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Head football coach Pat Narduzzi and the team run out of the tunnel ahead of Pitt’s football game vs. UNC on Nov. 11.

Column | Pitt football’s 2021 season will serve as a launching pad for years to come

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
The Panthers’ best season in 40 years has opened a window of success to build on. Given the era of the transfer portal, Pitt knew it had the chance to continue to build on this season through adding to the roster externally.
Pitt sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda (2) runs against Michigan State at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 30, 2021.

Pitt athletics powers on despite COVID-19 postponements over winter break

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer January 9, 2022
Pitt students departed campus after final exams in mid-December, but Pitt athletes remained with their teams as winter sports began their seasons in earnest. Some Panther teams had to navigate COVID-19-related postponements during the holidays.
Pittsburgh quarterback Davis Beville (17) looks to pass against Michigan State during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Atlanta.

Pitt’s ‘next man up’ mentality not enough in Peach Bowl, fall to Michigan State 31-21

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 30, 2021
Pitt fell to the Michigan State Spartans 31-21 on Thursday night despite holding the Spartans to just 56 yards rushing.
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) looks to throw the ball at the Pitt vs. Miami game.

Pickett opts out of Peach Bowl to prepare for NFL Draft, ending Pitt career

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 17, 2021
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett announced Thursday night that he would forgo Pitt’s Peach Bowl matchup and instead begin preparing for the NFL Draft, confirming his record-breaking career at Pitt was over.
Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne throws a pass during their game against Penn State in November, in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won 30-27.

Pitt draws favorable matchup in Peach Bowl vs. Michigan State

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer December 8, 2021
The Spartan running game will test Pitt’s defense in the Peach Bowl, but the Panthers, led by Heisman Trophy finalist Kenny Pickett, appear poised to exploit Michigan State’s weak secondary.
Israel Abanikanda (2) and Calijah Kancey (8) celebrate a touchdown during Pitt football’s game vs. Miami on Oct. 30 at Heinz Field.

Post-ACC Championship Game football superlatives

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer December 7, 2021
Pitt experienced its most successful season in recent history this year, with double digits wins for the first time since 1981 and winning its first ACC Championship. Although the Panthers’ season doesn’t conclude until Dec. 30 at the Peach Bowl, here are some superlatives for the 2021 football season.
Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple at a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.

Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple resigns from post with Pitt football

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor December 7, 2021
Pitt offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple resigned from his post this morning. He is not expected to coach in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 vs. Michigan State.
Keyshon Camp (10) and John Morgan III (6) embrace after a defensive play during the ACC Championship football game.

Column | ACC title game win sets up Pitt football for long term success

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer December 6, 2021
In Saturday’s ACC Championship win over Wake Forest, Pitt earned its first outright conference title in program history. This victory sets the Panthers up for success well into the future, staff writer Frankie Richetti argues.
Defensive back Erick Hallett II (31) yells after being named the most valuable player of the ACC Championship game.

Pitt to play No. 10 Michigan State in Peach Bowl game on Dec. 30

By Dalton Coppola and Stephen Thompson December 5, 2021
Pitt football will play in the Peach Bowl game on Dec. 30 against No. 10 Michigan State. The team won its first-ever ACC championship Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Pitt alumnus Tony Lupinetti (left) and former Pitt football player Troy Washington (right) pose at the ACC Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon.

Photos: ACC Football Fan Fest

By Pamela Smith, Visual Editor December 4, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hundreds of Pitt fans, as well as Wake Forest fans, attended ACC Fan Fest Saturday afternoon in Charlotte’s Romare Bearden Park. Games, food and all of the ACC team mascots contributed...

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