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Stallings attempts to ease concerns at opening press conference

Stallings attempts to ease concerns at opening press conference

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The beginning of the Kevin Stallings era started noisily, in more ways than one. Pitt’s band played the University’s fight song as Stallings, Pitt’s new basketball coach, and Scott Barnes, Pitt’s athletic director, walked toward the podium for the coach’s introductory press conference. Stallings, who left ...

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

March 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

Here’s to you, Mr. RobinsonJeremy Tepper | Senior Staff WriterA pint-sized, 3-year-old James Robinson plops himself in front of the television. His parents, Rayna and James Jr., sit on the sofa.With the remote in Dad’s hand, perhaps the toddler has a suggestion — maybe cartoons? Nope, the kid knows exactly...

Foul line efficiency helps push Pitt past Morehead State, 72-62

Foul line efficiency helps push Pitt past Morehead State, 72-62

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 13, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s offensive formula has remained steady so far, with effective ball movement and smart shot selection spearheading the way, but on Sunday, converting from the foul line prevailed. Led by 29-36 shooting on free throws, Pitt (8-1) shook off a slow shooting start to topple Morehead State Univer...

Pitt prepares for 3-point barrage in Eastern Washington

Pitt prepares for 3-point barrage in Eastern Washington

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 11, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team has earned its 6-1 record this season through its versatile and deep roster. But that depth can only prepare the Panthers so much for their upcoming game against Eastern Washington (5-3). The Eagles implement a three-point heavy offense from top to bottom, having made 87...

Pirates need to make big splash for continued success

Pirates need to make big splash for continued success

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Small-market teams like the Pirates acquire prospects or undervalued players through strong drafts and savvy trades. But sustaining their place at the top isn’t always a home run. A core of young, cheap and talented players fuel the Pittsburgh Pirates and have turned the Bucs into a serious contender...

Wilson leads scorers as Pitt topples Central Arkansas, 100-47

Wilson leads scorers as Pitt topples Central Arkansas, 100-47

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

After watching his team lose by 53 points, Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell was blunt about their performance. “We just ran into a buzzsaw today,” Pennell said. “Everything they did was good, and everything we did was bad.” With a wide talent gap over a now 1-7 Central Arkansas team, the Pit...

Pitt, Duquesne renew annual City Game matchup Friday

Pitt, Duquesne renew annual City Game matchup Friday

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

On the outside, the yearly Pitt-Duquesne basketball series — dubbed the City Game — seems to have all the qualities of a legitimate rivalry. They’ve played each other since 1932, the two programs are in close vicinity — just down the street from each other — and the matchups are often inte...

After early deficit, Pitt falls to No. 11 Purdue 72-59

After early deficit, Pitt falls to No. 11 Purdue 72-59

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Despite clawing their way back into the game, the Pitt men’s basketball team finished Tuesday evening’s match with a whimper. Led by 24 points from A.J. Hammons, Purdue fought off Pitt’s sporadic comeback attempts to defeat the Panthers 72-59 at the Petersen Events Center. With 12:23 left in th...

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


Filed under Football, Sports

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...

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...

Pitt football notebook: Week 12

Pitt football notebook: Week 12

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 24, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off a 45-34 win against Louisville, the Pitt football team hopes to end the first year of head coach Pat Narduzzi’s tenure with a roar. A number of story lines stuck out in the win, including Ejuan Price’s five-sack performance, Pitt’s aggressive mentality and Tyler Boyd’s 100-yard r...

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 21, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

For a brief moment in the second half, Pitt’s chances of beating Detroit seemed in doubt, with the visitors taking a one point lead. A 25-5 run, though, would wipe away any shred of uncertainty, as the Panthers defeated the Titans 95-79 Friday night at the Petersen Events Center. Detroit coach...

Pitt faces Louisville with ACC Coastal still in reach

Pitt faces Louisville with ACC Coastal still in reach

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 20, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming into the season, the Pitt football team set itself a high goal: win the ACC. Before the Panthers even step onto Heinz Field at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, though, that goal could already be off the table. North Carolina, who leads the ACC Coastal by one game, can clinch the division with a win a...

