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TPN Panther spotlight: Nika Markovic, Qadree Ollison, Javi Perez

TPN Panther spotlight: Nika Markovic, Qadree Ollison, Javi Perez

By Jordan Mondell and David Leftwich | TPN Staff

September 12, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Fall sports are just starting to get exciting, and there has already been a fair share of pitfalls and triumphs across the board. But regardless of the games outcomes, here are some Panthers who have stepped into their roles and proven their worth on the court, field and pitch. Nika Markovic Mar...

Quick takes: Pitt football

Quick takes: Pitt football

By TPN Sports Desk

September 12, 2017


Filed under Football

Following Saturday's game against rival Penn State, The Pitt News sports staff looked at a few specific aspects of the football team’s game — offense, defense and head coach Pat Narduzzi’s — and how they will need to adjust as they take on Oklahoma State this weekend. Here are a few of our takeaways on the Panth...

Narduzzi talks loss and looks ahead to Oklahoma State

Narduzzi talks loss and looks ahead to Oklahoma State

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Football

Despite Pitt facing another top 10 team in the Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend, Pitt football Head Coach Pat Narduzzi focused much of Monday’s press conference on last week’s rivalry game against Penn State. The Panthers lost the game with a lopsided score of 33-14, but they came close to m...

Not just football: volleyball, cross country, soccer compete over weekend

Not just football: volleyball, cross country, soccer compete over weekend

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While most Panther fans focused on the football team’s 33-14 loss to Penn State Saturday, Sept. 9, four other Pitt sports teams were in action this weekend. The women’s soccer team and the men’s soccer team suffered close defeats while the women’s cross country team and the volleyball team...

DiNucci deserves starting slot over Browne

DiNucci deserves starting slot over Browne

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Max Browne has started two games for the Pitt Panthers in his career, and he shouldn’t start a third. Unfortunately, head coach Pat Narduzzi doesn’t share this sentiment — yet. When asked if Browne was still the starter after Saturday’s performance against Penn State, Narduzzi responded with a...

Kent State Golden Flashes outplay Panthers, 1-0

Kent State Golden Flashes outplay Panthers, 1-0

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

September 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In the first of a four-game stretch on the road, the Panthers lost in the 89th minute to the Kent State Golden Flashes on Thursday night in Kent, Ohio. Pitt came out firing with three shots in the first 10 minutes. Sophomore forward Christiana Davey hit a saved shot on goal, and redshirt junior forward...

Pitt drops the ball: Penn State wins 33-14

Pitt drops the ball: Penn State wins 33-14

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, GameDay

Just like Pitt did last year at home, the Nittany Lions jumped out to an early lead, but the Panthers couldn’t catch up — eventually falling 33-14 during Saturday’s rivalry football game. Despite piling up more yards than the Nittany Lions (2-0) at Beaver Stadium, Penn State’s red zone def...

Prediction: Lions loom over Panthers

Prediction: Lions loom over Panthers

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2017


Filed under Football, GameDay, Top Stories

When Ryan Lewis hauled in the last season’s game-clinching interception against Penn State, he secured a year of bragging rights. Regardless of Penn State’s ultimate Big Ten success last year, Pitt fans could flaunt their 42-39 triumph. But as the renewed rivalry with Penn State approaches its second...

Amid trash talk, some promote unity

Amid trash talk, some promote unity

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

September 8, 2017


Filed under Football, GameDay

Usually college football rivalries bring out the absolute worst in fans. Although this week’s Pitt-Penn State game has generated its fair share of tasteless trash talk, some people are trying to use the contest for some good. If you spend any time on social media and you have any friends or followers claimin...

Panthers need press: Narduzzi’s blackout is unnecessary and limits coverage

Panthers need press: Narduzzi’s blackout is unnecessary and limits coverage

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

September 8, 2017


Filed under GameDay, Sports Columns, Top Stories

Two weeks ago, the alteration of Pitt football’s biggest tradition — singing “Sweet Caroline” at the end of the third quarter — left the program searching for a new tradition to take its place. Thanks to Head Coach Pat Narduzzi, they may have found it. Narduzzi and the Pitt football pr...

Pitt defense demands new approach

Pitt defense demands new approach

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 8, 2017


Filed under GameDay, Sports Columns

With victories over the national champions Clemson and Big Ten champions Penn State, the 2016 Pitt football team racked up some of the program’s biggest accomplishments in recent memory. But to continue the success in 2017, head coach Pat Narduzzi will have to find different ways to win games — s...

