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Pitt football decimates Duke in highest scoring game of season, 56-14

Pitt football decimates Duke in highest scoring game of season, 56-14

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The last time the Pitt football team broke out its retro uniforms, the Panthers needed every page in their playbook to pull out a win, as a last-second stop sealed the game against Georgia Tech in early October. Donning the royal blue-and-mustard yellow outfits for the second time this season on Sat...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Duke Football

GALLERY: Pitt vs Duke Football

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton | Visual Staff

November 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

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Team effort pays off for Pitt football against Clemson

Team effort pays off for Pitt football against Clemson

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 13, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

After back-to-back losses, the unranked Pitt football team was an unlikely match for the No. 2 Clemson Tigers this weekend. But in a shocking upset thanks in large part to kicker Chris Blewitt in the final six seconds of the game, the Panthers handed the Tigers their first loss and shook up the College F...

ACC reprimands Narduzzi after Virginia Tech game

ACC reprimands Narduzzi after Virginia Tech game

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

In the wake of Pitt’s loss to Virginia Tech, the ACC issued a public reprimand Sunday evening to Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi for criticizing the game’s referees after Thursday night’s game. In a statement, the ACC said Narduzzi’s criticisms violated the league’s Sportsmanship Policy and w...

Panthers thwarted in Thursday night throwdown against VT, 39-36

Panthers thwarted in Thursday night throwdown against VT, 39-36

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Pitt’s chances at an ACC Coastal Division title were likely shattered during a rare Thursday night game at Heinz Field. In a high-scoring affair typical of this season, the Panthers (5-3, 2-2 ACC) lost their first home game of the year, falling to the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2, 4-1 ACC) in...

Gallery: Pitt vs. GT Homecoming 10/8/16

Gallery: Pitt vs. GT Homecoming 10/8/16

By Jeff Ahearn and Wenhao Wu

October 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Visual

Gallery: Pitt vs. Villanova 9/3/16

Gallery: Pitt vs. Villanova 9/3/16

By Jeff Ahearn and Matt Hawley

September 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, This Week In Photos, Visual

Standout players emerge in Pitt’s Blue Gold Game

Standout players emerge in Pitt’s Blue Gold Game

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

As a sloppy, defense-oriented contest, Saturday’s Blue-Gold spring scrimmage wasn’t much to watch. But there was a silver lining in Pitt football’s disappointing season premier at Heinz Field. Three players emerged as standouts, some of whom made surprising comebacks from last season. Jester Weah, ...

Gallery: Pitt Football Spring Game

Gallery: Pitt Football Spring Game

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

April 16, 2016


Filed under Sports, Visual

Blue team defeated Gold 19-17 in Pitt spring game

Blue team defeated Gold 19-17 in Pitt spring game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

  While most spring football games tend to end up as high-scoring shootouts, Pitt’s Blue-Gold game was a defensive struggle. In the end, honorary captain and former Pitt legend Tony Dorsett’s Blue Team defeated his former Pitt quarterback Matt Cavanaugh’s Gold Team 19-17 in the program’s...

Pitt facing nationwide issue of alcohol sales at sporting events

Pitt facing nationwide issue of alcohol sales at sporting events

By Meg Millure / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Football, Specials, Sports

When Pitt’s Athletic Director Scott Barnes first took the position in 2015, he told a local reporter he was open to the idea of selling alcohol at Panther football games. The next day’s headline, “Pitt considers alcohol sales at Heinz Field,” prompted Barnes, months later, to laugh about how he ...

Time is right to bring beer to Heinz Field

Time is right to bring beer to Heinz Field

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Football, Specials, Sports

There are few places more intrinsically college than a football stadium. So why is it that at most schools, gridirons are the fall’s only beer-free weekend destinations? During the 2015-2016 season, only 34 out of 128 Division I college football stadiums served alcohol to the general public. Only 11 of the stadiums selling booze ...

Ejuan Price looking forward to pairing with Dewayne Hendrix

Ejuan Price looking forward to pairing with Dewayne Hendrix

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Last season, Ejuan Price was undoubtedly ‘the guy’ on Pitt’s defensive line. With top-end quickness and pass-rushing technique, Price amassed 11.5 sacks. Now, Price might have some competition in that proverbial pecking order. After sitting out the past season due to transfer rules, Dewayne Hendrix...

