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Parker Stewart announces decision to transfer

Parker Stewart announces decision to transfer

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

First-year Pitt guard Parker Stewart announced via Twitter on Friday that he will be transferring from the Pitt basketball program. Stewart — who was also the first Pitt player to request his release from the program after the firing of former head coach Kevin Stallings — is the only player of the nine that requested their releases to ...

‘Stallings 2.0:’ Fans react to Pitt’s reported interest in Mark Schmidt

‘Stallings 2.0:’ Fans react to Pitt’s reported interest in Mark Schmidt

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

St. Bonaventure men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt interviewed for the vacant Pitt job Thursday, according to multiple reports. Days after learning Pitt offered Dan Hurley $3 million for the job, fans were underwhelmed -- to say the least -- that Pitt is considering Schmidt. https://twitter.com/AdamZagoria/status/977230454217723904 https://twitter.co...

Hurley takes coaching job at UConn, Pitt’s search continues

Hurley takes coaching job at UConn, Pitt’s search continues

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 22, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Update: Hurley took the coaching job at the University of Connecticut, the school confirmed Thursday.  Athletic Director Heather Lyke wants to make Dan Hurley one of the highest paid coaches in college basketball. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Pitt has offered the Rhode Island coach more th...

Pitt grants Marcus Carr release from program

Pitt grants Marcus Carr release from program

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 19, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

First-year point guard Marcus Carr became the second player from the Pitt men’s basketball team to be officially granted his release from the program on Monday night, according to reports from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Carr joins junior guard and forward Jared Wilson-Frame, who was granted his...

Report: seven Pitt basketball players request release from program

Report: seven Pitt basketball players request release from program

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 16, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Seven players from the Pitt men’s basketball team have requested their release from the program, according to a report from ESPN. The Panthers have now received nine total requests for release from either current players or committed recruits since the firing of former men’s basketball coach Kevin Sta...

Parker Stewart requests release from Pitt

Parker Stewart requests release from Pitt

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 14, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt first-year men’s basketball player Parker Stewart has asked for his full unconditional release Wednesday, according to a report from ESPN. Stewart — who averaged 9.1 points per game this past season and who was emerging as a reliable contributor — asked for the reported release less than a week after for...

Column: When it comes to Stallings’ firing, the blame should be shared

Column: When it comes to Stallings’ firing, the blame should be shared

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

In a time of uncertainty for Pitt basketball, one thing is for sure — former head coach Kevin Stallings’ tenure will go down in Panther history as an unmitigated disaster. In two years, the widely criticized coach managed to win just four conference games, go winless in the ACC during the 20...

Column: Potential picks for Stallings’ successor

Column: Potential picks for Stallings’ successor

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt men’s basketball and the athletic administration are officially on the quest for a new head coach to replace Kevin Stallings. The mission is straightforward — find the perfect person to rejuvenate the program and return Pitt to its status as a basketball school. Just like any hiring proces...

Fans, players react to Stallings’ firing

Fans, players react to Stallings’ firing

By Grant Burgman and Jordan Mondell | TPN Staff

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The firing of Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings didn’t come as a surprise to many fans and pundits. After a record-breaking losing season for the Panthers — going 8-25 overall and 0-19 in the ACC — a change of leadership was more than expected. But between reports of contentious contract ...

The Zoo sticks around for basketball ups and downs

The Zoo sticks around for basketball ups and downs

By Samuel Ruppert | For The Pitt News

March 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Half of the cobalt blue seats in student section of the Petersen Event Center remained empty as the Pitt men’s basketball team battled UC Santa Barbara on the court Nov. 15. On the first shot, only a sparse showering of ripped-up newsprint filled the air. But even during the out-of-conference game f...

Season in review: Men’s team has campaign to forget

Season in review: Men’s team has campaign to forget

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Well, it’s finally over. The Pitt men’s basketball season came to a close last Tuesday with a 67-64 loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the ACC tournament, and the 2017-18 Panthers are now history — albeit for not-so-great reasons. Pitt finished the season with an overall record of 8-25 inc...

Uncertainty surrounds Stallings buyout

Uncertainty surrounds Stallings buyout

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton | TPN Staff

March 9, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Athletics announced Thursday that Kevin Stallings would no longer be Pitt’s men’s basketball coach, but details regarding his multi-million dollar buyout are still unclear. Stallings’ lawyers, Scott Tompsett and Jim Lieber of Tompsett Collegiate Sports Law, said Friday that Pitt offere...

