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Take 5: Contract conversations headline April’s introduction

Take 5: Contract conversations headline April’s introduction

By Staff

April 4, 2019

From NFL contract negotiations to March Madness to the beginning of the MLB regular season: the first week of April provides action from all around the sports world. Russell WIlson demands an extension while Ronald Acuna cashes in. While Carsen Edwards was lighting up the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA made billions off the labor of student athletes. And the AAF collapses after a promising start.

Take 5: March is lacking madness

Take 5: March is lacking madness

By Staff

March 27, 2019

Even with Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement, the Steelers still seem to be in the spotlight when it comes to drama. According to one of our writers, that may never end, even after losing Bell and Brown.

Penn State tops Pitt Softball 8-3

Penn State tops Pitt Softball 8-3

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2019

Pitt Softball still does not have a home win this season. The Panthers lost to rival Penn State 8-3 at home on Wednesday to extend their losing streak to five game.

Sweet, Sweet Victory: A Sweet Sixteen Update

Sweet, Sweet Victory: A Sweet Sixteen Update

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019

The field has been lowered from 64 to 16 and your bracket is probably already broken. If you found yourself missing basketball, don’t worry. We have a look back at the top moments from last weekend and a look at what you can expect in the Sweet 16.

New baseball, softball coaches get rude awakening

New baseball, softball coaches get rude awakening

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019

Pitt’s baseball and softball teams both welcomes new head coaches this past off season. With the first month of games almost under their belts, it’s clear both teams are having some trouble finding their footings.

Take 5: Baseball is Boomin’

Take 5: Baseball is Boomin’

By Staff

March 20, 2019

The largest contract in baseball history lasted 20 days before it was beaten out by the largest contract in baseball and American sports history. So who got the better deal, the Philadelphia Phillies and Bryce Harper or the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout?

Pitt’s Hermanek set to face former team for first time

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

March 18, 2019

After spending 10 years as Ohio University’s head coach, Pitt’s softball head coach will be facing her former team for the first time on Tuesday.

Pitt announces date for Nike rebranding reveal

Pitt announces date for Nike rebranding reveal

By Tessa Sayers, assistant sports editor

March 18, 2019

After much speculation that Pitt would be reverting back to its retro colors, things are expected to become official on April 7 at the Bigelow Bash.

Bracket Buster Breakdown

Bracket Buster Breakdown

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

March 18, 2019

The March Madness Brackets are finally announced which means it’s time for you to pick your Cinderella team. Find out the teams most likely to make a run here.

March Madness Predictions

March Madness Predictions

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019

Appropriately dubbed “March Madness,” the tournament is one of the most exciting events in sports and is known for its buzzer beaters, cinderella stories and ridiculous individual performances.

What are the Odds: Pittsburgh wins in Oakland, Army beats Navy

What are the Odds: Pittsburgh wins in Oakland, Army beats Navy

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018

Another weekend, another opportunity to make some money. After going 2-4 last week, our in-house betting expert is looking to redeem himself with picks in the NFL, NBA and NCAA.

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018

Former associate head coach at Florida State Mike Bell will take over as head coach of Pitt Baseball.

Oregon State wins College World Series

Oregon State wins College World Series

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018

Billy Buckner is a name that lives in infamy throughout the baseball world. Remembered for letting a ground ball pass right between his legs during the 1986 World Series, he cost the Boston Red Sox what would have been their first World Series Championship in 68 years. Instead, the New York Mets took...

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

By Hannah Schneider and Joanna Li

June 21, 2018

Joe Jordano resigned as head coach of Pitt’s baseball team Thursday night, according to a report from the Post-Gazette. An official announcement released by the University Friday afternoon confirmed his resignation. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this program with integrity, pas...

Column: Women’s sports need female leaders

Column: Women’s sports need female leaders

By Jordan Mondell | Senior Staff Writer

May 23, 2018

Pitt’s new women’s basketball head coach Lance White — who was hired April 18 to replace former coach Suzie McConnell-Serio — seems like a great snag for the program. The former Florida State assistant has it going on — a 350-145 overall record, 12 seasons with 20 or more wins with the Se...