James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day Sunday

James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day Sunday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 30, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner will be taking the field in the North Shore, but not the one you’d expect. Pitt and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Conner, the Panthers’ star running back, will throw out the first pitch at PNC Park on Opening Day Sunday. “I’m honored and thrilled to throw out the first pitch ...

Football is so gay: Forced masculinity in pro sports halts social progress

Football is so gay: Forced masculinity in pro sports halts social progress

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

John Kichi thinks football players are kidding themselves. That’s an understatement — the Sewickley, Pennsylvania, author and illustrator actually thinks the entire sport is really, really gay. Kichi’s most recent picture book, “Football is Soooo Gay” is a diatribe to what he considers an e...

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

After some drama, surprises and countless “Pitt is It” tweets, Pitt finalized its 2016 recruiting class during National Signing Day. The Panthers class includes 24 players — as well as transfer tight end Chris Clark and senior Ejuan Price, who the NCAA granted a sixth year of eligibility — and...

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin commits to Pitt

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin commits to Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

On Monday evening, Pitt football learned that a local high school star would be staying home. Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin committed to the University of Pittsburgh via an announcement on KDKA Pittsburgh. Hamlin is a six-foot-one, 179 pound defensive back. He is a consensus four-star recruit...

ACC announces 2016 Pitt football schedule

ACC announces 2016 Pitt football schedule

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 26, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Atlantic Coastal Conference announced finalized schedules for Pitt and other ACC schools for the 2016 football season on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers will face eight teams that made bowl games and four that won 10 or more games as part of their 12-game schedule. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi...

Boyd still has room to improve draft stock

Boyd still has room to improve draft stock

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 20, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

When former Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd penned his farewell poem and left Pitt for the NFL draft, fans thanked the star wideout for his production. As it turns out, Tyler Boyd will need to produce even more, as various draft scouts grade Boyd as a second- or third-round talent leading up to April...

Military bowl generates $17 million in revenue for Annapolis/Washington

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Even though the Pitt football team struggled in the 2015 Military Bowl, losing to the Navy Midshipmen 44-28, the team helped provide different kind of win that week in Maryland. The Military Bowl announced Wednesday that this year’s bowl game generated $17 million of revenue for the Annapolis and Washing...

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 2, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd, declared his intention to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season, per his Instagram account. Boyd’s announcement came in the form of a poem, in which he thanked the city of Pittsburgh, noting, “I will carry you with me, I will continue to mak...

Storify: Social media reactions to Pitt’s bowl loss to Navy

By Amy Beaudine / Social Media Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

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Freshmen performances highlight senior leadership in final Pitt football game

Freshmen performances highlight senior leadership in final Pitt football game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

While some of Pitt’s freshmen made headlines with explosive plays on Monday, including Quadree Henderson’s opening kick return touchdown, bowl games always mark the end of careers just as much as the beginning of them. Freshmen accounted for all four of Pitt’s touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to No. 2...

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 12, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pitt football offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is leaving the team and accepting the same position at the University of Georgia, a source confirmed. 2015 was Chaney's first season as Pitt's offensive coordinator, as he joined new head coach Pat Narduzzi's staff in January. Chaney has served as...

Military Bowl matchup features plenty of intrigue

Military Bowl matchup features plenty of intrigue

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

When Pitt learned it’s bowl destination on Sunday afternoon, many Pitt fans were frustrated that the team earned a trip to one of the two lowest tier ACC-affiliated bowls. The Panthers finished with a better record than all four ACC teams who received higher tier bowls than them, but geographic and f...

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt star running back James Conner announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, at a press conference Friday afternoon. Conner, who missed the season with a torn MCL, received the diagnosis on Thanksgiving. “When I heard I got cancer, I was a little...

