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

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 31, 2018

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 31, 2018

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

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

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 29, 2018

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 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 23, 2018

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

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

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 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 12, 2018

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 11, 2018

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...

Blue Devils dismantle Pitt, 87-52

Blue Devils dismantle Pitt, 87-52

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018

A sizable crowd of Pitt fans were left in the stands watching Wednesday’s game, wondering if they would see their team score even half as much as the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils. The Panthers did, but not by much, as Duke crushed Pitt, 87-52. The Pitt men’s basketball team (8-9 overall, 0-4 ACC) continue...

Staff picks: Making the most of winter weather

Staff picks: Making the most of winter weather

By The Pitt News Staff

January 9, 2018

Everyone knows how depressing winter can feel in Pittsburgh. Low temperatures, gray skies and unpredictable precipitation force many to retreat indoors and suffer through long periods of inactivity while waiting for spring. The winter doesn’t need to be all bad, though. The Pitt News sports staf...

Stallings needs to keep comments off court

Stallings needs to keep comments off court

By Colin Martin | For The Pitt News

January 9, 2018

Yelling at opposing players, coaches and fans from the stands is common practice during college sporting events. But not as common is for players and coaches to yell back — unless you’re Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings, who did just that to a fan in the stands toward the end of last week’s game ...

Women’s basketball poised for potential upset

Women’s basketball poised for potential upset

By Alex Lehmbeck | For The Pitt News

January 8, 2018

The Pitt women’s basketball team came within one point of North Carolina before a heartbreaking 68-67 defeat on Sunday. Pitt’s most recent loss was its second in a row and fourth of the winter break. The Panthers are now 8-8, going 2-4 during the break. They earned wins against Bucknell and Chic...

College athletes shouldn’t get a free pass for sexual assault

College athletes shouldn’t get a free pass for sexual assault

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 8, 2018

When Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Jameis Winston takes the field, the crowd is focused on one thing — the game. Winston, at only 24 years old, is one of the best in the league. A former Florida State Seminole, he has had a stellar professional career so far — 12,149 all-purpose ya...

Team of young men’s basketball players work on rebuilding

Team of young men’s basketball players work on rebuilding

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018

At the beginning of the season, The Pitt News — along with most other sports media outlets — placed the Pitt men’s basketball team at the bottom of its preseason ACC basketball rankings. The Panthers’ prospects didn’t seem too promising, considering they were bringing back just two players ...

Winter recess all but a break for Panthers sports

Winter recess all but a break for Panthers sports

By Grant Burgman and Jordan Mondell | TPN Staff

January 8, 2018

While most Pitt students were at home relaxing and celebrating the holidays, Pitt swimming and diving, wrestling and men’s and women’s basketball teams were still hard at work. Throughout the break, the Panthers continued to compete on the mat, in the pool and on the court, with mixed result...

UNC beats Pitt in final seconds, 68-67

UNC beats Pitt in final seconds, 68-67

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 7, 2018

Sophomore guard Jasmine Whitney was just two foul shots away from giving Pitt the victory against UNC Sunday afternoon, but failed to hit either as Pitt lost, 68-67, and stayed winless in the ACC at 0-3. The Panthers (8-8) led the Tar Heels (11-5) 16-14 in the first quarter, after a 6-0 run at th...

Panthers fall to Hokies, 81-67, in third-straight ACC loss

Panthers fall to Hokies, 81-67, in third-straight ACC loss

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 6, 2018

Despite shooting an impressive 46 percent from three-point range, Pitt men’s basketball fell to Virginia Tech on the road, 81-67, marking the team’s third consecutive ACC loss. The Panthers (8-8 overall, 0-3 ACC) came into Saturday’s game as a team looking to prove that they could be compet...

Wake Forest tops Pitt, 58-49

Wake Forest tops Pitt, 58-49

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 4, 2018

Yacine Diop hit a three-pointer to bring Pitt within one point of Wake Forest with 2:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. The three gave Diop 26 points on the night, a team high; but they would be the last points both she and Pitt scored as it fell to Wake Forest 58-49 on Thursday night. After a t...

Louisville dominates Pitt, 77-51

Louisville dominates Pitt, 77-51

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 3, 2018

The last time the Pitt men’s basketball team faced off against Louisville was last January in a 106-51 defeat. While the deficit never got up to 50, Pitt’s most recent game with Louisville was similarly uncompetitive as Louisville beat Pitt 77-51 on Tuesday night. After starting conference play with a 67-53 ...

