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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...

PREDICTION: Panthers to ride momentum to big win over Duke

PREDICTION: Panthers to ride momentum to big win over Duke

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off the biggest win of his head coaching career against Clemson, Pat Narduzzi needs his high-flying Pitt Panthers to refocus. Pitt, already bowl eligible, is now looking to boost its resumé with another conference victory on Saturday. The young but dangerous Duke Blue Devils will come to Hei...

Prediction: Clemson QB Watson to throttle Panthers defense

Prediction: Clemson QB Watson to throttle Panthers defense

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s chances of victory Saturday are slim going against the undefeated No. 3 Clemson Tigers. But Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi reminded reporters Wednesday at his weekly media teleconference, you don’t need to look any further than Election Day to remember not to pencil in any...

Injuries on Pitt’s D-Line force new faces into key roles

Injuries on Pitt’s D-Line force new faces into key roles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s much-maligned defense has given up its fair share of devastating plays this year. The Panthers’ defense has struggled all season to come up with stops in key situations. But midway through the second quarter of a 51-28 loss to Miami Saturday, the unit may have experienc...

Narduzzi defends conservative play calling vs. Miami

Narduzzi defends conservative play calling vs. Miami

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team and head coach Pat Narduzzi have taken a lot of flak for the way the defense has performed this season, especially when defending opponents’ passing games. Despite the criticism, Narduzzi made a couple of late-game decisions Saturday against Miami that required a lot of f...

Miami squashes Pitt’s division title hopes in 51-28 pounding

Miami squashes Pitt’s division title hopes in 51-28 pounding

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Going into Saturday’s game, the Pitt football team had slim hopes of making it to the ACC Championship game. But the Miami Hurricanes extinguished the Panthers’ aspirations in convincing fashion in an excruciating 51-28 win. Miami (5-4 overall, 2-3 ACC) put an end to its four-game losing st...

PREDICTION: Panthers to rebound with rare win vs. Miami

PREDICTION: Panthers to rebound with rare win vs. Miami

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 3, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Though there are still four games left in the regular season, the Pitt Panthers and the free-falling Miami Hurricanes –– a team that’s lost its last four games in a row –– will collide in Miami in a must-win battle for both teams on Saturday. The Panthers will enter the 12:30 p.m. matchup c...

Narduzzi’s bark needs less bite

Narduzzi’s bark needs less bite

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

If Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t careful, his self-described “Rottweiler” attitude on the sidelines could do more than dent the University’s wallets –– it could cost his team a game. Narduzzi’s comments criticizing officials after Pitt’s 39-36 loss to the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies...

ACC reprimands Narduzzi after Virginia Tech game

ACC reprimands Narduzzi after Virginia Tech game

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

In the wake of Pitt’s loss to Virginia Tech, the ACC issued a public reprimand Sunday evening to Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi for criticizing the game’s referees after Thursday night’s game. In a statement, the ACC said Narduzzi’s criticisms violated the league’s Sportsmanship Policy and w...

Prediction: Panthers to rekindle old magic vs. Bud Foster’s VT defense

Prediction: Panthers to rekindle old magic vs. Bud Foster’s VT defense

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

As a head coach, Pat Narduzzi has never defeated a ranked program. The Pitt football team will have its third chance in two years to change that Thursday night. Narduzzi’s Panthers host the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies at Heinz Field 7 p.m. Thursday in a battle of two 5-2 teams, effectively puttin...

Pitt football and men’s basketball receive new verbal commitments

Pitt football and men’s basketball receive new verbal commitments

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

Even though the Pitt football season is far from over and the basketball season isn’t even underway yet, both teams each picked up a new verbal commitment to their 2017 recruiting classes on Wednesday. The Panthers received their 16th verbal commitment to next year’s football recruiting class from...

Narduzzi trolls Pitt fans on Twitter before VT game

Narduzzi trolls Pitt fans on Twitter before VT game

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

October 26, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

What if Pat Narduzzi, head coach of Pitt’s football team, wrote you a pass to get out of class Thursday night so you could watch the Panthers take on Virginia Tech at Heinz Field? Well, he did. Kind of. At about noon Tuesday, Narduzzi tweeted out a permission slip — as a joke, he later said — for stud...

