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Panthers win four matches to sweep Pitt Duals

Panthers win four matches to sweep Pitt Duals

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 9, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Teams from all over the region traveled to Pittsburgh to wrestle on Saturday, but the Panthers had no trouble with any of their competition after a close opening match. In Pitt Duals at the Fitzgerald Field House on Saturday, the No. 20 Panthers defeated Duke, Davidson, Brown and Franklin and Marsha...

Freshmen performances highlight senior leadership in final Pitt football game

Freshmen performances highlight senior leadership in final Pitt football game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

While some of Pitt’s freshmen made headlines with explosive plays on Monday, including Quadree Henderson’s opening kick return touchdown, bowl games always mark the end of careers just as much as the beginning of them. Freshmen accounted for all four of Pitt’s touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to No. 2...

Campbell, Panthers blow by Edinboro, 24-9

Campbell, Panthers blow by Edinboro, 24-9

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Surrendering four years — but no weight — to his redshirt senior competitor, Pitt wrestler TeShan Campbell did not relent after falling into an early hole. “I just keep looking to score, stay focused on getting more points,” Campbell said after coming back from an early hole to defeat his Edi...

Pitt baseball releases 2016 schedule

Pitt baseball releases 2016 schedule

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt announced its 2016 baseball schedule Monday, unveiling another series of steep challenges in the competitive ACC. The regular season starts on Feb. 19, with the Historic Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida, where Pitt opens up against Niagara. Head coach Joe Jordano said in a release that ...

Pitt hires Jay Vidovich as new men’s soccer coach

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes has hired Jay Vidovich as the next men's soccer coach, the University announced Friday. Vidovich comes from a lengthy coaching background, having most recently helmed the Portland Timbers 2 in the United Soccer League for one season. Prior to that, Vidovich spent...

Career game from Diop not enough as Pitt loses Big Ten/ACC Challenge game

Career game from Diop not enough as Pitt loses Big Ten/ACC Challenge game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Big Ten has not been kind to Suzie McConnell-Serio this week. After two wins against teams in the conference during her first season as Pitt’s women’s basketball coach last year, Michigan became the second straight Big Ten team to hand her Panthers a loss this season, following No. 6 Marylan...

Man down: Ejuan Price’s five sacks power Pitt past Louisville

Man down: Ejuan Price’s five sacks power Pitt past Louisville

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 22, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Big numbers dominated Pitt’s shootout win over Louisville Saturday — 830 yards of total offense, 79 points scored — but despite its small size, one stat stood above the rest: five. Pitt senior defensive end Ejuan Price registered five sacks, which tied for the most in a single game by a Football ...

Criticism of Ronda Rousey an unfair double standard

Criticism of Ronda Rousey an unfair double standard

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With one swift kick to the neck Saturday night, Ronda Rousey went from renowned role model to the Internet’s punching bag. A hailstorm of backlash and social media mudslinging hit UFC superstar Ronda Rousey this weekend following her UFC 193 loss to Holly Holm, one of the most shocking upsets in recen...

Road warriors: Pitt football wins at Duke

Road warriors: Pitt football wins at Duke

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Trading ties for tackles, Pat Narduzzi calls road football games — which his team have dominated — business trips. The Panthers, following their last road game of the season Saturday, now sport a 5-1 road record and have created their own Heinz Field atmosphere away from home with consistent, smar...

Island Warriors: Pitt men’s basketball opens season in Japan

Island Warriors: Pitt men’s basketball opens season in Japan

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 13, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Sheldon Jeter was ready to take on the 11-hour flight on Tuesday to Pitt’s men’s basketball season opener — as long as he got the right seat. “As long as I’m not stuck in the middle seat, I’m happy,” the junior forward said. “When we went to Hawaii, I got stuck in the middle seat in the m...

Pitt retires Jimbo Covert’s number at halftime of Saturday’s loss

Pitt retires Jimbo Covert’s number at halftime of Saturday’s loss

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 8, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

After Pitt’s running backs totaled 34 rushing yards in the first half Saturday, fans may have wished Jimbo Covert was still on the team instead of in the crowd. While Pitt’s present prospects looked bleak in a 42-30 letdown loss to No. 5 Notre Dame, the school took a moment at the half to look ba...