Pitt vs. Penn State: Unrequited rivalry

Pitt vs. Penn State: Unrequited rivalry

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

When you’re in the stands at a Pitt football game, there are a handful of cheers you’re bound to hear: “Hail to Pitt,” “P-I-T-T: Let’s Go Pitt,” and the infamous anti-Penn State chant. Regardless of whether or not Penn State is the opponent on the field, that chant will echo throughout th...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week one results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week one results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 6, 2017


Filed under Football

After week one of the college football season, there’s already a shake-up at the top of our standings: top-ranked Florida State lost to No.1 Alabama and lost quarterback Deondre Francois for the season. As for Pitt, it moved down one spot after the nail-biting overtime win against the Youngstow...

2017 NFL preview: Patriots vs the field

2017 NFL preview: Patriots vs the field

By Steve Rotstein / Senior Staff Writer

September 5, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

After one of the most stunning and unforgettable Super Bowls in recent memory, the 2016-17 NFL season ended the same way it always seems to — with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy as the champions. For the third time in their five Super Bowl seasons, the Patriot...

Men’s soccer scores second win, improves to 2-2

Men’s soccer scores second win, improves to 2-2

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

September 5, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In its last game before conference play next weekend, the Pitt men’s soccer team hit the road to take on the Loyola Greyhounds, winning by a score of 1-0 to improve to 2-2 on the year. First-year forward Alexander Dexter was the lone goal scorer of the night, putting the Panthers up 1-0 in the ...

Max Browne buckles in Panthers debut

Max Browne buckles in Panthers debut

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As redshirt senior quarterback Max Browne hit wide receiver Jester Weah for the game-winning touchdown this Saturday against Youngstown State, Panther fans saw a flash of what made Browne a five-star recruit coming out of high school. But that wasn’t an accurate representation of Browne’s Panth...

Women’s cross country dominates Duquesne Duals

Women’s cross country dominates Duquesne Duals

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

On a wet and soggy Saturday morning in Schenley Park, Pitt’s men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in their first races of the year, overcoming the subpar conditions to finish in the top two at the annual Duquesne Duals. The women’s team won the 5k race handily, beating second-place...

Women’s soccer surrenders to Illinois State, 1-0

Women’s soccer surrenders to Illinois State, 1-0

By Brandon Glass / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After going undefeated through its first five games, the Pitt women’s soccer team dropped its first game of the season Sunday afternoon at Ambrose Urbanic Field, losing 1-0 to the Illinois State Redbirds. The two teams got roughly the same amount of shots on the day, with the Redbirds (2-3-1) outshoo...

Women’s volleyball goes 1-1 at Dayton Invitational

Women’s volleyball goes 1-1 at Dayton Invitational

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Facing some of the nation’s best teams at the start of the season, the Pitt women’s volleyball team got off to a disappointing 1-2 start last week, and after their first match this past weekend in Dayton, Ohio, it looked like the massive amounts of errors were becoming a trend. “I'm really disap...

Linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season with injury

Linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season with injury

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt linebacker Quintin Wirginis will miss the rest of the season due to injury, head coach Pat Narduzzi revealed Monday. “Quintin Wirginis will be out for the year with a non-football related injury,” Narduzzi said at a press conference. “[It’s] disappointing, but it’s something that we de...

Pitt football bars players from speaking to media ahead of Penn State

Pitt football bars players from speaking to media ahead of Penn State

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football announced Sunday that head coach Pat Narduzzi would be the sole spokesperson for the team this week, shutting down player interviews ahead of their rivalry game against Penn State on Saturday. The program followed the same policy last year in an attempt to keep the players focused on...

Men’s soccer secures first season win with defeat of Lancers, 2-0

Men’s soccer secures first season win with defeat of Lancers, 2-0

By Kait French | Staff Writer

September 2, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Friday night’s men’s soccer game looked as though it would end in a 0-0 draw for the Panthers and Longwood Lancers. But Pitt junior Javi Perez scored with a penalty kick in the 76th minute, followed shortly by a goal from first-year Colin Brezniak to give the Panthers the 2-0 win. With the home...

Men’s basketball adds guard Danya Kingsby

Men’s basketball adds guard Danya Kingsby

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 2, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Head coach Kevin Stallings and the Pitt men’s basketball team added their second commit in the class of 2018 Friday as 6-foot-1 guard Danya Kingsby committed to the program. Kingsby announced his decision on Twitter saying, “I want to compete against the best and I feel the ACC conference is the ...