Whitehead’s pick-six sparks Pitt to win in Virginia

Whitehead’s pick-six sparks Pitt to win in Virginia

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Facing third-and-10 from his own 44-yard line with 18 seconds left in the first half, Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert thought he saw a receiver come open over the middle of the field. But he didn’t see Jordan Whitehead. The Pitt football team had just tied the game at 28 with 40 seconds left in the fir...

Pitt defeats Virginia for third straight win, 45-31

Pitt defeats Virginia for third straight win, 45-31

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Saturday’s Pitt-Virginia football game was a tale of two halves. The Panthers (5-2 overall, 2-1 ACC) recovered from a shootout of a first half in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which the two teams scored a combined 63 points, holding the Cavaliers (2-4 overall, 1-1 ACC) to just three second-half...

Prediction: Panthers offense to keep rolling in Virginia

Prediction: Panthers offense to keep rolling in Virginia

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

One week after defeating Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers will have to harness a Bronco — Bronco Mendenhall, that is. Pittsburgh travels to Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12:30 p.m. to take on Mendenhall, the first-year...

Sizing up Soto: Senior flourishing in switch from DE to DT

Sizing up Soto: Senior flourishing in switch from DE to DT

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Sometime around the end of Pitt’s season-ending 44-28 loss to Navy in the 2015 Military Bowl, Pat Narduzzi decided he needed to make a change to his defense moving forward. Narduzzi has reiterated his main defensive focus — stopping the run — time and time again, and the Panthers had just been ...

Pitt lands 15th verbal commitment to 2017 football recruiting class

Pitt lands 15th verbal commitment to 2017 football recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Shortly after a 37-34 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Homecoming weekend, the Pitt football team added the newest verbal commitment to its 2017 recruiting class. Carter Warren, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive lineman from Wayne, New Jersey, is a three-star offensive tackle, according to...

Prediction: Pitt football to conquer Georgia Tech in Homecoming game

Prediction: Pitt football to conquer Georgia Tech in Homecoming game

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

While Pitt conquered a herd in its victory against Marshall last Saturday, the Panthers will have to slay a three-headed beast this Homecoming weekend. Georgia Tech and head coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense is making its way to Heinz Field, where their hosts will re-debut throwback roya...

Young WRs Ffrench and Tipton fill in, break out against Marshall

Young WRs Ffrench and Tipton fill in, break out against Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The call was for the Panthers’ trademark jet sweep –– a handoff where a wide receiver gets a running start before the snap. But this time, the call wasn’t intended for the usual receiver. Usually, jet sweeps go to sophomore Quadree Henderson, who spent Pitt’s first five games gashing opposin...

Whitehead practices on Tuesday, expected to play Saturday

Whitehead practices on Tuesday, expected to play Saturday

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 4, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

For at least the 30-minute window that was open to the media, Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead suited up and returned to practice with the Panthers Tuesday morning. After missing Pitt’s 43-27 win against Marshall on Saturday, Whitehead –– the reigning ACC rookie of the year –– appears to be on tr...

Freshmen lead Pitt to victory against Marshall

Freshmen lead Pitt to victory against Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 2, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

In its first four games, the Pitt football team relied almost exclusively on its returning starters and upperclassmen while battling to a 2-2 record. Against Marshall on Saturday, though, it was the Pitt freshmen talent that carried the team in the first half of the Panthers’ 43-27 victory. But what ...

Pitt tops Marshall at home, 43-27, in first win since Penn State

Pitt tops Marshall at home, 43-27, in first win since Penn State

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

On paper, the score of Saturday’s Pitt-Marshall game would seemingly tell the story of a blowout win for the Panthers. But numbers can be deceiving, and the 43-27 final certainly was, as the Panthers utilized two touchdowns in the final minute of play to beat the Thundering Herd at Heinz Field Sa...

Prediction: Pitt football to get back on winning track vs. Marshall

Prediction: Pitt football to get back on winning track vs. Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The unbridled joy the Pitt football team felt after its 42-39 victory over in-state rival Penn State on Sept. 10, evaporated quickly. After excruciating back-to-back defeats on the road against Oklahoma State and North Carolina, the Panthers know they were just a play or two away from coming home w...