Gallery: No. 1 Virginia hands Pitt 17th straight loss

Gallery: No. 1 Virginia hands Pitt 17th straight loss

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

February 24, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Visual

While the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers secured their 3rd outright ACC regular-season title in the last five years on Saturday afternoon, the Panthers also continued to make history books — extending their losing record streak to 17 in a loss against the best team in the nation. Despite low attendance...

Boston College blows out Pitt, 81-58

Boston College blows out Pitt, 81-58

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team entered Tuesday night’s game with the same goal as the previous 12 — to get a conference win and avoid being winless in the ACC. Boston College — who went winless in the ACC back in 2016 — had other plans as they beat Pitt 81-58 in front of a paltry crowd at ...

Point-Counterpoint: Stallings should go

Point-Counterpoint: Stallings should go

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

January 23, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Currently winless in conference play this season and 4-21 overall in the ACC during his time at Pitt, Kevin Stallings has done little to establish Pitt or himself in the ACC. In two years, Stallings has coached the Panthers to a 55-point loss at home against Louisville and a 35-point loss on nati...

Luther ruled out for the season

Luther ruled out for the season

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team has played its last seven games without its only senior, forward Ryan Luther, and on Thursday Pitt announced on its website that Pitt will finish the season without him. Luther went down during Pitt’s Dec. 9 game against West Virginia with a stress reaction in his right foot. On T...

Stallings needs to keep comments off court

Stallings needs to keep comments off court

By Colin Martin | For The Pitt News

January 9, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Yelling at opposing players, coaches and fans from the stands is common practice during college sporting events. But not as common is for players and coaches to yell back — unless you’re Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings, who did just that to a fan in the stands toward the end of last week’s game ...

Pitt narrowly beats Delaware State, 74-68

Pitt narrowly beats Delaware State, 74-68

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

December 19, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball survived a Delaware State comeback Tuesday attempt to avoid losing to a team without a Division I win this year. The Panthers (7-5) had doubled the Hornets (2-11) by halftime and led by as many as 27, but won by just six, with final score of 74-68 at the Peterson Events Cent...

Panthers top The Mount, 82-78

Panthers top The Mount, 82-78

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After securing a 15-point lead in the second half, Pitt men’s basketball looked to be on a clear path to victory over Mount St. Mary’s Tuesday night. But after giving up that lead, the Panthers needed a last-minute bucket and an overtime period to top their mid-major opponent, narrowly winning 8...

Panthers chase down Gauchos, 70-62, claim first season victory

Panthers chase down Gauchos, 70-62, claim first season victory

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team came back from an early and consistent deficit to claim its first victory of the season with a 70-62 victory over the University of California, Santa Barbara Gauchos. Pitt (1-2) played its second game in the 11th annual Progressive Legends Classic Wednesday night ag...

Pitt loses to Montana with record-low attendance, 83-78

Pitt loses to Montana with record-low attendance, 83-78

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories

Entering Monday night’s game, the Pitt men’s basketball team had not lost a home opener since 1996. Kevin Stallings was also the coach during that loss — but for the Panthers’ opponent, Illinois State. This time, Stallings experienced the defeat from the other side. The Panthers (0-2) committ...

Pitt men’s basketball ices Slippery Rock for 71-59 victory

Pitt men’s basketball ices Slippery Rock for 71-59 victory

By Kevin Bertha / Staff Writer

November 4, 2017


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

The Pitt men’s basketball team overcame a slow start marred by turnovers and foul trouble to beat Division II Slippery Rock 71-59 Saturday at the Shoot Down Cancer Exhibition Game. Head coach Kevin Stallings attributed the slow start to nerves from younger players, but was positive following the w...

Forget the Pete, hit the street: Pitt to play at Cathedral

Forget the Pete, hit the street: Pitt to play at Cathedral

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt basketball teams are leaving the Pete behind Friday night, but for this spectacle they’re not travelling far. Migrating from upper campus to Bigelow Boulevard, the Panthers will be putting all of their skills on display under the lights outside the Cathedral of Learning. The men’s an...

Column: NCAA transfer rules unfair to student athletes

Column: NCAA transfer rules unfair to student athletes

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Nick Saban, head coach of Alabama football and four-time national championship winner, is poised to be paid an astounding $11 million this year and has an eight-year deal that will pay him $65 million through 2025. These lucrative contracts are highly desired by all college coaches, and you can’t b...

