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Bankers Life Fieldhouse will host the 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament games in the first and second rounds and the Sweet 16.

Editorial | The NCAA failed its female athletes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board March 22, 2021
The NCAA’s failure to provide equal amenities for men and women’s basketball teams is inexcusable.
The ACC announced earlier this season that fall sports would have a delayed start and schedules would follow the NCAA minimum number of games.

NCAA Fall sports update: Everything you need to know

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer November 20, 2020
In response to COVID-19, most fall sports will play championships in the spring. Here’s everything you need to know on the status of each fall season.
Pitt senior guard Nike Sibande transferred from Miami (Ohio) to the University of Pittsburgh this past summer.

Column┃Nike Sibande and the NCAA’s transfer problem

By Carson Zaremski, For The Pitt News November 13, 2020
The NCAA's system for obtaining immediate eligibility goes against the best interest of the student-athletes who it's meant to protect.
Kain Colter, a quarterback and receiver who completed his college football career in 2013, announced that several Northwestern football players wished to join a labor union during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on Jan. 28, 2014.

Column | College athletes should take ownership of the business they sustain

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor August 31, 2020
The risks the COVID-19 pandemic poses have exacerbated the unfair power disparity that exists in college sports. From waivers meant to free individual schools of liability should a player die or suffer long-term health defects after contracting COVID-19 on campus to allegedly lying about safety precautions, college football is doing all it can to push through to a 2020 season.
Pitt Chancellor Pat Gallagher and Athletic Director Heather Lyke stand on the field before the game. (Photo by Wenhao Wu / Assistant Visual Editor)

Lyke talks football scheduling, gambling and campus returns

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor July 24, 2020
Athletic Director Heather Lyke said she is not encouraged by the way the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation is progressing. As cases continue to rise across the country — particularly in Pitt’s home of Allegheny County — she offered a pessimistic, yet not definitive answer to what she called “the million dollar question” — will college football be played in 2020?
NCAA announces return of voluntary workouts, proposal for transfer rule changes

NCAA announces return of voluntary workouts, proposal for transfer rule changes

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor May 26, 2020
All Division I athletes will be permitted to participate in voluntary workouts beginning June 1, the NCAA Division I Council announced last Wednesday. The move ends the moratorium on such activities that began with the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic in March and was set to expire on May 31.
The NCAA Board of Governors announced support in late April for rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements.

NCAA takes first steps toward athlete compensation

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor May 12, 2020
Two weeks ago, the NCAA Board of Governors announced a surprising reversal in policy. At a  late April meeting, the board supported rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements related to their status as college athletes.
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.

Unpacking the silly and the serious in Pitt’s NCAA violations

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."
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws against Florida at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday, Oct. 12. Host LSU won, 42-28.

What are the Odds: Lock in LSU, Los Angeles

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer October 18, 2019
Senior staff writer Ben Bobeck gives his best bets for the coming week in football after a slick showing in Week 7.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) reacts after a second-half touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Steelers won, 20-17.

Take 5: Colts, Contracts and Corruption

By The Pitt News Staff August 28, 2019
With football season just around the corner, The Pitt News sports staff tackles everything from Andrew Luck’s retirement to the NCAA’s questionable transfer rules.
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