Kent State clobbers Pitt, 4-1

Kent State clobbers Pitt, 4-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018

After falling behind early in the game, the Pitt baseball team was unable to catch up to Kent State, ultimately falling 4-1 to the Golden Flashes Tuesday. The Panthers (17-12 overall, 6-9 ACC) lost to the Golden Flashes (18-10, MAC) in an out-of-conference matchup at the Charles L. Cost Field. ...

Gymnastics competes at NCAA regional competition

Gymnastics competes at NCAA regional competition

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018

The Pitt gymnastics team competed in the NCAA Regional Championship in the St. John Arena at Ohio State University Saturday, placing fifth overall out of six teams and finishing with a score of 195.125. This season — Samantha Snider’s first year as head coach — was the first time since 2013 ...

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

March 26, 2018

Basketball season may be officially over for Pitt, but it was still a packed weekend for athletics, as four teams took the stage with varied results. Gymnastics saw strong individual performances once again and softball swept their series. Baseball had a mixed bag against a ranked Duke, and tenn...

Hear me out: The sexiest mascots in college sports

Hear me out: The sexiest mascots in college sports

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 21, 2018

During the first media time-out of No. 2 seed Duke against No. 15 Iona in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last week, the mascots from both teams hit the court for a dance-off. As I looked on in boredom, waiting for the game to resume again, my mind wandered, and I got to some serious thin...

Column: When it comes to Stallings’ firing, the blame should be shared

Column: When it comes to Stallings’ firing, the blame should be shared

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018

In a time of uncertainty for Pitt basketball, one thing is for sure — former head coach Kevin Stallings’ tenure will go down in Panther history as an unmitigated disaster. In two years, the widely criticized coach managed to win just four conference games, go winless in the ACC during the 20...

Column: Potential picks for Stallings’ successor

Column: Potential picks for Stallings’ successor

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018

Pitt men’s basketball and the athletic administration are officially on the quest for a new head coach to replace Kevin Stallings. The mission is straightforward — find the perfect person to rejuvenate the program and return Pitt to its status as a basketball school. Just like any hiring proces...

A year of firsts: Young team works to make change

A year of firsts: Young team works to make change

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018

Pitt first-year guard Marcus Carr is no stranger to rookie success. As a first-year at St. Michaels in his native Toronto, Carr once scored a season-high 49 points in one game — and was instrumental in leading his team to the quarterfinals of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association...

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...

NCAA should leave the past alone

NCAA should leave the past alone

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

February 23, 2018

The last time the Louisville men’s basketball team won the NCAA tournament was 22 years ago — at least according to the NCAA. The NCAA vacated 123 wins from Louisville’s program — from between 2011 and 2015 — on Tuesday. The Cardinals will also be stripped of their 2013 NCAA championship win after bei...

Interactive graphic: Sexual assault and college sports

Interactive graphic: Sexual assault and college sports

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2018

   

Weekend sports: records set on the track, in the pool

Weekend sports: records set on the track, in the pool

By The Pitt News Staff

January 29, 2018

Though Pitt athletics experienced a few bright spots this weekend — which included record-setting performances and wins — there were usual losses for Pitt’s struggling teams. While both Pitt men’s and women’s basketball suffered double-digit defeats at home and wrestling lost a grapple to ...

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 22, 2018

Heather Lyke announced the creation of a Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday morning, according to a release from Pitt athletics. The Hall of Fame — the first of its kind at the University — will honor collegiate athletes and coaches who have built a legacy while at Pitt. “[Pitt athletics has] a his...

Q&A: Pitt diver Meme Sharp makes history

Q&A: Pitt diver Meme Sharp makes history

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 16, 2018

Finishing up her final season on the Pitt diving team, senior diver Meme Sharp will leave a legacy as one the greatest divers in the program’s history. Sharp has acquired a number of accolades and set several records during her diving career at Pitt. She currently holds the record in the 3- an...

College athletes shouldn’t get a free pass for sexual assault

College athletes shouldn’t get a free pass for sexual assault

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 8, 2018

When Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Jameis Winston takes the field, the crowd is focused on one thing — the game. Winston, at only 24 years old, is one of the best in the league. A former Florida State Seminole, he has had a stellar professional career so far — 12,149 all-purpose ya...

