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Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a successful game that saw many great things from both offense and defense, the Panthers seem to have had a huge confidence boost. But, the Panthers must prepare for a tough game against the Fighting Irish that requires the offensive line to capitalize.

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt's lost to UNC last week, the team has a lot to focus on. In order to keep up with the University of Central Florida on Saturday, Pitt will really have to work on their offense. Unfortunately, it looks like this week's game will end in a lost to UCF.

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Entering June with zero commitments from the 2019 recruiting class, Pitt’s football team found itself stuck with a late start to its recruiting trail. But despite the slow start, the pace suddenly changed as the the count rocketed to 11 commits in just one weekend, with nine of those players verbally ...

Gallery: Spring Blue and Gold game

Gallery: Spring Blue and Gold game

By Thomas Yang | Visual Editor

April 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

The Panthers split their football team into Blue and Gold sides Saturday afternoon for their annual Spring Game, a contest in which neither offense looked exceptional. It proved fitting that a defensive touchdown — junior defensive back Dane Jackson’s 60-yard interception-turned-touchdown — handed...

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Although a growing demographic, international college football players are hard to find. According to The Growth of a Game, a Belgian-based company connecting football advocates across Europe, only two active Division I college football players were born in Italy as of 2015. Incoming Pitt commit Haba...

Bentley brings brute force to Pitt D-line

Bentley brings brute force to Pitt D-line

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Rivalries are just for fans? Don’t tell that to 2018 Pitt commit Tyler Bentley. He is looking forward to the Panthers’ battles with one in-state foe as much as anyone else. “The one thing I’m looking forward to is playing Penn State, for sure,” Bentley said. “I have a couple of friends t...

Blake Zubovic lines up at Pitt

Blake Zubovic lines up at Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Belle Vernon offensive lineman Blake Zubovic committed to Pitt last June. He was the ninth commitment of the 2018 class. This was a big commitment for Pitt, as it finds itself particularly shorthanded on the offensive line going into the 2018 season. Listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals, Zubovic was ranked as ...

Pitt hires Archie Collins as 10th assistant coach

Pitt hires Archie Collins as 10th assistant coach

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

The Pitt football team announced on its website on Wednesday that former Central Michigan secondary coach Archie Collins will be joining next year’s coaching staff. The NCAA allows football programs to hire up to 10 assistant coaches starting this January. The team has not yet specified what Col...

Jake Kradel stays home to join Pitt

Jake Kradel stays home to join Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Jake Kradel stirred up the Pitt Panther fan base when he announced his commitment to the University of Pittsburgh. Kradel’s tweet, announcing he was “STAYING HOME,” racked up over 1500 likes. The 290-pound offensive guard is ranked as a three-star recruit by 247sports.com. He went to Butler ...

Randy Bates feels welcome at Pitt

Randy Bates feels welcome at Pitt

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

When Josh Conklin left the Pitt football program to become the head coach at Wofford, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had to find someone to replace the long-standing assistant — and quickly. Narduzzi called on an old friend to fill the position. Randy Bates was officially introduced as Pitt’s new defensive ...

ACC releases 2018 Pitt football schedule

ACC releases 2018 Pitt football schedule

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2018 football schedules of each of its members Wednesday afternoon. Included in the release was the Pitt Panthers 2018 schedule, which features eight games against teams that made bowl games in 2017. Of those eight teams, the Panthers will face five teams that fin...

Pitt football signs Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

Pitt football signs Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

When the Pitt Panthers football team lost to Northwestern last December, 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl, Northwestern linebackers coach Randy Bates was celebrating on the Northwestern sideline. Next fall, Bates will be on the Panthers sideline with head coach Pat Narduzzi’s staff. Pitt announced Saturd...

Panthers pounce during early signing period

Panthers pounce during early signing period

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The ink has dried on 16 letters of intent for Panther football so far, as new faces signed up to be sporting blue and gold at Heinz Field in 2018. The first early signing period in NCAA college football history — from Dec. 20 through Dec. 22 — concluded Friday with 16 of 17 commits officially ...

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football has lost yet another member of the squad to the NFL, as junior defensive back Jordan Whitehead declares for the 2018 draft. The Aliquippa native and former WPIAL player made his announcement Monday morning on Twitter. “After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to begin prepar...

