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Take 5: Bell, Butler, Brees

Take 5: Bell, Butler, Brees

By The Pitt News Staff

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Does Pitt football deserve to be ranked? Did Le’Veon Bell make the right decision? Our staff answers these questions and more in this week’s Take 5.

Unproven Panthers show drastic improvement

Unproven Panthers show drastic improvement

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt men's basketball team looks great when you compare this Pitt team to where last year’s team was at this point. The 2017 Panthers started out 0-2, losing to the similarly low-level squads of Navy and Montana.

Take 5: Bama, Blue Devils, Bryant

Take 5: Bama, Blue Devils, Bryant

By The Pitt News Staff

November 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Two dominant college programs staked claims as the best in their sport, while polarizing wide receiver Dez Bryant finally found a home. Read the full range of topics in this week’s Take 5 column:

Take 5: NFL, Le’Veon Bell, Hue’s farewell

Take 5: NFL, Le’Veon Bell, Hue’s farewell

By The Pitt News Staff

October 31, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

This week’s Take 5 column features two Pittsburgh-centric football storylines, including the Panthers’ quest for an ACC Coastal title and the Steelers’ success without Le’Veon Bell. In other news, a dark-horse Cy Young candidate has emerged for the 2019 MLB season and the Browns are still the Browns.

Column: WWE women thrive at ‘Evolution’ despite backstage politics

Column: WWE women thrive at ‘Evolution’ despite backstage politics

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

WWE’s first all-women pay-per-view — properly dubbed “Evolution” to signify the transformation from divas from superstars — was a success, highlighted by Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch’s electric Last Woman Standing match.

Stadium Foods: The good, the bad and the crazy

Stadium Foods: The good, the bad and the crazy

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From NFL teams to minor league ball clubs, some organizations will try any promotion to get fans into their home stands — such as replacing burger buns with donuts.

Take 5: City of Stars, Cardiac Cleveland

Take 5: City of Stars, Cardiac Cleveland

By The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories, Video, Visual

TPN’s weekly hot takes are here a little earlier this week, but it doesn’t stop our staff from voicing their opinions on pro-sports. From the city’s own Riverhounds to the Lakers’ Lebron James, our staffs takes will surely keep you in the loop with what is going on in the sports world.

Take 5: Los Angeles, Le’Veon, no LeBron

Take 5: Los Angeles, Le’Veon, no LeBron

By The Pitt News staff

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As the NFL season nears its halfway point, Los Angeles’ two teams seem to be destined for a cross-city clash, while the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell continues to divide public opinion.

Column: Riverhounds strive for success as Pittsburgh’s pro soccer team

Column: Riverhounds strive for success as Pittsburgh’s pro soccer team

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

As the Riverhounds prepare to host a first-round playoff game Saturday — the first home postseason game in the club’s history — their achievements shouldn’t go unnoticed. How much success will it take for soccer to be among Pittsburgh’s sources of pride?

Waiver Wire Weekly: Gabriel and Mack are best bets

Waiver Wire Weekly: Gabriel and Mack are best bets

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

If you happen to own Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and James Conner, fear not — these players should be able to fill in admirably in the NFL’s Week 7.

2018 NBA Preview: Breaking down The Association’s hierarchy

2018 NBA Preview: Breaking down The Association’s hierarchy

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

In honor of the basketball returning, we broke down where each team stands heading into the 2018 NBA season.

Take 5: Fultz, Futility, Finance

Take 5: Fultz, Futility, Finance

By The Pitt News staff

October 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt News staff takes a look at each of America's three ongoing professional sports, from Markelle Fultz' improvement to the Bengals' false hopes.

Column: Josh Gordon provides ‘Flash’ of inspiration

Column: Josh Gordon provides ‘Flash’ of inspiration

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Josh Gordon has received criticism for his inability to maintain an NFL roster spot, but his continuous effort to overcome personal demons is nothing short of admirable.

Column: ‘Super Show-Down’ confuses roles of WWE’s top women

Column: ‘Super Show-Down’ confuses roles of WWE’s top women

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

October 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The way the WWE has cast the Charlotte Flair - Becky Lynch feud doesn’t make sense to the multi-talented women involved in it.

Take 5: Preseason, playoff, Jared Goff

Take 5: Preseason, playoff, Jared Goff

By The Pitt News Staff

October 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Video, Visual

We’re at a crucial crossroads of America’s three major sports, with the NFL entering midseason form while the MLB playoffs and NBA preseason get underway. The Pitt News staff leaves none of these stones unturned as we take a look at storylines from the past week.

Column: New Philly Flyers’ mascot ‘Gritty’ is more fearsome than friendly

Column: New Philly Flyers’ mascot ‘Gritty’ is more fearsome than friendly

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

September 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Uncategorized

Nobody’s sure what animal or interdimensional being new Flyers' mascot 'Gritty' is supposed to be, but we can all agree he’s ugly.

Column: New Pitt show has yet to go ‘Beyond the Script’

Column: New Pitt show has yet to go ‘Beyond the Script’

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt Athletics says it's looking to expose fans to every Panther sports team with its new television show “Pitt: Beyond the Script," but it could do better.

Take 5: Bills, Baker, Bell

Take 5: Bills, Baker, Bell

By The Pitt News Staff

September 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Video, Visual

The NFL gave us a surplus of story lines in a wacky Week 3 with the Patriots struggling, the Browns finally winning and Le’Veon Bell continuing his holdout.