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 5, 2015


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

As leaves fall and the air chills, the attention of Pitt fans shifts from the resurgent Panther football team to the promising campaigns of the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hitting the court Nov. 13, for their season openers, the men’s team is prepping its suitcases for a trip to Japan,...

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt’s 26-19 loss to North Carolina on Thursday knocked the then-No. 23 Panthers out of the AP Top 25 ranking, head coach Pat Narduzzi said the team has already moved on to its next contest. Its schedule doesn’t let up this week, as the Panthers (6-2, 4-1 ACC) host No. 8 Notre Dame (7-1) on ...

Trio of transfers prepare for final season at new school

Trio of transfers prepare for final season at new school

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Rafael Maia, Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and Sterling Smith aren’t going to set school career records for Pitt men’s basketball — but it’s not for lack of talent. Their Pitt careers will only last one year, as head coach Jamie Dixon brought in the three players as graduate transfers for this upcoming sea...

Fans fill Panther Pitt for Thursday night game at Heinz Field

Fans fill Panther Pitt for Thursday night game at Heinz Field

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Alex Kunisky spent his Thursday night in the North Shore instead of his public speaking class — but it wasn’t to skip out on a speech. Kunisky’s professor canceled class so students could go watch No. 23 Pitt face North Carolina at Heinz Field, a game the Panthers ended up dropping, 26-19. “The te...

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 25, 2015


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

Though he hasn’t appeared in an official contest yet for the Pitt men’s basketball team, Alonzo Nelson-Adoda can check one accomplishment off his season list: make a game-winning shot. With seconds left in Pitt’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage event on Sunday, Nelson-Adoda’s side trailed by one point as...

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 24, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Despite its new No. 25 ranking, Pitt football kept to its recent tradition of close games against Syracuse, as well as its newfound tradition of Chris Blewitt game-winning field goals. On Saturday, the Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC) pulled out a close road win against the Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC), 23-20 with...

Fan impact overblown in MLB playoffs

Fan impact overblown in MLB playoffs

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 5, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As if Pirates fans didn’t already have enough reason to despise Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, his Twitter feed might provide more fodder. “Whatever helps keep your hope alive, just know, it doesn’t matter,” Arrieta responded Sunday to a tweet suggesting PNC Park’s blackout crowd will rattle him ...

Pitt women’s soccer finishes Colorado road trip on high note with overtime win

Pitt women’s soccer finishes Colorado road trip on high note with overtime win

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

August 31, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After 90 minutes of fruitless offense, Ashley Moreira decided it was time for the Panthers to go home. The sophomore Pitt midfielder netted the game-winning goal just five minutes into overtime, sending the Panthers out of Colorado and back to Pittsburgh with a win over Colorado College on Sunday....

Pitt wrestling seeks revival following a disappointing season

Pitt wrestling seeks revival following a disappointing season

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt assistant wrestling coach Drew Headlee recognizes that last season was a major disappointment — especially by the team’s self-created standards. “Anyone not standing on that championship podium would say last season was a letdown,” Headlee said of the team’s 8-8 campaign in 2014. “They...

Looking back: a topsy-turvy year in Pitt Athletics

Looking back: a topsy-turvy year in Pitt Athletics

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Everybody wants to brag about their school.Maybe it’s just human nature to want your friends to know that your school’s sports teams are better than theirs. Regardless, you better make sure that if you’re going to brag about Pitt athletics, you know what you’re talking about.That being said, le...

AD’s Pittsburgh Cafe to open Saturday at 5 p.m.

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

AD's Pittsburgh Cafe, located on Meyran Avenue, will open on Saturday at 5 p.m., according to Aaron Donald's brother and co-manager, Archie Donald.Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald announced the restaurant and bar's opening on Dec. 6 via his Twitter account, but had not specified a date.AD's Pittsburg...

Mersing’s pitching gem wasted in 1-0 loss

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 14, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sophomore Sam Mersing's masterful pitching performance was not enough as Pitt's baseball team lost to Kent State on Tuesday, 1-0.Mersing did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning, when Kent State's sophomore Conner Simonetti hit a home run to break the scoreless tie and put t...

Panthers trounce Orange in record-setting weekend

Panthers trounce Orange in record-setting weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Anybody looking at the box score from one of Pitt and Syracuse’s Saturday games might have thought the teams played a surprise game of spring football, as Pitt won 22-7.But the sport in question was softball, as the Panthers (29-14, 9-9 ACC) used an offensive surge to sweep the weekend road series from t...