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

September 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Leading by seven in overtime against the Youngstown State Penguins, Pitt redshirt freshman defensive back Bricen Garner made a leaping interception in the end zone, ending the Penguins’ drive and giving the Panthers their first win of the season, 28-21. The Pitt football team (1-0) opened its 2017...

Gallery: Pitt vs Youngstown State

Gallery: Pitt vs Youngstown State

By Anna Bongardino and Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editors

September 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

In the season opener, Pitt beat Youngstown State 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu...

The Pitt News ACC Power Rankings

The Pitt News ACC Power Rankings

By TPN Sports Desk

August 31, 2017


Filed under Football

In preparation for ACC play, The Pitt News sports desk had a panel of seven writers rank the conference. Writers ranked the 14 ACC teams and then we tallied up the totals. We will update the rankings toward the end of every week — taking into account the most recent conference results — but for now,...

Underrated Penguins pose threat to Panthers

Underrated Penguins pose threat to Panthers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Football

Five years ago to the day, the Youngstown State Penguins came into Heinz Field and handed the Pitt football program one of the most embarrassing losses in its history, 31-17. The game marked the Penguins’ first-ever win over a Bowl Championship Series team, spoiling former head coach Paul Chryst’s...

Leave it to Lyke: Six months of progress

Leave it to Lyke: Six months of progress

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

When Scott Barnes resigned as athletic director last December, the Pitt athletic department was left without a leader for the second time in two years. Over the next five months, three head coaches had either retired or been fired, and the basketball program was in shambles. Things were looking down...

Panthers pounce on Titans to remain unbeaten, 3-1

Panthers pounce on Titans to remain unbeaten, 3-1

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

August 31, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With its third win of the season, the Pitt women’s soccer team surpassed its previous season’s winnings while maintaining an unbeaten record. The Panthers (3-0-2) took on the Detroit Mercy Titans (2-1-1) Wednesday night at the Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt’s total shots nearly tripled those o...

Narduzzi’s disciplinary actions prove continuing commitment

Narduzzi’s disciplinary actions prove continuing commitment

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

With his disciplinary actions against four players at the start of training camp, Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi proved something the past three head coaches weren’t able to. He’s committed to the program — for the long run. The Panthers have had four head coaches since 2010 who left th...

Perez on the pitch: Adjusting to studies, soccer

Perez on the pitch: Adjusting to studies, soccer

By Jordan Mondell / Contributing Editor

August 29, 2017


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

For Pitt midfielder Javi Perez, the atmosphere at the Petersen Sports Complex is a lot different than what he is used to. The green of the turf beneath his feet is the same, as are the meshy nets of the goals, but in Spain, soccer — correction, futbol — is a bit different. At a top collegiate lev...

Predicting Pitt football’s 2017 campaign

Predicting Pitt football’s 2017 campaign

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off a season in which it beat both the national champion and the Big Ten champion, this year’s Pitt football team will have a hard time providing bigger fireworks than it did a year ago. But head coach Pat Narduzzi expects his team to pull it off, setting the bar just as high as previous seas...

Narduzzi keeps focus on Youngstown ahead of PSU rematch

Narduzzi keeps focus on Youngstown ahead of PSU rematch

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With Pitt football’s highly anticipated matchup against Penn State only 11 days away, some might look at this week’s game against the Youngstown State Penguins and dismiss it as an easy win for the Panthers. Just don’t count head coach Pat Narduzzi among them. At his weekly press conference ...

More of the same: Men’s soccer falls to 0-2

More of the same: Men’s soccer falls to 0-2

By Wyatt Geller / For The Pitt News

August 28, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After finishing 2-13-3 in head coach Jay Vidovich’s first season, the Pitt men’s soccer team hoped to make drastic improvements this year and notch their first-ever ACC win. After this weekend, though, the team looks similar to the 2016 squad, as it dropped a pair of games in Columbus, Ohio to s...

Volleyball drops two of three to open season

Volleyball drops two of three to open season

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After making it to their first NCAA Tournament since 2004 last fall, the Pitt women’s volleyball team began its 2017 season by traveling to Seattle to take part in the Husky Invitational. In their three games over the weekend, the Panthers (1-2) struggled to play error-free volleyball and squande...

Women’s soccer ties twice, remains unbeaten

Women’s soccer ties twice, remains unbeaten

By Mackenzie Rodrigues / Assistant Sports Editor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming off back-to-back wins to start the season, the Pitt women’s soccer team played two similar games this weekend, one on Thursday against the Cincinnati Bearcats and another on Sunday against the Xavier Musketeers. Both were away, both went into double overtime and both ended in a tie. Thursd...