3 times Pitt beat the clock

3 times Pitt beat the clock

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports Columns

It’s those last-minute moments, when the game is close and time is expiring, that make a game exciting for fans to watch. Whether it’s basketball, soccer or football, buzzer-beating scores can turn a game around. Pitt has played in many incredible last-minute games over the years, but there are...

Chawntez Moss leaving Pitt football team

Chawntez Moss leaving Pitt football team

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

After missing six of Pitt’s final seven games of the 2017 season, sophomore running back Chawntez Moss will not be back with the team next year. Moss said in a Twitter direct message Monday he decided to transfer on his own, contradicting a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that stated he had been...

Preview: Hurricanes to blow away Panthers

Preview: Hurricanes to blow away Panthers

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Pitt football team has one game remaining to resurrect a season defined by missed opportunities. The Panthers’ bowl hopes are over, meaning they are motivated by just one thing — ruining their opponent’s perfect season. Pitt (4-7 overall, 2-5 ACC) hosts No. 2 Miami (10-0 overall, 7-0 ACC) Frida...

Narduzzi reflects on bad performance against UNC

Narduzzi reflects on bad performance against UNC

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Football

With another lackluster performance from the Panthers football team — this time in the Thursday evening loss to North Carolina — head coach Pat Narduzzi is back at square one. During his press conference Monday morning, he once again fielded questions regarding the team’s quarterback situat...

Back from bye week, Narduzzi talks Tar Heels in press conference

Back from bye week, Narduzzi talks Tar Heels in press conference

By Luke Baloga | For The Pitt News

November 6, 2017


Filed under Football

The Pitt football team doubled its win column after its last two games, but a lull in play thanks to a bye week could slow the team’s momentum.   But with a two-game winning streak on the line, head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t worried about the upcoming Thursday night game. “How do you keep ...

Panthers pummel Virginia 31-14, extend winning streak

Panthers pummel Virginia 31-14, extend winning streak

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

October 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Cavaliers lined up at the Panthers’ 1-yard line, prepared to close their deficit, but the Pitt defense held steady, effectively eradicating Virginia’s chance of winning. The Panthers stood victorious when the game ended, 31-14. “We focused on two major things today, running the ball and st...

Press conference: Panthers need to produce more ACC success

Press conference: Panthers need to produce more ACC success

By Luke Baloga | For The Pitt News

October 23, 2017


Filed under Football

Though Pitt football secured its first ACC victory of the season Saturday against Duke, head coach Pat Narduzzi won’t be satisfied with one good game. In his weekly press conference Monday, Narduzzi addressed a successful run game as well as subtle changes on the offensive side of the ball. However, he emphasized that, regardless of the team’s success in one game,...

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Football

Following another underwhelming performance at home against a top 25 football team, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was adamant Monday that things don’t always go according to plan. Narduzzi pulled redshirt sophomore quarterback Ben DiNucci in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to North Carolin...

Wolfpack devours Panthers, 35-17

Wolfpack devours Panthers, 35-17

By Jordan Mondell and Mackenzie Rodrigues | TPN Staff

October 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Homecoming weekend will not see any victory lights as the Pitt football team fell to No. 20 NC State at Heinz Field Saturday. Outfitted in retro royal blue and maize, the Panthers kept up with their opponent for the first half, but the Wolfpack broke away to a 35-17 win after lapses in defense and...

‘DiNucci is the guy’: Narduzzi announces quarterback changes

‘DiNucci is the guy’: Narduzzi announces quarterback changes

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Football

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi named redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci as Saturday’s starting quarterback in Monday’s press conference. Redshirt senior Max Browne sustained an injury to his throwing arm in the weekend’s loss to Syracuse. Unsure of how long that injury will put him out, Na...

Panthers’ secondary shows improvement in Syracuse loss

Panthers’ secondary shows improvement in Syracuse loss

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Pitt’s defense — particularly the secondary — has become an easy target for criticism during the last two years. There have been low moments, such as last year’s 37-36 loss at North Carolina and this year’s 59-21 loss to Oklahoma State, but in Saturday’s loss against Syracuse, the Pitt defense earned som...