AD’s Pittsburgh Cafe: Coming soon to Oakland

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Students who recently walked along Meyran Avenue may have seen the large white “H2P Cafe” sign hanging above the restaurant formerly known as Winghart’s.Students can soon enter the restaurant, now Aaron Donald’s Pittsburgh Cafe, according to Aaron Donald.“No, not open yet,” he said on April 1. “...

Pitt’s offensive explosion snaps losing streak

Pitt’s offensive explosion snaps losing streak

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s baseball game against the Youngstown State Penguins happened at the perfect time. The team’s last win came on March 25 against the Penguins, and it had not won since — until the teams played again on Tuesday.The Panthers (12-19, 4-11 ACC) snapped their seven-game losing streak with a co...

Three keys to Pitt baseball’s upcoming games

Three keys to Pitt baseball’s upcoming games

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 7, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Impending rain on Tuesday ensured that Pitt’s baseball homestand will extend unimpeded through the weekend.The Panthers (11-19, 4-11 ACC) would have traveled to Akron for the teams’ second matchup of the year, but instead will play their next game at home on Wednesday against Youngstown State.The ...

Panthers’ offense disappears in three weekend losses

Panthers’ offense disappears in three weekend losses

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 5, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While some children spent their Easter weekend searching for hidden eggs, Pitt’s baseball team spent the weekend searching for its offense.Behind two stellar pitching efforts from visiting Notre Dame, the Panthers (11-19, 4-11 ACC) suffered a weekend sweep to the Fighting Irish. The Panthers have now lost s...

Stranded runners doom Pitt in loss to West Virginia

Stranded runners doom Pitt in loss to West Virginia

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt and West Virginia’s backyard brawl continued on the baseball diamond Tuesday night, but the Panthers struggled offensively in the game.A strong effort from junior Mountaineer pitcher Jeff Hardy helped defeat the Panthers (11-16, 4-8 ACC) at Charles L. Cost Field, as West Virginia won 4-1.Hardy t...

Sun sets on Pitt’s playoff push: A story of sports cliches

By Chris Puzia and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News staff

April 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Editor's note: This story is satirical. Pitt looks to bounce back after a tough road loss in unfamiliar waters. The Panthers quickly found themselves up the creek without a paddle after the defense stood tall against an anemic Pitt offense.After a hard-fought battle, Pitt lost to Notre Dame on the ro...

Pitt News looks back on women’s basketball predictions

Pitt News looks back on women’s basketball predictions

By The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt’s women’s basketball team completed a remarkable season when it advanced to the second round of  the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 2 seed Tennessee.Making the tournament was a surprise. Before the season started, voters picked the Panthers to finish last in the ACC after several seasons of ...

Pitt baseball, softball each face crucial series this weekend

Pitt baseball, softball each face crucial series this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s softball team’s five-game homestand came to an early end when Wednesday’s doubleheader against St. Bonaventure was canceled because of rain. Next, the team travels to Tallahassee for a weekend series against Florida State.The baseball team will also begin a weekend road series, as it tr...

Great expectations: TPN looks back on men’s basketball predictions

Great expectations: TPN looks back on men’s basketball predictions

By Chris Puzia and Dan Sostek / The Pitt News staff

March 25, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Although the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament begins Thursday, and the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) have just finished, Pitt’s men’s basketball team is absent from both tournaments.The Panthers, who lost their first NIT game to George Washington University on Ma...

World’s worst soccer team finally scores shot at World Cup

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Exciting things are happening in Bhutan.Its national soccer team won a game.This may not typically be world news, as countless international and club soccer teams play and win games every day, but Bhutan’s national soccer team — ranked No. 209, out of 209, in the world — beat Sri Lanka on March 1...

Baseball, softball gear up for midweek action

Baseball, softball gear up for midweek action

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Wednesday marks a busy day on the diamond. Both Pitt’s baseball and softball teams have non-conference games before gearing up for their customary weekend series.The baseball team (10-12, 4-5 ACC) travels to Youngstown State University for a one-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. The ...

Moving on: Panthers to face Vols in second round of NCAA Tournament

Moving on: Panthers to face Vols in second round of NCAA Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Despite the attention that senior point guard Brianna Kiesel’s performance commanded all season long, a freshman led the way on Saturday.Forward Stasha Carey scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds — both team highs — to guide her Pitt women’s basketball team to a 51-40 first-round victory over No. ...

