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Fans cheer at the Pitt vs. UMass game on Sept. 4.

‘They represent all of us’: Pitt community hopes for ACC championship title

By Alexandra Ross, Staff Writer November 30, 2021
For Christian Spears, Pitt’s appearance in this weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship game is about more than just the football team — it reflects on the University as a whole.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws a touchdown pass against Louisville on Oct. 19 at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. Lawrence was out last week against Boston College due to COVID-19 protocol.

ACC mid-season football power rankings: Clemson and Notre Dame remain safely atop

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer November 6, 2020
It’s hard to tell whether this year’s volatility in conference play can be attributed to the pandemic, or if the ACC has just enjoyed a normal season. Regardless, this week's power rankings will provide a snapshot of a conference defined by its unpredictability.
Pitt football will be taking on Syracuse in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. (TPN file photo)

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer June 20, 2018

Entering June with zero commitments from the 2019 recruiting class, Pitt’s football team found itself stuck with a late start to its recruiting trail. But despite the slow start, the pace suddenly changed...

Pitt defensive line recruit Habakkuk Baldonado with Pitt linebacker coach Rob Harley.

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer March 26, 2018

Although a growing demographic, international college football players are hard to find. According to The Growth of a Game, a Belgian-based company connecting football advocates across Europe, only two...

Tyler Bentley, previously listed as a three-star recruit and a defensive lineman from West Chester, Ohio, committed to Pitt in December. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Bentley)

Bentley brings brute force to Pitt D-line

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer March 20, 2018

Rivalries are just for fans? Don’t tell that to 2018 Pitt commit Tyler Bentley. He is looking forward to the Panthers’ battles with one in-state foe as much as anyone else. “The one thing I’m...

Ricky Town was recruited for the Panthers’ football team earlier this winter, making Pitt the fourth college he has played for since graduating from high school. (Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

Pitt brings new quarterback to town

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer March 14, 2018

Pitt football midyear junior college enrollee Ricky Town comes to Oakland with three years of college experience spanning three different schools. But despite his winding journey across college football,...

Oluwaseun Idowu, a senior linebacker recruited in 2014, led the team in total tackles this past season. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Senior Staff Photographer)

Idowu gets set for senior season

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer March 14, 2018

Pitt senior linebacker Oluwaseun Idowu first came to Oakland from North Allegheny High School in 2014. There, Idowu played running back but transitioned to linebacker shortly after walking onto the Pitt...

Taysir Mack is a transfer from Indiana University who recently signed on to be a wide receiver for Pitt’s football team beginning in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Ty Vinson | Indiana Daily student)

Taysir Mack transfers to become a Panther

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer February 20, 2018

Pitt has a storied history of great college wide receivers, including Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Bryant and Tyler Boyd. Taysir Mack, a new Pitt transfer from Indiana University, hopes to follow in their...

Aaron Donald won four national defensive awards in his senior season at Pitt. (TPN File Photo)

Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer February 15, 2018

Before Aaron Donald was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, he spent his Saturdays terrorizing college quarterbacks at Heinz Field. In the NFL, Donald has a reputation of being a hard worker and...

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