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin leaves Pitt

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin leaves Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 2, 2018

Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin will be leaving the team for Wofford College, head coach Pat Narduzzi confirmed Tuesday. Reports Monday night said Wofford — an FCS school in South Carolina — would hire Conklin as the new head coach of the Terriers, which Pitt confirmed Tuesday. “We...

Panthers tear into Cougars, 87-49

Panthers tear into Cougars, 87-49

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 31, 2017

The Pitt women’s basketball will be entering the new year fresh off a win after dominating Chicago State Sunday afternoon, 87-49. With the win, the team advances to an overall record of 8-6 before conference play later this week. Junior center Kalista Walters led the winning charge, scoring a ...

Hurricanes blow out Panthers, 67-53

Hurricanes blow out Panthers, 67-53

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 30, 2017

Pitt men’s basketball (8-6) closed 2017 and opened conference play with a 67-53 loss to the No. 15 Miami Hurricanes (12-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Event Center. After an up and down month of non-conference play, Pitt entered Saturday’s game on a three game winning streak against ...

Women’s basketball falls to Virginia, 62-50, in ACC opener

Women’s basketball falls to Virginia, 62-50, in ACC opener

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 29, 2017

Despite an outstanding three-point shooting performance from first-year guard Pika Rodriguez, the Pitt women’s basketball team fell to Virginia (8-6 overall, 1-0 ACC), 62-50, Thursday night in its first ACC game of the season. Rodriguez made five of her eight three-point shot attempts, but it wasn’t enou...

Panthers pounce during early signing period

Panthers pounce during early signing period

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 26, 2017

The ink has dried on 16 letters of intent for Panther football so far, as new faces signed up to be sporting blue and gold at Heinz Field in 2018. The first early signing period in NCAA college football history — from Dec. 20 through Dec. 22 — concluded Friday with 16 of 17 commits officially ...

Pitt tops Towson, 63-59

Pitt tops Towson, 63-59

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 23, 2017

After trailing for most of the game, Pitt took a late lead on a teardrop floater from redshirt senior guard Jonathan Milligan with 51.7 seconds left in the game. Milligan’s shot would be the deciding score as Pitt defeated Townson 63-59 in comeback fashion. Pitt (8-5) had to fight back after finding t...

Pitt narrowly beats Delaware State, 74-68

Pitt narrowly beats Delaware State, 74-68

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

December 19, 2017

Pitt men’s basketball survived a Delaware State comeback Tuesday attempt to avoid losing to a team without a Division I win this year. The Panthers (7-5) had doubled the Hornets (2-11) by halftime and led by as many as 27, but won by just six, with final score of 74-68 at the Peterson Events Cent...

Pitt hires Randy Waldrum as new women’s soccer head coach

Pitt hires Randy Waldrum as new women’s soccer head coach

By The Pitt News Sports Desk

December 19, 2017

Pitt's Athletic Director Heather Luke announced Tuesday that Randy Waldrum will be the new women's soccer coach for the Panthers. "Coach Waldrum's proven experience of developing elite players and building and sustaining highly successful programs is most impressive," Lyke said in a press release. "It is evident his passion for positively impacting young people is what drives his success. His championship pedig...

Pitt lands two recruits before signing day

Pitt lands two recruits before signing day

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 19, 2017

With no bowl games to look forward to over the holiday season, the Pitt Panthers football team got to work improving next year’s team early this year. Two recruits announced their intent to sign with Pitt via Twitter on Monday. Marquis Williams, a senior cornerback at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort ...

Nittany lions pounce on Panthers, 59-48

Nittany lions pounce on Panthers, 59-48

By Trent Leonard / Staff Writer

December 17, 2017

The Pitt women’s basketball team (6-5) fell to Penn State (9-3), 59-48, Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center, continuing Penn State’s consistent victories over Pitt this year. Pitt led early in the contest, but shot an just 16 percent on three-pointers and allowed Penn State junior guard Te...

Panthers top McNeese State by double-digits, 72-51

Panthers top McNeese State by double-digits, 72-51

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

December 16, 2017

After a sluggish start, the Panthers basketball team found their momentum late in the first half and pulled away from the McNeese State Cowboys, winning 72-51. With senior forward and de facto team leader Ryan Luther out for the game due to a right foot injury, the panthers looked to other top seas...

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

December 15, 2017

Pitt will now lose its third player from this year’s roster to the NFL. Redshirt junior offensive tackle Brian O’Neill joins juniors Quadree Henderson and Jordan Whitehead in declaring for the draft this April. O’Neill announced his decision in a statement released to the media on Friday morning. ...

