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Equipped to adapt: Pitt Athletics hones in on finer details of equipment care

Pitt football’s equipment team has had to adjust sanitation and cleaning practices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

October 14, 2020

Pitt football has avoided the schedule-altering COVID-19 outbreaks that have afflicted other programs so far this season, thanks in no small part to Assistant Athletic Director Derek Moos and his student staff.

Pitt soccer parts ways with leading scorer Edward Kizza

Pitt soccer announced last week that Edward Kizza, the second highest goal scorer in program history, is no longer on the team.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

October 8, 2020

Pitt soccer announced last week that Edward Kizza, the second highest goal scorer in program history, is no longer on the team.

What are the Odds: Full football slate awaits

Louisville, one of the best offensive units in the conference, managed just two field goals while struggling to move the ball and protect their quarterback against Pitt.

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

Welcome back to a new season of What Are The Odds.

Narduzzi talks future opponents, stars

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi discussed new uniforms, opponents and future stars in his weekly Monday press conference. Kaycee Orwig | Assistant Visual Editor

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2020

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi talked about new uniforms, opponents and future stars making contributions in the Syracuse game.

Pitt’s marquee pair of head soccer coaches aim for new heights

After parting ways with former women’s soccer coach Greg Miller, Athletic Director Heather Lyke hired former Notre Dame head coach and two-time national champion Randy Waldrum.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

August 26, 2020

Pitt’s struggling men’s and women’s soccer teams landed two of the most proven head coaches in collegiate soccer to take the reigns in 2015 and 2017. The program’s rapid transformation has Pitt aiming for new heights.

Uncertainty hangs over season of promise for Pitt football

The Panthers hope to take another step toward the ultimate goal set by head coach Pat Narduzzi to add a 10th national title to a trophy case barren of recent additions.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

August 18, 2020

Now, after reaching the ACC Championship for the first time in 2018 to earn his first bowl win as the Panthers’ head coach, the time has come for that project to take another step forward toward what Narduzzi has boldly set as the ultimate goal — a 10th national title to add to a trophy case barren of recent additions.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for NCAA modernization

Jalen Green opted to forego the college route to play in the NBA’s G League.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

News flash — College basketball isn’t going anywhere. Even before a pandemic-induced shutdown and subsequent cancellation of the annual championship tournament, questions about the sport’s future bubbled below the surface as both federal authorities and NCAA leadership conducted investigations into top programs and coaches. These questions boiled over when three top recruits were lured away from the traditional road to the NBA by lucrative offers to spend a year of professional development with a startup team in the G League, the NBA’s minor league, before becoming eligible for the draft next year.

In the shadow of The Mecca: Reflecting on the Pitt-NY basketball pipeline

First-year forward and Brooklyn native Justin Champagnie (11) was the leading scorer during Pitt’s 2019-20 season with 12.7 points per game.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

During the heyday of Pitt men’s basketball in the Big East conference — the period in which former head coach Jamie Dixon’s teams appeared in eight straight NCAA Tournaments between 2004 and 2011 — nearly every borough of New York City was represented on the Panthers’ roster.

10 sports video games to keep you sane in self-quarantine

There are a wide variety of different sports games that can be played.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

With nothing but time on your hands and zero motivation for anything school-related, now is the time to unearth that ancient, dust-covered collection of sports video games buried somewhere in your basement. Left behind since you upgraded to that last new console or replaced them with slightly newer but also slightly worse versions, these are some of the best from both today and yesteryear.

What are the Odds: Scouring a barren gambling landscape

Following the cancellation of most sports, and thus sports betting, betontheweather.io allows you to place bets on meteorologists’ high or low temperature predictions.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

If you find yourself desperately looking to scratch the itch, here are a few options that might satisfy your gambling urges.

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