Narduzzi laments missed opportunities against UNC, preps for Marshall

Narduzzi laments missed opportunities against UNC, preps for Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Normally, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi likes to move on from a previous week’s game after 24 hours and focus his attention on the next match. But after coming so close to a win over a quality opponent only to falter at the end for the second week in a row, he allowed time at his Monday press conf...

Pat Narduzzi prepares defense for balanced UNC offensive attack

Pat Narduzzi prepares defense for balanced UNC offensive attack

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Nobody expected the Pitt football team to have trouble dispatching Villanova in its season opener, which the Panthers won, 28-7. But everybody knew the three-week stretch that followed –– against Penn State, Oklahoma State and North Carolina –– would make or break the season. The Panth...

Friends James Conner and Ryan Switzer ready to compete again Saturday

Friends James Conner and Ryan Switzer ready to compete again Saturday

By Stephen Caruso | Senior Staff Writer

September 21, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Ryan Switzer’s North Carolina Tar Heels had just wrapped up a perfect 8-0 season in conference play and were 24 hours away from taking on the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 5, 2015. But Switzer was in no mood to celebrate. Earlier that day, he opened his Twitter feed to ...

Narduzzi moves past Oklahoma State for UNC

Narduzzi moves past Oklahoma State for UNC

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

With a showdown looming against the reigning ACC Coastal Division champion North Carolina Tar Heels, the Pitt football team has no time to linger on past mistakes. Coming off a disappointing 45-38 loss in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Panthers will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to begin ACC ...

Pitt falls to Oklahoma State, 45-38, in weather-delayed shootout in Stillwater

Pitt falls to Oklahoma State, 45-38, in weather-delayed shootout in Stillwater

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was right to be worried about Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington during the week leading up to Saturday’s game. “They’ve got this James Washington, No. 28, that can run down the field, and we’re talking about clapping,” Narduzzi said after fielding a ...

Pitt LB Mike Caprara named to 2016 AFCA Good Works Team

Pitt LB Mike Caprara named to 2016 AFCA Good Works Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt senior linebacker Mike Caprara is off to a fast start to his 2016 season, playing a big role in each of Pitt’s first two wins with 1.5 sacks against Villanova and two fumble recoveries against Penn State. On Thursday, though, he was recognized for all the work he’s put in off the field. A 6...

Pitt football in for even bigger challenge after knocking off PSU

Pitt football in for even bigger challenge after knocking off PSU

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi is tired of talking about Penn State, and he wants to make sure his players aren’t spending too much time basking in the glory of last week’s win. “There's a 24-hour rule,” the Pitt head football coach said Wednesday. “You can have fun Saturday night and wake up in the morni...

Narduzzi shifts focus from PSU to Oklahoma State

Narduzzi shifts focus from PSU to Oklahoma State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Although Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi seemed eager to move forward to this week’s game against Oklahoma State, he opened his Monday press conference by reflecting on last Saturday’s monumental 42-39 win against Penn State. “Just to close the chapter on last week’s game, obviously it...

Will PSU consider Pitt a rival now? Panthers hope so

Will PSU consider Pitt a rival now? Panthers hope so

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

September 11, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Saturday’s Pitt vs. Penn State game exceeded all expectations, especially for Penn State fans who were skeptical about the scope of the historic clash. But after the game, the Panthers who took the field had only one thing to say. The rivalry is back — and it’s real. A record-breaking 69...

Pitt-Penn State matchup brings familiar foes back together

Pitt-Penn State matchup brings familiar foes back together

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t letting the media observe practice or speak to players this week, but he did have some things to say about the upcoming game against Penn State during his weekly teleconference Wednesday. According to Narduzzi, about three-fourths of the Panthers’ ro...

Narduzzi silences players entering Penn State week

Narduzzi silences players entering Penn State week

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

September 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

In the weeks leading up to Pitt football’s season opener against Villanova, head coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t want to talk about Penn State. This week, he’s talking but is still tight-lipped. He’s adamant, though, that his players and staff remain totally silent ahead of Saturday’s rivalry ...

Panthers set to kick off 2016 football season Saturday

Panthers set to kick off 2016 football season Saturday

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team will face a grueling three-week stretch against a dangerous trio of opponents in Penn State, No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 22 North Carolina beginning Sept. 10. But even though tougher teams loom, head coach Pat Narduzzi reminded Pitt fans this week that winning Saturday’s se...