Wilps loses national championship on last-second miscues

Wilps loses national championship on last-second miscues

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The last 10 seconds of Tyler Wilps’ wrestling career might have been his most memorable ­— and his most heartbreaking.The redshirt senior, who had wrestled his way to the 174-pound national championship bout on Saturday night against Penn State’s No. 2 Matt Brown, finished as runner-up in a controve...

Carey leads Pitt to first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Chattanooga

Carey leads Pitt to first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Chattanooga

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 21, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Stasha Carey did not lie when she said before Saturday’s NCAA Tournament game that nerves would not play a factor in her performance.“I’m kind of used to being put on a bigger stage, so I’ll shake off the nerves before I get there,” the freshman forward said.Carey played like an experienced...

Kiesel, team excited for first tournament game Saturday

Kiesel, team excited for first tournament game Saturday

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Even Brianna Kiesel, Pitt women’s basketball’s senior leader and most battle-tested player, will have no experience from which to draw on Saturday in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.The point guard, who never played on an NCAA Tournament team before her final year, has led the team to come-f...

Pitt and Tennessee announce home-and-home series in 2021-2022

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 18, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt and Tennessee announced a home-and-home football series for 2021 and 2022, according to a release on Wednesday.Tennessee will host the first game on Sept. 11, 2021, and Pitt will host the following year at Heinz Field on Sept. 10, 2022. The two teams have met only twice and both games occurred ...

Panthers earn No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Only two years and one head coach removed from a season in which it did not win a single conference game, the Pitt women’s basketball team have grabbed a spot in the NCAA Tournament.Pitt (19-11, 9-7 ACC) earned a No. 10 seed in the tournament and will face No. 7 seed Chattanooga (29-3, 14-0 Southern) in the first r...

Pitt adds 2016 basketball commit

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 16, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

While Pitt fans may have been disappointed by Sunday’s NIT selection for the men’s basketball team, an recruitment announcement helped ease that pain one day later. Head coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers will welcome Corey Manigault, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound 2016 forward who announced his commitment ...

Pitt to face George Washington in National Invitation Tournament

Pitt to face George Washington in National Invitation Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 15, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the second time in Jamie Dixon’s 12 years as Pitt’s head men’s basketball coach, the Panthers will not compete in the NCAA Tournament.Pitt will, however, play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), beginning with a game on Tuesday at 7 p.m., according to the NIT Selection Show announcement...

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

Several Pitt teams are looking toward this weekend as a chance to catch fire and end some recent disappointing runs.The men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak, the baseball team had a losing record in each of its three weekend series so far and Pitt’s wrestling team ...

Pitt hosts Miami as both teams fight for March Madness spot

Pitt hosts Miami as both teams fight for March Madness spot

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 3, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

As March Madness approaches, all eyes turn to Joe Lunardi.ESPN’s “bracketology” expert, who predicts which teams will make the NCAA Tournament weeks and months before Selection Sunday, updates his rankings after each night’s games.After Pitt (19-11, 8-8 ACC) lost to Wake Forest on Sunday night 69-...

Kiesel named to First-Team All-ACC

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 3, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel’s strong performance this season earned her something that no other Pitt women’s or men’s basketball player has ever achieved: making the First-Team All-ACC.The ACC’s Blue Ribbon Panel named Kiesel, who averages 18.5 points per game this season, to the First-Team All-ACC on Tuesda...

Road loss wrinkles NCAA Tournament picture

Road loss wrinkles NCAA Tournament picture

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 1, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Most analysts said Pitt would have to finish its season 3-0 to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament. With a loss at Wake Forest on Sunday night, the Panthers will have to hope the analysts were wrong.A couple of sloppy turnovers in the final minute of the game by junior guard James Robinson and sop...

Acting athletic director talks replacement, future plans

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

By the time Pitt students take their final exams this semester, they may have a new athletic director.Dr. Randy Juhl, Pitt’s vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance, has served as acting athletic director since former athletic director Steve Pederson and Pitt mutually agreed to part ways on ...