Fullback George Aston out for Syracuse game

Fullback George Aston out for Syracuse game

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Football

Redshirt junior fullback George Aston will not play in Saturday’s game against Syracuse. He is listed as “out” after sustaining an injury in Pitt’s Sept. 30 42-10 win against Rice. After taking a hit in the first quarter, Aston spent the remainder of the game off the field. Pitt head coach Pat Na...

Pitt fries Rice, 42-10, snaps losing streak

Pitt fries Rice, 42-10, snaps losing streak

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 30, 2017


Filed under Football

As redshirt senior Max Browne threw a 48-yard touchdown in the Panthers’ opening drive, he finally solved the Panther quarterback dilemma. In a 42-10 rout of the Rice Owls (1-4), the Panther offense found its footing, putting up more than 400 yards through the air as the team picked up its second...

Pat Narduzzi’s football radio show review

Pat Narduzzi’s football radio show review

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

It’s easy to wonder if Pitt’s administration has to ask Bill Hillgrove his opinion before they hire a coach, because more times than not they’re also hiring his cohost. Hillgrove, the play-by-play man for the Pitt men’s basketball and football teams, has hosted radio programs with former P...

Prediction: Panthers’ improvements could inspire victory

Prediction: Panthers’ improvements could inspire victory

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Football

The Pitt Panthers will face off against the Rice Owls for the first time since 1951 in Pitt’s final non-conference game of the 2017 season on Saturday. Already four games into the season, the Panthers and the Owls are both struggling to find their groove. Each team is entering Saturday’s game with a 1...

Narduzzi’s press conference leaves questions

Narduzzi’s press conference leaves questions

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Football

After three straight losses, head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t panicking — he’s focusing on improving the Panthers football team’s execution. In a press conference with the media on Monday, Narduzzi addressed some of the team’s issues executing plays against Georgia Tech in last week’s game and looked ahead to this week’s matchup against...

Prediction: Georgia Tech, offensive threat

Prediction: Georgia Tech, offensive threat

By Abbot Zuk | For The Pitt News

September 21, 2017


Filed under Football

The last time the Pitt Panthers and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets squared off, it took two exemplary scoring plays by Pitt — with less than five minutes of play remaining — to seal a victory. Quarterback Nathan Peterman connected with tight end Scott Orndoff, who bolted down the field for a 74-yard ...

Quarterback remains questionable following Narduzzi’s press conference

Quarterback remains questionable following Narduzzi’s press conference

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Football

After Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed the media Monday, the most important question remained unanswered. Who will be the starting quarterback against Georgia Tech? During a brief press conference Monday afternoon, Narduzzi talked about the Panthers’ struggles against No. 6 Oklahoma...

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


Filed under Football, Sports

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...

Cowboys crush Panthers, 59-21, in Pitt football’s worst loss at Heinz Field

Cowboys crush Panthers, 59-21, in Pitt football’s worst loss at Heinz Field

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

As if last week’s loss to in-state rival Penn State wasn’t demoralizing enough, the Panthers were blown out in their worst loss ever at Heinz Field by the Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday. Senior quarterback Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys’ passing offense were too much for the Panthers, posting...

Prediction: Panthers could pull upset against Cowboys

Prediction: Panthers could pull upset against Cowboys

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Football

The Panthers entered the fourth quarter tied at 38 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys last year in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys took over — with a chance to win — with just under two minutes to go. They capitalized on the possession, as quarterback Mason Rudolph took advantage of Pitt’...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week two results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week two results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 13, 2017


Filed under Football

With eight of the ACC’s 14 teams going up against Power Five competition in week two, it was a pretty exciting weekend for the conference as we started to figure out where teams truly stand. Clemson stays on top of our rankings this week, but there was a lot of movement in the middle as there were...

Quick takes: Pitt football

Quick takes: Pitt football

By TPN Sports Desk

September 11, 2017


Filed under Football

Following Saturday's game against rival Penn State, The Pitt News sports staff looked at a few specific aspects of the football team’s game — offense, defense and head coach Pat Narduzzi’s — and how they will need to adjust as they take on Oklahoma State this weekend. Here are a few of our takeaways on the Panth...

