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Narduzzi press conference: Week 3

Narduzzi press conference: Week 3

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 10, 2019

Pat Narduzzi delivered what will likely be some of the only team comments until game day during his usual Monday morning press conference.

Agree to disagree: Pitt football overreactions

Agree to disagree: Pitt football overreactions

By Sam Krimins and Sean Tierney, For the Pitt News

September 5, 2019

Should Kenny Pickett be benched? Should Pat Narduzzi be fired? We address these and more Pitt football overreactions in this column.

Keyshon Camp to undergo season-ending surgery

Keyshon Camp to undergo season-ending surgery

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

September 4, 2019

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Wednesday afternoon that junior defensive tackle Keyshon Camp will undergo season-ending surgery on a knee injury suffered in last Saturday’s season opener vs. Virginia. 

Salahuddin to transfer from Pitt

Salahuddin to transfer from Pitt

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

August 29, 2019

Panther’s football head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Thursday that redshirt freshman running back Mychale Salahuddin has entered the NCAA transfer portal. 

Defense dominates, but Blue-Gold football game allows sneak peak of revamped Pitt offense

Defense dominates, but Blue-Gold football game allows sneak peak of revamped Pitt offense

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer

April 13, 2019

Just under 9,000 fans made their way to the North Shore to watch the 2019 iteration of Pitt football’s annual Blue and Gold game. On a picturesque spring day, the Blue team secured a 14-7 victory on the strength of junior quarterback Kenny Pickett’s two touchdown passes.

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

October 27, 2018

With the game tied at 45 and no timeouts remaining, the Panthers needed sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett to lead them downfield with just over a minute left to play. Pickett had struggled up to that point, completing just four of 13 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. But he came up clutch when...

Column: New Pitt show has yet to go ‘Beyond the Script’

Column: New Pitt show has yet to go ‘Beyond the Script’

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018

Pitt Athletics says it's looking to expose fans to every Panther sports team with its new television show “Pitt: Beyond the Script," but it could do better.

Former Pitt lineman Alex Officer diagnosed with bone cancer

Former Pitt lineman Alex Officer diagnosed with bone cancer

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018

Alex Officer, a former standout on Pitt’s offensive line, announced last week that he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

By Sarah Cutshall and Thomas Yang

September 15, 2018

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Pitt fans witnessed a complete turn-around of Panther football. Exhibiting a major improvement from last week’s game against Penn State, the Panthers showed promise both offensively and defensively in a home game against Georgia Tech — maintaining a consistent lead througho...

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018

This Saturday, Pitt will play Georgia Tech at Heinz Field. Both teams currently have records of 1-1, so they will both put up a fight to make comebacks and improve their starting records. If Pitt improves both offense and defense, they should have no problem beating out the Yellow Jackets.

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

July 14, 2018

Reeves was dismissed without specific reason from the University, which cited "disciplinary actions."

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

By Cale Berger | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018

Pitt’s annual Blue and Gold Spring Game may be the first chance of the year for Pitt students, alumni and fans to tailgate and bring their favorite jerseys out of retirement, but it is also an opportunity to get a small taste of what the upcoming season will bring on the field. This year was no ...

Chase Brown brings talent to young Pitt offense

Chase Brown brings talent to young Pitt offense

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

Offensive tackle Chase Brown announced in June that he will attend the University of Pittsburgh, marking the Panthers’ ninth commit of the 2018 recruiting class and — more interestingly — Brown’s third stint at a university. Brown — unlike most of the class — enters the program with m...

Narduzzi rounds out staff for 2018 season

Narduzzi rounds out staff for 2018 season

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi announced three coaching appointments Saturday, finalizing his 2018 staff. Narduzzi promoted defensive line coach Charlie Partridge to assistant head coach, hired Cory Sanders as safeties coach and brought in Paris Johnson Sr. as assistant director of player perso...

Pitt receives commit from 3-star recruit Erick Hallett II

Pitt receives commit from 3-star recruit Erick Hallett II

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 4, 2018

Pitt football received another commit for the 2018 class in Erick Hallett II, according to a tweet posted Sunday morning. The 5-foot-11 and 175-pound defensive back is a 3-star recruit, according to 247sports.com, and was one of the top uncommitted players in Texas. He helped lead his team at Cy-Fair High School to a 6A-DII championship in...

