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Finding faults in LeBron James an irritatingly off-base excercise

Finding faults in LeBron James an irritatingly off-base excercise

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 19, 2015

In the choose-your-own-adventure book that has been LeBron James’ basketball career, it appears that the final page is inevitable — polarization.The greatest basketball player in the world — a title that only the most out-of-touch and hard-headed fans would even consider disputing — has inexp...

June 17 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

June 17 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 16, 2015

BOYD CHARGED: The Jefferson Hills District Court officially chargedPitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd with driving under the influence and other summary offenses following a Friday morning incident. According to a court representative, the preliminary hearing is “temporarily” set for Aug. 5. Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi called the si...

Pitt star Boyd charged with DUI

Pitt star Boyd charged with DUI

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 13, 2015

Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd has been charged with driving under the influence after an arrest following an early Friday morning incident in Jefferson Hills, Pa.On Monday, the Jefferson Hills District Court confirmed that the charges were filed against the junior wideout. According to a court r...

Litany of rule changes in place for upcoming men’s, women’s basketball seasons

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 9, 2015

On Monday, the NCAA announced the implementation of significant rule changes in both men’s and women’s basketball. Highlighted below are some of the key developments, as well as the NCAA’s rationale for doing so.MEN’S BASKETBALL30-second shot clockWHAT: In a move that has been in the making for som...

Five key obstacles to tackle for new AD Barnes

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 28, 2015

When Pitt introduced Scott Barnes as Pitt’s athletic director in late April, he assumed the face of an entire athletic department fielding numerous questions — especially following the dismissal of former director Steve Pederson.As Barnes prepares to begin his tenure at Pitt on June 15, here are the ...

Trio of new bigs will be key for a Pitt basketball turnaround year

Trio of new bigs will be key for a Pitt basketball turnaround year

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 26, 2015

After a 2014-2015 season in which the Pitt men’s basketball team struggled to establish a strong presence in the paint, head coach Jamie Dixon is making a big gamble heading into the upcoming season.With former Richmond forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa announcing his transfer to Pitt this past weekend, t...

Pitt softball dream season ends despite successful weekend slate

Pitt softball dream season ends despite successful weekend slate

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 19, 2015

After a defining season, in which the Pitt softball team set a program high for wins, the Panthers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament Regional round this weekend. The team went 2-2 overall in its slate of games in Ann Arbor, Mich., from Friday to Sunday. FRIDAY, MAY 15: CALIFORNIA 11, PITT 3Pitt...

Curb early expectations, not enthusiasm, for Pat Narduzzi

Curb early expectations, not enthusiasm, for Pat Narduzzi

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 19, 2015

Hope springs eternal, but unbridled optimism springs sparingly.There is a palpable excitement in Pittsburgh regarding the Pitt football program and the direction in which it is headed.Thanks to the enthusiasm and vigor of new head coach Pat Narduzzi, hired in December following the shocking departure of fo...

Modic grand slam propels Pitt one step closer to Super Regionals

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 16, 2015

Despite a loss in its first contest of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the Pitt softball team survived on Saturday, winning its two Sunday games to remain in play for a Super Regional berth.The Panthers could not afford a misstep in either game following their loss to Cal on Friday, as the Regional round is double...

After big ACC Tournament, softball earns first-ever NCAA bid

After big ACC Tournament, softball earns first-ever NCAA bid

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 12, 2015

For the first time in program history, the Pitt softball team is going dancing.Following a surprising run to the ACC Tournament Championship, the Panthers learned Sunday evening that they earned the school’s first-ever selection to the NCAA Tournament.Pitt will open up tournament play in the regiona...

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