Men’s basketball adds guard Danya Kingsby

Men’s basketball adds guard Danya Kingsby

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 2, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Head coach Kevin Stallings and the Pitt men’s basketball team added their second commit in the class of 2018 Friday as 6-foot-1 guard Danya Kingsby committed to the program. Kingsby announced his decision on Twitter saying, “I want to compete against the best and I feel the ACC conference is the ...

Stallings needs time to execute plan

Stallings needs time to execute plan

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

“No wonder the Bucs lost last night ... what a jackass.” “Tonight was probably the only setting in which [he] was not the most hated individual in the place.” “Maybe he will throw his back out and be done for the season.” This was the reaction on Twitter when Pitt men’s basketball ...

Pittsburgh pushes Panthers from spotlight

Pittsburgh pushes Panthers from spotlight

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Walking around Pittsburgh, it’s hard to go too long without seeing someone wearing Steelers, Penguins or Pirates gear. The teams are some of the most decorated and storied franchises in American sports — especially in recent years, with the city taking home five championships since 2005 — and...

Men’s basketball lands 2017 forward Kenechukwu Chukwuka

Men’s basketball lands 2017 forward Kenechukwu Chukwuka

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings added the final piece of his 2017 recruiting class Tuesday, getting a commitment from junior college transfer Kenechukwu Chukwuka. Chukwuka, a native of Sweden, announced his decision on Twitter. “After a lot of thinking, I have decided that I’ll be furthering my academic and basketball career at The University of Pittsburgh,” Chukwuka sai...

Luther must manage unproven Panthers

Luther must manage unproven Panthers

By Wyatt Geller | For The Pitt News

July 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

With the season just a few months away, the Pitt basketball team is in desperate need of a leader. But for second-year head coach Kevin Stallings, the options are scarce. The loss of seniors Michael Young, Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones leaves the team with big shoes to fill. Ryan Lut...

Men’s basketball releases nonconference schedule

Men’s basketball releases nonconference schedule

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt basketball team announced its 13-game nonconference schedule for the 2017-18 season Monday as head coach Kevin Stallings has just under four months to get his young players ready to compete. A renewal of the Backyard Brawl rivalry against West Virginia University highlights the slate. The t...

6-foot-8 power forward Samson George commits to Pitt

6-foot-8 power forward Samson George commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 26, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings is nearing the end of the 2017 recruiting cycle and has only one spot remaining after 6-foot-8 power forward Samson George committed Monday. A Washington, Pennsylvania native, George is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports. He is the first player in the class...

Pitt basketball adds adds two recruits, Chris Jones to staff

Pitt basketball adds adds two recruits, Chris Jones to staff

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a tumultuous start to the offseason, second-year basketball head coach Kevin Stallings got a much-needed reprieve this weekend as two highly-touted recruits committed to the program. Even though Stallings and his staff are still putting together their 2017 class, the program got its first com...

Four-star forward Bryce Golden commits to Pitt

Four-star forward Bryce Golden commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt basketball program and head coach Kevin Stallings landed their first recruit in the class of 2018 Thursday, getting a verbal commitment from four-star Maryland forward Bryce Golden. Golden announced his decision on Twitter, saying, “I firmly believe in what Coach Stallings is building and I...

Basketball overhaul: Pitt’s 2017 class

Basketball overhaul: Pitt’s 2017 class

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 31, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Coming off the program’s worst season since 2000, this offseason has signaled next year could be worse. The past few months have been some of the most tumultuous in the team’s history, with four seniors graduating and five others transferring elsewhere. As of now, the team only has two return...

Pitt’s ACC move fosters football, hurts basketball

Pitt’s ACC move fosters football, hurts basketball

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

In the four years since Pitt moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the decision to leave the Big East has both haunted and helped the school’s biggest sports — football and men’s basketball. For the majority of the 2000s, the University of Pittsburgh was a basketball school. Coaches Ben Howl...

Q&A: Stallings discusses transfers, recruits and “hard decisions”

Q&A: Stallings discusses transfers, recruits and “hard decisions”

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

May 29, 2017


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

Coming off its worst season since 2000, the Pitt men’s basketball program will attempt to rebound this year as head coach Kevin Stallings enters year two of his tenure. This season’s team will be made up of almost entirely new faces, with only three players returning from last year’s squad....

