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Narduzzi talks gameday procedures, rushing attack and Syracuse at latest presser

Head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed questions about the team’s first game, COVID-19 precautions, and the upcoming Syracuse game from reporters on Monday during his weekly press conference.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 16, 2020

Narduzzi said that coming out of the tunnel to an empty Heinz Field felt different, expecting to see the band, cheerleaders and dance team forming a lane onto the field.

2020 college football rule changes: what you need to know

The NCAA has extended the sidelines that players can be in when they aren’t in the game from the 25-yard line to the 15.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 13, 2020

The biggest game-day change — the absence of fans — was impossible to miss. But you might not have noticed some of the many small details that the NCAA and ACC have implemented this year to maintain safety and enhance gameplay. Here’s what you need to know.

Panthers trounce Governors at empty Heinz Field to open season

The Panthers opened the season with a 55-0 victory over the Austin Peay Governors on Saturday.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 12, 2020

The Panthers opened the season with a 55-0 victory over the Austin Peay Governors filled with highlights on both sides of the ball.

Pitt prepares for new slate of intramural sports this fall

Pitt will hold intramural sports in the Cost Sports Center, Trees Hall and Fitzgerald Field House. The capacity at each event during game time will be 25 people.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 8, 2020

Pitt has offered a modified slate of intramural sports that will begin play in late September.

2020 ACC football power rankings

Senior safety Damar Hamlin (03) tackles Syracuse running back Jarveon Howard (28) during the 2018 matchup with the Orange at Heinz Field.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 6, 2020

College football is back — the first eight FBS games of the season took place this weekend, giving fans a glimpse of what a season amid the COVID-19 pandemic will look like. While the nation’s most prestigious conference, the SEC, won’t kick off until Sept. 26, the ACC and Big 12 will debut the first Power Five conference games this week.

Pitt football season-ticket holders prepare for a new game day experience this fall

Pitt announced it won’t have any spectators in the stands for at least the first three games of the season, in compliance with Pennsylvania’s health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 2, 2020

Pitt football season-ticket holders have started to plan for the possibility of a season without any of the Saturday traditions they’ve grown so accustomed to.

Narduzzi, Pitt defense must overcome key losses to build off impressive 2019 season

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi (middle) points to players such as Rashad Weaver (left), Patrick Jones and Keyshon Camp to fill roles left by Jaylen Twyman (right) and Damarri Mathis.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 2, 2020

After losing several valuable contributors from last year’s stout Panther defense, Narduzzi has a chance this year to prove his coaching prowess by overcoming adversity to produce one of the nation’s strongest defenses in 2020.

Panthers, Steelers won’t have fans at September home games

Fans will not be permitted in the stands at Heinz Field during September.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

August 27, 2020

When Pitt football takes the field for their season opener against Austin Peay, not a single fan will sit in the stands.

Point-Counterpoint: College football this fall is too dangerous

Due to COVID-19, a football season is questionable for the Panthers.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

August 26, 2020

As schools move toward an online-only semester amid an unprecedented pandemic, college football shouldn’t play this fall

Pitt announces season opener, cornerback Mathis suffers devastating setback

Pitt football announced its season opener and cornerback Damarri Mathis’ season-ending injury on Tuesday afternoon.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

August 26, 2020

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi routinely emphasizes the importance of preparation. Speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon, he seemed at slight unease with one obstacle in his team’s preparation this fall — Pitt’s incomplete schedule.

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