Narduzzi talks loss and looks ahead to Oklahoma State

Narduzzi talks loss and looks ahead to Oklahoma State

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 11, 2017


Filed under Football

Despite Pitt facing another top 10 team in the Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend, Pitt football Head Coach Pat Narduzzi focused much of Monday’s press conference on last week’s rivalry game against Penn State. The Panthers lost the game with a lopsided score of 33-14, but they came close to m...

Prediction: Lions loom over Panthers

Prediction: Lions loom over Panthers

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2017


Filed under Football, GameDay, Top Stories

When Ryan Lewis hauled in the last season’s game-clinching interception against Penn State, he secured a year of bragging rights. Regardless of Penn State’s ultimate Big Ten success last year, Pitt fans could flaunt their 42-39 triumph. But as the renewed rivalry with Penn State approaches its second...

Panthers need press: Narduzzi’s blackout is unnecessary and limits coverage

Panthers need press: Narduzzi’s blackout is unnecessary and limits coverage

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under GameDay, Sports Columns, Top Stories

Two weeks ago, the alteration of Pitt football’s biggest tradition — singing “Sweet Caroline” at the end of the third quarter — left the program searching for a new tradition to take its place. Thanks to Head Coach Pat Narduzzi, they may have found it. Narduzzi and the Pitt football pr...

Pitt defense demands new approach

Pitt defense demands new approach

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 7, 2017


Filed under GameDay, Sports Columns

With victories over the national champions Clemson and Big Ten champions Penn State, the 2016 Pitt football team racked up some of the program’s biggest accomplishments in recent memory. But to continue the success in 2017, head coach Pat Narduzzi will have to find different ways to win games — s...

Pitt vs. Penn State: Unrequited rivalry

Pitt vs. Penn State: Unrequited rivalry

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

When you’re in the stands at a Pitt football game, there are a handful of cheers you’re bound to hear: “Hail to Pitt,” “P-I-T-T: Let’s Go Pitt,” and the infamous anti-Penn State chant. Regardless of whether or not Penn State is the opponent on the field, that chant will echo throughout th...

Max Browne buckles in Panthers debut

Max Browne buckles in Panthers debut

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As redshirt senior quarterback Max Browne hit wide receiver Jester Weah for the game-winning touchdown this Saturday against Youngstown State, Panther fans saw a flash of what made Browne a five-star recruit coming out of high school. But that wasn’t an accurate representation of Browne’s Panth...

Pitt football bars players from speaking to media ahead of Penn State

Pitt football bars players from speaking to media ahead of Penn State

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football announced Sunday that head coach Pat Narduzzi would be the sole spokesperson for the team this week, shutting down player interviews ahead of their rivalry game against Penn State on Saturday. The program followed the same policy last year in an attempt to keep the players focused on...

Gallery: Pitt vs Youngstown State

Gallery: Pitt vs Youngstown State

By Anna Bongardino and Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editors

September 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

In the season opener, Pitt beat Youngstown State 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu...

Narduzzi’s disciplinary actions prove continuing commitment

Narduzzi’s disciplinary actions prove continuing commitment

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

With his disciplinary actions against four players at the start of training camp, Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi proved something the past three head coaches weren’t able to. He’s committed to the program — for the long run. The Panthers have had four head coaches since 2010 who left th...

Predicting Pitt football’s 2017 campaign

Predicting Pitt football’s 2017 campaign

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off a season in which it beat both the national champion and the Big Ten champion, this year’s Pitt football team will have a hard time providing bigger fireworks than it did a year ago. But head coach Pat Narduzzi expects his team to pull it off, setting the bar just as high as previous seas...

Narduzzi keeps focus on Youngstown ahead of PSU rematch

Narduzzi keeps focus on Youngstown ahead of PSU rematch

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With Pitt football’s highly anticipated matchup against Penn State only 11 days away, some might look at this week’s game against the Youngstown State Penguins and dismiss it as an easy win for the Panthers. Just don’t count head coach Pat Narduzzi among them. At his weekly press conference ...

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The Pitt football program’s decision to alter the “Sweet Caroline” tradition was a step in the right direction for the team’s Heinz Field experience, but it could’ve — and should’ve — gone further. The unoriginal tradition of singing Neil Diamond’s 1969 tune has been a trademark o...

