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Pitt sophomore guard Femi Odukale (2) and Virginia sophomore guard Reece Beekman (2) chase the ball at Wednesday’s game at the Petersen Events Center.

Column | Capel’s inability to manage games continues to hamstring already depleted Panthers

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer 12:46 am
While the offense struggled down the stretch in the second half, the Panthers’ defense had struggles of its own. Despite a rough start, the Cavaliers offense got better looks in the second half and capitalized on them. Head coach Jeff Capel’s defense had no answer for Virginia’s offense late in the first half and beyond.
Senior guard Jayla Everett (20) takes a shot during the Pitt women’s basketball game vs. Boston College on Jan. 13.

Column | Panthers’ slide is product of costly turnovers, excessive substitutions

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer January 18, 2022
After stringing together quality wins in the non-conference portion of its season, Pitt struggled to get things going in the ACC. After a brutal first few games, Pitt now looks to change the narrative in the second half of the season.
Head football coach Pat Narduzzi and the team run out of the tunnel ahead of Pitt’s football game vs. UNC on Nov. 11.

Column | Pitt football’s 2021 season will serve as a launching pad for years to come

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
The Panthers’ best season in 40 years has opened a window of success to build on. Given the era of the transfer portal, Pitt knew it had the chance to continue to build on this season through adding to the roster externally.
Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23), left, dunks the ball during Pitt’s game against Boston College at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday.

Column | Pitt has begun a slow but steady climb back from the bottom

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor January 9, 2022
Pitt men’s basketball is showing signs of hope. After having to take moral victories from close losses at the beginning of conference play, Stephen Thompson argues the Panthers are playing their best ball with a wide-open conference schedule ahead.
Head basketball coach Jeff Capel watches from the bench as a penalty call dashes the Panthers’ hopes to upset Louisville in January 2020.

Column | It’s starting to look like Jeff Capel’s final season in Pittsburgh

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer December 8, 2021
When Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel accepted his job in 2018, he was widely labeled a home-run hire. For his first two seasons, he looked the part, which makes his tenure’s sudden turn for the worse all the more surprising and disappointing.
Israel Abanikanda (2) and Calijah Kancey (8) celebrate a touchdown during Pitt football’s game vs. Miami on Oct. 30 at Heinz Field.

Post-ACC Championship Game football superlatives

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer December 7, 2021
Pitt experienced its most successful season in recent history this year, with double digits wins for the first time since 1981 and winning its first ACC Championship. Although the Panthers’ season doesn’t conclude until Dec. 30 at the Peach Bowl, here are some superlatives for the 2021 football season.
From left, Pitt redshirt sophomore defensive back Brandon Hill (9), redshirt junior defensive lineman David Green (2), junior linebacker SirVocea Dennis (7) and first-year wide receiver Myles Alston (20) run down the field during their game against Clemson at Heinz Field on Oct. 23.

Column | ‘We, Not Me’: How Pitt’s offensive success has been a true team effort

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer December 2, 2021
The duo of redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett and sophomore receiver Jordan Addison may get the majority of the buzz, but they can’t do it alone. Senior staff writer Kyle Saxon argues it has been a team effort to reach the levels this offense has reached.
Pitt junior linebacker SirVocea Dennis (7) and redshirt senior linebacker John Petrishen (0) tackle Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader (16) during Saturday’s game against Syracuse at Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

Column | Win at Syracuse paves way for ACC Championship preparation

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer November 29, 2021
No. 20 Pitt football remained focused in its 31-14 win over Syracuse on Saturday. After passing the final hurdle of the regular season, Staff Writer Frankie Richetti argues that the Panthers are primed for a high-stakes ACC Championship game.
Pitt graduate student forward Mouhamadou Gueye (15) and Vanderbilts Terren Frank (15) compete for possession of the ball during Wednesday’s game against Vanderbilt University at the Petersen Events Center.

Column | Pitt’s short-term identity crisis threatens long-term health of program

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor November 29, 2021
In the wake of two more brutal losses for Pitt men’s basketball, Sports Editor Stephen Thompson argues that a lack of identity is driving Pitt’s struggles and that the long-term health of the program lies in young hands.
PNC Park is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Point-Counterpoint | Is money the root of Pirates’ evils?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer November 17, 2021
Staff writer Griffin Floyd argues that small market Major League Baseball teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t need a salary cap in order to compete.
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