Pitt football week one depth chart breakdown

Pitt football week one depth chart breakdown

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

August 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

With the first game of Pat Narduzzi’s second season at Pitt less than a week away, the Panthers head coach revealed the team’s two-deep depth chart for their opener against Villanova on Saturday. As expected, Nathan Peterman, James Conner, Ejuan Price and Jordan Whitehead showed up at the top of their r...

Narduzzi keeps team focused on Nova with PSU showdown looming

Narduzzi keeps team focused on Nova with PSU showdown looming

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t dive into any specifics for his team’s game plan against the Villanova Wildcats at his week one press conference, but he made one thing clear: for him and the Panthers, the season opener can’t come soon enough. “I’m excited to watch our whole football...

4th and long: The moment Pitt’s Ryan Winslow lives for

4th and long: The moment Pitt’s Ryan Winslow lives for

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Welcome Back 2016

Pat Narduzzi is only in his second year as Pitt’s head football coach, but he has no time for low expectations. “If we don’t think [an ACC Championship is] realistic, we’ve got major issues,” Narduzzi said. According to Narduzzi, reaching this goal requires a “bigger, faster, stronger fo...

Pitt adds two tight ends to 2017 football recruiting class

Pitt adds two tight ends to 2017 football recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team added two new commits to its 2017 recruiting class Thursday, giving the Panthers 14 players overall in head coach Pat Narduzzi’s second full recruiting class at Pitt. Two-star tight ends Grant Carrigan and Tyler Sear both announced their intentions Thursday to play for th...

Pitt football training camp notebook: Week one

Pitt football training camp notebook: Week one

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 13, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Change is in the air at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex this month, and Pitt’s new script jerseys haven’t even seen the light of day yet. The Panthers opened training camp at the complex Monday, Aug. 8., in preparation for the 2016 season. And while it may be Pat Narduzzi’s second year as head ...

Narduzzi announces Pitt football roster update

Narduzzi announces Pitt football roster update

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi announced Friday that five players will not be members of the active roster when training camp opens Monday, Aug. 8. Sophomore tight end Chris Clark, incoming first-year defensive lineman Zack Gilbert, sophomore offensive lineman Mike Grimm, incoming first-year d...

Pitt football adds two new recruits to 2017 class

Pitt football adds two new recruits to 2017 class

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 2, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

With only a week left before the start of training camp, Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi and his staff continue to build for both the present and the future. The Panthers added the 11th and 12th pledges to their 2017 recruiting class in the last two days, as three-star wide receiver Dontavius Butl...

Panthers place third in ACC Coastal Division preseason poll

Panthers place third in ACC Coastal Division preseason poll

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 25, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

One year after being picked to finish second-to-last in the ACC Coastal Division, the Pitt football team placed third in this year’s preseason poll at the 2016 ACC Football Kickoff media days in Charlotte. In Pat Narduzzi’s first year as head coach in 2015, the Panthers placed sixth out of the...

Pitt football recruiting update: Two recruits added to 2017 class

Pitt football recruiting update: Two recruits added to 2017 class

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 28, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi added the eighth and ninth verbal commitments to his second full recruiting class this past week. On June 22, three-star offensive lineman Carson Van Lynn announced his intention to join the Panthers in 2017, their third pledge from Narduzzi’s home state of Ohio...

Pitt closing in on record number of football season ticket sales

Pitt closing in on record number of football season ticket sales

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The stands at Heinz Field aren’t always full on football Saturdays, but they’re trending in that direction. Pitt’s athletic department announced in a letter Tuesday morning that 93 percent of season ticket holders have renewed their subscription for the upcoming football season. On top of that, Pi...

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Columns

Although the gray Pittsburgh winter has passed, the fog surrounding the University of Pittsburgh’s sports teams remains. After several major changes in the University’s big-name sports, including record-setting receiver Tyler Boyd’s departure to the NFL and Kevin Stallings taking over as the new...

Conner Stronger: Running back beats cancer

Conner Stronger: Running back beats cancer

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 24, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Six months ago, Stanley Marks received a call from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania about inviting a star guest speaker to its annual Light the Night Walk kickoff breakfast. The speaker the society wanted to bring in to speak at the Duquesne Club on May 24 was one of Marks’ ...