Clemmings’ Combine performance boosting draft stock

Clemmings’ Combine performance boosting draft stock

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 25, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Before the 2013 season, T.J. Clemmings had never played offensive tackle in his life.He will likely be a top pick at the position come April 30 for the 2015 NFL Draft.Clemmings, a redshirt senior at Pitt majoring in administration of justice, showcased his abilities at last week’s NFL Scouting Combine. Now, th...

Strong RPI gives Pitt basketball reason for March optimism

Strong RPI gives Pitt basketball reason for March optimism

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 23, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Turn on ESPN in March, and one thing is sure: there will be more talk of “bubbles” than in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.“The bubble”refers to teams that are either just inside or just outside of the NCAA Tournament, and it drives some fans crazy hearing whether their team is or is not “on...

Jones’ production off bench sparks Pitt

Jones’ production off bench sparks Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 22, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Chris Jones apparently did not take his role off the bench lightly.Jones, the sophomore guard who started earlier in the year when senior guard Cameron Wright was still recovering from a foot injury, hit five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 19 total points. The effort helped the Pitt men’s ...

Slow start leads to Pitt loss at No. 25 Syracuse

Slow start leads to Pitt loss at No. 25 Syracuse

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt’s women’s basketball team lost its luck and the lead shortly after halftime in the Carrier Dome.Pitt, which led No. 25 Syracuse by six points at the half, went on to make only five more baskets en route to a 68-54 loss. The poor second-half shooting performance doomed the Panthers (18-9, 8-...

Kiesel scores 22 as Panthers roll Demon Deacons

Kiesel scores 22 as Panthers roll Demon Deacons

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball could have let its guard down over its past two games, as it played Virginia Tech on Thursday and Wake Forest on Sunday. But senior guard Brianna Kiesel quelled any notion of that happening on Sunday afternoon, scoring a game-high 22 points as Pitt (17-8, 7-5 ACC) cruised to ...

Athlete sees benefit of sex on the field

Athlete sees benefit of sex on the field

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Prince Amukamara is getting action in more places than on the football field, and one of his teammates is making sure everybody knows it.The 2011 draft pick and New York Giants cornerback had not initially performed up to his first-round draft choice billing due to injuries and poor performance. But h...

Kiesel drops 21 as Panthers blow past Hokies

Kiesel drops 21 as Panthers blow past Hokies

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel speedily erased any doubts Thursday night about her ability to perform with a left wrist injury, though she may have extra motivation, as she and her team were playing for head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio’s 150th career win.The senior guard set the tone for Pitt’s, and her individual, night wh...

Off and running: After scholarship turmoil at Tennessee, Morgan Harvey finds refuge at Pitt

Off and running: After scholarship turmoil at Tennessee, Morgan Harvey finds refuge at Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

When Morgan Harvey walked into her track and field coach’s office at the University of Tennessee, she didn’t expect to leave the room without an athletic scholarship.Yet, the tissues that head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan laid on a table warned her that this wasn’t a standard player-coach meeting....

Late 22-2 run guides No. 9 Louisville over Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 12, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A late offensive drought doomed Pitt men’s basketball at Louisville on Wednesday night.The Panthers (16-9, 5-6 ACC) hung with the No. 9 Cardinals early, leading as late as midway through the second half, but Louisville used an extended 22-2 run over an eight-minute span to seal the 69-56 win for the...

Pitt announces athletic director search committee

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 10, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has appointed a 14-member search committee to recommend candidates to become the school’s next athletic director, according to a release on Tuesday.Dr. Randy Juhl, Pitt’s vice chancellor and current acting athletic director, will chair the committee. Pitt also brough...

Pitt falters late in road loss at No. 8 Louisville

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

When freshman forward Yacine Diop drew Pitt within two points of No. 8 Louisville with 7:26 remaining in the game, neither she nor the rest of her Pitt women’s basketball team knew they wouldn’t score for another six minutes.After that, the host Cardinals used an extended 10-0 run to close out t...

Pitt blanks Clarion in one of program’s most lopsided wins

Pitt blanks Clarion in one of program’s most lopsided wins

By Chris Puzia /Sports Editor

February 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a blowout loss at Virginia Tech and a long bus ride home, Pitt’s wrestling team returned to the friendly mats of the Fitzgerald Field House to try and make up for the loss. It did, in overwhelming fashion, two days later.On Sunday, the No. 13 Panthers (8-5, 2-2 ACC) shut out Clarion 51-0 in ...

