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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.
The Pitt men’s basketball team wore masks in a team huddle during its game against Saint Francis University on Nov. 25. Head coach Jeff Capel was gut-wrenchingly honest over the course of the past few months about how difficult this season was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Column | Was this worth it: Reflections from a season covering COVID basketball

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor March 16, 2021
College basketball isn’t a great sport because there is something inherently “good” about a group of 18-to-22-year-olds putting a ball in a metal ring. College basketball is thrilling because of its pageantry and is deeply personal — especially for a student journalist — because you can write about a player dominating national television one night and go to class with them the next morning.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie ranks first in the ACC and second in the entire nation with 12.4 rebounds per game.

Column | Pitt basketball’s past struggles have become its biggest strengths

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer January 26, 2021
Though the sample size is small, the Panthers’ 4-2 start to conference play is not a fluke. The team clearly made visible improvements in spite of an unprecedentedly disjointed offseason. While several of the same, nagging woes haunted Pitt teams for the first two seasons of Jeff Capel’s tenure, he has seemingly managed to flip the script in his third season.
Left: Lyndon B. Johnson served as the 36th president of the United States. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images | TNS. Right: Mike Ditka played as tight end for the Pitt Panthers from 1958 to 1960. Chuck Kennedy | MCT, TNS

Column | A Panther match for U.S. presidents

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer January 22, 2021
In honor of inauguration week, here’s a list of some of Pitt sports’ most iconic figures, and the president whose career they most resemble.
Staff writer Carson Zaremski has given Justin Champagnie an “A” for his performance so far this season.

Mid-season grades: Panthers find success despite individual shortcomings

By Carson Zaremski, Staff Writer January 19, 2021
Following an incredible comeback victory over Syracuse on Jan. 6th, a team Pitt had lost to seven straight times, it’s time to break down mid-season grades for the Panthers roster, coach Jeff Capel and the Panthers’ overall performance. Each will receive a grade based on performance, factoring in preseason expectations.
Senior quarterback Kenny Pickett threw four interceptions in Pitt's 52-17 loss to Clemson on Saturday

Column | Pickett needs healthy finish to maintain professional prospects

By Tyler Mathes, Senior Staff Writer November 2, 2020
Senior staff writer Tyler Mathes argues that Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett will need a productive end to the 2020 season in order to keep his chance at a professional career alive.
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