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The COVID-19 pandemic devastated gym owners and patrons alike. But the ability of gyms and their staff to improvise and adapt kept gym goers both physically and mentally healthy.

Adaptability, positive mindset keep gym goers healthy through COVID-19 pandemic

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer May 26, 2021
The ever-present threat of COVID-19 made going to the gym a threat to one’s health. Although gyms were shuttered, many refused to sit idly in their house. Exercising is a means of stress relief, confidence boosting and staying physically fit — something people needed more than ever in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic
The New England Revolution drafted senior forward Edward Kizza (9), who broke a number of school scoring records, in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft in January.

Column | Men, women’s soccer coaches have ushered in new era of Pitt sports

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer February 12, 2021
While basketball and football get the most attention, staff writer Griffin Floyd argues a new era is upon us — Pitt is a fútbol, not football, school
Left: Lyndon B. Johnson served as the 36th president of the United States. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images | TNS. Right: Mike Ditka played as tight end for the Pitt Panthers from 1958 to 1960. Chuck Kennedy | MCT, TNS

Column | A Panther match for U.S. presidents

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer January 22, 2021
In honor of inauguration week, here’s a list of some of Pitt sports’ most iconic figures, and the president whose career they most resemble.
Referees make an impact on every game played.

Column | NCAA’s conference-affiliated referee system must go

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer October 30, 2020
Nobody wins when poor officiating decides a thrilling sporting event, and fans come away underwhelmed. Staff writer Griffin Floyd argues the NCAA should reduce inconsistent ref performances by getting rid of the conference-affiliated officiating system.
Dixon Veltri moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh and joined Pitt’s women’s soccer team after transferring from University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Two Pitt athletes play for the Steel City that raised them

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer October 20, 2020
Homecoming normally presents an opportunity to travel back to one’s home to relive distant memories. But Pitt athletes Curtis Aiken Jr. and Dixon Veltri have chosen to stay in the city that raised them for their college careers.
Pitt’s cross country team got an early start to training on campus this season due to schedule adjustments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitt cross country ready to hit the ground running

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer October 7, 2020
Pitt cross country received extra preparation time this fall thanks to an early arrival on campus. The team hopes that will pay off as it settles into an unusual season.
Pitt’s 1918 football team won the national championship amid the Spanish flu pandemic.

Pandemic Panthers: Reliving Pitt’s 1918 national championship amid the Spanish flu

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer September 16, 2020
Even in an era where players didn’t wear helmets on the field, fans still had the sense to wear masks off of it.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams pitches against the Cleveland Indians during an exhibition game at Progressive Field.

Column | The Pirates are sinking, abandon ship?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer September 6, 2020
To be an awful team is one thing, but to be an awful team with the worst series of injuries in the major leagues is another. The four starting pitchers remaining from the 2019 team have barely played.
Due to COVID-19, a football season is questionable for the Panthers.

Point-Counterpoint: Benefits will outweigh the consequences for college football this fall

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer August 26, 2020
Game-altering concessions must occur to pull it off, such as the absence of fans, but the benefits outweigh the compromises that must be made in what will be a year like no other.
Even at a time when live sports are mostly on hold, the Panthers still managed to have an action-packed summer.

What you missed in a summer of Pitt sports

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer August 24, 2020
From big-time recruits to social change initiatives, the Panthers have proven that even at a time when live sports are mostly on hold, one can still manage to have an action-packed summer.
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