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Head football coach Pat Narduzzi and the team run out of the tunnel ahead of Pitt’s football game vs. UNC on Nov. 11.

Column | Pitt football’s 2021 season will serve as a launching pad for years to come

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
The Panthers’ best season in 40 years has opened a window of success to build on. Given the era of the transfer portal, Pitt knew it had the chance to continue to build on this season through adding to the roster externally.
Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple at a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.

Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple resigns from post with Pitt football

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor December 7, 2021
Pitt offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple resigned from his post this morning. He is not expected to coach in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 vs. Michigan State.
Hundreds of students, some equipped with tents, line up outside of the WPU Monday evening to purchase ACC Football Championship tickets, transportation and lodging.

Pitt students camp outside WPU for ACC Championship Game tickets

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer November 30, 2021
Pitt students camped outside of the William Pitt Union overnight on Monday night, hoping to secure discounted tickets, transportation and lodging for Saturday’s ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, North Caroline.
Pitt cornerback Jason Pinnock (15) tries to stop Virginia wide receiver Hasise Dubois (8) reaching for the end zone for a touchdown during Pitt’s game against the Virginia Cavaliers in September 2019.

Pitt welcomes Virginia to town with Coastal title on the line

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 19, 2021
When the Virginia Cavaliers (6-4, 4-2 ACC) come to Heinz Field on Saturday, the Coastal Division title is up for grabs. With a win, Pitt will clinch the Coastal and book a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the ACC Championship Game.
Quarterback Sam Howell, pictured, and the UNC Tar Heels will come to Heinz Field to take on the Panthers on Thursday evening.

Pitt prepares for clash of highly touted prospects Pickett, Howell

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 9, 2021
Pitt (7-2, 4-1 ACC) will welcome the UNC Tar Heels (5-4, 3-3 ACC) to Heinz Field this Thursday for another ACC battle. The two teams are both coming off of wins, but have quick turnarounds for the game on Thursday. Pitt wasted no time getting back to work and started preparing Sunday, according to head coach Pat Narduzzi.
Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi.

Pitt football jumps back into AP Top 25 after beating Duke

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 9, 2021
Pitt came in at No. 25 in the weekly Associated Press Top-25 football rankings. The AP ranked Pitt at No. 17 two weeks ago, but fell out of the poll after its loss to Miami. After taking down Duke over the weekend, the Panthers earned their way back into the poll.
Duke quarterback Gunnar Holmberg (12) throws the ball during the first half of a game against Wake Forest University at Wake Forest’s Truist Field in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday.

Preview | Panthers look to move on from Miami, bounce back against Duke

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 4, 2021
Narduzzi and the coaching staff have had a goal to go “1-0” each week — this week it’s the Duke Blue Devils standing in their way of doing so.
Pitt’s redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) throws the ball to Pitt’s Jared Wayne (5), junior wide receiver, at Saturday’s game against the University of Miami at Heinz Field.

Takeaways | Panthers still in position to have a historic season

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 31, 2021
A striking and disappointing reality struck Pitt fans Saturday when the Hurricanes took down the Panthers — this team is not, and never was, a team destined for the College Football Playoff. What Panther fans need to realize is, that’s okay.
Van Dyke dices up Panther defense as Miami defeats Pitt 38-34

Van Dyke dices up Panther defense as Miami defeats Pitt 38-34

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer October 30, 2021
The Miami Hurricanes took down the Panthers 38-34 at Heinz Field on Saturday, behind first-year quarterback Tyler Van Dyke’s big day, throwing for 428 yards and three touchdowns.
Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) pitches the ball to running back Jaylan Knighton during a  football game against North Carolina State at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. on Saturday.

Preview | Pitt looks to avoid post-Clemson hangover against the Hurricanes

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 28, 2021
The Hurricanes may be a program that’s on the decline, but make no mistake — if the Panthers aren’t ready, they’ll pay the price. Here’s what to look for when the Panthers take on the Hurricanes this weekend.
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