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The Pitt football program’s decision to alter the “Sweet Caroline” tradition was a step in the right direction for the team’s Heinz Field experience, but it could’ve — and should’ve — gone further. The unoriginal tradition of singing Neil Diamond’s 1969 tune has been a trademark o...

Pitt alters “Sweet Caroline” tradition

Pitt alters “Sweet Caroline” tradition

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Ahead of its opening week game against the Youngstown State Penguins next Saturday, the Pitt football program announced Friday its nine-year tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” at the end of the third quarter has come to an end. The tradition, which started during Pitt’s 2008 game against t...

Central Catholic DL David Green joins Panthers

Central Catholic DL David Green joins Panthers

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 24, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football program added its second recruit of the week Thursday, as local product David Green committed to head coach Pat Narduzzi. A 6-foot-1 defensive lineman from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, Green chose the Panthers over Virginia Tech, Minnesota and Rutgers, among others. ...

Florida CB Marquis Williams commits to Pitt

Florida CB Marquis Williams commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football team added another piece to their 2018 recruiting class Monday, as Florida cornerback Marquis Williams verbally committed to the program. Williams chose the Panthers over 21 other schools including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Central Florida. He is rated as...

ICYMI: Summer sports timeline

ICYMI: Summer sports timeline

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 22, 2017


Filed under Sports

April 28 - Football head coach Pat Narduzzi dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary reasons. April 28-29 - Five Panthers are selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, including James Conner, who the Steelers picked in round three. May 2 - Gymnastics head coach Debbie Yohman ret...

Kirk Christodoulou: The punter from Down Under

Kirk Christodoulou: The punter from Down Under

By Steve Rotstein / Senior Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Kirk Christodoulou didn’t grow up around the same game as everybody else on the Pitt football team — to him, it’s called “footy.” He doesn’t say he’s going to go practice some punting — he’s going to “have a kick.” He wears cleats just like his teammates — but to him, they’re his ...

Q&A: Akeo talks tournament, travel from Hawaii

Q&A: Akeo talks tournament, travel from Hawaii

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

When junior setter Kamalani Akeo arrived at Pitt in the fall of 2015, she didn’t quite know what to expect — either on or off the court. After all, she was traveling over 4,500 miles from her hometown of Kapolei, Hawaii, where she played on one of the best high school teams in the state. In her j...

Stallings needs time to execute plan

Stallings needs time to execute plan

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

“No wonder the Bucs lost last night ... what a jackass.” “Tonight was probably the only setting in which [he] was not the most hated individual in the place.” “Maybe he will throw his back out and be done for the season.” This was the reaction on Twitter when Pitt men’s basketball ...

Pittsburgh pushes Panthers from spotlight

Pittsburgh pushes Panthers from spotlight

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Walking around Pittsburgh, it’s hard to go too long without seeing someone wearing Steelers, Penguins or Pirates gear. The teams are some of the most decorated and storied franchises in American sports — especially in recent years, with the city taking home five championships since 2005 — and...

Q&A: Gavin prepares for first head coaching gig

Q&A: Gavin prepares for first head coaching gig

By Steve Rotstein / Senior Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt wrestling team’s 2016-17 season had a little bit of everything — off-the-mat incidents, suspicious absences, dismissals, a coaching change and even three individual ACC champions. While the program was far from being in dire straits, it was in desperate need of stability. Newly-appointed Athlet...

Women’s soccer survives Hofstra, Duquesne, starts season 2-0

Women’s soccer survives Hofstra, Duquesne, starts season 2-0

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Considering they won just two games last year, it’s safe to say the Pitt women’s soccer team didn’t have high expectations coming into the 2017 season. But those expectations might’ve taken a bit of a jump this weekend, as the Panthers equaled their win total from last year after beating Hofstra...

Pitt to honor James Conner with bobblehead

Pitt to honor James Conner with bobblehead

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt athletic department announced Thursday there will be a James Conner bobblehead night to honor the former running back at the team’s Oct. 14 homecoming game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The bobblehead — featuring Conner wearing Pitt’s throwback uniform — will be given ...

Men’s basketball lands 2017 forward Kenechukwu Chukwuka

Men’s basketball lands 2017 forward Kenechukwu Chukwuka

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings added the final piece of his 2017 recruiting class Tuesday, getting a commitment from junior college transfer Kenechukwu Chukwuka. Chukwuka, a native of Sweden, announced his decision on Twitter. “After a lot of thinking, I have decided that I’ll be furthering my academic and basketball career at The University of Pittsburgh,” Chukwuka sai...