Former Panther basketball players continuing careers in various countries

Former Panther basketball players continuing careers in various countries

By Dan Sostek and Chris Puzia / The Pitt News Staff

February 6, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

When Travon Woodall finished his Pitt basketball career in 2013, he may not have known where his professional aspirations would take him.The answer, apparently, is Estonia.Woodall, who graduated from Pitt in 2013, has reportedly signed with Estonian team Rakvere Tarvas after playing in two games with B...

Former Pitt receiver Shanahan returns as graduate assistant

Former Pitt receiver Shanahan returns as graduate assistant

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 6, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Former Pitt wide receiver Mike Shanahan has had an active several years since graduating from Pitt in 2013. He went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, worked out for several NFL teams and was eventually cut from the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, he finds himself back at his alma mater, ...

Linebacker flips commitment to Penn State on eve of signing day

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Linebacker Kevin Givens will be sending in his National Letter of Intent today, as all high school football recruits will. But instead of sending it to Pitt as he’d planned for almost a year, Givens will now give his commitment to play for Penn State in the fall.The Altoona native, who committed to Pi...

ACC announces 2015 football schedules

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 29, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With the ACC’s reveal of football schedules for 2015, one thing appears clear: The Pitt Panthers will have to get used to hotels and hostile crowds early on next season.Five of the Panthers’ first seven games will be on the road, including a Sept. 19 game at the University of Iowa as the second par...

Pitt suffers setback in overtime loss at Virginia Tech

Pitt suffers setback in overtime loss at Virginia Tech

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 27, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A late 17-7 run by Virginia Tech over the final two minutes of the game gave the Hokies their first conference win over the Pitt men's basketball team on Tuesday night.The Panthers (13-8, 3-5 ACC) surrendered game-tying and game-winning 3-pointers at the end of regulation and overtime, respectively, to t...

Panthers lose first-ever ACC match at No. 14 Virginia

Panthers lose first-ever ACC match at No. 14 Virginia

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt wrestling team faced a blow on Sunday that it had yet to meet in its program: an ACC loss.The team’s first-ever ACC conference loss came against No. 14 Virginia, 17-16, on the road Sunday.The No. 10 Panthers (7-4, 2-1 ACC) won eight straight ACC matches dating back to 2013, when the team jo...

Storify: Students camp out for Louisville game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 24, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

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Panthers fall at home to rival Orange 68-60

Panthers fall at home to rival Orange 68-60

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Having played three out of its last four games against ranked teams, the Pitt women’s basketball team might have been used to facing top-tier competition on Thursday night.But that experience did not help the Panthers against No. 22 Syracuse.After beating Georgia Tech in overtime in their last game, the Pa...

Storify: New Pitt coaches active on social media

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 22, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

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The new regime: Narduzzi announces new assistant coaches

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 21, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt introduced Pat Narduzzi as its next head football coach Dec. 26, the next question many people asked was whether he would bring in his own assistant coaches or keep the current ones.During his introductory press conference that same day, Narduzzi said he would “certainly” consider retaining the assi...

Pitt looks to build momentum Saturday against Georgia Tech

Pitt looks to build momentum Saturday against Georgia Tech

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 15, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Aron Phillips-Nwankwo might have known that his opportunity was coming on Wednesday night. His head coach had, after all, hinted at it earlier in the week.After a few big plays during Wednesday night’s 73-64 win over Florida State, the senior walk-on could have predicted the spark he would provide his Pitt...

Ruben Brown to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Ruben Brown to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 11, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Over the weekend, someone related to Pitt’s football program made headlines, but it wasn’t new head coach Pat Narduzzi.The National Football Foundation announced Friday that former Pitt offensive tackle Ruben Brown will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Brown, who played at Pit...

Narduzzi, Pitt announce new defensive coordinator, other new coaches

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi has begun to make his first changes to his program.On Friday, Pitt announced that Josh Conklin, former Florida International defensive coordinator, will take on the same position at Pitt, according to the press release.Conklin led FIU to a top-35 finish in total defe...

Pitt faces second straight ranked team at home

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 7, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team made the case in its last game that even a loss can be encouraging for a team.The Panthers (10-4, 0-1 ACC) dropped a close contest to No. 7 Louisville (14-1, 2-0 ACC) 63-57, despite leading for much of the game. Led by senior Brianna Kiesel, who scored 19 points, the team gave a scare to one of the top teams in ...

