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

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

By Alexa Marzina | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

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

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

By Hannah Schneider | Sports Editor

June 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Column: Mainstream sports rhetoric limits female athletes

Column: Mainstream sports rhetoric limits female athletes

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Column: Group by Group World Cup Preview

Column: Group by Group World Cup Preview

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Column: LeBron James stands no chance against the Warriors

Column: LeBron James stands no chance against the Warriors

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Column: Women’s sports need female leaders

Column: Women’s sports need female leaders

By Jordan Mondell | Senior Staff Writer

May 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

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

Take 5: Stakes Races, Shaq and Southgate

Take 5: Stakes Races, Shaq and Southgate

By The Pitt News Staff

May 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Take 5: Kiper, Cavs and Kardashians

Take 5: Kiper, Cavs and Kardashians

By The Pitt News Staff

April 20, 2018


Filed under Sports Columns

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

Column: Pirates’ season a pleasant surprise for fan

Column: Pirates’ season a pleasant surprise for fan

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

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

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

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Take 5: Spieth, Simmons, Stanley Cup

Take 5: Spieth, Simmons, Stanley Cup

By The Pitt News Staff

April 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

4 predictions for the NHL playoffs

4 predictions for the NHL playoffs

By Max Sirianni | Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Take 5: Pirates, playoffs, PGA tour

Take 5: Pirates, playoffs, PGA tour

By The Pitt News Staff

April 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Staff picks: Pitt athletics Hall of Fame

Staff picks: Pitt athletics Hall of Fame

By The Pitt News Staff

April 4, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Column: College sports deserve diverse leadership

Column: College sports deserve diverse leadership

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

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

Take 5: Harden, hot dogs, home runs

Take 5: Harden, hot dogs, home runs

By The Pitt News Staff

March 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

European powers gear up for UCL quarterfinals

European powers gear up for UCL quarterfinals

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Column: Don’t cry for Dan Hurley

Column: Don’t cry for Dan Hurley

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


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

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

Take 5: Rookies, rejection, re-entry

Take 5: Rookies, rejection, re-entry

By The Pitt News Staff

March 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

New MLB rules may go too far

New MLB rules may go too far

By Max Sirianni | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Hear me out: The sexiest mascots in college sports

Hear me out: The sexiest mascots in college sports

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

Take 5: Tiger, Tournament, Tom Crean

Take 5: Tiger, Tournament, Tom Crean

By The Pitt News Staff

March 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While Pitt may not have qualified for this year’s NCAA tournament … or the NIT … or the CBI, there are plenty of other things happening in the sports world Pitt fans can distract themselves with. The Pitt News sports staff is back with a weekly roundup of the best in sports this past week — an...

Column: When it comes to Stallings’ firing, the blame should be shared

Column: When it comes to Stallings’ firing, the blame should be shared

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

In a time of uncertainty for Pitt basketball, one thing is for sure — former head coach Kevin Stallings’ tenure will go down in Panther history as an unmitigated disaster. In two years, the widely criticized coach managed to win just four conference games, go winless in the ACC during the 20...

Column: Potential picks for Stallings’ successor

Column: Potential picks for Stallings’ successor

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt men’s basketball and the athletic administration are officially on the quest for a new head coach to replace Kevin Stallings. The mission is straightforward — find the perfect person to rejuvenate the program and return Pitt to its status as a basketball school. Just like any hiring proces...

Slept on: 4 tournament teams you shouldn’t count out

Slept on: 4 tournament teams you shouldn’t count out

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Sleeper teams are the best part of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. Some will destroy your bracket, but if you bet big on the right school you may end up celebrating as much as the eventual champions. If there is one thing guaranteed about the tournament, it’s that nothing abou...

Take Five: Pirates, Pacquette and Rick Pitino

Take Five: Pirates, Pacquette and Rick Pitino

By The Pitt News Staff

March 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Spring break is upon us but the non-stop news cycle of the sports world takes no breaks. The Pitt News staff is back to round up this week’s best stories. Click here to see last week's takes. Cheapskates The Major League Baseball Players Union filed grievances against the Oakland Athletics, Mi...

