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Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23), left, dunks the ball during Pitt’s game against Boston College at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday.

Column | Pitt has begun a slow but steady climb back from the bottom

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor January 9, 2022
Pitt men’s basketball is showing signs of hope. After having to take moral victories from close losses at the beginning of conference play, Stephen Thompson argues the Panthers are playing their best ball with a wide-open conference schedule ahead.
Head basketball coach Jeff Capel watches from the bench as a penalty call dashes the Panthers’ hopes to upset Louisville in January 2020.

Column | It’s starting to look like Jeff Capel’s final season in Pittsburgh

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer December 8, 2021
When Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel accepted his job in 2018, he was widely labeled a home-run hire. For his first two seasons, he looked the part, which makes his tenure’s sudden turn for the worse all the more surprising and disappointing.
Pitt junior linebacker SirVocea Dennis (7) and redshirt senior linebacker John Petrishen (0) tackle Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader (16) during Saturday’s game against Syracuse at Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

Column | Win at Syracuse paves way for ACC Championship preparation

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer November 29, 2021
No. 20 Pitt football remained focused in its 31-14 win over Syracuse on Saturday. After passing the final hurdle of the regular season, Staff Writer Frankie Richetti argues that the Panthers are primed for a high-stakes ACC Championship game.
Pitt graduate student forward Mouhamadou Gueye (15) and Vanderbilts Terren Frank (15) compete for possession of the ball during Wednesday’s game against Vanderbilt University at the Petersen Events Center.

Column | Pitt’s short-term identity crisis threatens long-term health of program

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor November 29, 2021
In the wake of two more brutal losses for Pitt men’s basketball, Sports Editor Stephen Thompson argues that a lack of identity is driving Pitt’s struggles and that the long-term health of the program lies in young hands.
Saturday’s football game vs. Clemson is one of the biggest home games in recent memory. Sports editor Stephen Thompson argues that it’s time for the team and its fans to meet the moment and embrace the expectations that come with success.

Column | Pressure is a privilege: Embrace expectations of Clemson week

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor October 19, 2021
Saturday’s football game vs. Clemson is one of the biggest home games in recent memory. Sports editor Stephen Thompson argues that it’s time for the team and its fans to meet the moment and embrace the expectations that come with success.
The Pitt Panthers (2-1, 0-0 ACC) were defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos (2-1, 0-0 MAC) on Saturday afternoon in a 44-41 upset victory.

‘They are who we think they are’: WMU loss mars hopeful start for Pitt

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor September 19, 2021
Pitt’s defeat to Western Michigan this weekend was more than just their first notch in the loss column. The Panthers’ pride and momentum was wounded and to get back on track, their play needs drastic improvement.
Pitt football hasn’t won more than eight games in a season since 2009, but this might be the season they end the double-digit win drought, argues senior staff writer Kyle Saxon.

Column | For Pitt football, the next step is right now

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer September 14, 2021
Pitt football hasn’t won more than eight games in a season since 2009, but senior staff writer Kyle Saxon argues this might be the season they end the double-digit win drought. The Tennessee win built momentum, and now is the time to capitalize.
The NCAA transfer portal is being utilized more and more by athletes each year. Staff writer Griffin Floyd breaks down four new additions across Pitt Athletics who can make an impact in Pittsburgh.

Column | Transfers look to make a name for themselves in their first year at Pitt

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer August 24, 2021
The transfer portal provides reinforcements in the form of players who didn’t fit in with the first program they chose. The Panthers received a number of high-profile transfers this year who will look to make an instant impact.
The MLB’s passive nature regarding defending and ensuring the integrity of the game has set themselves up to be marred by scandals. Pictured is New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole.

Column | MLB cannot be passive when policing pitchers’ foreign substance use

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 15, 2021
After being embarrassed and having the game’s integrity be put into question in past scandals, most would assume the league had learned its lesson and would be more willing to address issues that harmed the game’s honor. Instead, MLB and their lackluster commissioner are once again struggling to defend their own rulebook.
The Panthers are preparing to conclude their spring practices with a final scrimmage in their annual Spring Game at Heinz Field on Saturday.

Column | Final year with Pickett provides chance to return to former glory

By Dalton Coppola , Senior Staff Writer April 21, 2021
Pitt football hasn’t lived up to its storied history in recent decades. But the return of Kenny Pickett gives the Panthers the opportunity to make a leap back into the sport’s elite, argues senior staff writer Dalton Coppola.
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