Pitt basketball lands Lafayette transfer Monty Boykins

Pitt basketball lands Lafayette transfer Monty Boykins

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The 2017-18 Pitt basketball roster is taking its final shape with head coach Kevin Stallings adding another player Monday in Lafayette transfer Monty Boykins. The 6-foot-5 guard played just one game this past year, missing nearly the entire season due to a shoulder injury he suffered against Villano...

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

It was a busy couple of weeks for Pitt athletics, as the spring teams’ seasons come to a close and the football team had players up for the NFL draft. Here’s a rundown of everything that you might have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Pitt center Rozelle Nix announces transfer

Pitt center Rozelle Nix announces transfer

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt basketball program suffered another defection Monday afternoon with the transfer of 6-foot-11 center Rozelle Nix. “I would like to take my time and say thank you to all of [the] University of Pittsburgh and basketball staff for helping me to get better everyday not only as a player but a...

Men’s basketball adds two recruits to 2017 class

Men’s basketball adds two recruits to 2017 class

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt basketball landed two commits this week as coach Kevin Stallings begins to fill in his roster for next season. St. John’s transfer Malik Ellison pledged to Pitt Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. 6-foot-4 guard Khameron Davis followed suit Wednesday, becoming the seventh member of...

Pitt men’s basketball names Matt Woodley special assistant coach

Pitt men’s basketball names Matt Woodley special assistant coach

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team continues to increase its ranks, but this time it’s with a new coach instead of a new player. Head coach Kevin Stallings announced Monday the addition of Matt Woodley as a special assistant coach. Woodley’s position requires him to assist with game preparation,...

Men’s basketball signs small forward Shamiel Stevenson

Men’s basketball signs small forward Shamiel Stevenson

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball added another player to its 2017 recruiting class after forward Shamiel Stevenson signed his Letter of Intent Sunday morning. Stevenson played at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona this past year, averaging 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He shot 43 percent from the field an...

Men’s basketball hires Sam Ferry as assistant coach

Men’s basketball hires Sam Ferry as assistant coach

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming season with the addition of Sam Ferry as an assistant coach. Ferry will replace former Pitt assistant Jeremy Ballard, who left in March to become the associate head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. Stallings and Ferry previously worked together at Vanderbilt, where Ferry was ...

Men’s basketball signs 6-foot-10 center Peace Ilegomah

Men’s basketball signs 6-foot-10 center Peace Ilegomah

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a plethora of defects to start the offseason, the Pitt men’s basketball program received a recruit on Monday with the signing of 6-foot-10 center Peace Ilegomah. Ilegomah played at Montverde Academy in Florida this past year and averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds per game. His team finishe...

Pitt men’s basketball loses commitment from Aaron Thompson

Pitt men’s basketball loses commitment from Aaron Thompson

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team isn’t only suffering from an exodus of transfers — now, it’s losing recruits as well. According to a press release Friday night, the university granted incoming freshman point guard Aaron Thompson a release from his National Letter of Intent, which he signed Nov....

Former Pitt PG Justice Kithcart Transferring to Old Dominion

Former Pitt PG Justice Kithcart Transferring to Old Dominion

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 10, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Justice Kithcart is the first of the five departing players — not including the four graduating seniors — from last year’s Pitt men’s basketball team to find a new home. Kithcart announced Monday afternoon via Twitter he will be transferring to Old Dominion University, a member of Conference USA. “Moving to the 757 like I’m the answer...

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Women's Basketball

It started with a harmless announcement March 13. That’s when sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark revealed his intention to transfer from the Pitt men’s basketball team after missing the entire 2016-17 season with a torn MCL and meniscus. Clark could have provided some useful depth for the Panthers if health...

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After having three players transfer in the past three weeks, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now losing its leading returning scorer. Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson is pursuing his transfer from the university. Johnson’s father Gil confirmed the news to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette early Sat...

Pitt assistant Jeremy Ballard leaving to become associate head coach at VCU

Pitt assistant Jeremy Ballard leaving to become associate head coach at VCU

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt confirmed Thursday that assistant coach Jeremy Ballard is set to leave the Panthers to become an associate head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University next year. After dealing with three other departures from the Pitt basketball program in the last two weeks, Pitt head coach Kevin Stalli...