NCAA should leave the past alone

NCAA should leave the past alone

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The last time the Louisville men’s basketball team won the NCAA tournament was 22 years ago — at least according to the NCAA. The NCAA vacated 123 wins from Louisville’s program — from between 2011 and 2015 — on Tuesday. The Cardinals will also be stripped of their 2013 NCAA championship win after bei...

Take Five: Mets, mock drafts, Mark Cuban

Take Five: Mets, mock drafts, Mark Cuban

By The Pitt News Staff

February 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With the NBA and NHL seasons passing their midway point and the MLB season on the brink, there are plenty of stories to sift through for fans of all interests. The Pitt News sports staff is here to round up the best ones of the week. Put Me in Coach Tim Tebow is a former professional quarterback with...

Point-Counterpoint: Pyeongchang brings the heat despite critiques

Point-Counterpoint: Pyeongchang brings the heat despite critiques

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

If you don’t know what’s been happening during this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, you’re sorely missing out. That shirtless Tongan flag bearer you fell in love with during the Rio Games made an appearance, an Austrian snowboarder finished a race after literally breaking his neck and all-American swee...

Point-Counterpoint: Winter Olympics leaves fans iced out

Point-Counterpoint: Winter Olympics leaves fans iced out

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

What’s the biggest story from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics so far? It could be Adam Rippon’s spat with Vice President Mike Pence, or Pence and North Korean propaganda vice director Kim Yo Jong’s awkward non-interaction. Is the answer legendary snowboarder Shaun White’s third halfpipe Olympic gold win in dramatic fashion, or ...

The NBA’s injury problem is overblown

The NBA’s injury problem is overblown

By Cale Berger | For the Pitt News

February 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Uncategorized

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward was set to make his team debut opening night of the 2017-18 NBA season. He had just signed a four-year, $128 million contract during the off-season, joining forces with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in an attempt to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. ...

NHL needs to fix rules for goals

NHL needs to fix rules for goals

By Max Sirianni | For the Pitt News

February 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It is not uncommon to hear boos raining down from the stands when an official makes a penalty call on the ice. Fans are usually just annoyed that someone on their favorite team is headed to the box.   But the jeers are because of the controversy surrounding the NHL’s rule of goaltender interfer...

Column: Men’s basketball season one for the record books

Column: Men’s basketball season one for the record books

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Let’s party like it’s 1993. Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Meat Loaf top the Billboard Hot 100 nationwide. Michael Jordan is striking out in minor league baseball for the Birmingham Barons after his first three-peat and subsequent retirement from the NBA. Bill Clinton is named the 42nd pre...

Take five: Trades, tanks and take-backs

Take five: Trades, tanks and take-backs

By The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Remember in elementary school when you would beg your friends to trade what with was in your lunchbox? We can all identify, and apparently so can every coach, owner and player in professional sports this week. Between hour-long hires and trading between sports, The Pitt News has you covered in thi...

QBs don’t need to be elite

QBs don’t need to be elite

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Baltimore Ravens long-snapper Morgan Cox ordered a bundle of 15 shirts for Ravens players to wear in August of 2016. On each shirt was the face of their quarterback, Joe Flacco, and a single word — “elite.” The shirts were a half-serious answer to the ongoing question of whether Flacco is an ...

Take Five: Fuller, Federer, Free agents

Take Five: Fuller, Federer, Free agents

By The Pitt News Staff

February 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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...

Michigan State just part of the problem

Michigan State just part of the problem

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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...

Take Five: Fouls, Fans, Hall of Fame

Take Five: Fouls, Fans, Hall of Fame

By The Pitt News Staff

January 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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 ...

Take Five: London, Luther, lazy reporting

Take Five: London, Luther, lazy reporting

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

January 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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...

Stallings needs to keep comments off court

Stallings needs to keep comments off court

By Colin Martin | For The Pitt News

January 9, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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 ...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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...

3 times Pitt beat the clock

3 times Pitt beat the clock

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports Columns

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...