Hometown hero: Dan Marino honored at alma mater Central Catholic

Hometown hero: Dan Marino honored at alma mater Central Catholic

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Hall of Fame quarterback and Pitt alum Dan Marino returned home Tuesday morning, receiving another honor to add to his decorated resumé. But unlike the Pro Bowl berths, the 1984 MVP or his Hall of Fame bust, this award also celebrated what led to those accolades and the place that fostered the legendary si...

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team swept the conference’s rookie of the year awards Tuesday, becoming the first team in ACC history to take both rookie honors. One day after the Panthers placed eight players on All-ACC teams, freshman safety Jordan Whitehead earned the ACC overall and defensive rookie of the year...

Storify: Football recruiting Twitter barrage sends Pitt fans into frenzy

Storify: Football recruiting Twitter barrage sends Pitt fans into frenzy

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Following an ACC loss on Friday to Miami, the Pitt football team received a conference “win” of sorts on Monday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association selected eight Panthers in total to either the first, second, third or honorable mention teams, recognizing them as some of the best player...

A tale of two halves: Comeback attempt falls short in 29-24 loss

A tale of two halves: Comeback attempt falls short in 29-24 loss

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

If Pat Narduzzi watched his Pitt football team on television, the offensive display might tempt him to fast-forward to the second half of most of his team’s games. After slow starts, Narduzzi said the second half is where the team’s offense — and its resilience — emerge. But for the seniors...

Late comeback not enough as Pitt ends season in 29-24 loss to Miami

Late comeback not enough as Pitt ends season in 29-24 loss to Miami

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 27, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

With 2:34 remaining, Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman scampered five yards and found the endzone to bring the score to 29-24. But his run, and Pitt’s run of success this season, proved to be too little, too late on Saturday. A failed two-point conversion attempt and onside kick gave Miami the bal...

Pitt vs. Miami 11/27/15

Pitt vs. Miami 11/27/15

By Wenhao Wu

November 27, 2015


Filed under Visual

Man down: Ejuan Price’s five sacks power Pitt past Louisville

Man down: Ejuan Price’s five sacks power Pitt past Louisville

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 22, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Big numbers dominated Pitt’s shootout win over Louisville Saturday — 830 yards of total offense, 79 points scored — but despite its small size, one stat stood above the rest: five. Pitt senior defensive end Ejuan Price registered five sacks, which tied for the most in a single game by a Football ...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Women's Basketball

MIKE CAPRARA- Linebacker, football Caprara had the best game of his Pitt career Saturday in Durham, North Carolina, playing a integral role in Pitt’s 31-13 win over the Duke Blue Devils. Caprara, a graduate of Woodland Hills High School, compiled eight tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and a ...

Road warriors: Pitt football wins at Duke

Road warriors: Pitt football wins at Duke

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Trading ties for tackles, Pat Narduzzi calls road football games — which his team have dominated — business trips. The Panthers, following their last road game of the season Saturday, now sport a 5-1 road record and have created their own Heinz Field atmosphere away from home with consistent, smar...

Pitt retires Jimbo Covert’s number at halftime of Saturday’s loss

Pitt retires Jimbo Covert’s number at halftime of Saturday’s loss

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 8, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

After Pitt’s running backs totaled 34 rushing yards in the first half Saturday, fans may have wished Jimbo Covert was still on the team instead of in the crowd. While Pitt’s present prospects looked bleak in a 42-30 letdown loss to No. 5 Notre Dame, the school took a moment at the half to look ba...

Kizer’s aerial attack leads No. 5 Notre Dame over Pitt, 42-30

Kizer’s aerial attack leads No. 5 Notre Dame over Pitt, 42-30

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Notre Dame didn’t need the luck of the Irish against Pitt, as overwhelming talent and execution thoroughly got the job done for the visitors. Led by five touchdown passes from DeShone Kizer -- three to wide receiver Will Fuller -- the No. 5 Fighting Irish defeated the Panthers 42-30 at Heinz Field...

Gallery: Pitt Football vs. Notre Dame 11/7/15

Gallery: Pitt Football vs. Notre Dame 11/7/15

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

November 7, 2015


Filed under Top Stories, Visual

Boyd, Pitt confident ahead of Saturday matchup with No. 5 Irish

Boyd, Pitt confident ahead of Saturday matchup with No. 5 Irish

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Each week, Pitt’s football coaching staff preaches an even-keeled mindset, so players will maintain their focus throughout the season. This week against Notre Dame, getting that message across became a bit tougher for wide receiver Tyler Boyd and the rest of the Pitt team. Saturday’s matchup isn’t j...