Central Catholic DL David Green joins Panthers

Central Catholic DL David Green joins Panthers

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 24, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football program added its second recruit of the week Thursday, as local product David Green committed to head coach Pat Narduzzi. A 6-foot-1 defensive lineman from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, Green chose the Panthers over Virginia Tech, Minnesota and Rutgers, among others. ...

Florida CB Marquis Williams commits to Pitt

Florida CB Marquis Williams commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football team added another piece to their 2018 recruiting class Monday, as Florida cornerback Marquis Williams verbally committed to the program. Williams chose the Panthers over 21 other schools including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Central Florida. He is rated as...

ICYMI: Summer sports timeline

ICYMI: Summer sports timeline

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 22, 2017


Filed under Sports

April 28 - Football head coach Pat Narduzzi dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary reasons. April 28-29 - Five Panthers are selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, including James Conner, who the Steelers picked in round three. May 2 - Gymnastics head coach Debbie Yohman ret...

Pittsburgh pushes Panthers from spotlight

Pittsburgh pushes Panthers from spotlight

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Walking around Pittsburgh, it’s hard to go too long without seeing someone wearing Steelers, Penguins or Pirates gear. The teams are some of the most decorated and storied franchises in American sports — especially in recent years, with the city taking home five championships since 2005 — and...

Football lands Alabama WR Cameron O’Neil

Football lands Alabama WR Cameron O’Neil

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 1, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s first day of fall camp ended on a positive note Monday as wide receiver Cameron O’Neil committed to the program’s 2018 class. O’Neil announced his decision on Twitter, also thanking the other schools that gave him the chance to further his career. “I also want ...

Narduzzi dismisses DE Blair, suspends three others

Narduzzi dismisses DE Blair, suspends three others

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi announced Friday the dismissal of senior defensive end Rori Blair and suspensions of redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Bookser, senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis and junior safety Jordan Whitehead Friday afternoon. With two of its first three games coming against some of the best...

Football adds graduate transfer OL Brandon Hodges

Football adds graduate transfer OL Brandon Hodges

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program are less than two months from the start of the season, but the team added another player Tuesday in graduate transfer Brandon Hodges. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman played last season with the Texas Longhorns, making an appearance in 1...

Top 5 ACC Kickoff takeaways

Top 5 ACC Kickoff takeaways

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

With less than two months until the start of the 2017 college football season, Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program are preparing for fall camp and the opening week game against the Youngstown State Penguins. This weekend, Narduzzi, senior cornerback Avonte Maddox and redshirt junior offensive...

Thomas Jefferson DT Devin Danielson chooses Pitt

Thomas Jefferson DT Devin Danielson chooses Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi received another recruit Tuesday afternoon as defensive tackle Devin Danielson verbally committed to the program. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound product announced his decision on Twitter. “Proud and very excited to say I have fully committed to The University of Pittsburgh,” Danielson said. In high school, Danielson played for nearb...

Football, baseball land New Jersey product Matt Alaimo

Football, baseball land New Jersey product Matt Alaimo

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt football and baseball programs each landed a recruit Saturday as two-sport athlete  Matt Alaimo announced he will come to the university this fall. Alaimo announced his commitment on Twitter, saying, “I am proud and excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic, football an...

Football lands three-star OL Blake Zubovic

Football lands three-star OL Blake Zubovic

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football program received its ninth recruit in the class of 2018 Wednesday as Blake Zubovic verbally committed to the program. Zubovic, a 310-pound offensive lineman from nearby Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, announced his decision on Twitter. “This is the hardest decision I have had...

6-foot-5 OL Chase Brown commits to Pitt

6-foot-5 OL Chase Brown commits to Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 12, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

  Head Coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program received their eighth recruit in the 2018 recruiting class with Ashburn, Virginia, offensive lineman Chase Brown verbally committing Monday. The 6-foot-5 Lackawanna Community College product announced his decision on Twitter. ...

Football lands three-star trio

Football lands three-star trio

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

After a relatively slow start to the 2018 recruiting class, the Pitt football program is beginning to gain momentum as three players verbally committed this weekend. Cornerback Judson Tallandier, defensive end John Morgan and linebacker Wendell Davis — all rated three-star recruits by 247Sport...