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the game clock at Heinz Field ticked down on the Panthers Thursday night, the already prevalent splotches of bright yellow seats grew as the paltry crowd dispersed. The team’s chances to beat a 1-6 North Carolina team were beginning to dwindle, and so was their present fan base. The idea to work on...

Column | Bye-bye, Barstool: Sexist site does not deserve a serious platform

Column | Bye-bye, Barstool: Sexist site does not deserve a serious platform

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

If you’re a sports fan who appreciates quality writing, in-depth coverage and analysis, you may follow ESPN, Sports Illustrated and FiveThirtyEight. If you’re a sports fan who loves lukewarm memes, ridiculous hot takes and articles and photos that degrade women, you might follow Barstool Sports....

Narduzzi’s quarterback shuffle costs Panthers

Narduzzi’s quarterback shuffle costs Panthers

By Adin Link | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

This season’s Panther football team has certainly not been afraid to make unconventional choices in their game plan, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. Pat Narduzzi has used two different quarterbacks in every game this season and in Saturday’s 35-17 loss to NC State, he did no...

Pitt offense bolstered Browne in matchup against Rice

Pitt offense bolstered Browne in matchup against Rice

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 1, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

It took until the last day of September for the Pitt Panthers to finally shake their losing streak and defeat the Rice Owls. This was only their second win of the season and their first since Sept. 2. Many marquee players did their part in the Panthers’ success Saturday afternoon — particularly re...

Pat Narduzzi’s football radio show review

Pat Narduzzi’s football radio show review

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

It’s easy to wonder if Pitt’s administration has to ask Bill Hillgrove his opinion before they hire a coach, because more times than not they’re also hiring his cohost. Hillgrove, the play-by-play man for the Pitt men’s basketball and football teams, has hosted radio programs with former P...

Column: NCAA transfer rules unfair to student athletes

Column: NCAA transfer rules unfair to student athletes

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Nick Saban, head coach of Alabama football and four-time national championship winner, is poised to be paid an astounding $11 million this year and has an eight-year deal that will pay him $65 million through 2025. These lucrative contracts are highly desired by all college coaches, and you can’t b...

Column: Watching sports forges connections, unites in history

Column: Watching sports forges connections, unites in history

By Abbot Zuk | For The Pitt News

September 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Whether it was my mother or father taking me to a ball game, or everyone in Catholic grade school sporting Steelers jerseys on Fridays before pivotal games — sports have been ingrained in me since the start. Like most decisions made at a young age, my sports-rooting interests were predetermined by...

Cowboys’ combo more threatening than PSU

Cowboys’ combo more threatening than PSU

By Abbot Zuk | For The Pitt News

September 14, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

Trace McSorley’s aerial attack and Saquon Barkley’s electrifying footwork from Saturday’s football game against Penn State will look like child’s play compared to what senior quarterback Mason Rudolph and senior wide receiver James Washington of Oklahoma State have in store for the Panthers....

Column: How former Panthers fared week one of the NFL

Column: How former Panthers fared week one of the NFL

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The NFL regular season started last Thursday, and while some familiar Pitt alumni took to the field once again, some new Panthers joined them in the hopes of making it to the Super Bowl. Pitt is known for producing all-pros — a distinction the Associated Press gives to players who are considered...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’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...

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 ...

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...

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 3, 2017


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

It started with a harmless announcement March 13. That’s when sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark revealed his intention to transfer from the Pitt men’s basketball team after missing the entire 2016-17 season with a torn MCL and meniscus. Clark could have provided some useful depth for the Panthers if health...

Raiders relocate to plunder Vegas’ pockets

Raiders relocate to plunder Vegas’ pockets

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

My dad became a Baltimore Colts fan when he was 5 years old because he liked the color blue. By the time he was in his 20s and living in Baltimore, he was a season ticket holder and a fanatic. But when the Colts left the city in 1984 — due to the State of Maryland refusing to pay for renovatio...

