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Quarterback Kenny Pickett in action at last Saturday’s game against UMass.

Pitt pulls out a win in Johnny Majors Classic, defeating Tennessee 41-34

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 11, 2021
The Panthers (2-0, 0-0 ACC) took down the Tennessee Volunteers (1-1, 0-0 SEC) 41-34 on Saturday as Kenny Pickett threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns. 
The Pitt Panthers will match up against the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.

Preview | Pitt prepares for early season road test against Tennessee Volunteers

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 9, 2021
Pitt and Tennessee have played one another just twice, with Pitt having won both contests, in the two programs’ storied histories. Although the programs haven’t clashed in 38 years, they are forever linked by one man — Pitt’s former head football coach, Johnny Majors.
Seventh-year John Petrishen left Pittsburgh to pursue a career as safety at Penn State. But Petrishen, pictured on the left, came home to Pitt, this time as a linebacker.

After transferring and changing positions, John Petrishen sets out to prove himself right

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 7, 2021
After a true rollercoaster of a college football career, Petrishen looked into the sea of blue and gold at Heinz Field and felt vindicated.
A.J. Davis Jr., a redshirt senior running back, receives and runs the football for a 12-yard touchdown during the UMass game Saturday afternoon.

Pitt dominates UMass 51-7, led by strong defensive front seven

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 4, 2021
The Panthers defeated the UMass Minutemen 51-7 at Heinz Field on Saturday, the first time since the 2019 season that a near-capacity crowd was allowed into the stadium, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett led the offense with 262 yards through the air, while the defense’s dominating performance kept the game from being close at any point throughout the game. The performance earned Narduzzi’s approval.
Pitt football will kick off its season against UMass this Saturday at Heinz Field in front of a full capacity crowd for the first time since 2019.

Preview | Pitt football to kick off season at home against UMass

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 2, 2021
This is not a drill. The Panthers play a meaningful football game at Heinz Field this Saturday with a near-capacity crowd for the first time since 2019 and, according to head coach Pat Narduzzi, he and his guys are ready to go.
Pitt football received a $20 million donation — the largest single donation in Pitt Athletics history, the department announced Thursday morning.

Pitt football receives $20 million donation, renames head coaching position

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 2, 2021
Pitt football received a $20 million donation — the largest single donation in Pitt Athletics history, the department announced Thursday morning. 
Tre Tipton’s battles extend well beyond the football field — the seventh-year Panthers wide receiver wrestled with anxiety and depression for nearly his whole life.

‘How’s everybody doing?’: Tre Tipton works to end mental health stigma for athletes

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor August 31, 2021
Redshirt senior wide receiver Tre Tipton, gleaming with sweat, sauntered toward reporters assembled on the outskirts of Pitt’s practice field. The seventh-year wide receiver started his Q&A differently than most other players — he was the one asking a question when he got to the microphone.
Sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda (2) at Pitt football’s training camp on Thursday.

Uncertainty surrounding defensive back, kicker positions as Pitt football wraps up training camp

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor August 26, 2021
After three consecutive days north of 80 degrees accompanied by high humidity, head coach Pat Narduzzi and his staff concluded training camp Thursday.
From sleeping in his junior college’s stadium press box to being one of the most well-respected young assistant coaches in the nation, Brennan Marion is ready to lead the wide receivers in his inaugural campaign with the Panthers.

After taking detour from his NFL dreams, Brennan Marion is back home to lead Pitt’s receivers

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor August 24, 2021
Although the position with Pitt is a job Marion coveted since entering the coaching profession, it took a couple of detours from his original goal to get here.
Universities, conferences and the NCAA have reaped major financial benefits from the efforts of college athletes. Their “amateur” status prevented them from being paid for more than 100 years — but times are changing.

Uncertainty defines first month of new NIL rules

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor August 17, 2021
Since its inception, the NCAA has held that college athletes cannot and will not be paid for their name, image or likeness. Athletes were ineligible to accept endorsements or receive payment for their performance — all to maintain the amateurism surrounding college athletics. But new rules and regulations regarding name, image and likeness benefits for college athletes will change this long-standing rule.
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