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 14, 2017

Backup Pitt quarterback Ben Dinucci has announced his decision to transfer, according to a Tweet posted Thursday afternoon. The redshirt sophomore and Pine-Richland High School graduate announced, with two years of eligibility left, he will be moving to an undisclosed school in January of 2018. ...

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 11, 2017

Pitt football has lost yet another member of the squad to the NFL, as junior defensive back Jordan Whitehead declares for the 2018 draft. The Aliquippa native and former WPIAL player made his announcement Monday morning on Twitter. “After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to begin prepar...

No timeouts: Balling over break

No timeouts: Balling over break

By Grant Burgman and Dominic Campbell | Staff Writers

December 11, 2017

Being a Division I athlete comes with undeniable perks — official gear, tuition aid and the chance to be on television. But athletes miss out on a lot — including enjoying a full winter break of relaxation and family. “That’s one of the sacrifices you have to make if you want to play Division...

3 times Pitt beat the clock

3 times Pitt beat the clock

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 11, 2017

It’s those last-minute moments, when the game is close and time is expiring, that make a game exciting for fans to watch. Whether it’s basketball, soccer or football, buzzer-beating scores can turn a game around. Pitt has played in many incredible last-minute games over the years, but there are...

Junior-college quarterback commits to Pitt

Junior-college quarterback commits to Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2017

Pitt football just signed a junior-college quarterback for next season, extending their roster under center. Tyler Zelinski of Erie Community College said Sunday on Twitter he committed to Pitt as a walk-on. After some consistent performances at the end of the season, first-year Kenny Pickett emer...

Mountaineers take down Panthers in Backyard Brawl

Mountaineers take down Panthers in Backyard Brawl

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 9, 2017

Down 18 at the half, Pitt men’s basketball nearly mounted a second-half comeback, but West Virginia’s aggressive defense held the young Panther team in the final minutes. Though Pitt came within two points with six minutes remaining, the Mountaineers pulled away to avoid the upset, winning 69...

Panthers defeat Seahawks, 74-55

Panthers defeat Seahawks, 74-55

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 9, 2017

Pitt women’s basketball secured an easy win against University of North Carolina Wilmington Saturday afternoon, finally ending its losing streak. The Panthers (6-4) defeated the Seahawks (5-4) 74-55, earning them a win after three consecutive losses, which included two last-second defeats again...

Panthers fall in Backyard Brawl, 73-52

Panthers fall in Backyard Brawl, 73-52

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 7, 2017

The Pitt women’s basketball team traveled to West Virginia Thursday night to rekindle the Backyard Brawl rivalry that had been inactive since 2012. The Panthers were outmatched by their Big 12 opponent, however, and fell to the Mountaineers, 73-52. Pitt (5-4) entered the game riding a two-game losing streak afte...

Panthers back on track

Panthers back on track

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 7, 2017

After breaking six school records during the 2016-17 season, the Pitt track and field team enters this season needing to retool after the departure of several key contributors from last year’s team. The Panthers return five of the seven athletes that made it to the NCAA Outdoor Championships last...

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / The Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2017

Pat Narduzzi signed a seven-year contract extension, Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Wednesday, keeping Pitt’s football head coach around until at least 2024. Pitt is coming off a relatively disappointing season in which the Panthers finished with a 5-7 record and were ineligible for a bowl...

Athletes, educators discuss activism in sports

Athletes, educators discuss activism in sports

By Brian Salvato | For The Pitt News

December 6, 2017

When former third-string Pitt kicker Ian Troost took a knee during the national anthem at the team’s Oct. 14 loss to NC State, his motivation was rooted in his background. “My reason, other than to highlight police brutality and social injustice in the United States, was because I came from a b...

Panthers top The Mount, 82-78

Panthers top The Mount, 82-78

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017

After securing a 15-point lead in the second half, Pitt men’s basketball looked to be on a clear path to victory over Mount St. Mary’s Tuesday night. But after giving up that lead, the Panthers needed a last-minute bucket and an overtime period to top their mid-major opponent, narrowly winning 8...

Pitt club hurling brings Irish sport to Oakland

Pitt club hurling brings Irish sport to Oakland

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

December 5, 2017

Few people know what hurling is, and even fewer know that Pitt has a club hurling team that plays in multiple tournaments. Every phase of the game resembles a different field sport, all of them mixed into a hodgepodge of open-field violence. Club members, such as sophomore engineering student Joe Koni...