Damon Wilson transferring from Pitt men’s basketball team

Damon Wilson transferring from Pitt men’s basketball team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Another day, another player transferring away from the Pitt men’s basketball team. Sophomore Damon Wilson announced his intention to transfer from the team Wednesday, barely one week after true freshman Corey Manigault and sophomore Crisshawn Clark decided to leave the team. “I am grateful for my ...

Students fill out their brackets, with or without Pitt

Students fill out their brackets, with or without Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro and Bayard Miller | Contributing Editors

March 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

As the snow stopped falling Tuesday night, basketball fans on Pitt’s campus were just getting warmed up for the upcoming NCAA Tournament — despite Pitt’s now-deceased season. In the library at about 11 p.m., where students were cramming for next-day exams and working together on group project...

Clark, Manigault transfer from basketball team

Clark, Manigault transfer from basketball team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Say goodbye to the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class. All three members of the Panthers’ 2016 class are no longer with the team, as true freshman Corey Manigault followed sophomore Crisshawn Clark in announcing his intention to transfer next season. “We wish Corey and Crisshawn the best of luck as they look to continue their college...

True freshman Corey Manigault leaving Pitt

True freshman Corey Manigault leaving Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Say goodbye to the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class. All three members of the Panthers’ 2016 class are no longer with the team, as true freshman Corey Manigault followed sophomore Crisshawn Clark in announcing his intention to transfer next season. “We wish Corey and Crisshawn the best of luck as they look to continue their c...

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Only one of the three members of the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class remains, as sophomore Crisshawn Clark announced his intention to transfer next season. Following head coach Kevin Stallings’ dismissal of point guard Justice Kithcart prior to the team’s regular season f...

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


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

When the visitors’ locker room inside the Barclays Center opened to reporters moments after Pitt’s season-ending 75-63 loss to Virginia in the second round of the ACC Tournament, the room was silent. The post-game spread of food and drinks went mostly untouched. As the players sat side by side...

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Now that we know the season is over for Pitt’s men’s basketball team — with no postseason appearance and no winning record for the first time in 17 years — one question remains. Where do the Panthers go from here? Some have called for the axing of head coach Kevin Stallings after just one year on...

ICYMI: Spring Break

ICYMI: Spring Break

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Sports

March 3 Wise earns second straight All-ACC Academic selection - Pitt sophomore forward Brenna Wise received her second straight selection to the All-ACC Academic Team after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall 2016 semester. Wise also led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding for the second year in a ...

No. 21 Virginia eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 75-63

No. 21 Virginia eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 75-63

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s first season under head coach Kevin Stallings — and first losing season in 17 years — appears to be over. The Panthers (16-17) fell to the No. 21 Virginia Cavaliers (22-9), 75-63, in the second round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday night at the Barclays Cen...

Pitt holds on for 61-59 win over Georgia Tech in first round of ACC Tournament

Pitt holds on for 61-59 win over Georgia Tech in first round of ACC Tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t easy or pretty, but the Pitt men’s basketball team held on to extend its season for at least another day. The Panthers (16-16) survived a last-minute rally from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-15) to pull out a 61-59 win Tuesday night in the first round of the ACC Tournament at t...

Young named to All-ACC Third Team, Artis earns honorable mention

Young named to All-ACC Third Team, Artis earns honorable mention

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team finished the regular season in next-to-last place out of 15 teams in the ACC, but the Panthers still had two players recognized as part of the All-ACC teams Sunday afternoon. Senior forward Michael Young repeated as a member of the All-ACC Third Team, while senior p...

Panthers drop regular season finale at No. 23 Virginia, 67-42

Panthers drop regular season finale at No. 23 Virginia, 67-42

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 4, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s streak of 16 straight winning seasons came to a crashing halt Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Panthers (15-16 overall, 4-14 ACC) put on their worst offensive performance of the season in the regular season finale against the No. 23 Virginia...

Stallings dismisses first-year PG Justice Kithcart from Panthers

Stallings dismisses first-year PG Justice Kithcart from Panthers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings dismissed first-year point guard Justice Kithcart from the team Friday morning, according to a Pitt Athletics press release. “It is a privilege to play basketball at the University of Pittsburgh and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct...

Pitt stung by Yellow Jackets, 61-52

Pitt stung by Yellow Jackets, 61-52

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

With one game left in the season, the Pitt men's basketball team is sitting at .500 and tied for 13th place in the conference after another loss Tuesday night. After the Panthers (15-15 overall, 4-13 ACC) won three of four games over a 10-day stretch in mid-February, the team has slipped, losing it...

