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Year in review: Five moments to remember in Pitt sports

Cornerback Avonte Maddox celebrates after Pitt's 43-42 win over No. 2 Clemson Nov. 12. Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 24, 2017

The 2016-17 academic year will go down as one of the most memorable years in Pitt sports for a number of reasons. Several varsity programs underwent transitions, as high-profile coaches and administrators came and went. The basketball programs stumbled, but the football and volleyball teams excelled, ...

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

Wide receiver Dontez Ford turned heads with a 36-inch vertical leap at Pitt's Pro Day Wednesday. Meghan Sunners | Assistant Visual Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017

With a little over a month left before the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team’s draft-eligible standouts made one last impression on NFL teams Wednesday morning. Dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and reporters packed the practice facility at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, as 19 Pa...

Six Panthers invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Pitt running back James Conner rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 42-39 victory over Penn State. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2017

The Pitt-to-NFL pipeline continues to flow as six Panthers received invitations to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, a national invitational camp for players eligible for the upcoming draft. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi broke the news on Twitter Monday night, posting a picture of the invited players...

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

Pitt running back James Conner rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 42-39 victory over Penn State. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 20, 2017

No. 3. — Sept. 10 - Pitt 42, Penn State 39 With 69,983 people in attendance — a record for a Pittsburgh sporting event — this game’s fame was set to reach epic proportions before the players even stepped on the field. The pregame atmosphere at Heinz Field on Sept. 10 was teeming with ener...

Wildcats run over Panthers for 31-24 Pinstripe Bowl victory

Northwestern running back Justin Jackson (21) tallied 224 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 31-24 win over Pitt in the Pinstripe Bowl. Elaina Zachos | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 28, 2016

The Pitt football team closed out the regular season as one of the hottest teams in college football, but finished its year with a dud of a performance against Northwestern in New York City. The Panthers (8-5) fell to the Wildcats (7-6), 31-24, in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N...

James Conner Wins 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award

Pitt's James Conner (24) is the winner of the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. | Courtesy Pitt Athletics

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016

Pitt running back James Conner continued to stockpile his trophy case Friday afternoon, winning the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. The award recognizes those who display courage on or off the field, including overcoming a physical injury or handicap, preventing a disaster or liv...

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

Pitt RB James Conner (24) announced Saturday that he will forgot his senior season and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016

Pitt running back James Conner announced Saturday afternoon that the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be his final game in a Panthers uniform, as he will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Conner, a redshirt junior, could have returned to Pitt for one more season. But the star tailback decided it...

A case for Conner: Why Pitt’s RB should have been a Heisman finalist

James Conner smiles after scoring his third touchdown of the game against Syracuse. Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 5, 2016

If we’re going strictly by numbers, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson should win the Heisman Trophy. If we allow wins and team performance to factor into the equation, then Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Clemson quarte...

Nine Panthers named to ACSMA All-ACC football teams

Quadree Henderson (10) earned first-team All-ACC honors as a kick returner and honorable mention as a wide receiver for the 2016-17 season. John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016

Nine players on the Pitt football team received All-ACC recognition Monday from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Four Panthers earned first-team All-ACC honors: redshirt junior running back James Conner, senior offensive guard Dorian Johnson, sixth-year senior defensive end Ejuan Price and ...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Syracuse Football

James Conner (24) celebrates a late touchdown reception by teammate Jester Weah (85). Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

November 27, 2016

  Quadree Henderson (10) leads the NCAA with four combined kick and punt return touchdowns on the season. Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor ...

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