Football lands Alabama WR Cameron O’Neil

Football lands Alabama WR Cameron O’Neil

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 1, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s first day of fall camp ended on a positive note Monday as wide receiver Cameron O’Neil committed to the program’s 2018 class. O’Neil announced his decision on Twitter, also thanking the other schools that gave him the chance to further his career. “I also want ...

Narduzzi dismisses DE Blair, suspends three others

Narduzzi dismisses DE Blair, suspends three others

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi announced Friday the dismissal of senior defensive end Rori Blair and suspensions of redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Bookser, senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis and junior safety Jordan Whitehead Friday afternoon. With two of its first three games coming against some of the best...

Football adds graduate transfer OL Brandon Hodges

Football adds graduate transfer OL Brandon Hodges

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program are less than two months from the start of the season, but the team added another player Tuesday in graduate transfer Brandon Hodges. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman played last season with the Texas Longhorns, making an appearance in 1...

Lyke hires Cincinnati admin Brendan Fouracre

Lyke hires Cincinnati admin Brendan Fouracre

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 25, 2017


Filed under Sports

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke hired a new administrator Monday as Brendan Fouracre has been named the Executive Associate Athletic Director for Capital Planning and Projects. In the position, Fouracre will be responsible for facility and event management and oversee all of the department’...

Playoff Push: A look at the Bucs’ schedule

Playoff Push: A look at the Bucs’ schedule

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under Sports

Just five years ago, this season would have been considered a success for the Pirates. But now, after making the playoffs in three of the past four years, many see it as a disappointment. With just under 70 games left in the regular season, the team sits two games under .500 at 46-48 and five games bac...

Fall sports preview: Cross country

Fall sports preview: Cross country

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

July 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

About a month and a half from the start of the season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams are well into their training for the upcoming season. Both squads are preparing to build off last year and rise up the rankings in the difficult Atlantic Coast Conference. Each fell toward the middl...

Top 5 ACC Kickoff takeaways

Top 5 ACC Kickoff takeaways

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

With less than two months until the start of the 2017 college football season, Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program are preparing for fall camp and the opening week game against the Youngstown State Penguins. This weekend, Narduzzi, senior cornerback Avonte Maddox and redshirt junior offensive...

Luther must manage unproven Panthers

Luther must manage unproven Panthers

By Wyatt Geller | For The Pitt News

July 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

With the season just a few months away, the Pitt basketball team is in desperate need of a leader. But for second-year head coach Kevin Stallings, the options are scarce. The loss of seniors Michael Young, Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones leaves the team with big shoes to fill. Ryan Lut...

Fall sports preview: Women’s volleyball

Fall sports preview: Women’s volleyball

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

July 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

Last season, the slow rebuild of Pitt women’s volleyball program came to a head when the team made its first NCAA Tournament since 2004. With many key players returning, it’s now time for this year’s team to step up and solidify their place among the ACC’s best. Heading into last season, a you...

Men’s basketball releases nonconference schedule

Men’s basketball releases nonconference schedule

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt basketball team announced its 13-game nonconference schedule for the 2017-18 season Monday as head coach Kevin Stallings has just under four months to get his young players ready to compete. A renewal of the Backyard Brawl rivalry against West Virginia University highlights the slate. The t...

Return to greatness: basketball alums compete in annual tournament

Return to greatness: basketball alums compete in annual tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

July 4, 2017


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

More than seven years after Pitt’s memorable run to the Elite Eight came up just short against Villanova, then-Panthers point guard Levance Fields got another chance to reach a different Final Four — this time with $2 million on the line. But just like that loss in the 2009 Regional Final, Fields and h...

Fall Sports Preview: Men’s and Women’s Soccer

Fall Sports Preview: Men’s and Women’s Soccer

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With the start of the school year fast approaching, each of the fall sports teams are beginning to gear up for their 2017 seasons. In August, training camps will start before the Panthers take to the field toward the end of the month. So over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to take a look a...

Wolk wins USA junior 5k Championship

Wolk wins USA junior 5k Championship

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Even though the Pitt track and field season ended two weeks ago, some of the team’s best runners continued to compete this past weekend at the United States Track and Field Outdoor Championships, including freshman Nick Wolk, who won the junior 5000m championship with a time of 14:26.54. Recent g...

