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Kenny Pickett eludes the defensive rush at the Pitt vs. Western Michigan game.

Column | ‘Kenny Heisman’ no longer a playful nickname as Pickett builds case

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer October 12, 2021
“Kenny Heisman” was formerly just a playful nickname for Pitt super-senior quarterback Kenny Pickett. But after his extraordinary start to the season, he’s giving that name life and could be in contention for some of the nation’s most prestigious awards.
Bubba Wallace won the YellaWood 500 on Monday in Talladega, Ala.

Take 5 | Duquesne could be dangerous in the FCS, Dallas Cowboys are contenders

In this week’s edition of the Take 5, The Pitt News sports desk gives their opinions on everything from the Duquesne Dukes’ chances of making some noise in the FCS playoffs to the MLB needing to restructure their playoff format.
Staff writer Kyle Saxon lists some of the best dining options to consider after Pitt football games at Heinz Field.

Column | Best places to eat after a Pitt football game

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer September 28, 2021
For the thousands of Panther fans at Heinz Field on a Pitt football gameday, there are rarely guarantees about what will happen on the field. But the Pitt faithful can always leave the stadium assured that there will be a great place for a post-game meal.
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett has posted 939 yards and 10 touchdowns with one interception in his first three games.

Column | Despite slow start, Clemson remains ACC’s team to beat

By Sam Krimins, Staff Writer September 23, 2021
There still may be some hope for the ACC, though, with a couple of teams showing promise. Here are the top 10 teams in the ACC — from first to worst.
Pitt football hasn’t won more than eight games in a season since 2009, but this might be the season they end the double-digit win drought, argues senior staff writer Kyle Saxon.

Column | For Pitt football, the next step is right now

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer September 14, 2021
Pitt football hasn’t won more than eight games in a season since 2009, but senior staff writer Kyle Saxon argues this might be the season they end the double-digit win drought. The Tennessee win built momentum, and now is the time to capitalize.
According to staff writer Frankie Richetti, with a talented roster, Pat Narduzzi needs to put it all together or else his job could be on the line.

Column | It’s do or die for Pat Narduzzi in the 2021-22 season

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer August 31, 2021
Lyke believed she hired the right man for the job, but when does that trust break? With a favorable non-conference schedule, and an elite assortment of talent, Narduzzi must produce results, or he should be firmly on the hot seat. 
Pitt football returns experience on the offense, such as sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda.

Preview | Pitt football poised for a solid season in 2021

By Carson Zaremski, Staff Writer August 31, 2021
Here’s what Panther fans can expect from Narduzzi and his squad heading into the 2021 season.
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Introducing Pitt athletics’ biggest faces

By Richie Smiechowski, For The Pitt News August 24, 2021
For the first day of classes, what better way to acclimate new fans with their athletes than a quick introduction of Pitt Athletics’ biggest names and faces prior to the first day of classes?
The NCAA transfer portal is being utilized more and more by athletes each year. Staff writer Griffin Floyd breaks down four new additions across Pitt Athletics who can make an impact in Pittsburgh.

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

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer August 24, 2021
The transfer portal provides reinforcements in the form of players who didn’t fit in with the first program they chose. The Panthers received a number of high-profile transfers this year who will look to make an instant impact.
Senior midfielder Jackson Walti, a returning player on Pitt mens soccer.

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

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer August 20, 2021
While there is no doubt that coach Jay Vidovich has turned a previously hapless program into a legitimate powerhouse, last year’s “national contender” label and its sustainability will be put to the test. 
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