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Conner strong: James Conner begins own fight after history of helping others

James Conner receives his Good Works Team trophy in September from AllState and the University of Pittsburgh.  Anh Vu | Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 6, 2015

Mike Gallagher, a close family friend of James Conner, arrived at the star’s recovery room just as his anesthesia began to wear off. Conner, a Pitt football running back, underwent a biopsy last Tuesday that would later reveal he had cancer. Gallagher — or “Pops” as Conner calls him — had ret...

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

James Conner at a press conference Friday. Dan Sostek | Sports Editor

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015

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...

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

Jordan Whitehead is the first defensive player to win ACC Rookie of the Year since 1996. 
Jeff Ahearn |Assistant Visual Editor

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015

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...

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

The ACC honors wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive lineman Ejuan Price as players for the ACSMA All-ACC football team.  Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015

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...

Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

Pat Narduzzi's first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 1, 2015

While scrolling through Twitter on Friday during Pitt football’s final game of the season, I came to a realization. Unfortunately, that realization wasn’t, “Maybe I should spend less time on Twitter.” Instead, as the Pitt football team fell to an early deficit in an eventual loss to Miami, I s...

Sound off: Pat Narduzzi quotes from his weekly teleconference

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By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015

With a dangerous Louisville Cardinals team heading to Heinz Field this weekend, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi spoke on the weekly ACC Coaches’ Teleconference Wednesday. Here are some of the most important nuggets the Pitt head coach said on the call. On the team’s success without injured running back...

Pitt football needs to find its running game again to win

RB James Conner is one of three Panthers on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list. Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 20, 2015

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 ...

James Conner honored for community service

Even with the injury, Conner continued to be active in the community, here surrounded by  members of the Shadyside chapter of the Boys and Girls Club after receiving an award for his service in September of 2015.
Anh Vu | Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 16, 2015

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...

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

However, a second quarter injury against the Penguins resulted in an MCL injury that led Conner to miss the rest 2015 year, Pat Narduzzi's first. Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 8, 2015

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...

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

Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 4, 2015

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...

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