Noah Palmer brings local flair to Pitt defense

Noah Palmer brings local flair to Pitt defense

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018

Noah Palmer finished his high school football career with a win at Heinz Field. The 2018 Pitt football signee is hoping for many more victories in the stadium during the next four years — but this time in a blue and gold uniform. Palmer is listed as a 6-foot-4, 215-pound strong-side defensive end by 247spo...

Wendell Davis brings linebacker depth to Pitt

Wendell Davis brings linebacker depth to Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018

When Wendell Davis committed to Pitt in June of 2017, the Panthers realized right away they had gotten a good one. Head coach Pat Narduzzi tweeted his excitement fewer than 20 minutes later, with a hearty “PITT IS IT!! #L1TS8URGH #H2P #X2.” The three-star prospect, according to rivals.com, is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Richmond, Virginia, and one of 17 players to sign their National Letters of Intent to Pittsburgh on Dec. 20. The selection of Pitt comes over some major offers, including Boston College, Duke, Michigan State and UCF. ...

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin leaves Pitt

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin leaves Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 2, 2018

Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin will be leaving the team for Wofford College, head coach Pat Narduzzi confirmed Tuesday. Reports Monday night said Wofford — an FCS school in South Carolina — would hire Conklin as the new head coach of the Terriers, which Pitt confirmed Tuesday. “We...

Junior-college quarterback commits to Pitt

Junior-college quarterback commits to Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2017

Pitt football just signed a junior-college quarterback for next season, extending their roster under center. Tyler Zelinski of Erie Community College said Sunday on Twitter he committed to Pitt as a walk-on. After some consistent performances at the end of the season, first-year Kenny Pickett emer...

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / The Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2017

Pat Narduzzi signed a seven-year contract extension, Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Wednesday, keeping Pitt’s football head coach around until at least 2024. Pitt is coming off a relatively disappointing season in which the Panthers finished with a 5-7 record and were ineligible for a bowl...

Pitt football’s rebuilding shows in final game

Pitt football’s rebuilding shows in final game

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

November 27, 2017

For the second year in a row, and nearly 10 years to the day since the infamous “13-9” win over West Virginia, a mediocre Pitt football team upset another No. 2 team in the nation. The victory over Miami marked a satisfying end to a frustrating rebuilding campaign for the Panthers. Pitt started of...

Panthers make fatal mistakes against Tar Heels

Panthers make fatal mistakes against Tar Heels

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2017

A kickoff returned for a touchdown, a fumble near the goal line and a trick play touchdown may have been the biggest plays of the day Thursday — and they all went against the Panther football team. A late touchdown by the North Carolina Tar Heels was the final blow to the Panther football team Thu...

Pitt defense is the key to a successful season end

Pitt defense is the key to a successful season end

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

October 29, 2017

Grabbing a second consecutive ACC win Saturday, Pitt football shone brightly on defense — almost as dazzling as the second-week-in-a-row victory lights — as they beat Virginia, 31-14. The Panthers made a point of stopping the Cavaliers in key situations, holding Virginia to just six third-down co...

Darrin Hall adds a needed spark to Pitt offense

Darrin Hall adds a needed spark to Pitt offense

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 22, 2017

In his breakout performance, junior running back Darrin Hall led Pitt to a 24-17 victory over Duke Saturday, rushing 24 times for an incredible 254 yards and three touchdowns. Hall accounted for more than half of the Panthers’ total 485 offensive yards and all three of their touchdowns. His 92...

Narduzzi’s quarterback shuffle costs Panthers

Narduzzi’s quarterback shuffle costs Panthers

By Adin Link | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017

This season’s Panther football team has certainly not been afraid to make unconventional choices in their game plan, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. Pat Narduzzi has used two different quarterbacks in every game this season and in Saturday’s 35-17 loss to NC State, he did no...