Pitt football adds 3-star recruits Judson Tallandier and Wendell Davis

Pitt football adds 3-star recruits Judson Tallandier and Wendell Davis

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The 2018 Pitt football recruiting class is gaining momentum as head coach Pat Narduzzi received verbal commitments from a pair of 3-star prospects Friday. Cornerback Judson Tallandier and linebacker Wendell Davis both pledging to the Panthers, announcing their commitments on Twitter. “Af...

Pitt adds OL Jake Kradel to 2018 class

Pitt adds OL Jake Kradel to 2018 class

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 30, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi landed his fourth recruit in the class of 2018 Tuesday afternoon as 6-foot-4 offensive lineman Jake Kradel committed to the program. Kradel announced his decision on Twitter, saying, “... I am extremely proud and excited to commit to The University of Pittsb...

Pitt’s ACC move fosters football, hurts basketball

Pitt’s ACC move fosters football, hurts basketball

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

In the four years since Pitt moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the decision to leave the Big East has both haunted and helped the school’s biggest sports — football and men’s basketball. For the majority of the 2000s, the University of Pittsburgh was a basketball school. Coaches Ben Howl...

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the Pitt men’s basketball team tries to recover from a mass exodus of graduating players, transfers and dismissals, the Pitt football team will be dealing with its own loss of talent next season. Just don’t confuse the two. While the Panthers’ hoops roster for next season looks like a barren...

Thomas Jefferson DE Noah Palmer chooses Pitt

Thomas Jefferson DE Noah Palmer chooses Pitt

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football staff added to the program’s 2018 recruiting class Thursday, earning a commit from 6-foot-4 defensive end Noah Palmer. Palmer announced his commitment on Twitter. “Proud and very excited to announce that I have fully committed to the University of Pittsburgh,” Palmer said. Growing up in nearby Jefferson Hills, ...

Pitt OL Alex Bookser charged with DUI

Pitt OL Alex Bookser charged with DUI

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Bookser was arrested Sunday morning on numerous charges, including driving while under the influence of alcohol. Pitt Police arrested Bookser at 12:51 a.m. on Meyran Avenue after a chase ended when he crashed into the Loeffler Building. He has a preliminary...

Pittsburgh Steelers sign Pitt LB Matt Galambos

Pittsburgh Steelers sign Pitt LB Matt Galambos

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt linebacker Matt Galambos became the 13th Panther signed by a NFL team after the Pittsburgh Steelers gave him a contract Sunday following the team’s rookie minicamp. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi confirmed the signing on Twitter. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker first came to Pitt in 2013, playing in all 13 games as a freshman and recording 38 tackles and a fumble recovery. He worked ...

Pitt football lands 6-foot-3 quarterback Nick Patti

Pitt football lands 6-foot-3 quarterback Nick Patti

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt Panthers football team received its second commitment of the 2018 recruiting class with New Jersey native Nick Patti announcing his decision Wednesday afternoon via Twitter. "I am pleased to say that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Pittsburgh," ...

Pitt football dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni

Pitt football dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi announced the dismissal of defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni from the team for disciplinary reasons on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound senior was expected to start on the Panthers’ defensive line in the fall and help fill the void left by departing seniors Ejuan Pri...

Henderson shines as Gold team defeats Blue at Pitt’s Spring Game, 23-14

Henderson shines as Gold team defeats Blue at Pitt’s Spring Game, 23-14

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team will enter the 2017 season without either star running back James Conner or quarterback Nathan Peterman, who both left the Panthers for the NFL Draft. But junior wide receiver Quadree Henderson showed why Pitt will still be an explosive offense by dazzling during Saturday’s...

GALLERY: Pitt football’s Spring Game

GALLERY: Pitt football’s Spring Game

By Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

April 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Visual

After Wednesday's draft, Pitt's Gold Team defeated the Blue Team in the annual Spring Game held at Heinz Field Saturday, April 15. Quadree Henderson racked up 137 yards and a touchdown for the Gold Team in a 23-14 win.   ...

Gold team rules: Rosters set for Saturday’s spring game

Gold team rules: Rosters set for Saturday’s spring game

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 12, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s players and coaching staff gathered in the team room Wednesday morning at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side for some very important business: picking teams for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game. Linebackers coach Rob Harley will coach the Blue team, while running backs and spe...

