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Sports editor Trent Leonard revisits predictive hits and misses

Sports editor Trent Leonard revisits predictive hits and misses

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

Sports editor Trent Leonard revisits some of his past takes that we can now look back on with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.

Rodney Gallagher receives Pitt football offer

Gallagher caught 25 passes for 491 yards and rushed 36 times for 392 yards as a freshman at Laurel Highlands.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2020

Laurel Highlands freshman Rodney Gallagher, who received a basketball offer from Capel on March 7, announced Thursday that he also received an offer from Pitt football.

Pitt target Murphy III chooses Virginia

Rice transfer and Pitt target Trey Murphy III announced his commitment to Virginia Monday with a video on Twitter.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 13, 2020

With sophomore Rice transfer Trey Murphy III — who had previously put Pitt in his top four finalists — committing to Virginia on Monday, the Panthers are starting to run out of options.

OSU’s Luke Pletcher joins Pitt wrestling staff

Luke Pletcher wrestles Pitt's Cole Matthews during a dual meet in November.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 8, 2020

After serving as a thorn in Pitt’s side over the past couple years, Ohio State wrestler Luke Pletcher is switching roles, crossing the mat to join head coach Keith Gavin’s staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Michael chooses Elon, Pitt eyeing Murphy III

Michael chooses Elon, Pitt eyeing Murphy III

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 7, 2020

After striking out on several top prospects in recent weeks, Pitt basketball is looking for Rice transfer Trey Murphy III or 2020 recruit William Jeffress to fill its last two scholarships.

Heather Lyke talks uncertainty, adaptations amid COVID-19 restrictions

Heather Lyke addressed a group of local reporters via Zoom Thursday to discuss Pitt Athletics’ adaptations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 3, 2020

Addressing members of the local media during a Zoom conference Thursday afternoon, Athletic Director Heather Lyke fielded questions regarding how Pitt is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2003: Dwyane Wade ends Howland era

Ben Howland took over as Pitt’s Men’s Basketball head coach in 1999 and built the Panthers into a contending team on the national stage.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 27, 2020

March 27, 2003, was the day Pitt basketball fans became acquainted with one the greatest shooting guards to ever play the game — Dwyane Wade.

Pitt’s future is bright with Hugley, Hood-Schifino

John Hugley (left) and Jalen Hood-Schifino (right) both hold four-star rankings and are currently committed to Pitt basketball's class of 2020 and class of 2022, respectively.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 26, 2020

Pitt hasn't had a winning season in the post-Jamie Dixon era — but with a pair of outstanding prospects set to join the team over the next few years, fans can expect the Panthers to return to their winning ways.

Making the case for Pitt’s defensive line

Pitt led the nation with 3.92 sacks per game during the 2019 season.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 24, 2020

The Panthers return nearly all of their defensive line production from last season and should only improve thanks to a combination of incoming recruits and previously injured starters returning to health.

A requiem for Trey McGowens’ time at Pitt

Sophomore guard Trey McGowens decided to transfer from Pitt.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 19, 2020

Sophomore guard Trey McGowens entered the transfer portal Wednesday, leaving behind a complicated legacy in his two seasons at Pitt.

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