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

The Panthers say they are working on attendance plans, and will announce them “very soon.”

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 to launch new initiatives after calls for change

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.

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.

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

Kenny Pickett threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns in Pitt's bowl victory over Eastern Michigan.

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.

NCAA takes first steps toward athlete compensation

The NCAA Board of Governors announced support in late April for rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements.

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.

Pittsburgh sports community donates $800,000 to vaccine research

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke. (TPN File photo)

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 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.

ACC to suspend all athletic activities

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

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

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.

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."

Former Pitt strength coach suing over alleged age, race discrimination

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

December 8, 2019

Former Pitt strength and conditioning coach Tim Beltz filed a civil lawsuit Friday against the University of Pittsburgh for alleged age and race discrimination, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and originally obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Tennis transfers settle into new homes after Pitt

Junior Cami Moreno transferred from Pitt after the tennis program was discontinued and now plays at the University of South Alabama.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 24, 2019

When Pitt athletics discontinued varsity women’s tennis, the program’s three underclassmen were given little more than a week to pick up the pieces, prepare for the season and determine their next move. Now, they’re adjusting to life after Pitt.

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