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Basketball season is over, but history was made Monday on the hardwood floor of the Petersen Events Center. Less than three months after Scott Barnes’ departure, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher hired Heather Lyke as Pitt’s new athletic director, making Lyke the first woman to serve as full-time a...

Charlie Partridge named defensive line coach

Charlie Partridge named defensive line coach

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

It didn’t take long for the Pitt football team to find a new defensive line coach — and one whose Pittsburgh ties run deep. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Charlie Partridge as the Panthers’ new defensive line coach Tuesday afternoon in a press release. Partridge replaces Tom Sims, who...

Six Panthers invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Six Panthers invited to NFL Scouting Combine

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Football

The Pitt-to-NFL pipeline continues to flow as six Panthers received invitations to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, a national invitational camp for players eligible for the upcoming draft. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi broke the news on Twitter Monday night, posting a picture of the invited players...

Six Pitt football players named to All-ACC Academic Team

Six Pitt football players named to All-ACC Academic Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Already well represented on the various All-ACC teams for their performance on the field, members of the Pitt football team are now receiving accolades in the classroom. After placing four players on the 2016 All-ACC First Team, with nine players recognized overall, Pitt had six players named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team Wednesday morning. The Panthers’...

Panthers hire Shawn Watson as new offensive coordinator

Panthers hire Shawn Watson as new offensive coordinator

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After introducing the 26 members of the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class Wednesday, the Panthers revealed the man who will be running the team’s offense in the upcoming season just one day later. Head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Shawn Watson as the team’s offensive coordinator and quart...

Signed, Sealed, Committed: Panthers finalize 2017 recruiting class

Signed, Sealed, Committed: Panthers finalize 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The first fax of National Signing Day arrived at Pitt’s football facility on the South Side at about 7:04 a.m., from local offensive lineman Gabe Houy. By 7:45 a.m., more than half of the team’s 18 unofficial commits had signed and faxed their National Letters of Intent. Pat Narduzzi finalized his second full recru...

Room for two more: Pitt snags pair of prospects on Signing Day

Room for two more: Pitt snags pair of prospects on Signing Day

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Despite losing record-setting running back James Conner to the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team had a plan to rebuild. Thanks to a last-minute snag on National Signing Day, the Panthers have done that and more. Under Armour All-American and former Ohio State commit Todd Sibley, who committed t...

Top prospect Paris Ford sticks with Pitt

Top prospect Paris Ford sticks with Pitt

By Dominic Campbell | For The Pitt News

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Inside a small, bright, cramped conference room at Steel Valley Senior High School in Munhall, Pennsylvania, the most coveted player in Pitt’s 2017 recruiting class made his commitment official. Surrounded by his head coach, family members and a swarm of photographers and videographers, four-st...

COLUMN: Pitt must attract local talent to excel

COLUMN: Pitt must attract local talent to excel

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 31, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

From 2011 to 2014, Pitt football muddled its way to four straight 6-6 regular seasons. In head coach Pat Narduzzi’s first two seasons, the Panthers have drastically improved and enjoyed back-to-back 8-4 campaigns. The program’s resurgence has been felt around the country this year, as the Panthers...

Schedule finalized for 2017 Pitt football

Schedule finalized for 2017 Pitt football

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Football

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the finalized 2017 schedules of its member football teams, including the University of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday afternoon. Next fall, the Panthers will face eight teams that made bowl games this season, four of which finished the season in the Top 25 rankings....

Pitt football team adds 23rd member to 2017 recruiting class

Pitt football team adds 23rd member to 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With only 10 days left until National Signing Day, Pat Narduzzi added the 23rd member — and first junior college transfer — to his second full recruiting class as Pitt’s head coach. Kam Carter, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive tackle, gave his verbal commitment Sunday to transfer to Pitt for the upc...

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

No. 3. — Sept. 10 - Pitt 42, Penn State 39 With 69,983 people in attendance — a record for a Pittsburgh sporting event — this game’s fame was set to reach epic proportions before the players even stepped on the field. The pregame atmosphere at Heinz Field on Sept. 10 was teeming with ener...