Storify: Roc makes surprise appearance at CMA’s

Storify: Roc makes surprise appearance at CMA’s

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

While ABC was celebrating the best of country music, a little bit of Roc made its way onto the stage Wednesday night. Pitt's mascot and some of his well-known NCAA colleagues performed behind Brad Paisley at the Country Music Awards on ABC. Paisley was performing his song "Country Nation" that shouts...

Panthers of the week

Panthers of the week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

NATHAN PETERMAN- Quarterback, football Although the Panthers lost on Thursday to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 26-19, quarterback Nathan Peterman had one of his best showings of the season. The junior University of Tennessee transfer completedwas 27 of 42 passes on the evening, throwing for a career-...

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt’s 26-19 loss to North Carolina on Thursday knocked the then-No. 23 Panthers out of the AP Top 25 ranking, head coach Pat Narduzzi said the team has already moved on to its next contest. Its schedule doesn’t let up this week, as the Panthers (6-2, 4-1 ACC) host No. 8 Notre Dame (7-1) on ...

Football: Pitt vs. UNC 2015

Football:  Pitt vs. UNC 2015

By Nikki Moriello and Wenhao Wu

October 29, 2015


Filed under Visual

Pitt football readies for up-tempo Tar Heels

Pitt football readies for up-tempo Tar Heels

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

With a tough opponent, a national audience on ESPN and prime-time slot at 7 p.m., Pitt football’s Thursday night game against North Carolina has all the markings of a crucial matchup. Still, Pitt defensive line coach Tom Sims plays it coy. To him, it’s just another game. “It is a big game. It...

Crucial game Thursday a rare opportunity for Pitt students

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 27, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

For the first marquee home matchup in six years, Pitt football is the team with a bullseye on their back. The Panthers have suffered through mediocre season after mediocre season this decade. They sport a new look now, ranking No. 23 in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll. They ...

Pitt football notebook: Week eight

Pitt football notebook: Week eight

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a primetime Thursday night matchup against North Carolina this week, Pat Narduzzi and his No. 23 Panthers hope to cement themselves as ACC Coastal Division contenders against the Tar Heels. In order to keep his team fresh, he wants to decrease his team’s workload — especially his playmakers...

News and notes: Rankings, gametime, and honors

News and notes: Rankings, gametime, and honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

MOVIN’ ON UP Following their 23-20 win over Syracuse on Saturday, the Pitt football team jumped in the Associated Press Top 25 and also appeared in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll Top 25 for the first time. On Sunday, the Panthers leapt from No. 25 to No. 23 in the AP poll, while claiming the No. 24 ...

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The watchful eyes of a legend will oversee Pitt’s Thursday evening matchup against the University of North Carolina. The University of Pittsburgh will honor former offensive lineman and 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ruben Brown at halftime against the Tar Heels. Brown played at Pitt from...

Narduzzi makes another big fourth quarter call in win over Syracuse

Narduzzi makes another big fourth quarter call in win over Syracuse

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 25, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

On fourth and seven at his own 48-yard line, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t think twice about calling the gutsiest available play. After two late fourth down conversions against Georgia Tech last week, he was going for the fake punt against his next opponent. “I said, ‘Hey, run the...

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 24, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Despite its new No. 25 ranking, Pitt football kept to its recent tradition of close games against Syracuse, as well as its newfound tradition of Chris Blewitt game-winning field goals. On Saturday, the Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC) pulled out a close road win against the Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC), 23-20 with...

Jarrett, No. 25 Pitt ready for road game at Syracuse

Jarrett, No. 25 Pitt ready for road game at Syracuse

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 22, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Tyrique Jarrett will hardly hear the opposing fans in the enclosed Carrier Dome on Saturday, as Pitt’s football team prepared for the roar in practice with speakers simulating crowd noise. “We go into the game thinking it’s not really their home field. It’s ours,” Jarrett, a junior defensive...

