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Slippery when wet: Pitt game against Gonzaga called due to floor conditions

James Robinson fell in the first half of a game that officials cancelled.
Pitt News File Photo

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 13, 2015

The Pitt men’s basketball team traveled 6600 miles for a game that didn’t even count. During the first intermission, the referees determined the Panthers’ game against the No. 9 Gonzaga Bulldogs would not continue due to slippery court conditions on the military base court in Okinawa, Japan. The...

Scouting the Oakland neighborhoods

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 13, 2015

Finding a place to live can be more daunting than a charging 250-pound linebacker. Thousands of students scramble every winter to find housing, hoping for a good fit and avoid the scrum. With such a big decision and so many other students hunting for housing, we’ve decided to break down housing arou...

Heed history in response to Missouri protests

Bobby Grier was the first African American football player to ever participate in the Sugar Bowl in 1956.  Photo courtesy of Pitt Media Relations

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 11, 2015

In the face of racial adversity, a football team stood up for justice. The players stood as one, risking missing a game in order to ensure a safe environment for all people. This scenario casts the 2015 Missouri football team, where players ceased football activities until the school’s president, Ti...

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

Chad Voytik has the moves to make it on Pitt's Dance Team.  Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 10, 2015

On Saturday, the Pitt football team couldn’t pull off a monumental upset, falling to the loaded No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-30 at Heinz Field. But even with the loss, the Panthers stumbled upon an interesting offensive development. Head coach Pat Narduzzi occasionally used freshman safety ...

Q+A: The Observer answers pressing questions about Notre Dame football

DeShone Kizer will be dangerous under center for the Fighting Irish.
Photo courtesy of Zach Llorens, The Observer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 5, 2015

With Pitt and No. 5 Notre Dame matching up Saturday for the first time since 2013, the Panthers will face a new-look team from South Bend that features some of the nation’s top playmakers. The Pitt News reached out to Notre Dame’s student newspaper, The Observer, and its sports editor Zach Klosinski, t...

Storify: Roc makes surprise appearance at CMA’s

Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 5, 2015

While ABC was celebrating the best of country music, a little bit of Roc made its way onto the stage Wednesday night. Pitt's mascot and some of his well-known NCAA colleagues performed behind Brad Paisley at the Country Music Awards on ABC. Paisley was performing his song "Country Nation" that shouts...

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

Pitt men's soccer coach Joe Luxbacher retires after 32 years with the Panthers.  Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015

Pitt men’s soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher is retiring after 32 years as head coach, the University announced Tuesday. Luxbacher is only the second coach in the program’s history and a two-time Big East Coach of the Year. He compiled a 224-267-69 record during his career at Pitt, highlighted by a...

Tar Heeled: UNC’s Williams runs wild on No. 23 Panthers in 26-19 loss

Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 30, 2015

On a breezy Thursday night, North Carolina senior quarterback Marquise Williams routinely blew by Pitt defenders. Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, completing 14 of 23 passes and running for 52 yards on nine carries. He served as the lynchpin for the Tar Heels’ 26-19 win over the No. 2...

Crucial game Thursday a rare opportunity for Pitt students

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 28, 2015

For the first marquee home matchup in six years, Pitt football is the team with a bullseye on their back. The Panthers have suffered through mediocre season after mediocre season this decade. They sport a new look now, ranking No. 23 in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll. They ...

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 21, 2015

After a string of his players earned spots on award watch lists, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi received some recognition of his own Wednesday morning. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Narduzzi one of 22 candidates for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, which they presen...

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