Pitt football team adds 22nd member to 2017 recruiting class

Pitt football team adds 22nd member to 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class continues to take shape, as a new member joined the class Wednesday — marking the second commit in two days. Michael Smith, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver from Vero Beach, Florida, verbally committed Wednesday to join the Panthers for the 201...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Jerry Drake Jr.

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Jerry Drake Jr.

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under Football

Pitt’s newest offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. doesn’t like the cold. Drake, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive lineman from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, could have easily stayed down south to play college ball in the warm, friendly confines of the Southeastern Conference. After all, he had scholarship...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Deslin Alexandre

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Deslin Alexandre

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

When Deslin Alexandre became the 19th member of the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class, it signaled a major coup for the Panthers — while also highlighting the volatile nature of the recruiting process. Alexandre, a 6-foot-3, 229-pound defensive end from Deerfield Beach, Florida, is a ...

Saying Goodbye: Pitt seniors lament last loss, cherish memories made

Saying Goodbye: Pitt seniors lament last loss, cherish memories made

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Northwestern was supposed to be a coronation of sorts for the Panthers’ 2016 senior class. After two 6-6 seasons under Todd Graham in 2013 and 2014, the seniors helped engineer a smooth transition to Pitt’s new regime, posting back-to-b...

Pinstripe Bowl debacle doesn’t detract from Pitt’s historic season

Pinstripe Bowl debacle doesn’t detract from Pitt’s historic season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Going into last week’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Northwestern, the Pitt football team talked about the importance of ending the season by picking up that elusive ninth win. Pitt came up just short in a 31-24 loss to the Wildcats in New York City, thanks to a combination of costly tu...

Pitt football team receives 18th verbal commitment to 2017 class

Pitt football team receives 18th verbal commitment to 2017 class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team received another new commitment just one day after adding graduate transfer quarterback Max Browne and three-star offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. to next year’s team. Defensive end Deslin Alexandre withdrew his commitment to North Carolina State and verbally committed t...

James Conner Wins 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award

James Conner Wins 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt running back James Conner continued to stockpile his trophy case Friday afternoon, winning the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. The award recognizes those who display courage on or off the field, including overcoming a physical injury or handicap, preventing a disaster or liv...

Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaving for LSU after season

Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaving for LSU after season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada is leaving the team after one season to take the same job at LSU. It is the second year in a row the Panthers’ offensive coordinator will be departing after his first season to accept the same position at another school. Last year, Jim C...

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Pitt running back James Conner announced Saturday afternoon that the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be his final game in a Panthers uniform, as he will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Conner, a redshirt junior, could have returned to Pitt for one more season. But the star tailback decided it...

Scouting Northwestern: Wildcats more dangerous than they appear

Scouting Northwestern: Wildcats more dangerous than they appear

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Don’t let the Northwestern football team’s 6-6 record fool you. Although the Wildcats needed a win over Illinois in their regular season finale just to become bowl eligible, Northwestern is a balanced and dangerous team possessing all the tools necessary to deny Pat Narduzzi his first bowl game victo...

Pitt finishes regular season with record-setting 76-61 win vs. Syracuse

Pitt finishes regular season with record-setting 76-61 win vs. Syracuse

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 26, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s high-powered offense and lackluster defense combined to create history at Heinz Field on Saturday. In the highest-scoring game in major college football history, the Panthers capped off their regular season with a 76-61 victory against the Syracuse Orange — their eig...

PREDICTION: Panthers to pull out another close win vs. Cuse

PREDICTION: Panthers to pull out another close win vs. Cuse

By Steve Rotstsein | Sports Editor

November 25, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Two familiar foes riding opposite waves of momentum will collide at Heinz Field on Saturday afternoon in the Pitt football team's regular season finale. The Panthers (7-4 overall, 4-3 ACC) will host the Syracuse Orange (4-7 overall, 2-5 ACC) on Senior Day at 12:30 p.m. looking to cap their regular seas...

Pitt football decimates Duke in highest scoring game of season, 56-14

Pitt football decimates Duke in highest scoring game of season, 56-14

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The last time the Pitt football team broke out its retro uniforms, the Panthers needed every page in their playbook to pull out a win, as a last-second stop sealed the game against Georgia Tech in early October. Donning the royal blue-and-mustard yellow outfits for the second time this season on Sat...

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