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Louis Riddick on the set of SportsCenter during ESPNs coverage of Super Bowl LVI in Anaheim, California in February.

‘Just one big family’: Louis Riddick talks commencement speech, Pitt football and Kenny Pickett

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 21, 2022
Former Pitt football defensive back Louis Riddick isn’t afraid to hide his love for his alma mater. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has tabbed the former Pitt football player and now nationally renowned football analyst as Pitt’s class of 2022 commencement speaker.
Pitt senior pitcher Matt Gilbertson (45) pitches during Friday’s game against the University of Virginia.

Pitt sporting events to watch during finals week

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 20, 2022
Baseball, track and field and softball will all play over the course of the next week. If students need a change from the studying and exams, there are ample opportunities to watch the Panthers compete.
Redshirt sophomore defensive back Jehvonn Lewis (41), left, and wide receiver junior Jaylon Barden (10) at the Blue vs. Gold spring football game on Saturday.

Nick Patti, linebackers standout in Pitt Spring Game as special teams, Kedon Slovis struggle

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 12, 2022
Narduzzi will continue to “watch the tape” and decline to name any official starters for the foreseeable future. But there are certainly winners and losers from the Spring Game.
Jaylon Barden (10), a junior wide receiver, goes up for a pass against Jehvonn Lewis (41), a redshirt sophomore defensive back, at Pitts spring game on Saturday.

Defenses dominate Pitt Spring Game, Gold takes down Blue 10-7

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 9, 2022
Gold took down Blue 10-7 behind a solid performance from its defensive front-seven and a few explosive plays on offense
Heinz Field.

‘Lot of pieces to put together’: Narduzzi looks for players to stand out in Blue-Gold Game

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 5, 2022
Pitt fans will get their first glimpse at the 2022 team this Saturday at Heinz Field for the annual Blue-Gold game at 1 p.m. Team captains will draft their teams to decide who is on which team.
Head football coach Pat Narduzzi smiles during NFL Pro Day last Monday.

‘Pitt is truly home’: Narduzzi signs contract extension through 2030 season

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor March 28, 2022
Athletic director Heather Lyke signed head football coach Pat Narduzzi to a new contract, keeping him in the Steel City through the 2030 season. The financial details of the new pact have not been released to the public.
Pittsburgh quarterback Davis Beville (17) looks to pass against Michigan State during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

Pitt quarterback Davis Beville enters transfer portal

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor March 24, 2022
Pitt redshirt junior quarterback Davis Beville announced via Twitter on Thursday that he’s entering the transfer portal.
Christian Spears will depart Pitt and become athletic director at Marshall University, located in Huntington, West Virginia.

Christian Spears to leave Pitt, become Marshall University’s athletic director

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor February 21, 2022
Marshall University confirmed Monday that it has named Christian Spears, Pitt’s current deputy athletic director and chief operating officer, as its new athletic director.
Pitt senior guard Jayla Everett (20) at Thursday’s game against Boston College at the Petersen Events Center.

Jayla Everett dismissed from Pitt women’s basketball, program announces

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor February 21, 2022
Pitt women’s basketball will be without its leading scorer from the past two seasons as the Panthers wrap up their regular season, as head coach Lance White announced Sunday that the program dismissed senior guard Jayla Everett.
Pat Narduzzi’s coaches at a game against the University of Delaware’s on Sept. 21, 2019.

Column | It’s time to give Pat Narduzzi the credit he deserves

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor February 4, 2022
It’s time to give Narduzzi credit. He said he’d build a program and a culture at Pitt and he’s done just that. Pitt is no longer a second-class program — it’s a place people want to play.
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