Pitt ready to dance with the Blue Devils

Pitt ready to dance with the Blue Devils

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Artie Rowell has to admit it; losing two straight games elicits some dejection “You try not to get down, but when you invest a lot into something — your time, your energy — it’s hard not to take it rough,” Rowell said. Rowell and his teammates can’t mope too long, though, as an important conference gam...

Pitt football notebook: Week ten

Pitt football notebook: Week ten

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 10, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off two consecutive losses, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and his team will try to shape up for the final three games of the season, and continue to hunt for a Coastal title. In that time, Narduzzi will have plenty to ponder, notably his usage on offense of Jordan Whitehead, as well as improving...

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...

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...

Jamel’s journey: Junior forward steps into leadership role

Jamel’s journey: Junior forward steps into leadership role

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

High school projections say Jamel Artis’ basketball career wasn’t supposed to go this way — becoming the team’s offensive focal point by his sophomore year and earning NBA draft mentions. Artis showed flashes of promise as a freshman, and those flashes flared longer at the start of his secon...

Dixon, staff find hidden benefits in advanced analytics

Dixon, staff find hidden benefits in advanced analytics

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Trailing by one point with less than 15 seconds left against Notre Dame last season, James Robinson took the ball to his right, spun and hit the game-winning floater. The point guard’s basket may have began with his natural ability and strength, but head men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon’s love of a...

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...

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...

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...

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 23, 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...

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features, Uncategorized

With the NCAA questioning his academic eligibility following graduation, Pitt basketball commit Damon Wilson was angry. Before the NCAA eventually deemed him eligible for collegiate play in September, it challenged the freshman guard and his teammates’ high school course loads. “When we heard they w...

Pitt football notebook: Week 7

Pitt football notebook: Week 7

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a new coach, quarterback and swagger, the Pitt football team is positioning itself as a conference contender.. Following Staurday’s road win at Georgia Tech, the Panthers are now at the top of the ACC Coastal with a 3-0 conference record, while finding themselves ranked 25th in the Associated P...

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...

Narduzzi and company not taking 1-3 Cavaliers lightly for homecoming weekend

Narduzzi and company not taking 1-3 Cavaliers lightly for homecoming weekend

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi doesn’t put special emphasis on any game — even in the case of Pitt’s Saturday homecoming game against Univeristy of Virginia. “It will be my first homecoming game here, but again, it’s another game,” Narduzzi said. “Just like the home opener’s anothe...

Pitt football notebook: Week Five

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 6, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi is coming off of his first conference win as head coach, a 17-13 defensive showcase on the road at Virginia Tech. Now, he aims to keep his players’ confidence in check. Narduzzi emphasized maintaining a down-to-earth mindset despite last week’s win, as well as continuous competition and...

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 ...

On playoff seeding issue, Major League Baseball lacks behind

On playoff seeding issue, Major League Baseball lacks behind

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 21, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Imagine you’re the commissioner of the MLB. You, in theory, want what’s best for the sport, including increased viewership — especially considering the low ratings in last year’s World Series, while Sunday Night Football nearly doubled in viewership. Good, competitive games, for certain, will increase vie...

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...

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 4, 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 4, 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...

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...

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....

Dixon talks changes, expectations for Pitt basketball roster

Dixon talks changes, expectations for Pitt basketball roster

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Change isn’t always good — but as is the case of the 2015 Pitt basketball team, change was necessary. Following a 19-15 record and a first-round NIT exit last season, head coach Jamie Dixon has seen the makeup of his Pitt basketball roster change drastically, losing Cameron Wright and Durand Johnson...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Jarrett impressing coaches with improved conditioning, play

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi usually refrains from heaping praise on particular players. But when it comes to junior nose tackle Tyrique Jarrett, Narduzzi doesn’t hold back the plaudits.“He can be a special player for us,” Narduzzi said.Throughout spring practice, Jarrett took most of...

Coordinating success: New OC and QB coach Jim Chaney builds a relationship with Chad Voytik on and off the field

Coordinating success: New OC and QB coach Jim Chaney builds a relationship with Chad Voytik on and off the field

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

April 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Throughout his lengthy coaching career, new Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has transformed quarterbacks from unheralded into unstoppable. At Pitt, he is hoping to do the same with redshirt junior quarterback Chad Voytik.The star pupil of Chaney’s that comes to mind is Drew Brees, a record sette...

