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Lyke talks football scheduling, gambling and campus returns

Pitt Chancellor Pat Gallagher and Athletic Director Heather Lyke stand on the field before the game. (Photo by Wenhao Wu / Assistant Visual Editor)

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 24, 2020

Athletic Director Heather Lyke said she is not encouraged by the way the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation is progressing. As cases continue to rise across the country — particularly in Pitt’s home of Allegheny County — she offered a pessimistic, yet not definitive answer to what she called “the million dollar question” — will college football be played in 2020?

Trio of Panthers pegged as Bednarik Award contenders

Jaylen Twyman has received All-American honors and is a candidate for the Outland and Nagurski trophies.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 14, 2020

A trio of Pitt football defenders — redshirt junior safety Paris Ford, redshirt junior defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman and senior defensive end Patrick Jones II — were named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watchlist Monday.

Darlow details plans for Pitt football partnership

Pitt football announced a partnership last Tuesday with brand marketing consultant Jeremy Darlow.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 3, 2020

The Panthers recently announced a partnership with Jeremy Darlow, a brand-marketing executive of 15 years, who detailed his plan for helping athletes prepare for a life after sports on a Zoom media call last Friday.

Pitt football announces plan for student-athletes return beginning June 8

Kenny Pickett threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns in Pitt's bowl victory over Eastern Michigan.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Friday that Pitt football student-athletes will begin to return to campus on June 8 for voluntary offseason workouts. The players’ return to campus will mark the start of the first phase of reopening for Pitt athletics in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jones, Twyman have sights set on 2020 season

Defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) posted a career-high six tackles and added 1.5 sacks, bringing his team leading total for the season to 4.5.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

May 20, 2020

For most people, control is in short supply right now. Stay-at-home orders, business closures and quarantines are expected to extend well into the summer and timelines for a return to normalcy are fluid. It can be easy to lose focus on the world beyond COVID-19, but Pitt senior defensive end Patrick Jones II said he believes in that future, and its dependence upon his present.

Pitt football powers through pandemic recruiting

Coach Pat Narduzzi seems to be finding success in recruiting despite limited interactions with players

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of employed Americans to adapt to work from home, and the realm of college sports is no different. Coaches face numerous unfamiliar tasks, which include keeping in touch with athletes, solving scheduling challenges and — above all else — virtual recruiting.

Jackson selected by Buffalo in NFL Draft’s seventh round

Former Pitt cornerback Dane Jackson earned a grade of 5.99 at the 2020 NFL Combine.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

April 25, 2020

Former Pitt defensive back Dane Jackson was selected 239th overall in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday by the Buffalo Bills.

Pitt hosts virtual Panthers’ Choice Awards amidst pandemic

Senior receiver Maurice Ffrench won the Panther Award in the 2020 Panthers' Choice Awards.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Pitt Athletics hosted its third annual Panthers' Choice Awards Wednesday, celebrating student-athlete achievements in academics, athletics and citizenship.

Former Pitt DE Hendrix signs with Steelers

Former Pitt defensive end Dewayne Hendrix (8) accidentally bumps into a referee. Hendrix has signed with the hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, announced Monday afternoon.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

Former Pitt defensive end Dewayne Hendrix has signed with the hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Pitt football holds first spring session of 2020

Pitt’s top two safeties, redshirt junior Paris Ford (pictured) and Damar Hamlin, chose to return to the team rather than going pro.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 3, 2020

No starting jobs were won or lost during Pitt’s first official spring practice, though several team developments were revealed.

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