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Pitt Athletics announced in 2019 that it would begin allowing alcohol sales at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt Athletics stands to gain big from alcohol sales at the Pete

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer March 23, 2021
Christian Spears, the deputy athletic director at Pitt, estimates Pitt Athletics stands to gain anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 annually from alcohol sales when the Petersen Events Center can return to full capacity for home basketball games.
Heather Lyke was hired as Pitts athletic director in March 2017 and wasted no time building her team. (Photo by Jordan Mondell | Senior Staff Photographer)

Leave it to Lyke: Six months of progress

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...

Head Football Coach Pat Narduzzi enters his third season with the Panthers. (TPN file photo)

ICYMI: Summer sports timeline

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor August 22, 2017

April 28 - Football head coach Pat Narduzzi dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary reasons. April 28-29 - Five Panthers are selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, including James...

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke. (TPN File photo)

EMU admin Kelly Brennan joins Panthers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor June 16, 2017

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke has hired another administrator from Eastern Michigan, announcing Kelly Brennan as Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives and Engagement Friday. Brennan is...

Heather Lyke was appointed as Pitts athletic director earlier this year. Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor

Lyke a pro: Pitt’s newest AD brings experience and enthusiasm

Athletics are in Heather Lyke’s DNA. She never turned down the chance to play any sport while she was growing up. But it took two degrees — one in education, the other in law — for her to decide...

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke previously worked with Spears at Eastern Michigan University. John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief

Pitt hires Christian Spears as deputy director of athletics

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor May 12, 2017

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke named Christian Spears as the deputy director of athletics for external affairs Wednesday. Spears previously worked under Lyke for three years at Eastern Michigan...

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