Out with the old, in with the new: Pitt script makes its return

Out with the old, in with the new: Pitt script makes its return

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 18, 2016


Filed under Sports

After 20 years, the Pitt script’s scrawling lettering and vintage design is back –– with a twist. With the Petersen Events Center lobby jam-packed with people, the Athletic Department unveiled brand new uniforms for Pitt’s 19 varsity athletic teams all emblazoned with the cursive Pitt script ...

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Sports Features

It was 5:30 in the morning in 1996. Instead of sleeping, a then 23-year-old Matt Canada was hanging a banner for the Indianapolis 500 on a bridge on 16th Street in the city. He was serving as Butler University’s quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at the time, sometimes doing odd-jobs to supple...

Spring football notebook: Players, coaches reflect on Blue-Gold game

Spring football notebook: Players, coaches reflect on Blue-Gold game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Spring football games usually have their fair share of fireworks, touchdowns and big plays — but not Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game Sunday. A rather dull intersquad scrimmage ended with the Blue team  squeaking out a 19-17 win.. And instead of any specific plays or moments sticking out, reactions to the end ...

Ejuan Price looking forward to pairing with Dewayne Hendrix

Ejuan Price looking forward to pairing with Dewayne Hendrix

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Last season, Ejuan Price was undoubtedly ‘the guy’ on Pitt’s defensive line. With top-end quickness and pass-rushing technique, Price amassed 11.5 sacks. Now, Price might have some competition in that proverbial pecking order. After sitting out the past season due to transfer rules, Dewayne Hendrix...

Pitt football places five on ACC All-Academic team

Pitt football places five on ACC All-Academic team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

While Pat Narduzzi’s team put together a successful 2015 campaign on the field, a group of football players thrived off the gridiron as well. The ACC announced that five Pitt football players — redshirt junior offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, junior wide receiver Dontez Ford, sophomore cornerback A...

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

After some drama, surprises and countless “Pitt is It” tweets, Pitt finalized its 2016 recruiting class during National Signing Day. The Panthers class includes 24 players — as well as transfer tight end Chris Clark and senior Ejuan Price, who the NCAA granted a sixth year of eligibility — and...

Narduzzi providing results in first full recruiting offseason

Narduzzi providing results in first full recruiting offseason

By Chad Cameron / For The Pitt News

February 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

In the final stretch of the courting process, Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi fed his recruits to the Zoo. Pitt invited a group of football recruits to watch the Virginia Tech game Sunday as members of the Oakland Zoo. With National Signing Day on Wednesday, the new Panthers head coach showed ...

Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team

Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Jordan Whitehead’s big freshman season just earned him another honor. The Football Writers Association of America named the Pitt football safety to its 15th annual Freshman All-American team as one of five defensive backs selected. A 10-person panel consisting of writers representing each Football ...

Military Bowl loss highlights areas of improvement for next season

Military Bowl loss highlights areas of improvement for next season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

A 44-28 loss to Navy confirmed one fact: The Pitt football team couldn’t conquer high-caliber talent this season. Still, Pat Narduzzi’s first year as the Panthers’ head coach was an unmitigated success. An 8-5 record might not seem too impressive on paper, but eight wins represents stability in the Pi...

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football navigated its shares of peaks and valleys this season, with a 2-4 finish dampening the excitement of a 6-1 start. With so many twists and turns along the way, an effective way to summarize the Pitt football season is through superlatives. These monikers will recognize the apexes and na...

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 2, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd, declared his intention to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season, per his Instagram account. Boyd’s announcement came in the form of a poem, in which he thanked the city of Pittsburgh, noting, “I will carry you with me, I will continue to mak...

Panthers fall to ferocious Navy offense 44-28 in Military Bowl

Panthers fall to ferocious Navy offense 44-28 in Military Bowl

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — After a dynamic start, the Pitt football team looked lost at sea against the Navy Midshipmen’s attack. Pitt struggled to contain Navy’s offense all game, and fell to the No. 21 Midshipmen by a final score of 44-28. After a long delay— their last game action was on...

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 12, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pitt football offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is leaving the team and accepting the same position at the University of Georgia, a source confirmed. 2015 was Chaney's first season as Pitt's offensive coordinator, as he joined new head coach Pat Narduzzi's staff in January. Chaney has served as...

