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Pitt tabs Freire as deputy athletic director

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 24, 2016

Pitt athletics announced a new hire on Thursday afternoon. No, not that hire. Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced the department had hired University of Tennessee at Martin Athletic Director Julio Freire as Pitt’s deputy athletic director for external affairs. Freire will oversee fundraising,...

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 21, 2016

For Pitt and men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon, the 2015-2016 season was unlucky No. 13. After 13 seasons at the helm, Dixon has accepted an offer from Texas Christian University — his alma mater — to become its new head coach, Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes announced at a press con...

Pitt defense must improve to ensure consistent success

Pitt defense must improve to ensure consistent success

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 28, 2016

Twenty games into Pitt men’s basketball’s 2015-2016 campaign, and one thing is abundantly clear: the team will have to win games with offense. The Panthers are a weak defensive team right now, surrendering open shots and points in the paint too frequently, allowing their opponents to consistently sh...

Fixing the NFL’s Pro Bowl Problem

Fixing the NFL’s Pro Bowl Problem

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 25, 2016

It’s that time of year again. That time when the biggest stars in the National Football League face off against one another, playing in one ultimate contest where pride and respect are on the line. Just kidding. The 2016 NFL Pro Bowl kicks off this Sunday in Hawaii and, quite frankly, is perhaps t...

Hapless offense dooms Pitt at Louisville

Hapless offense dooms Pitt at Louisville

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 14, 2016

At the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday evening, the Pitt offense never tasted success. The No. 20 Panthers shot an abysmal 26.1 percent from the field, falling to the No. 20 Louisville Cardinals 59-41 in an ugly performance on the road. Pitt won the tip, and Michael Young quickly nailed a long two...

Pitt basketball jumps in both polls following road win

Pitt basketball jumps in both polls following road win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016

Following an impressive road win in South Bend, Indiana, the Pitt men’s basketball team saw its rankings jump Monday afternoon. The Panthers’ (14-1, 3-0 ACC) placing spot in the USA Today Sports coaches poll improved from No. 21 to No. 17, while their spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll went ...

Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team

Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016

Jordan Whitehead’s big freshman season just earned him another honor. The Football Writers Association of America named the Pitt football safety to its 15th annual Freshman All-American team as one of five defensive backs selected. A 10-person panel consisting of writers representing each Football ...

Artis, Pitt prepared for first road game of season

Artis, Pitt prepared for first road game of season

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 7, 2016

Sitting at No. 24 in the AP poll and 13-1 overall, the Pitt men’s basketball team appears ready for the road. Leaving the Petersen Events Center for the first time since Dec. 20, the Panthers will enter South Bend, Indiana, with a nine-game winning streak and confidence. Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon ...

Pitt survives close call against Western Carolina 79-73

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 23, 2015

It was a closer game than expected, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surmounted the Western Carolina Catamounts Wednesday evening. The Panthers edged out Western Carolina by a score of 79-73 at the Petersen Events Center, boosted by a season-best 29 points by junior forward Jamel Artis. Pitt’s...

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 12, 2015

Pitt football offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is leaving the team and accepting the same position at the University of Georgia, a source confirmed. 2015 was Chaney's first season as Pitt's offensive coordinator, as he joined new head coach Pat Narduzzi's staff in January. Chaney has served as...

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