Pitt offense bolstered Browne in matchup against Rice

Pitt offense bolstered Browne in matchup against Rice

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 1, 2017

It took until the last day of September for the Pitt Panthers to finally shake their losing streak and defeat the Rice Owls. This was only their second win of the season and their first since Sept. 2. Many marquee players did their part in the Panthers’ success Saturday afternoon — particularly re...

Panthers’ gutless play calling continues to disappoint

Panthers’ gutless play calling continues to disappoint

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

September 25, 2017

Over the course of their three losses this season, the Panthers have surrendered more than 30 points in each matchup. It would be far too easy to pin the Panthers’ woes on the defense. This Saturday’s game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets was anything but a defensive farce, though. The...

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 35-17

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 35-17

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2017

With four separate opportunities to make the Yellow Jackets pay after turnovers, the Panther offense failed to convert any of these chances into points leading to Saturday’s 35-17 loss in their first ACC game of the season. On the day, the Panther offense put up less than 200 yards and only one t...

Analysis: Narduzzi, Conklin must realize weaknesses in Pitt defense

Analysis: Narduzzi, Conklin must realize weaknesses in Pitt defense

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 17, 2017

Oklahoma State made history in its matchup against Pitt on Saturday. Not only was it Pitt’s worst loss at Heinz Field, but — for the first time in 12 years — an FBS team had four different receivers rack up at least 100 yards each in the same game. The Panthers on the field aren’t the only ones to blame...

DiNucci deserves starting slot over Browne

DiNucci deserves starting slot over Browne

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 10, 2017

Max Browne has started two games for the Pitt Panthers in his career, and he shouldn’t start a third. Unfortunately, head coach Pat Narduzzi doesn’t share this sentiment — yet. When asked if Browne was still the starter after Saturday’s performance against Penn State, Narduzzi responded with a...

Linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season with injury

Linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season with injury

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 4, 2017

Pitt linebacker Quintin Wirginis will miss the rest of the season due to injury, head coach Pat Narduzzi revealed Monday. “Quintin Wirginis will be out for the year with a non-football related injury,” Narduzzi said at a press conference. “[It’s] disappointing, but it’s something that we de...

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

September 2, 2017

Leading by seven in overtime against the Youngstown State Penguins, Pitt redshirt freshman defensive back Bricen Garner made a leaping interception in the end zone, ending the Penguins’ drive and giving the Panthers their first win of the season, 28-21. The Pitt football team (1-0) opened its 2017...

The Pitt News ACC Power Rankings

The Pitt News ACC Power Rankings

By TPN Sports Desk

August 31, 2017

In preparation for ACC play, The Pitt News sports desk had a panel of seven writers rank the conference. Writers ranked the 14 ACC teams and then we tallied up the totals. We will update the rankings toward the end of every week — taking into account the most recent conference results — but for now,...

Underrated Penguins pose threat to Panthers

Underrated Penguins pose threat to Panthers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

August 31, 2017

Five years ago to the day, the Youngstown State Penguins came into Heinz Field and handed the Pitt football program one of the most embarrassing losses in its history, 31-17. The game marked the Penguins’ first-ever win over a Bowl Championship Series team, spoiling former head coach Paul Chryst’s...

Standout players emerge in Pitt’s Blue Gold Game

Standout players emerge in Pitt’s Blue Gold Game

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2016

As a sloppy, defense-oriented contest, Saturday’s Blue-Gold spring scrimmage wasn’t much to watch. But there was a silver lining in Pitt football’s disappointing season premier at Heinz Field. Three players emerged as standouts, some of whom made surprising comebacks from last season. Jester Weah, ...

Last-second field goal downs Pitt against Iowa

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 19, 2015

After a fourth quarter comeback by Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman, the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Panthers thanks to a game-winning 57-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn as time expired. Pitt fell by a final score of 27-24, marking the first loss of Pat Narduzzi’s tenure at Pitt. It was a game of m...

Pitt announces kickoff for season opener

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 15, 2015

The Narduzzi era finally has its starting point.Pitt announced Friday that its season opener against Youngstown State kicks off at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field on Sept. 5.It will be Pat Narduzzi’s first game as Pitt’s head coach, after Pitt hired him in December of last year.Narduzzi’s father, Bill, was...

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