Narduzzi, Pitt ready for deceptive Georgia Tech offense

Narduzzi, Pitt ready for deceptive Georgia Tech offense

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Some harsh words can describe Pitt’s six-turnover, 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech last season — nightmare, disaster, debacle. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd looked at it in grimmer terms. “It was like hell,” Boyd said. “It was like going to hell, and you can’t get out.” On Saturday afternoon a...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

HANNA  HANNESDOTTIR, MIDFIELDER, WOMEN’S SOCCER- After a solid freshman campaign in 2014 in which she started the Panthers’ final 12 games, Hannesdottir finally connected on her first goal of 2015 in dramatic fashion. The score by the Pitt midfielder came via an extra time penalty kick in the 99...

Defense, fans fuel homecoming win over Virginia

Defense, fans fuel homecoming win over Virginia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 11, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Late Saturday afternoon, the Panthers had the University of Virginia football team backed up against their own end zone. The fans were there to see it. Fans bellowed “Sweet Caroline” through Heinz Field following the third quarter, with Pitt running back Qadree Ollison re-opening play with a fumble one yard ...

Three years after resurrection, Panther Pitt aiming to make a difference

Three years after resurrection, Panther Pitt aiming to make a difference

By Steve Rotstein / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Pitt football’s student section has regained its identity.    The Panther Pitt disappeared during the mid-to-late 2000s when the students who started the group graduated and no one else stepped in to take the reins. After a brief hiatus, The Panther Pitt returned in 2012 and has roared on into 2...

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a font

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a font

By Stephen Caruso / Staff Writer

October 8, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a fontStephen Caruso / Staff WriterOctober 9, 2015Tony Dorsett smashes through the Notre Dame defensive line. Courtesy of ULS ArchivesThe University of Pittsburgh’s second most recognizable symbol — after the Cathedral of Learning — is a font.But describ...

Narduzzi’s defensive system continues to suppress, impress

Narduzzi’s defensive system continues to suppress, impress

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — While Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman spends most of his time studying and reading opposing defenses, after Saturday’s win, he gave a quick analysis of his own team’s unit. “Our defense is really a championship-level defense. It’s great to have them,” Peterman said. ...

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 3, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Following a loss like the Pitt football team suffered in its last game against Iowa, finishing strong against Virginia Tech this weekend naturally became a point of emphasis. “They got better from last outing,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We didn’t finish it out...

Pitt football prepares for Virginia Tech, ACC play

Pitt football prepares for Virginia Tech, ACC play

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

For Pitt offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty, history says everything that needs to be said about the football team’s upcoming game at Virginia Tech. “We’ve won the past five out of six so it doesn’t really go with rivalry as much,” Bisnowaty said. “But an ACC game’s a big game.” Pitt ...

Boyd named to Biletnikoff watchlist

Boyd named to Biletnikoff watchlist

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 29, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation named Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, the University announced Tuesday morning. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the best wide receiver in the nation. This is the third straight season the voting committee nam...

Pitt football needs to find its running game again to win

Pitt football needs to find its running game again to win

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 20, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Losing on a 57-yard field goal is tough. Head coach Pat Narduzzi thinks the team can handle it. “We talked about being a tough-ass team, and that’s what our kids were today,” Narduzzi said. Toughness, however, won’t cover up the fact that Pitt had many opportunities to make sure its 27-24 road ...

Pitt football hopes to continue extracting revenge in Iowa rematch

Pitt football hopes to continue extracting revenge in Iowa rematch

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Call Pat Narduzzi “the exorcist.” In his first pair of games, Pitt’s new head football coach has led the Panthers to victories against two ghosts of losses past— Youngstown State and Akron. On Saturday at 8 p.m. , Pitt (2-0) will attempt to cleanse another demon from its past against Iowa (2-0). Like Pitt’s first two opponents, Iowa isn’t a mainst...

James Conner honored for community service

James Conner honored for community service

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 15, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt junior running back James Conner arrived at the Shadyside chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon prepared to dole out advice to children — but to his surprise, Conner received a gift of his own. Conner was officially named a member of the 2015 Allstate AFC...