COLUMN: Pitt must attract local talent to excel

COLUMN: Pitt must attract local talent to excel

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

From 2011 to 2014, Pitt football muddled its way to four straight 6-6 regular seasons. In head coach Pat Narduzzi’s first two seasons, the Panthers have drastically improved and enjoyed back-to-back 8-4 campaigns. The program’s resurgence has been felt around the country this year, as the Panthers...

COLUMN: Like it or not, nobody beats Brady

COLUMN: Like it or not, nobody beats Brady

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Hating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots has become a national sport. Since 2001, Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have been rewriting the record books. The duo has won 14 division titles, seven AFC championships and four Super Bowls. Brady has won the league’s Most Valuable Playe...

Keep Brown in Town: Steelers star well worth the trouble

Keep Brown in Town: Steelers star well worth the trouble

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Some players are so good, the baggage they’re bringing along is worth it. Antonio Brown is one of those players, so reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers may be open to trading the All-Pro wide receiver should make you scratch your head. Brown’s 17-minute Facebook Live video in the locker room after the Ste...

No Contest: Tomlin blunders another battle with Belichick

No Contest: Tomlin blunders another battle with Belichick

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots was a mismatch of epic proportions — not on the field, but on the sidelines. The talent level on the Steelers’ and Patriots’ 53-man rosters is virtually even. Both teams are stacked with future Hall of ...

COLUMN: Don’t cry over Canada

COLUMN: Don’t cry over Canada

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

January 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

It’s been three weeks since the Pitt football team’s season came to an end with a 31-24 loss to Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl, and there’s still no sign of who will be running the offense next year. But there’s no need to panic. As the mastermind behind the 2016 team’s record-setti...

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

As a football fan, I tuned in to watch all four of this weekend’s NFL playoff games. Despite the NFL’s assurances of excitement that bombarded me, courtesy of their enormous advertising machine, I could not help but walk away from the latest slate of games dissatisfied. This weekend featured a game with the larges...

Pitino’s praise for Artis not as crazy as it sounds

Pitino’s praise for Artis not as crazy as it sounds

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, the only head coach to lead two different programs to national championships and the only coach to lead three different programs to the Final Four, knows a good player when he sees one. Moments after his No. 14 Cardinals overcame Pitt senior point guard Jamel Arti...

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

As the clock ticked down Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s New Years Eve meltdown had to be fresh in the players’ minds. For Pitt’s seniors, who had yet to defeat Virginia in four tries, another haunting memory seemed to be replaying itself. ...

Hanging ’em up: A farewell to Pitt sports

Hanging ’em up: A farewell to Pitt sports

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

December 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

When I first arrived at Pitt in August of 2012, I knew a handful of truths about the school’s athletic programs. The football program was in perpetual turmoil. People didn’t seem to like this Todd Graham guy. A good running back in Ray Graham coming off an injury. A new, quiet head coach from ...

Narduzzi’s bark needs less bite

Narduzzi’s bark needs less bite

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

If Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t careful, his self-described “Rottweiler” attitude on the sidelines could do more than dent the University’s wallets –– it could cost his team a game. Narduzzi’s comments criticizing officials after Pitt’s 39-36 loss to the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies...

Zimba: Give Stallings a chance

Zimba: Give Stallings a chance

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

New Pitt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings knows his first season won’t be easy. When the Panthers’ ACC schedule came out Sept. 12, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Craig Meyer, “It looks almost comically difficult.” But as challenging as the Panthers’ schedule may be — with two matchups against Virginia, wh...

Armchair Coach: Tomlin’s mistakes cost Steelers chance at huge upset

Armchair Coach: Tomlin’s mistakes cost Steelers chance at huge upset

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 24, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the New England Patriots Sunday, 27-16 — but don’t blame backup quarterback Landry Jones. This one’s on the coach. Jones performed admirably, starting in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. After throwing a horrible interception in the end zone on the Steelers...

Despite uneven play Pirates remain playoff relevant

Despite uneven play Pirates remain playoff relevant

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 30, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Even with injuries, poor play and questionable decision making from the organization, the Pirates have somehow maintained mediocrity in 2016. Despite their best efforts to end a three-year postseason streak, they may still be a playoff team. In the first half of the season, the Pirates did a gr...