How to sneak past the Deacs: Can Pitt beat Wake?

How to sneak past the Deacs: Can Pitt beat Wake?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Just when it seemed like the Pitt men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament chances were disappearing, the Panthers beat their second top-25 team of the season and kept some hope alive. Pitt’s 80-66 win over the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles Saturday was arguably the team’s most impressive all...

Jeter’s career-high 29 points power Panthers past No. 17 Florida State, 80-66

Jeter’s career-high 29 points power Panthers past No. 17 Florida State, 80-66

By Kevin Bertha | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

There must be something special about those throwbacks. “The shorts were a little short, but besides that, it’s all good,” Pitt senior forward Sheldon Jeter said. Rocking their retro royal blue jerseys, the Panthers (15-12 overall, 4-10 ACC) knocked off the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (21-...

Panthers fall prey to Hokies comeback, 66-63

Panthers fall prey to Hokies comeback, 66-63

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team entered its showdown with the Virginia Tech Hokies with a chance to extend its two-game winning streak and make a late-season tournament run. That momentum evaporated Tuesday night as the Hokies rallied to steal a 66-63 victory in front of a stunned Petersen Events...

Panthers stifle Syracuse for second straight win, 80-75

Panthers stifle Syracuse for second straight win, 80-75

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After ending a month-long, eight-game losing streak that prompted some to call for the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now on a winning streak. The Panthers (14-11 overall, 3-9 ACC) won their second straight contest Saturday afternoon, beating the Syracuse Orange (16-10 ...

Panthers snap 8-game skid with 83-72 win at Boston College

Panthers snap 8-game skid with 83-72 win at Boston College

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After eight straight losses, the Pitt men’s basketball team is back in the win column — and for now, out of last place in the ACC. Thanks to a vintage performance by senior forward Michael Young and workmanlike contributions from fellow seniors Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones, the Panthers (13-11 ov...

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team has faced a grueling schedule this season, ranked eighth-toughest in the country by CBS Sports. So, after eight straight losses to quality conference opponents, Wednesday night’s game should provide a much-needed respite. If the last-place Panthers (12-11 overal...

Pitt basketball nets two more recruits

Pitt basketball nets two more recruits

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Amidst all the excitement of National Signing Day for prospective college football recruits last Wednesday, the Pitt men’s basketball team added to its own 2017 recruiting class. The Panthers received a pair of verbal commitments last week, one from small forward Shamiel Stevenson Tuesday then anoth...

No end in sight for Panthers’ skid with trip to Carolina looming

No end in sight for Panthers’ skid with trip to Carolina looming

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Most teams would relish the opportunity to travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for a chance to knock off one of the most storied programs in college basketball on national television. But the way the Pitt men’s basketball team is playing, they might be wishing Tuesday night’s clash with No...

Clemson sends Pitt to bottom of ACC standings, 67-60

Clemson sends Pitt to bottom of ACC standings, 67-60

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 28, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team is now all alone in the cellar. In a matchup of the two last-place teams in the ACC, the Clemson Tigers (12-8 overall, 2-6 ACC) defeated the Panthers (12-9 overall, 1-7 ACC) at the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon, 67-60. Tigers forward Jaron Blossomgame showe...

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Pitt men’s basketball team, think again. Last time the Panthers played at home, they suffered their worst loss in the 14-year history of the Petersen Events Center: a 72-46 pounding against Miami. They more than doubled that 26-point defeat in...

No. 13 Cardinals crush Pitt, 106-51

No. 13 Cardinals crush Pitt, 106-51

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team is making history for all the wrong reasons. Just 10 days after suffering the worst loss in Petersen Events Center history — a 26-point defeat against the Miami Hurricanes — the Panthers shattered their own record in a 55-point home loss to the No. 13 Louisville Card...

Panthers prep for crucial conference showdown with Cardinals

Panthers prep for crucial conference showdown with Cardinals

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Forget making the NCAA Tournament — the Pitt men’s basketball team will need to pull off an upset on Tuesday just to stay out of the ACC’s cellar. Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings said he wasn’t “up in arms” after the Panthers dropped back-to-back games on the road against the Syracuse O...