Marc-Andre Fleury: great goalie, better person

Marc-Andre Fleury: great goalie, better person

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It’s hard to believe Marc-Andre Fleury — the Penguins’ backup goalie — could mean so much to a team and its city. But when veteran goaltender Fleury was taken by the newly formed Vegas Golden Knights in last week’s NHL Expansion Draft, there was an outpouring of support and gratitude from...

Thomas Jefferson DT Devin Danielson chooses Pitt

Thomas Jefferson DT Devin Danielson chooses Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi received another recruit Tuesday afternoon as defensive tackle Devin Danielson verbally committed to the program. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound product announced his decision on Twitter. “Proud and very excited to say I have fully committed to The University of Pittsburgh,” Danielson said. In high school, Danielson played for nearb...

6-foot-8 power forward Samson George commits to Pitt

6-foot-8 power forward Samson George commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 26, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings is nearing the end of the 2017 recruiting cycle and has only one spot remaining after 6-foot-8 power forward Samson George committed Monday. A Washington, Pennsylvania native, George is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports. He is the first player in the class...

Football, baseball land New Jersey product Matt Alaimo

Football, baseball land New Jersey product Matt Alaimo

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt football and baseball programs each landed a recruit Saturday as two-sport athlete  Matt Alaimo announced he will come to the university this fall. Alaimo announced his commitment on Twitter, saying, “I am proud and excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic, football an...

Weak division gives battling Bucs opportunity

Weak division gives battling Bucs opportunity

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

June 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Don’t look now, but two months into the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still hanging around in the National League Central. Heading into May, the team was in last place in the division and looked like a longshot for the playoffs. Now, thanks to a modest turnaround and a lackluster division, the team...

Pitt basketball adds adds two recruits, Chris Jones to staff

Pitt basketball adds adds two recruits, Chris Jones to staff

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a tumultuous start to the offseason, second-year basketball head coach Kevin Stallings got a much-needed reprieve this weekend as two highly-touted recruits committed to the program. Even though Stallings and his staff are still putting together their 2017 class, the program got its first com...

EMU admin Kelly Brennan joins Panthers

EMU admin Kelly Brennan joins Panthers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Sports

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke has hired another administrator from Eastern Michigan, announcing Kelly Brennan as Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives and Engagement Friday. Brennan is the third upper administrator to leave EMU for Pitt since Lyke’s arrival in March, joining Christi...

Four-star forward Bryce Golden commits to Pitt

Four-star forward Bryce Golden commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt basketball program and head coach Kevin Stallings landed their first recruit in the class of 2018 Thursday, getting a verbal commitment from four-star Maryland forward Bryce Golden. Golden announced his decision on Twitter, saying, “I firmly believe in what Coach Stallings is building and I...

Hazelton hired as diving head coach

Hazelton hired as diving head coach

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke filled another head coaching position Thursday, hiring Katie Hazelton as diving head coach. Hazelton has spent the past four-and-a-half years with the Duke Diving Club and will take over for 38-year head coach Julian Krug, who retired in April. "We are thri...

Football lands three-star OL Blake Zubovic

Football lands three-star OL Blake Zubovic

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football program received its ninth recruit in the class of 2018 Wednesday as Blake Zubovic verbally committed to the program. Zubovic, a 310-pound offensive lineman from nearby Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, announced his decision on Twitter. “This is the hardest decision I have had...

GALLERY: Penguins Stanley Cup Victory Parade 2017

GALLERY: Penguins Stanley Cup Victory Parade 2017

By Matt Hawley

June 14, 2017


Filed under Sports, Visual

An estimated crowd of 650,000 people gathered downtown on Wednesday morning to celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory for the second year in a row. The Penguins secured the cup with a score of 2-0 against the Nashville Predators on Sunday night. ...

Column: Crosby and Malkin: from disappointment to dynasty

Column: Crosby and Malkin: from disappointment to dynasty

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Early in the 2015-16 season, the Crosby-Malkin era was considered a disappointment. Now, it’s the best in Penguins history. When Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin came to Pittsburgh in 2005 and 2006, respectively, it marked a turnaround for an organization which had missed the playoffs every season since 2...

Lyke hires EMU admin Chris Hoppe

Lyke hires EMU admin Chris Hoppe

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke hired another administrator from Eastern Michigan University Tuesday, naming Chris Hoppe to a new position — executive associate athletic director for sport administration and student-athlete support services. Hoppe is the second upper administrator Lyke has brought over fr...