Pitt football notebook: Week three

Pitt football notebook: Week three

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Before Pitt sets off for Kinnick Stadium, questions about position battles and health linger following a 24-7 win at Akron on Saturday. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed his team’s quarterback controversy, injuries and depth at his weekly press conference Monday at the UPMC Sports Performance...

Scheduling rivals could provide boon to football attendance

Scheduling rivals could provide boon to football attendance

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Sports Features

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column calling for Pitt and West Virginia to renew the Backyard Brawl. Last Thursday, by pure happenstance, fate intervened — in the form of Pitt and WVU AD’s Scott Barnes and Shane Lyons, respectively — and made my dream come true. The Panthers will now play the Moun...

Quarterback controversy brewing for Pitt after win in Akron

Quarterback controversy brewing for Pitt after win in Akron

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson? Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett? Nate Peterman or Chad Voytik? Because of a touchdown drive from the backup quarterback to end the first half against Akron on Saturday, Pitt may have the next big quarterback controversy. Pitt’s coaching staff pulled Voytik, the junior starter ...

Gallery: Pitt vs. Akron Football Sept. 12, 2015

Gallery: Pitt vs. Akron Football Sept. 12, 2015

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

September 12, 2015


Filed under Top Stories, Visual

Pitt defeats Akron 24-7 to advance to 2-0

Pitt defeats Akron 24-7 to advance to 2-0

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 12, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

AKRON, Ohio — It was steel city football in steel city weather in a city of rubber. The home of Goodyear Tires is also home to InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field, where Pitt beat Akron 24-7 on a rainy Saturday night. The water-logged win brought Pitt to a 2-0 season record. “What better weather...

Pitt renews Backyard Brawl with West Virginia

Pitt renews Backyard Brawl with West Virginia

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pitt announced four future matchups with rival West Virginia, with the first scheduled for 2022 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers will host the Mountaineers on Sept. 17, 2022.  The next matchup will be on Sept. 16, 2023 at West Virginia, followed by   in Pittsburgh on Sep. 14, 2024, and back to W...

Pitt putting 2014 loss behind them in preparation for Akron game

Pitt putting 2014 loss behind them in preparation for Akron game

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Two days after its opening victory against Youngstown State, the Pitt football team took a monumental blow, losing star running back James Conner for the entire season to a torn MCL. On Saturday, they’ll be taking on Akron, minus No. 24. Despite the magnitude of Conner’s loss, center Artie Rowell...

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 7, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Following an injury against Youngstown State University on Saturday, Pitt junior running back James Conner will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn MCL in his right knee, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced at his weekly press conference on Monday. Narduzzi said while the severity of...

Pitt Football Notebook: Narduzzi reflects on debut

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off of a close 45-37 first week victory over Youngstown State University, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had plenty to talk about in his weekly press conference. While the main takeaway was running back James Conner’s season-ending knee injury, Narduzzi tackled plenty of other topics on Monda...

Pitt defeats Youngstown State 45-37 in first game of Narduzzi era

Pitt defeats Youngstown State 45-37 in first game of Narduzzi era

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt needed a momentum boost last season, the team often looked to James Conner or Tyler Boyd. But against Youngstown State, with Boyd suspended and Conner hampered with a knee injury he sustained in the first quarter, an unexpected source gave Pitt a jolt of energy twice: sophomore cornerback...

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Jordan Whitehead might be inexperienced. He might not completely know the playbook. Sometimes, he might not even be in the right place. But whatever mistakes the young defensive back makes early in his career, they’ll be easy to swallow after considering his raw skill and athleticism. The freshm...

K.K. Mosley-Smith triumphs over uncertainty in Pitt football program

K.K. Mosley-Smith triumphs over uncertainty in Pitt football program

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

K.K. Mosley-Smith prefers not to dwell on the past. Whatever successes and failures he’s lived through, Mosley-Smith likes to keep them in the rearview. “I’m just focused on the future,” Mosley-Smith said. “That’s what type of guy I am. The past is the past because tomorrow’s not promis...