Pitt tops Towson, 63-59

Pitt tops Towson, 63-59

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 23, 2017

After trailing for most of the game, Pitt took a late lead on a teardrop floater from redshirt senior guard Jonathan Milligan with 51.7 seconds left in the game. Milligan’s shot would be the deciding score as Pitt defeated Townson 63-59 in comeback fashion. Pitt (8-5) had to fight back after finding t...

Pitt lands two recruits before signing day

Pitt lands two recruits before signing day

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 19, 2017

With no bowl games to look forward to over the holiday season, the Pitt Panthers football team got to work improving next year’s team early this year. Two recruits announced their intent to sign with Pitt via Twitter on Monday. Marquis Williams, a senior cornerback at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort ...

Panthers back on track

Panthers back on track

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 7, 2017

After breaking six school records during the 2016-17 season, the Pitt track and field team enters this season needing to retool after the departure of several key contributors from last year’s team. The Panthers return five of the seven athletes that made it to the NCAA Outdoor Championships last...

Weekend sports: swimmers compete at nationals, volleyball goes dancing

Weekend sports: swimmers compete at nationals, volleyball goes dancing

By TPN Staff

December 4, 2017

It was a high-stakes weekend for Pitt sports, with celebrated wins and heartbreaking losses. As the volleyball team went dancing at the NCAA tournament, the swim team competed against former Olympians and men’s basketball reclaimed the City Game title. Volleyball Despite winning the ACC champion...

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA championship tournament for second year in a row

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA championship tournament for second year in a row

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

November 26, 2017

After claiming the ACC Conference title this past weekend on a nine-game winning streak, the Pitt women’s volleyball team has secured a slot in the NCAA championship tournament. This is the second year in a row they have qualified for the NCAA tournament, the last time before that being 2004. The Panthers look to extend their season as the NCAA tournament begins Friday. Pitt wi...

Katie Hazelton brings fighting spirit to Pitt diving

Katie Hazelton brings fighting spirit to Pitt diving

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017

When an athlete suffers a severe, life-altering injury, it usually means the end of a career — time to hang up the jersey, pack up the gym bag and abruptly find a new way to pass the hours. Unless that athlete is Katie Hazelton. Hazelton, the new head coach of Pitt diving — brought on by Athletic Director Hea...

Change the system to avoid pay-for-play scandals

Change the system to avoid pay-for-play scandals

By Will Schulman | For The Pitt News

November 1, 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation made headlines in the sports world when it arrested 10 people Sept. 26 for a pay-for-play scandal, in which coaches, agents and shoe company employees sent and received bribes involving college basketball recruits. Among the arrested were multiple college basket...

Don’t punt on LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports

Don’t punt on LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

September 7, 2017

When Pitt’s football team faces off against Penn State tomorrow at Beaver Stadium, both teams will continue a tradition which began in the 19th century — but in a vastly different culture. At the teams’ first meeting in 1893, Pitt had yet to integrate, and Penn State had never admitted a black s...

Former Pitt FB Conredge Collins files lawsuit against AAC, NCAA

Former Pitt FB Conredge Collins files lawsuit against AAC, NCAA

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 6, 2016

Former Pitt fullback Conredge Collins joined athletes from 42 other universities in a class action complaint on Tuesday against two national athletic entities regarding the lasting effects of concussions. The complaint — filed against the NCAA and the American Athletic Conference, formerly called the Big ...

Selection Committee could tweak rules to curb surprises

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

March 15, 2016

Every Selection Sunday, some teams and fan bases will inevitably call foul on why their squad misses its shot to, well, take more shots. Part of this frustration likely comes from the NCAA Selection Committee’s explicit, yet complicated, method for selecting teams. While the committee has spruced...

Editorial: Colleges must ensure that all student athletes graduate, injured or not

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2015

When star running back and ACC Player of the Year James Conner sustained an MCL tear during the first game of the season, Pitt’s football team seemed doomed. But what about Conner’s career and quality of life after the season-ending game? Injuries in college sports can often lead to unfortunate outcomes,...

