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Narduzzi talks gameday procedures, rushing attack and Syracuse at latest presser

Head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed questions about the team’s first game, COVID-19 precautions, and the upcoming Syracuse game from reporters on Monday during his weekly press conference.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 16, 2020

Narduzzi said that coming out of the tunnel to an empty Heinz Field felt different, expecting to see the band, cheerleaders and dance team forming a lane onto the field.

Panthers trounce Governors at empty Heinz Field to open season

The Panthers opened the season with a 55-0 victory over the Austin Peay Governors on Saturday.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 12, 2020

The Panthers opened the season with a 55-0 victory over the Austin Peay Governors filled with highlights on both sides of the ball.

Narduzzi, Pitt defense must overcome key losses to build off impressive 2019 season

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi (middle) points to players such as Rashad Weaver (left), Patrick Jones and Keyshon Camp to fill roles left by Jaylen Twyman (right) and Damarri Mathis.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

September 2, 2020

After losing several valuable contributors from last year’s stout Panther defense, Narduzzi has a chance this year to prove his coaching prowess by overcoming adversity to produce one of the nation’s strongest defenses in 2020.

Pitt announces season opener, cornerback Mathis suffers devastating setback

Pitt football announced its season opener and cornerback Damarri Mathis’ season-ending injury on Tuesday afternoon.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

August 26, 2020

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi routinely emphasizes the importance of preparation. Speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon, he seemed at slight unease with one obstacle in his team’s preparation this fall — Pitt’s incomplete schedule.

Narduzzi discusses COVID concerns, Jaylen Twyman opt-out, and Joey Yellen waiver at latest presser

Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi called the NCAA

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

August 19, 2020

Narduzzi told reporters in attendance that the Pitt training facility is the safest place the players can be.

Uncertainty hangs over season of promise for Pitt football

The Panthers hope to take another step toward the ultimate goal set by head coach Pat Narduzzi to add a 10th national title to a trophy case barren of recent additions.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

August 18, 2020

Now, after reaching the ACC Championship for the first time in 2018 to earn his first bowl win as the Panthers’ head coach, the time has come for that project to take another step forward toward what Narduzzi has boldly set as the ultimate goal — a 10th national title to add to a trophy case barren of recent additions.

Narduzzi opens 2020 training camp with mixed optimism, uncertainty

Head football coach Pat Narduzzi opened his sixth training camp as head coach last week.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

August 10, 2020

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi is a self-proclaimed optimist, and he said Friday even the stress of opening a football season in a pandemic hasn’t put a strain on his sunny outlook. 

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.

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