Pitt Night sets standard for Pirates going forward

Pitt Night sets standard for Pirates going forward

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

July 28, 2016


Filed under Sports Columns

The force was strong with the Pittsburgh Pirates this past Wednesday at PNC Park. On a dually-themed University of Pittsburgh Night and Star Wars Night, the Pirates put together a complete performance to blow out the visiting Seattle Mariners, 10-1. After Chancellor Patrick Gallagher hurled the...

Bell helps propel Bucs into position for run at a division crown

Bell helps propel Bucs into position for run at a division crown

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 12, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

By surging into the All-Star break as one of the hottest teams in baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates positioned themselves to make a run at an elusive National League Central Division title during the second half of the season. After a nightmarish slump saw the Pirates lose 13 of 15 games and fall a ...

Pirates need help from McCutchen, pitching prospects to make second-half surge

Pirates need help from McCutchen, pitching prospects to make second-half surge

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

June 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pittsburgh Pirates have struck out with their pitching staff in 2016. Between injuries and underwhelming performances, the Pirates’ starting rotation is not working out, and it’s time for a change. The Pirates are in desperate need of a spark, and their top three pitching prospects can infuse t...

Cavs’ improbable title win vindicates Coach Lue

Cavs’ improbable title win vindicates Coach Lue

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 20, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The old saying goes, “There’s no crying in baseball,” but there sure is a lot of it in basketball –– at least when you pull off the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history. Led by an otherworldly effort from LeBron James in Games 5, 6 and 7, the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 seri...

‘Sully’ knows best: Coach rewarded for giving Murray second chance

‘Sully’ knows best: Coach rewarded for giving Murray second chance

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Pittsburgh Penguins rookie goaltender Matt Murray has been far from perfect in the Stanley Cup Finals, but he still has his team one win away from lifting a fourth Stanley Cup trophy. With one more standout performance, Murray could be hoisting the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP along with it. ...

Strength in Numbers: Warriors routing Cavaliers without usual star power

Strength in Numbers: Warriors routing Cavaliers without usual star power

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Last year’s NBA Finals was exciting. The rematch was supposed to be even better. Instead, the defending champion Golden State Warriors have blown the visiting Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers off the court in the first two games, sending them back to Cleveland searching for answers...

Pirates’ pitchers helping themselves at bat

Pirates’ pitchers helping themselves at bat

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pittsburgh Pirates play in the National League, where baseball is played the way it used to be — without a designated hitter. But unlike most NL teams, there are no automatic outs in this lineup. It’s no secret this season the Pirates have an explosive offense. The team leads the NL with an impre...

Pitt vs. Penn State: Long time, no rivalry

Pitt vs. Penn State: Long time, no rivalry

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Football, Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Columns

One of Pennsylvania’s most storied football rivalries is back — for now. After a 16-year hiatus, the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Penn State Nittany Lions will battle it out on the gridiron for the 97th time this September 10 at noon at Heinz Field. The long-awaited clash is finally back, but only...

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Columns

Although the gray Pittsburgh winter has passed, the fog surrounding the University of Pittsburgh’s sports teams remains. After several major changes in the University’s big-name sports, including record-setting receiver Tyler Boyd’s departure to the NFL and Kevin Stallings taking over as the new...

Pirates need to focus on winning, not retaliating, against Cubs

Pirates need to focus on winning, not retaliating, against Cubs

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

May 18, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

To put it bluntly, the Pittsburgh Pirates tend to be sore losers when it comes to taking on the Chicago Cubs. In both series the Pirates have played against the Cubs this season, the Cubs have had the upper hand. And both times, the teams appeared to be on the verge of a bench-clearing brawl. After ...

Kang’s return forces Hurdle to make tough decisions with crowded infield

Kang’s return forces Hurdle to make tough decisions with crowded infield

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

May 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Some players in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ already deep infield might have trouble staying relevant with the triumphant return of multi-talened infielder Jung-ho Kang. Professional sports teams are always searching for ways to add depth to their rosters. This is especially true in baseball, where teams...

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