College athletes require a union

College athletes require a union

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 11, 2015

You don’t have to scour the landscape of collegiate athletics to find examples of malpractice and mistreatment. Recently, the Virginia Tech Hokies football team’s fine implementation system became a peak point of the college athletic terrain, as defensive coordinator Bud Foster revealed in an...

Litany of rule changes in place for upcoming men’s, women’s basketball seasons

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 9, 2015

On Monday, the NCAA announced the implementation of significant rule changes in both men’s and women’s basketball. Highlighted below are some of the key developments, as well as the NCAA’s rationale for doing so.MEN’S BASKETBALL30-second shot clockWHAT: In a move that has been in the making for som...

Five key obstacles to tackle for new AD Barnes

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 28, 2015

When Pitt introduced Scott Barnes as Pitt’s athletic director in late April, he assumed the face of an entire athletic department fielding numerous questions — especially following the dismissal of former director Steve Pederson.As Barnes prepares to begin his tenure at Pitt on June 15, here are the ...

Pitt softball drops tournament opener to California

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 16, 2015

An early lead doesn’t always mean success. Though Pitt struck first in their first game of the NCAA Tournament yesterday, the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears responded immediately, sealing a mercy rule loss in Ann Arbor, Mich. After first pitch at 3:30, Pitt scored two runs in the top of th...

Hypocrisy apparent in recent Todd Gurley suspension

Hypocrisy apparent in recent Todd Gurley suspension

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 12, 2014

“The only guy that has stopped [Georgia running back Todd Gurley] was the autograph guy,” Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was quoted as saying earlier this week.This happens to be the case more and more often in college athletics: The titans of the NCAA are being toppled not by strong def...

Playing the ball

Playing the ball

By Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 29, 2014

Julian Dickenson in action in 2013. He has missed nearly all of the 2014 season due to a foot injury.

Leading the way

Leading the way

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

August 19, 2014

Senior Hilary Boxheimer is a key runner this season. 

College Sports: Judge rules against NCAA in antitrust case

By MCT Campus

August 8, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif._U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken dealt a major blow Friday afternoon to the NCAA and its long-held value of amateurism, ruling in an antitrust case that the association's policies banning athletes from profiting from their own names, images and likenesses "unreasonably restrain trade."Wil...

Colllege Sports: Ex-UCLA star O’Bannon takes stand in antitrust suit vs. NCAA

By Lee Romney and David Wharton / MCT Campus

June 10, 2014

Oakland, Calif.— As a much-anticipated federal trial began here Monday, the walls that have long separated college athletes from the riches of a multibillion-dollar sports enterprise began to show some cracks.The occasion was the opening of an antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former men’s b...

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

By Photo courtesy Pitt Athletics

March 17, 2014

Matt Johnson is hitting .246 and has started all of the Panthers games but one. 

Hobie Harris

Hobie Harris

By Photo courtesy Pitt Athletics

March 17, 2014

Hobie Harris has posted a 3.15 earned run average in his team-high eight appearances.

XC

XC

By Pete Madia / Pitt Athletics

September 20, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 31: The Pitt Panthers cross country team runs in the Duquesne Duals in Schenley Park on August 31, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Maria Nicholas

Maria Nicholas

By Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

September 18, 2013

Senior Maria Nicholas will play a key role this weekend. 

Roosa Arvas

Roosa Arvas

By Pete Madia / Pitt Athletics

August 25, 2013

Roosa Arvas has been one of the Lady Panthers top scorers since arriving in the United States. 

Rob Blanc recognized as Head Athletic Trainer of the Year

Rob Blanc recognized as Head Athletic Trainer of the Year

By Pete Madia / Pitt Athletics

April 19, 2013

Blanc has worked at Pitt for 25 years. (Courtesy Pitt Athletics)

Football: Pitt ends with losing season after bowl game defeat against Ole Miss

Football: Pitt ends with losing season after bowl game defeat against Ole Miss

By Pete Madia / Pitt Athletics

January 7, 2013

Senior wide receiver Mike Shanahan catches a fourth quarter touchdown in Pitt's bowl defeat against Ole Miss. (Photo Courtesy Pete Madia / Pitt Athletics)

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