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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Ellie Coffield is a first-year midfielder on the Pitt women’s soccer team.

Pitt women’s soccer dips into WPIAL to find homegrown talent

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer October 5, 2021
With 12 of the 34 players on the 2021 roster hailing from western Pennsylvania, including Coffield and Schupansky, the Pitt women’s soccer team has deep ties to the area.
The NCAA transfer portal is being utilized more and more by athletes each year. Staff writer Griffin Floyd breaks down four new additions across Pitt Athletics who can make an impact in Pittsburgh.

Column | Transfers look to make a name for themselves in their first year at Pitt

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer August 24, 2021
The transfer portal provides reinforcements in the form of players who didn’t fit in with the first program they chose. The Panthers received a number of high-profile transfers this year who will look to make an instant impact.
Staff writer Griffin Floyd argued that if students want to see Panther teams succeed at the highest level, they must turn to non-revenue sports such as baseball and women’s volleyball.

Column | To get full Pitt Athletics experience, fans must invest in non-revenue sports

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer June 27, 2021
Non-revenue sports are an untapped gold mine for viewing pleasure, especially as they leave Pitt’s flagship sports in the dust from a competitive standpoint.
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.
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