Samantha Snider named gymnastics head coach

Samantha Snider named gymnastics head coach

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt gymnastics hired University of Arkansas Associate Head Coach Samantha Snider to be the third head coach in the history of the program Monday. Snider takes over for longtime coach Debbie Yohman, who retired in early May after 31 years with the Panthers. “We are thrilled to welcome Samantha Snider as the next head women’s gymnastics coach of the University of Pitts...

Palmer leads Panthers at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Palmer leads Panthers at NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

June 12, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Last week at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Pitt senior Desmond Palmer asserted himself as one of the greatest hurdlers in program history. The stage was the NCAA Outdoor Championships, a place not unfamiliar to Palmer. He has now been to the Championships four times in his career, qualify...

6-foot-5 OL Chase Brown commits to Pitt

6-foot-5 OL Chase Brown commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 12, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

  Head Coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program received their eighth recruit in the 2018 recruiting class with Ashburn, Virginia, offensive lineman Chase Brown verbally committing Monday. The 6-foot-5 Lackawanna Community College product announced his decision on Twitter. ...

Football lands three-star trio

Football lands three-star trio

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

After a relatively slow start to the 2018 recruiting class, the Pitt football program is beginning to gain momentum as three players verbally committed this weekend. Cornerback Judson Tallandier, defensive end John Morgan and linebacker Wendell Davis — all rated three-star recruits by 247Sport...

Panthers prepare for NCAA Championships

Panthers prepare for NCAA Championships

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 6, 2017


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

Pitt junior thrower Andin Fosam nervously watched the conclusion of the hammer throw last week at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Lexington, Kentucky, as she clung to one of the last NCAA Championship spots. Her performance earlier in the day wasn’t her best, as she fouled on two of three th...

Pitt football adds 3-star recruits Judson Tallandier and Wendell Davis

Pitt football adds 3-star recruits Judson Tallandier and Wendell Davis

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The 2018 Pitt football recruiting class is gaining momentum as head coach Pat Narduzzi received verbal commitments from a pair of 3-star prospects Friday. Cornerback Judson Tallandier and linebacker Wendell Davis both pledging to the Panthers, announcing their commitments on Twitter. “Af...

Basketball overhaul: Pitt’s 2017 class

Basketball overhaul: Pitt’s 2017 class

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 31, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Coming off the program’s worst season since 2000, this offseason has signaled next year could be worse. The past few months have been some of the most tumultuous in the team’s history, with four seniors graduating and five others transferring elsewhere. As of now, the team only has two return...

Pitt adds OL Jake Kradel to 2018 class

Pitt adds OL Jake Kradel to 2018 class

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 31, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi landed his fourth recruit in the class of 2018 Tuesday afternoon as 6-foot-4 offensive lineman Jake Kradel committed to the program. Kradel announced his decision on Twitter, saying, “... I am extremely proud and excited to commit to The University of Pittsb...

Lyke a pro: Pitt’s newest AD brings experience and enthusiasm

Lyke a pro: Pitt’s newest AD brings experience and enthusiasm

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports Features

Athletics are in Heather Lyke’s DNA. She never turned down the chance to play any sport while she was growing up. But it took two degrees — one in education, the other in law — for her to decide it was the athletic world she should remain in. Lyke is Pitt’s newest athletic director — the...

Rising sophomores reflect: Adjusting as a student-athlete

Rising sophomores reflect: Adjusting as a student-athlete

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Sports Features

Jovana Knezevic’s day starts with an early morning weight session, followed by a full schedule of classes. But instead of returning to her dorm after class to study or relax, Knezevic heads over to the tennis courts for a three hour practice. Learning where to go for the best pizza on campus, keeping...

Gray’s got it in the glove

Gray’s got it in the glove

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Sports Features

When 5-year-old Olivia Gray was offered a spot on a youth softball team, she didn’t want to play because she was afraid of failing. But her father, Shawn, encouraged her to give the sport another chance because of his daughter’s competitive attitude. He wanted to see her play a sport where there...

Pitt’s ACC move fosters football, hurts basketball

Pitt’s ACC move fosters football, hurts basketball

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

In the four years since Pitt moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the decision to leave the Big East has both haunted and helped the school’s biggest sports — football and men’s basketball. For the majority of the 2000s, the University of Pittsburgh was a basketball school. Coaches Ben Howl...

Vidovich has Pitt primed for turnaround

Vidovich has Pitt primed for turnaround

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt men’s soccer team has been one of the school’s least competitive programs in recent years, but their fortunes could soon change as the group seems poised to move forward this fall. In its history, the squad — which started up in 1954 — has compiled a record of 398-449-100. It hasn...

