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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.
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.

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 Pitt's 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 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.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford issued a statement  regarding the conference's cancellation of athletic activities.

ACC to suspend all athletic activities

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor March 12, 2020
The ACC announced Thursday that it will suspend all athletic related activities in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
In reading Pitt’s press release, the NCAA’s public announcement and its full violation document, former Pitt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings’ name is not mentioned.

Unpacking the silly and the serious in Pitt’s NCAA violations

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor February 21, 2020
Time to take a deep dive into some of the serious, but mostly silly, details surrounding Pitt athletics' recent "scandal."
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