What are the odds: Making a comeback after losses in Ohio State vs. TCU game

What are the odds: Making a comeback after losses in Ohio State vs. TCU game

By Colin Martin, Blogger

September 20, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Sports, Sports Columns

In this week's "What are the odds" blog, blogger Colin Martin examines his losses and how he can make a comeback in the upcoming games. He offers an analysis of each game in college football, providing spreads, over/under numbers and bet suggestion.

Column: Pitt is a volleyball school now

Column: Pitt is a volleyball school now

By Stephen Thompson, For the Pitt News

September 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt volleyball team is driven, experienced and talented — and they deserve all the support our Panther community can give them.

Take 5: Patriots, pass-rush, Patrick Mahomes

Take 5: Patriots, pass-rush, Patrick Mahomes

By The Pitt News Staff

September 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In a week with an abundance of compelling NFL storylines, The Pitt News staff provides some insight on the top talking points.

Hardy, Orton embody “Hell in a Cell”

Hardy, Orton embody “Hell in a Cell”

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

September 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

WWE superstars Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy provided one of the greatest Hell in a Cell moments in the history of the sport on Sunday night.

Weekly Waiver Wire

Weekly Waiver Wire

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Sports, Sports Columns

With the popularity of fantasy football and the constant weekly changes, it can be difficult for participants to keep up with what is happening. Now, fans have to look no further than this brief list of weekly wire additions to keep an eye on.

What are the odds: Best bets around college football

What are the odds: Best bets around college football

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In May, the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, leaving the legalization of sports gambling up to individual states. The betting is legal in Pennsylvania and is actually a popular past-time. The Pitt News examines the best college games this weekend to put your money on.

Column: Universities should recognize student athletes as employees

Column: Universities should recognize student athletes as employees

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It's time for Universities to recognize athletes as student employees and mitigate the exploitation of players under demanding sports programs.

Take 5: Cy Young, NFL youth

Take 5: Cy Young, NFL youth

By The Pitt News Staff

September 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From the first week of NFL action to the dog days of professional baseball, The Pitt News staff gives its takes on five hot topics in the world of sports.

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

By James S. Urban

September 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

In a rebuttal to former TPN editor and New York Times writer Murray Chass' op-ed, Pitt alumnus and former TPN editor says Pitt football is just a small, but important, part of the school's success.

Column: There’s more to blame for Pitt’s loss than sloppy conditions

Column: There’s more to blame for Pitt’s loss than sloppy conditions

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The rivalry game that occurred on Saturday had many takeaways for the Panthers. Not only were the conditions bad for playing, but the offensive and defensive lines both fell short. With this culmination of mistakes, the Panthers have a lot to learn from and will need to improve if they look to have a successful season.

Steelers start off sluggish in stormy stalemate against Browns

Steelers start off sluggish in stormy stalemate against Browns

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

On top of Pitt getting pummeled by Penn State on Saturday, the Steelers also struggled to successful begin their season. Playing against the Brown's, the game ended in a 21-21 tie . Although there were several good plays, the Steelers still have much to improve on in order to have a successful season.

Op-ed: Pitt alumnus, former New York Times sports writer says time’s up for Pitt football

Op-ed: Pitt alumnus, former New York Times sports writer says time’s up for Pitt football

By Murray Chass

September 9, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

Former Pitt News editor Murray Chass — also known for contributing to The New York Times and Associated Press — doubles down on his 60-year old stance regarding Pitt football.

Rivalry week: Examining the shaky future of Pitt vs. Penn State

Rivalry week: Examining the shaky future of Pitt vs. Penn State

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

In 2016, the Pitt-Penn State rivalry was rebooted after a 16 year hiatus. Although only playing for the last two seasons, it seems as if the rivalry may reach an expiration date soon - which could actually benefit Pitt. Working hard to schedule the rivalry game every year doesn't seem like a worthy investment for Pitt.

Take 5: Mack, Miami, and Minnesota

Take 5: Mack, Miami, and Minnesota

By The Pitt News Staff

September 4, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From Khalil Mack's move to the downfall of the U, The Pitt News staff gives its takes on some of the storylines that emerged from football's first week.

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The real MVP of Saturday's game was offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who brought balance and consistency to the Pitt offense.

Former Panthers poised for success this NFL season

Former Panthers poised for success this NFL season

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The SEC isn't the only institution that produces notable football players -- the ACC does as well. As the NFL is underway, the Pitt News reviews major former Panther's that can positively impact their respective teams.

Take 5: Bell, Beadle and Basketball

Take 5: Bell, Beadle and Basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

August 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From catsuits to contract holdouts, The Pitt News staff takes a look at the spiciest storylines from the past week.

New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

During her first year as athletic director, Heather Lyke hired seven coaches. Because of these additions, Pitt fans can optimistically look forward to the next season.

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt's hiring of Jeff Capel brought excitement and hope to the men's basketball program — but fans should temper expectations in year one.

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Welcome Back 2018

Jeff Capel's impact on the men's basketball program is notable — but the Pitt community shouldn't expect his first team to take the college basketball world by storm.

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 12, 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 12, 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 5, 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 19, 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 11, 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 5, 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 26, 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 22, 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 22, 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 21, 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 20, 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 13, 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 13, 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 11, 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 20, 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 20, 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 7, 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 7, 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 1, 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 30, 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 10, 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 14, 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 24, 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 27, 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 26, 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 19, 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 13, 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 12, 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 7, 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 7, 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...

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