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Narduzzi issues apology for past use of ‘thug’

In a written statement released on Tuesday afternoon, head football coach Pat Narduzzi publicly addressed his previous use of the word “thug.”

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 10, 2020

Narduzzi publicly addressed the accusations, and the use of the word, for the first time in a written statement released on Tuesday afternoon.

Pitt football powers through pandemic recruiting

Coach Pat Narduzzi seems to be finding success in recruiting despite limited interactions with players

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of employed Americans to adapt to work from home, and the realm of college sports is no different. Coaches face numerous unfamiliar tasks, which include keeping in touch with athletes, solving scheduling challenges and — above all else — virtual recruiting.

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.

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."

Pitt men’s basketball, football hit with NCAA probation

Former men's basketball head coach Kevin Stallings was one of two coaches cited by the NCAA as having committed violations.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

The NCAA announced at noon Thursday that both then Pitt men’s basketball and football programs committed infractions from Aug. 2015 to March 2018.

‘I’m here at Pitt’: Narduzzi squashes MSU speculation

Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi reiterated his commitment to Pitt football Wednesday morning in light of rumors regarding his candidacy for the Michigan State job.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 6, 2020

After rumors of Narduzzi heading to Michigan State started to swirl after Dantonio’s retirement Tuesday, the Pitt head coach put those notions to bed Wednesday, both with a press conference and an A+ tweet.

Hope, expectations and the dilemma of Pitt football

Pitt football hasn’t reached a season above eight wins since 2009.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 6, 2020

Despite finishing the season with Pat Narduzzi’s first bowl win, Pitt football still finished as it has nearly every season for the past 30 years — unranked and with five or more losses. Should we expect more?

Narduzzi discusses lions, tigers and Hokies — oh my

Pitt finally defeated UNC after seven years of losing to the Tar Heels.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

November 19, 2019

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi discussed his team’s win over UNC and its important upcoming game against Virginia Tech during Monday’s weekly press conference.

Narduzzi praises UNC’s Brown, criticizes scheduling conflict

Coach Narduzzi’s Panthers have never beaten the North Carolina Tar Heels.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi gave his weekly press conference on Monday afternoon, discussing the challenges UNC presents while also lamenting the timing of Thursday night's game.

Narduzzi speaks on adversity, adjustments for GT

Coach Narduzzi stands on the sideline during Pitt’s 16-12 loss to Miami on Saturday.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

In his weekly Monday press conference, Pat Narduzzi voiced his typical “game-by-game” mantra while also elaborating on what makes Georgia Tech a formidable foe despite its record.

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