Brian O’Neill builds body, changes positions

Brian O’Neill builds body, changes positions

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

It wasn’t a GNC protein bar or rare animal meat that Pitt redshirt freshman Brian O’Neill credited as a staple of his weight-gaining regimen this offseason. Instead, the first of six meals he ate every day was much more mundane. “I’d wake up at about 3:30 in the morning and eat two peanut but...

Pitt football schedule looks winnable but tough

Pitt football schedule looks winnable but tough

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

On paper, everything looks easy. And on paper, Pitt’s schedule seems deceptively easy. But it’s easy to forget that Pitt has lost at least once to each of this year’s opponents in the past three years, some losses nastier than others. But with a new coaching staff and fresh enthusiasm, the futur...

Time to shine: James Conner has the makings of a program great — now he has to win

Time to shine: James Conner has the makings of a program great — now he has to win

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Whenever a young football player starts making an impact, the hyperbole emerges just as fast as the knock-off jerseys. From the most serious journalist to the biggest homer, everyone jumps to proclaim “He’s the next Dan Marino” or “the next Larry Fitzgerald.” But to be contrary, in junior runni...

‘Clavicle busters’: Pitt running back depth extends past Conner

‘Clavicle busters’: Pitt running back depth extends past Conner

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

The saying goes that two’s company, and three’s a crowd. But when it comes to a football backfield, Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney thinks otherwise. “I’m going to play everybody I feel like we can put on the field and win with,” Chaney said during Pitt’s training camp. The idea of...

Pitt football uses memory of 2012 loss to prepare for opener against Youngstown State

Pitt football uses memory of 2012 loss to prepare for opener against Youngstown State

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Three years ago, Pitt tight end J.P. Holtz was an eager, inexperienced freshman, a Pittsburgh kid from Shaler Area High School ready to play in his first collegiate game. That game was against Youngstown State University, and it was of significant proportions. It was the season opener of Pitt’s fin...

Play Brawl: Why Pitt and West Virginia Must Renew Their Rivalry

Play Brawl: Why Pitt and West Virginia Must Renew Their Rivalry

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As a junior, I’ve engaged in countless Panther rites of passage — having the Cathedral’s victory lights guide me home, eating at Primanti’s, singing “Sweet Caroline” at football games and promptly leaving after the last verse. Yet one item on my checklist remains unmarked — attending the...

Pitt Football Notebook: Week One

Pitt Football Notebook: Week One

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 1, 2015


Filed under Football

In preparation for his head coaching debut Saturday against Youngstown State University, Pat Narduzzi held his first weekly press conference on Monday afternoon. Here are some crucial tidbits and takeaways from what the new head coach shared with the media. O Captains! My Captains! Narduzzi elaborated...

Junior running back Ibrahim out for 2015 season with injury

Junior running back Ibrahim out for 2015 season with injury

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Backup junior running back Rachid Ibrahim will miss the entire 2015 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Wednesday. In his media briefing, Narduzzi referred to the injury as a “non-contact, freak injury.” The first-year head coach noted the team likely wo...

Narduzzi has Panthers primed for improvement in debut season

Narduzzi has Panthers primed for improvement in debut season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

For Pitt football, last season told a story of missed opportunities and questions of what could've been. Led by new coach Pat Narduzzi, the Panthers hope to right the wrongs that ailed them last season. “No more ‘we should’ve done this, we could’ve done that.’ No more excuses,” redshirt j...

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 11

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 11

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Even without pads and full-speed tackling, storylines are emerging from Pitt’s football camp as coaches look for players to stand out among the pack. On the second day of camp on Tuesday at Pitt’s South Side facility, chemistry was the focus. From the weight room to the practice field, new positio...

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 10

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 10

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a new head coach in Pat Narduzzi, an exciting crop of recruits, an electrifying offense and a new catch phrase to boot, Pitt football players are feeling that the 2015 season might be “it” for Pitt. After a long offseason, the Panthers opened up their first training camp of the season on Monday ...

Defensive end Rori Blair charged with DUI

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt defensive end Rori Blair was charged with a DUI on Monday after he was stopped for speeding at 117 mph in March, according to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania court documents. Blair, 20, was stopped for speeding in a 55 mph zone by a state trooper on the Fort Pitt Bridge at 3:30 a.m. on March 15....