Chaney brings new offensive strategy to Pitt

Chaney brings new offensive strategy to Pitt

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

April 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Jim Chaney and his pass-heavy spread offense revolutionized college football in Purdue 15 years ago.Chaney now plans to employ a run-based, pro-style offense in his first year as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Pitt.Fundamentally, Pitt and Purdue’s offenses are starkly different. But...

Recent success has Pirates poised for playoff push

Recent success has Pirates poised for playoff push

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

April 6, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

For what felt like an endless time, it seemed that the Pirates would never find their buried treasure.But after 20 years of losing, Pittsburgh’s local ball club has compiled consecutive winning seasons. After making the playoffs two years straight, the Pirates have turned themselves into a World Seri...

Increased playing time a possibility for underused Pitts

Increased playing time a possibility for underused Pitts

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

April 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When safety Jevonte Pitts received word that Paul Chryst would leave Pitt for Wisconsin’s head coaching job in January, his immediate thoughts weren’t of anger or displeasure. They were of opportunity.After redshirting his freshman year and playing almost exclusively on special teams last season...

Simplified defensive gameplan earning raves from Panthers

Simplified defensive gameplan earning raves from Panthers

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With its 6-7 season last year, the Pitt football team had a parched garden of problems screaming for a sprinkling of improvement. Pitt’s defense was the tallest problem in the patch. Enter new head coach Pat Narduzzi: He is striving to make Pitt’s defense, which finished 59th in points against, resemble his previo...

Pitt football getting acclimated to Narduzzi, staff at spring practices

Pitt football getting acclimated to Narduzzi, staff at spring practices

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Starting spring practice with a different head coach and staff isn’t anything new for the Pitt football team, as Pat Narduzzi marks Pitt’s third new coach in five years.What’s different about this staff, though, is the energy and enthusiasm it boasts in a stark contrast to the more reserved demeanor ...

Panthers win slugfest in last game of homestand

Panthers win slugfest in last game of homestand

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After grabbing his 500th win as manager of the Pitt baseball team with a 13-7 victory over Akron, it’s hard for Joe Jordano not to look back on his tenure fondly. “It puts you in a position to a reflect a little bit,” Jordano said. “This is my 18th year here. I’ve had some great coaches, ...

Top-seeded Kentucky faces strongest region in NCAA Tournament

Top-seeded Kentucky faces strongest region in NCAA Tournament

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Usually, the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament is rewarded for its success in the regular season and given the easiest path to the final four. In this year’s case, however, the selection committee gave Kentucky the top seed after going undefeated, though it is tasked with the toughest region....

Senior moment: Young’s 22 not enough as Pitt loses second straight game

Senior moment: Young’s 22 not enough as Pitt loses second straight game

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 4, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In Pitt’s final home game of the year, the team honored three seniors before facing off against the Miami Hurricanes. It was a sophomore, however, who spearheaded Pitt’s offense, as Michael Young collected 22 points off of 9-13 shooting.Young’s effort couldn’t carry the team, as the Hurricanes...

DiNucci passes over Penn for Panthers

DiNucci passes over Penn for Panthers

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Incoming recruit Ben DiNucci will stay closer to home after turning down a cross-state Ivy League education.After months of being vetted by various college football programs, Ben DiNucci finally finished the recruiting process. The Pine-Richland quarterback committed to the University of Pennsylvani...

Pitt hosts Virginia to continue NCAA tournament push

Pitt hosts Virginia to continue NCAA tournament push

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

February 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In a conference as tough as the ACC, some talented teams are bound to fall to the strength of the league. Virginia appears to fit that prognosis, as, despite its talent, it sits at 15-10 and on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament.Today, Virginia (15-10, 5-7 ACC) will host the Pitt (17-8, 7...

Panthers start weekend road trip at North Carolina State

Panthers start weekend road trip at North Carolina State

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

February 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Unsurprisingly, Pitt’s women’s basketball team has had more success in the friendly confines of its home court than when facing foes on the road.While Pitt only lost one more game at home than its three defeats on the road , the away games saw the Panthers playing their worst this season. Part of ...