Furious comeback earns Pitt overtime win at Boston College

Furious comeback earns Pitt overtime win at Boston College

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 7, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team played Hyde to the football team’s Jekyll Tuesday night as it rallied back to defeat Boston College in overtime.Pitt came back from a late nine-point deficit to send the game into extra time. With time dwindling, a blocked shot secured a 61-60 Panthers win to even its ...

Pitt looks to rebound against BC in second straight road game

Pitt looks to rebound against BC in second straight road game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

As the Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball team readies for its second consecutive ACC road game to begin conference play, starting forward Jamel Artis knows that the team needs to play with an increased sense of urgency.“When you play on the road, you’ve got to play with more energy,” Artis ...

What you may have missed: Winter break rundown

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Students are just returning from break, about to begin the spring semester, but Pitt varsity sports have continued to compete during the intermission. Men’s and women’s basketball played a handful of home games each, preparing for the upcoming ACC schedule. The football team played its last game of ...

Fourth quarter collapse costs Pitt Armed Forces Bowl

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

A late collapse lost Pitt the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.Pitt, which led Houston 31-6 in the fourth quarter, surrendered two onside kicks and 29 fourth-quarter points to the Cougars in the loss.The Panthers (6-7, 4-4 ACC) seemed in control of the game, as touchdown runs from running backs James Conne...

Pat Narduzzi introduced as next head football coach

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 26, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi is officially Pitt’s next head football coach, and the 37th in the program’s history.Acting Athletic Director Randy Juhl introduced Narduzzi at a press conference Friday at 3:30 p.m. The former Michigan State defensive coordinator said that Pittsburgh “is my home.”“I’m highly moti...

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 8, 2014


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With most students going home for the winter holidays, some Pitt students may forget about the sports that still compete over break. With that said, here are what different Pitt sports will be up to over the winter break.Men’s basketballThe Pitt men’s basketball team (5-3, 0-0 ACC) will be active ov...

Pitt to play Houston in Armed Forces Bowl

Pitt to play Houston in Armed Forces Bowl

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 7, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt has been selected to play in the Armed Forces Bowl against Houston in Ft. Worth, Texas.The game is scheduled for Jan. 2, according to a 5:20 p.m. announcement on Sunday.Houston (7-5, 5-3 AAC) is led by running back Kenneth Farrow, who rushed for 939 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Quarterbac...

Aaron Donald announces restaurant opening in Oakland

Aaron Donald announces restaurant opening in Oakland

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 6, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald announced via his Twitter account on Saturday that he will be opening a restaurant in Oakland.AD's Pittsburgh Cafe — or AD's PCafe, as Donald called it — is inspired by the former Pittsburgh Cafe, which closed in 2012. The new restaurant will occupy the same ...

Early major decision helps Pitt wrestling to big win over Maryland

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite its No. 11 ranking, Pitt had lost its last two dual matches entering Friday night. Dom Forys knew the team needed a win to stop the skid.“It’s all about who wants it more and who is willing to work hard for it,” Forys said.The freshman started Pitt off with a 17-4 major victory at 125 po...

For all the Primanti’s: Pitt and Duquesne face off in City Game

For all the Primanti’s: Pitt and Duquesne face off in City Game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 4, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt students and players might not be overlooking Friday’s annual game as much as they might have in years past.The Pitt men’s basketball team (4-3, 0-0 ACC) takes the court at Consol Energy Center against Duquesne (3-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) in this year’s edition of The City Game, an annual cross-city ...

Robinson, Panthers continue road trip at Hoosiers

Robinson, Panthers continue road trip at Hoosiers

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 1, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a weeklong break to recover from its tournament in Hawaii, the Pitt men’s basketball team faces its second consecutive Power 5 conference team in Indiana Tuesday night.The Panthers (4-2, 0-0 ACC) will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) as part of the ACC...

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy, Eagles prepare for playoff push

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy, Eagles prepare for playoff push

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

As NFL teams prepare to run the final stretch toward getting into the playoffs, several former Pitt players are playing a part in the struggle.LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles sit at 9-3 and are in first place in the NFC East division after knocking down their division rival, the Dallas Cowboys...