Scarpinato spurns medical school for one last gridiron campaign

Scarpinato spurns medical school for one last gridiron campaign

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Staying in contact with those from your past can be of great benefit — it certainly was for defensive tackle Mark Scarpinato. Following his decision to forgo his final year of college football eligibility in lieu of medical school, Scarpinato decided to meet with Jeff Mazurczak, Scarpinato’s high...

July 8 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

AWARD WATCH: The Maxwell Football Club named Pitt running back James Conner and wide receiver Tyler Boyd to the Maxwell Award watch list, the University announced Tuesday. The award annually recognizes the best college football player in the nation. Two Panthers have won the award in the past, including run...

Jones-Smith out for season with knee injury

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

July 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football announced on Thursday that redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith will miss the entire 2015 season because of a right knee injury. Jones-Smith played in all of Pitt’s 13 games last year, starting three, and he expected to contend for a starting role this season. The ...

New athletic director Scott Barnes talks plans, policy for Pitt sports

New athletic director Scott Barnes talks plans, policy for Pitt sports

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt hired Scott Barnes as its new athletic director on April 24, Panther fans were curious about how the former Utah State AD would impact the University, following the departure of Steve Pederson.Last week, The Pitt News sat down to speak with Barnes, who officially began his post on June 15, dis...

Ford finally receiving opportunity at wideout

Ford finally receiving opportunity at wideout

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Three years ago, Dontez Ford thought he had everything figured out.Ford, a prolific football player out of Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, decided to play football at Syracuse University. He planned to study engineering, play wide receiver and relish the time away from home.It wasn...

With Boyd response, Narduzzi will set tone for tenure at Pitt

With Boyd response, Narduzzi will set tone for tenure at Pitt

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Upon his appointment as Pitt’s head football coach in December, it appeared that Pat Narduzzi’s first challenge would come Sept. 5 on the gridiron. Now, it appears his first test will stem from his own locker room.Following a June 12 incident, the Jefferson Hill Police Department arrested Pitt s...

Pitt star Boyd charged with DUI

Pitt star Boyd charged with DUI

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

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...

Winning on home turf: Pat Narduzzi’s energy while recruiting impressing Western PA coaches

Winning on home turf: Pat Narduzzi’s energy while recruiting impressing Western PA coaches

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

As a former player, Eric Kasperowicz keeps close tabs on Pitt’s football team — and for good reason.Kasperowicz, now Pine-Richland High School’s head football coach, is responsible for helping his top players transition to the college level and therefore has to keep tight relations with college r...

After long playing career, Olsavsky finds passion in coaching

After long playing career, Olsavsky finds passion in coaching

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Jerry Olsavsky thought often about what he’d do after his career playing in the NFL ended. Not because he liked to, but because common sense just dictated it. “You could get hurt at any moment, and your career would be over,” Olsavsky said. The 1989 Pitt graduate, who majored in information ...

Undersized Araujo-Lopes finds chance at Pitt

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

At times, it was hard for Rafael Araujo-Lopes to not get stressed. After all, the wide receiver from Winter Park High School in Florida was doing his part.Playing wide receiver and running back and functioning as his team’s top playmaker, Lopes ran for 1,015 yards, accumulated 511 receiving yards and sc...

Looking back: a topsy-turvy year in Pitt Athletics

Looking back: a topsy-turvy year in Pitt Athletics

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Everybody wants to brag about their school.Maybe it’s just human nature to want your friends to know that your school’s sports teams are better than theirs. Regardless, you better make sure that if you’re going to brag about Pitt athletics, you know what you’re talking about.That being said, le...

On football Saturdays, throw worries to wayside and stay four quarters

On football Saturdays, throw worries to wayside and stay four quarters

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

It’s a tradition as old as the sport itself.I encountered it at my first Pitt football game, a 41-13 drubbing at the hands of Florida State University and one young quarterback by the name of Jameis Winston.At the end of the third quarter, the score was 34-13 in favor of the visitors, the subdued crow...

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