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the Pitt men’s basketball team tries to recover from a mass exodus of graduating players, transfers and dismissals, the Pitt football team will be dealing with its own loss of talent next season. Just don’t confuse the two. While the Panthers’ hoops roster for next season looks like a barren...

Q&A: Stallings discusses transfers, recruits and “hard decisions”

Q&A: Stallings discusses transfers, recruits and “hard decisions”

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

May 29, 2017


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

Coming off its worst season since 2000, the Pitt men’s basketball program will attempt to rebound this year as head coach Kevin Stallings enters year two of his tenure. This season’s team will be made up of almost entirely new faces, with only three players returning from last year’s squad....

Seven Panthers qualify for NCAA Championships

Seven Panthers qualify for NCAA Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt Track and Field team had a successful weekend at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Lexington, Kentucky and qualified seven runners for the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon. On Thursday, sophomore distance runner Gillian Schriever and junior thrower Andin Fosam became the fir...

COLUMN: Pens’ goalie selection backed by Fleury’s inconsistency

COLUMN: Pens’ goalie selection backed by Fleury’s inconsistency

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

May 23, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

After losing two of the first three games of the Eastern Conference Final, the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the series thanks to a controversial decision by head coach Mike Sullivan. Through the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs, 32-year-old goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury seemingly solidified his star...

COLUMN: Two-team league makes NBA unwatchable

COLUMN: Two-team league makes NBA unwatchable

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 23, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Over the last few years, the NBA has developed a clear hierarchy — and it’s badly hurting the league’s appeal. Heading into the 2016-17 regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors were the two teams everybody expected in the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers were the reigning ...

Pitt baseball drops series against Wake Forest

Pitt baseball drops series against Wake Forest

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

May 21, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Heading into its weekend series against the No. 20 Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the Pitt baseball team was right on the bubble of the ACC Tournament. But the Panthers were only able to come away with one win, failing to make the cut for the fourth consecutive year. Pitt (23-30, 9-21 ACC) got off to a strong s...

Thomas Jefferson DE Noah Palmer chooses Pitt

Thomas Jefferson DE Noah Palmer chooses Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football staff added to the program’s 2018 recruiting class Thursday, earning a commit from 6-foot-4 defensive end Noah Palmer. Palmer announced his commitment on Twitter. “Proud and very excited to announce that I have fully committed to the University of Pittsburgh,” Palmer said. Growing up in nearby Jefferson Hills, ...

Pitt OL Alex Bookser charged with DUI

Pitt OL Alex Bookser charged with DUI

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Bookser was arrested Sunday morning on numerous charges, including driving while under the influence of alcohol. Pitt Police arrested Bookser at 12:51 a.m. on Meyran Avenue after a chase ended when he crashed into the Loeffler Building. He has a preliminary...

Mountaineers outlast Panthers, earn season sweep

Mountaineers outlast Panthers, earn season sweep

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 17, 2017


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

The last time Pitt and West Virginia met on the diamond, it was an offensive battle as the Mountaineers got an 8-4 win on the road in March. West Virginia took the season sweep Tuesday in a much more defensive night, but the result was the same with a 2-0 Mountaineer victory in Morgantown. Both pitching...

Slow starts a troubling trend for Pirates

Slow starts a troubling trend for Pirates

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pittsburgh Pirates — one of the most unsuccessful teams in sports until recent years — are officially stuck in mediocrity. From 1993-2012, the Pirates suffered an unprecedented 20 consecutive losing seasons. The streak marked the longest of any professional team in the United States’ fo...

Pitt baseball suffers sweep against North Carolina State

Pitt baseball suffers sweep against North Carolina State

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

May 15, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt baseball team had a chance to move off the bubble of making the ACC Tournament at home this weekend series against North Carolina State but were convincingly swept due to the high-powered Wolfpack offense. Starting pitching woes led to Pitt (22-27, 8-19 ACC) having early deficits in each game,...

Pittsburgh Steelers sign Pitt LB Matt Galambos

Pittsburgh Steelers sign Pitt LB Matt Galambos

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt linebacker Matt Galambos became the 13th Panther signed by a NFL team after the Pittsburgh Steelers gave him a contract Sunday following the team’s rookie minicamp. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi confirmed the signing on Twitter. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker first came to Pitt in 2013, playing in all 13 games as a freshman and recording 38 tackles and a fumble recovery. He worked ...

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