All about the ‘W’: Welch scores 12 points off bench as Pitt handles Miami

All about the ‘W’: Welch scores 12 points off bench as Pitt handles Miami

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

February 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In its last game, the Pitt women’s basketball team dug itself into a deep hole early, quickly trailing Duke 19-8. Learning from their mistakes, Chelsea Welch and the Panthers came out aggressive this weekend.The team used several scoring runs on Sunday, including one from the start of the game, to ...

Panthers continue ACC gauntlet against No. 17 Duke

Panthers continue ACC gauntlet against No. 17 Duke

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

January 28, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Out of all the strengths of the Duke women’s basketball team, there’s one thing that sticks out to senior point guard Brianna Kiesel.“Their height,” Kiesel said, with little hesitation.Of the 11 players on Duke’s roster, eight stand 6 feet or taller. Out of those eight, all but one measure at least 6-foot-3 inches.It’...

Kiesel’s 29 points spur Pitt to victory

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

January 24, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

When Pitt needs a bucket or a momentum boost, it’s no secret who it looks to: Brianna Kiesel. With 3:42 left in the game, the team did just that and the senior point guard delivered. Kiesel drew a foul and made the 3-pointer from the wing, converting the free throw to move Pitt within one, 67-66.Th...

Panthers face third straight ranked team on Thursday

Panthers face third straight ranked team on Thursday

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

January 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Stasha Carey admitted it. After beating then-No. 8 North Carolina, she and the rest of the Pitt women’s basketball team reveled in the victory in the locker room.“We got in the room and danced a lot,” the freshman forward said. “It’s crazy to be able to beat a ranked team knowing we came in a...

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

This is the second installment of a two- part story on Pitt basketball player Joe Uchebo. The first installment appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of The Pitt News.Trust would also be paramount in Pitt center Joe Uchebo making an optimal recovery. He’d have to trust his right knee, something he wasn’...

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Joseph Uchebo, a 6-foot-10-inch junior center for the Pitt men’s basketball team, has been rehabilitating for more than a year since having microfracture surgery at Chipola Junior College. He hasn’t made a full recovery, handicapping himself at 60-70 percent currently. Doctors have told him that he...

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

This story is a continuation of a story published on Monday. Read part one here.After he tore his ACL on Jan. 11, Durand Johnson’s spirits were low. But encouraging words from his family and friends helped him recuperate.“I had so much positive feedback and so many positive people around me that kept me with a ...

Road to recovery: Durand Johnson returns to court after major injury

Road to recovery: Durand Johnson returns to court after major injury

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports

As the younger brother of a highly successful athlete, Durand Johnson always felt pressure to keep up with his sibling. After seeing his brother, Derrell Johnson, sign with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent from Eastern Carolina University, Durand became especially motivated.“That just ad...

Pitt recruiting rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehea...

Recruit rundown: Tipton scores in three different ways

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehead s...

Pirates have several holes to fill during offseason

Pirates have several holes to fill during offseason

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Man, was that a letdown. After the utter joy of the Pirates season, it’s all over after an undeniable failure: an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in a one-game playoff.  After 88 wins and fantastic individual seasons by Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Starling Marte, it...

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Baseball fans are a stubborn bunch. Some will stick to long-held beliefs forever. Others will embrace new logic and won’t accept anything to the contrary. And almost all of them are uncompromising in changing their predisposed beliefs on a player or team.I’m like any other baseball fan in most w...

Recruit Rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Quadree Henderson was excellent this week, scoring touchdowns two different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits performed. Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioAustintown Fitch beat Boardman 31-5. Hall accumulated 19 yards on 5 carries, though he left ...

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Do you hear that sound? No, that’s not the screaming fans in a sold-out PNC Park. That’s the cha-ching of a cash register after every clutch hit by Russell Martin.Two years ago, the Pirates signed the catcher to a two-year, $17 million deal. Coming off a .211 average and .714 OPS year with the Ya...

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It occurred to me about three weeks ago. I was watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park. The fans were loud, passionate and raucous, and, much to their delight, the Pirates were winning, moving their way up the wild card standings and seemingly bo...

Former catcher recaptures spark, work ethic in Single-A

Former catcher recaptures spark, work ethic in Single-A

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After finishing an All-Big East campaign in 2013 with the Pitt baseball team, catcher Elvin Soto decided to move on to the big leagues and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 16th round. It’s oftentimes a difficult jump from college to the minor leagues, and Soto followed that trend in ...

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