Miami thrashes Pitt for 72-46 victory

Miami thrashes Pitt for 72-46 victory

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a pair of disappointing losses on the road, the Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center looking to bounce back against the Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon. Instead, the Hurricanes (12-4 overall, 2-2 ACC) humiliated the Panthers (12-6 overall, 1-4 ACC) on their home ...

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

As the clock ticked down Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s New Years Eve meltdown had to be fresh in the players’ minds. For Pitt’s seniors, who had yet to defeat Virginia in four tries, another haunting memory seemed to be replaying itself. ...

Pitt men’s basketball routs Omaha in second half for 94-75 win

Pitt men’s basketball routs Omaha in second half for 94-75 win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 21, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Michael Young again led the Pitt men's basketball team with 24 points Wednesday night, but the senior forward offered a simple two-word response for how the Panthers took control of the game against the Omaha Mavericks: Ryan Luther. After scoring a career-high 20 points on perfect 8-of-8 shooting Satu...

Pitt AD Scott Barnes denies Oregon State rumor, mum on whether he’s considering leaving

Pitt AD Scott Barnes denies Oregon State rumor, mum on whether he’s considering leaving

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016


Filed under Sports

Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes denied a report Wednesday night claiming he would be resigning and taking over as athletic director at Oregon State. But he has yet to deny reports that he is considering leaving Pitt. Barnes has served as Pitt’s athletic director since April 2015. But on Wedn...

Panthers suffer first City Game defeat to Duquesne in 16 years, 64-55

Panthers suffer first City Game defeat to Duquesne in 16 years, 64-55

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

December 3, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the first time in 16 years, the Pitt men’s basketball team left the annual City Game against Duquesne with a loss instead of a trophy. The Panthers (6-2) fell to their crosstown rival Duquesne Dukes (4-5) by a final score of 64-55 Friday evening at the PPG Paints Arena, their first loss in t...

Michael Young cherishing his final City Game matchup vs. Duquesne

Michael Young cherishing his final City Game matchup vs. Duquesne

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Kevin Stallings is still getting acclimated to life as head coach of the Pitt men's basketball team, so he isn’t all that familiar yet with the program’s traditions and rivalries. But how much does he know about the history of the Panthers' annual crosstown showdown with Duquesne, also known ...

Artis savors Pitt’s big win over Maryland back in his home state

Artis savors Pitt’s big win over Maryland back in his home state

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s 73-59 win over the University of Maryland Tuesday night made a statement, and not just for the team. For senior point guard Jamel Artis, the win was a little more meaningful. Artis, who put together another solid all-around performance with 22 points, six rebo...

Pitt men’s basketball stifles Morehead State, 76-63

Pitt men’s basketball stifles Morehead State, 76-63

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 26, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Three was the Pitt men’s basketball team’s lucky number Friday night. The Panthers (5-1) utilized a season-high 11 made 3-pointers to defeat the Morehead State Eagles at the Petersen Events Center, 76-63. Senior forward Michael Young led the way for Pitt once again with 20 points on eight-of-14 sh...

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Yale, 75-70

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Yale, 75-70

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings admitted Monday that his team could use a third scoring option to go with seniors Michael Young and Jamel Artis. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson was that third scoring threat in Pitt’s win over Yale on Tuesday, providing Young and Artis with just...

Stallings sees positives in 2K Classic trip ahead of Yale matchup

Stallings sees positives in 2K Classic trip ahead of Yale matchup

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Kevin Stallings’ debut season as the Pitt men’s basketball head coach almost got off to a disastrous start, but the Panthers have managed to scrape their way to a 3-1 record to start a season that very easily could be 1-3. Pitt will return home to host the Yale Bulldogs at the Petersen Events Cent...

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams sign 2017 recruits

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams sign 2017 recruits

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

Even though the 2016-2017 basketball seasons are just days away, both Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings and women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio solidified their rosters for next year on Thursday. Stallings officially inked four players to the Panthers’ 2017 recruiting class...

Q&A: Kevin Stallings settles in

Q&A: Kevin Stallings settles in

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It feels like an eternity since March 21, when Jamie Dixon’s resignation forced the Pitt men’s basketball team to find a new head coach for the first time in 13 years. The Panthers hired Kevin Stallings away from Vanderbilt to replace him — a move that was met with immediate and widespread ...

Zimba: Give Stallings a chance

Zimba: Give Stallings a chance

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

New Pitt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings knows his first season won’t be easy. When the Panthers’ ACC schedule came out Sept. 12, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Craig Meyer, “It looks almost comically difficult.” But as challenging as the Panthers’ schedule may be — with two matchups against Virginia, wh...