Quadree Henderson to enter 2018 NFL Draft

Quadree Henderson to enter 2018 NFL Draft

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

December 4, 2017

Pitt junior wide receiver and return specialist Quadree Henderson announced in a statement on Twitter that he will be leaving Pitt’s football team to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. “My lifelong goal has always been to play in the National Football League,” Henderson said Monday. “After speakin...

Chawntez Moss leaving Pitt football team

Chawntez Moss leaving Pitt football team

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2017

After missing six of Pitt’s final seven games of the 2017 season, sophomore running back Chawntez Moss will not be back with the team next year. Moss said in a Twitter direct message Monday he decided to transfer on his own, contradicting a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that stated he had been...

Weekend sports: swimmers compete at nationals, volleyball goes dancing

Weekend sports: swimmers compete at nationals, volleyball goes dancing

By TPN Staff

December 4, 2017

It was a high-stakes weekend for Pitt sports, with celebrated wins and heartbreaking losses. As the volleyball team went dancing at the NCAA tournament, the swim team competed against former Olympians and men’s basketball reclaimed the City Game title. Volleyball Despite winning the ACC champion...

Panthers compete at USA Swimming Winter National Championship

Panthers compete at USA Swimming Winter National Championship

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 4, 2017

Six members of the Pitt swim team traveled to Ohio State University over the weekend to compete in the USA Swimming Winter National Championships. Competing in a highly competitive field — which included several 2016 Olympians — the team secured top spots. Senior Lina Rathsack led the team, notching ...

Pitt falls to Fordham, 58-55, in last-second decision

Pitt falls to Fordham, 58-55, in last-second decision

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 4, 2017

In another close game for the Pitt women’s basketball team Sunday afternoon, a game-deciding 3-pointer bounced off the rim and ended in a Fordham win. The Panthers (5-3) fell to the Fordham Rams (4-2) 58-55 in Bronx, New York, which was the second close loss in a row after a 58-57 loss to the Wis...

Penn State topples Pitt in second round of NCAA Tournament

Penn State topples Pitt in second round of NCAA Tournament

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

December 2, 2017

Despite winning the ACC championship for the first time in program history, Pitt volleyball’s year ended the same way as last year — in a loss to No. 1 Penn State. The Panthers (26-7 overall, 18-2 ACC) breezed by Virginia Commonwealth University (30-3 overall, 14-0 A-10) Friday in the first round of the ...

City Game reclaimed: Panthers defeat Dukes, 76-64

City Game reclaimed: Panthers defeat Dukes, 76-64

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

In an encouraging sign for the young Pitt men’s basketball team, the Panthers accomplished something that last year’s team was unable to do — record a victory over Duquesne, in the annual City Game Friday night at PPG Paints Arena. After turning the ball over a season-high 22 times in their prev...

Pika shoots for Pitt and Puerto Rico

Pika shoots for Pitt and Puerto Rico

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

Pika Rodriguez may have just started playing for the Pitt women’s basketball team, but she comes in with valuable experience that most players don’t have. Before the first-year guard arrived at Pitt, she devoted two years to the Puerto Rican national team. Now, she’s establishing her presence...

Panthers set for NCAA tournament

Panthers set for NCAA tournament

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

After the Pitt women’s volleyball team finished its season tied as ACC champions for the first time in program history, the Panthers (25-6 overall, 18-2 ACC) earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament for the second straight year. The team will travel to the neutral site of Penn Sta...

Wisconsin badgers Pitt women’s basketball to win 58-57

Wisconsin badgers Pitt women’s basketball to win 58-57

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017

The Pitt women’s basketball team had a last-second chance to win its Wednesday night game against Wisconsin, but when the ball ricocheted off the rim as time expired, it was the Badgers who stood victorious. The team entered Wednesday’s game on a three-game winning streak with its previous lo...

TPN Panther spotlight: Yacine Diop, Marcus Carr, Nika Markovic

TPN Panther spotlight: Yacine Diop, Marcus Carr, Nika Markovic

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017

While the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams rounded into form over the holiday break, the women’s volleyball team punched its ticket to the 2017 NCAA tournament. Whether the team wins or loses, some players are bound to stand out. Here are a few exceptional Panthers who have stepped up ...

Carr leads Pitt to victory over High Point, 71-63

Carr leads Pitt to victory over High Point, 71-63

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017

Led by first-year point guard Marcus Carr’s perfect shooting performance, the Pitt men’s basketball team managed to avoid another home upset — escaping with a 71-63 win over High Point University Tuesday night. The Pitt Panthers (3-4 overall) did not score a field goal in the final four min...

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