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Introducing Pitt athletics’ biggest faces

By Richie Smiechowski, For The Pitt News August 24, 2021
For the first day of classes, what better way to acclimate new fans with their athletes than a quick introduction of Pitt Athletics’ biggest names and faces prior to the first day of classes?
Universities, conferences and the NCAA have reaped major financial benefits from the efforts of college athletes. Their “amateur” status prevented them from being paid for more than 100 years — but times are changing.

Uncertainty defines first month of new NIL rules

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor August 17, 2021
Since its inception, the NCAA has held that college athletes cannot and will not be paid for their name, image or likeness. Athletes were ineligible to accept endorsements or receive payment for their performance — all to maintain the amateurism surrounding college athletics. But new rules and regulations regarding name, image and likeness benefits for college athletes will change this long-standing rule.
Fifth-year Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett is rolling into the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side with a new set of wheels this season.

Pickett gets new ride in NIL deal with Bowser Automotive

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor August 11, 2021
Pickett added Bowser Automotive — a car dealership in Pleasant Hills, about 30 minutes south of Oakland — to his list of endorsements late last week.
Kenny Pickett talks with kids on Monday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrenceville.

Pickett returns to roots in NIL deal with Boys and Girls Club

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief August 9, 2021
Pitt’s starting quarterback was back at the Boys and Girls Club, a staple of his youth, to give out some free “Pickett’s Partners” t-shirts and toss around some footballs.
Myles Alston, a first-year wide receiver at left, faces off against Khalil Anderson, a first-year defensive back at right.

Optimism runs wild as Pitt football opens 2021 training camp

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer August 6, 2021
On a sun-washed and steamy Pittsburgh Friday, with the Sept. 4 opener vs. Massachusetts nearing, Pitt football got to practice as a full team for the first time this season. With some in shoulder pads and others wearing just helmets, the Panthers opened 2021 training camp with a light practice, one in which everyone was still getting their feet back under them, according to Narduzzi.
Rodney Hammond Jr., a first-year running back, prepares for a catch.

Photos: Pitt football training camp opens

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief August 6, 2021
Pitt football opened its annual training camp on Friday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, located in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood.
The Panthers are preparing to conclude their spring practices with a final scrimmage in their annual Spring Game at Heinz Field on Saturday.

Column | Final year with Pickett provides chance to return to former glory

By Dalton Coppola , Senior Staff Writer April 21, 2021
Pitt football hasn’t lived up to its storied history in recent decades. But the return of Kenny Pickett gives the Panthers the opportunity to make a leap back into the sport’s elite, argues senior staff writer Dalton Coppola.
Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi at spring practice.

Staff Q&A: Pitt football prepares for 2021 Spring Game

By Dalton Coppola, Kyle Saxon, and Eddie Lasker April 21, 2021
As the 2021 Pitt football Spring Game draws near, The Pitt News sports staff answered some of the most burning questions surrounding this Panthers team.
Senior quarterback Kenny Pickett announced on Twitter Tuesday night that he will return for a fifth season.

Kenny Pickett announces return for fifth year

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor December 15, 2020
In a surprising development, senior quarterback Kenny Pickett announced on Twitter Tuesday night that he will return for a fifth season.
The Panthers defeated No. 24 Louisville 23-20 on Saturday.

Pitt’s heroic second half defense earns 23-20 win over No. 24 Louisville

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor September 26, 2020
The No. 21 Panthers (3-0, 2-0 ACC) knocked off the No. 24 Cardinals (1-2, 0-2 ACC) 23-20 to remain unbeaten on the year.
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