Conner takes down another record with 24th rushing touchdown of the year

Conner takes down another record with 24th rushing touchdown of the year

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner broke another record on Saturday night.With his 23rd touchdown run of the season during Pitt’s opening drive at Miami, the sophomore running back broke Tony Dorsett’s 1976 school record for rushing touchdowns in a season and, with his next touchdown later in the game, he broke Dorsett...

Kiesel leads Pitt to blowout victory over Loyola (Md.)

Kiesel leads Pitt to blowout victory over Loyola (Md.)

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Those who are more excited for the future of Pitt women’s basketball than for its current team roster might have to reconsider, after senior guard Brianna Kiesel again led the Panthers in scoring.Pitt topped 70 points for the fourth time already this season on its way to an easy 84-46 win over Loyola (Md.) on Sunda...

Panthers beat Chaminade to advance in Maui

Panthers beat Chaminade to advance in Maui

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 25, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It came down to one of Jamie Dixon’s coaching pillars: rebounding.After a rocky start on its trip to Maui, the Pitt men’s basketball team recovered to beat Chaminade 82-68in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Monday night as it outrebounded the Silverswords rebounds.Playing in it...

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While most students return to their respective homes for Thanksgiving break, the athletes on varsity sports still continue their business as usual. The break for Pitt sports will be highlighted by the football team’s game at Miami on Saturday, in which the team plays a big game with postseason ramificatio...

Panthers set individual records in season-saving win over Syracuse

Panthers set individual records in season-saving win over Syracuse

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

In addition to helping the team stay in the conversation to play for a postseason bowl game, several Pitt players set individual records on Saturday.Running back James Conner’s first quarter touchdown tied Tony Dorsett’s 1976 Pitt single-season rushing touchdowns record with his 22nd, and set an ACC...

Pitt stumbles in tune-up before Maui Invitational

Pitt stumbles in tune-up before Maui Invitational

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt fans woke up Saturday morning to see the men's basketball team lost its first game this year in Hawaii.In a tune-up game before the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Monday, Pitt lost to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 74-70 in a game played at midnight EST.Chris Jones led Pitt (2-1) in scoring with 19 po...

Penn State doubles up Pitt in marquee wrestling matchup

Penn State doubles up Pitt in marquee wrestling matchup

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The last time Pitt and Penn State faced off on the wrestling mat, they set a new NCAA attendance record of 15,996 at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.Pitt did not disappoint in its turn, filling the lower bowl at the Petersen Events Center on Friday night with a raucous mix of Pitt and Penn State fa...

Thriving freshmen have Pitt looking to future

Thriving freshmen have Pitt looking to future

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The first act of Pitt’s two-part competition with Niagara ended with the Pitt men’s basketball team trouncing the Purple Eagles 78-45 on Friday. Not to be outdone, the women’s team also beat Niagara on Monday, 70-54.But the latter result was less of a foregone conclusion than the men’s game ...

Freshman Carey scores 17 as Pitt wins first game of season

Freshman Carey scores 17 as Pitt wins first game of season

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After a major second-half run by Princeton on Friday, Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio used a full-court press with minutes left in the game, in an attempt to turn things around.She wasted no time using that tactic Monday night, and she had her players press from nearly the start of the game.This p...

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Aaron Donald had a memorable week 11 in his first season in the NFL, as other former Panthers had to adjust to new quarterbacks running their offenses.The rookie and former Pitt defensive tackle recorded a sack on future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. He also added three tackles in the St....

Storify: Conner’s 220 yards, four touchdowns not enough as Pitt loses third straight

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 15, 2014


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Second-half struggles down Pitt in season opener

Second-half struggles down Pitt in season opener

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s play in the first half of its season opener against Princeton Friday seemed to follow the trajectory of an entire season.The team started out slowly, and it seemed apparent this was the first competitive game the Panthers had played since early March. Two quick f...

Pitt tips off hoops season against Niagara

Pitt tips off hoops season against Niagara

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After almost seven months removed from its third-round loss to Florida in the 2014 March Madness tournament, Pitt basketball is preparing to play another meaningful game.That game comes in the team’s season opener against Niagara this Friday at 7 p.m.Sophomore forward Michael Young said Pitt played...

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Nestled deep within Union, New Jersey, lives one of baseball’s most significant figures and one of its best stories.Some of the top authorities on baseball history may know who Ed Lucas is, though most don’t. But whether you are a sports fan or not, his story will resonate.Lucas knew baseball legen...

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