Pitt Men’s Basketball Season Preview: A New Era

Pitt Men’s Basketball Season Preview: A New Era

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

If Kevin Stallings were still in the Southeastern Conference, his roster — featuring an arsenal of returning talent and multiple all-conference performers — would rank among the best, a definite contender to make the title game in the conference tournament. But Stallings, the new head coach of the men...

Pitt football and men’s basketball receive new verbal commitments

Pitt football and men’s basketball receive new verbal commitments

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

Even though the Pitt football season is far from over and the basketball season isn’t even underway yet, both teams each picked up a new verbal commitment to their 2017 recruiting classes on Wednesday. The Panthers received their 16th verbal commitment to next year’s football recruiting class from...

From ‘doughboy’ to ‘sculpted’: Chris Jones’ evolution

From ‘doughboy’ to ‘sculpted’: Chris Jones’ evolution

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

At 6-foot-6, Pitt senior guard Chris Jones has dunked over taller defenders. He’s scored 20 points in games against the best college basketball teams in the country. And he’s locked down the stars, like Duke’s Grayson Allen. But this summer at a Pitt basketball practice, Jones achieved something th...

Sheldon Jeter encourages team about Kevin Stallings

Sheldon Jeter encourages team about Kevin Stallings

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In late March — after Pitt head basketball coach Jamie Dixon left for Texas Christian University, and the Panthers replaced him with Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings — whispers began to spread. Sheldon Jeter is gone! Michael Young and Jamel Artis are going to enter the NBA Draft! Chris Jones can l...

Point blank: “I’m the point guard”

Point blank: “I’m the point guard”

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

While dribbling around the court during a workout this offseason, Pitt forward Jamel Artis decided to pitch an idea to his new head coach, Kevin Stallings. “Hey, Coach,” Artis said. “I need to play point guard.” To Artis’ surprise, an intrigued Stallings replied with the one word the Panthers...

Pitt releases 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule

Pitt releases 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 28, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team released its 2016-2017 non-conference schedule Tuesday in an announcement from head coach Kevin Stallings. In addition to the Panthers’ loaded ACC schedule, which includes 12 games against 2016 postseason qualifiers, Pitt’s non-conference schedul...

Stallings & Son: Two paths to Pittsburgh

Stallings & Son: Two paths to Pittsburgh

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Features

The Stallings family was sitting around one day in 2012, casually discussing plans for their eldest son Jacob’s upcoming wedding. Who would they invite? Who were the groomsmen? Then came the big one, a position that Jacob’s parents Kevin and Lisa had previously thought to be unassigned. “An...

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Columns

Although the gray Pittsburgh winter has passed, the fog surrounding the University of Pittsburgh’s sports teams remains. After several major changes in the University’s big-name sports, including record-setting receiver Tyler Boyd’s departure to the NFL and Kevin Stallings taking over as the new...

Stallings winning fans over with strong string of moves

Stallings winning fans over with strong string of moves

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Kevin Stallings might not be who I thought he was. I thought he had peaked and certainly wasn’t fit to replace Jamie Dixon as the new Pitt men’s basketball head coach. Plus, with his seemingly testy personality, I thought he’d lose players to transfers. The first month of the Stallings era, though...

Former Pitt assistant Knight accepts job at Rutgers

Former Pitt assistant Knight accepts job at Rutgers

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Former assistant men’s basketball coach Brandin Knight has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Rutgers University. An assistant coach under Jamie Dixon for eight seasons at Pitt and Dixon’s top assistant this past season, Knight previously declined new head coach Kevin Stallings’s of...

Stallings finalizes staff with hiring of assistant Kevin Sutton

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 13, 2016


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

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings finalized his coaching staff on Wednesday afternoon, as the school announced the hiring of Kevin Sutton as its third and final assistant coach. Sutton most recently served as an assistant at Georgetown University from 2013 until this past season. His pas...

Q+A: Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks team, conference and moving

Q+A: Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks team, conference and moving

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 7, 2016


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

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings only knows how to get to three places in Oakland. He knows how to get to the Wyndham Hotel. He knows how to get to his office. And, recently, he learned how to get to the Panera Bread on Forbes Avenue. Stallings, along with longtime assistant coach Tom Richa...

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