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Dr. Freddie Fu, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon renowned locally and internationally for innovative Achilles tendon treatments and worked as the lead physician for Pitt athletics, died last Friday at the age of 70 at a UPMC hospice facility, surrounded by family.

Pitt athletics figures grieve, remember late Dr. Freddie Fu

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor September 29, 2021
Leading figures from the Pittsburgh sports community and Pitt athletics came together to express messages of grief and appreciation for Dr. Freddie Fu, the pioneering orthopedic surgeon who passed away last weekend at the age of 70.
Heather Lyke, Pitts athletic director, speaks at a January 2020 press conference.

New NIL rules met with uncertainty, excitement for Pitt Athletics

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor July 1, 2021
But with different states enacting different rules — the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill last week that allows athletes to capitalize on NIL — it appears as though uncertainty and confusion is common among Pitt Athletics staff and the nation as a whole about the future of collegiate athletics.
The East Atlantic Gymnastics League announced Thursday that Pitt will host the 2021 EAGL Championship, taking place at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, March 20.

Petersen Events Center to host 2021 EAGL Championship

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 5, 2021
It will be the first time Pitt’s hosted the event since 2016, and the first time at the Pete since 2004.
Pitt football to forgo 2020 postseason

Pitt football to forgo 2020 postseason

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor December 11, 2020
Pitt football’s 32-20 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night has turned from regular season finale to simply the season finale. Head coach Pat Narduzzi and Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Friday evening that the Panthers will decline to participate in a bowl game this postseason.
The Panthers say they are working on attendance plans, and will announce them “very soon.”

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

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.
Pitt Athletics released a statement on Wednesday detailing a new program, Forged Here, to guide athletes in their NIL endeavors.

Pitt Athletics to launch new initiatives after calls for change

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor June 23, 2020
Pitt Athletics is now attempting to implement programs that address the concerns Fields and Troost voiced. Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in a Tuesday blog post that the department will implement several initiatives in response to the nationwide calls for anti-racism work.
Kenny Pickett threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns in Pitts bowl victory over Eastern Michigan.

Pitt football announces plan for student-athletes return beginning June 8

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer May 29, 2020
Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Friday that Pitt football student-athletes will begin to return to campus on June 8 for voluntary offseason workouts. The players’ return to campus will mark the start of the first phase of reopening for Pitt athletics in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NCAA Board of Governors announced support in late April for rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements.

NCAA takes first steps toward athlete compensation

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor May 12, 2020
Two weeks ago, the NCAA Board of Governors announced a surprising reversal in policy. At a  late April meeting, the board supported rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements related to their status as college athletes.
Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke. (TPN File photo)

Pittsburgh sports community donates $800,000 to vaccine research

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor May 6, 2020
Pitt athletics announced Wednesday morning that four of the department’s leaders — athletic director Heather Lyke, head football coach Pat Narduzzi, head women’s basketball coach Lance White and head men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel — would donate a combined $500,000 to support Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research in their pursuit of a vaccine that protects against the coronavirus.
Heather Lyke addressed a group of local reporters via Zoom Thursday to discuss Pitt Athletics’ adaptations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heather Lyke talks uncertainty, adaptations amid COVID-19 restrictions

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor April 2, 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.
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