Military Bowl matchup features plenty of intrigue

Military Bowl matchup features plenty of intrigue

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

When Pitt learned it’s bowl destination on Sunday afternoon, many Pitt fans were frustrated that the team earned a trip to one of the two lowest tier ACC-affiliated bowls. The Panthers finished with a better record than all four ACC teams who received higher tier bowls than them, but geographic and f...

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt star running back James Conner announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, at a press conference Friday afternoon. Conner, who missed the season with a torn MCL, received the diagnosis on Thanksgiving. “When I heard I got cancer, I was a little...

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team swept the conference’s rookie of the year awards Tuesday, becoming the first team in ACC history to take both rookie honors. One day after the Panthers placed eight players on All-ACC teams, freshman safety Jordan Whitehead earned the ACC overall and defensive rookie of the year...

Storify: Football recruiting Twitter barrage sends Pitt fans into frenzy

Storify: Football recruiting Twitter barrage sends Pitt fans into frenzy

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

While scrolling through Twitter on Friday during Pitt football’s final game of the season, I came to a realization. Unfortunately, that realization wasn’t, “Maybe I should spend less time on Twitter.” Instead, as the Pitt football team fell to an early deficit in an eventual loss to Miami, I s...

Pitt football notebook: Week 12

Pitt football notebook: Week 12

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 23, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off a 45-34 win against Louisville, the Pitt football team hopes to end the first year of head coach Pat Narduzzi’s tenure with a roar. A number of story lines stuck out in the win, including Ejuan Price’s five-sack performance, Pitt’s aggressive mentality and Tyler Boyd’s 100-yard r...

Sound off: Pat Narduzzi quotes from his weekly teleconference

Sound off: Pat Narduzzi quotes from his weekly teleconference

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a dangerous Louisville Cardinals team heading to Heinz Field this weekend, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi spoke on the weekly ACC Coaches’ Teleconference Wednesday. Here are some of the most important nuggets the Pitt head coach said on the call. On the team’s success without injured running back...

Pitt football notebook: Week 11

Pitt football notebook: Week 11

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 16, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pressed with another road game and injuries at the defensive tackle position, head coach Pat Narduzzi was thrilled with the way his team performed against Duke last Saturday after two straight losses. Narduzzi spoke about his team’s output against the Blue Devils, as well as his quarterback’s success i...

Pitt ready to dance with the Blue Devils

Pitt ready to dance with the Blue Devils

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 11, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Artie Rowell has to admit it; losing two straight games elicits some dejection “You try not to get down, but when you invest a lot into something — your time, your energy — it’s hard not to take it rough,” Rowell said. Rowell and his teammates can’t mope too long, though, as an important conference gam...

Pitt football notebook: Week ten

Pitt football notebook: Week ten

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off two consecutive losses, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and his team will try to shape up for the final three games of the season, and continue to hunt for a Coastal title. In that time, Narduzzi will have plenty to ponder, notably his usage on offense of Jordan Whitehead, as well as improving...

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

On Saturday, the Pitt football team couldn’t pull off a monumental upset, falling to the loaded No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-30 at Heinz Field. But even with the loss, the Panthers stumbled upon an interesting offensive development. Head coach Pat Narduzzi occasionally used freshman safety ...

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt’s 26-19 loss to North Carolina on Thursday knocked the then-No. 23 Panthers out of the AP Top 25 ranking, head coach Pat Narduzzi said the team has already moved on to its next contest. Its schedule doesn’t let up this week, as the Panthers (6-2, 4-1 ACC) host No. 8 Notre Dame (7-1) on ...

Pitt football readies for up-tempo Tar Heels

Pitt football readies for up-tempo Tar Heels

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

With a tough opponent, a national audience on ESPN and prime-time slot at 7 p.m., Pitt football’s Thursday night game against North Carolina has all the markings of a crucial matchup. Still, Pitt defensive line coach Tom Sims plays it coy. To him, it’s just another game. “It is a big game. It...

Crucial game Thursday a rare opportunity for Pitt students

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 27, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

For the first marquee home matchup in six years, Pitt football is the team with a bullseye on their back. The Panthers have suffered through mediocre season after mediocre season this decade. They sport a new look now, ranking No. 23 in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll. They ...

Pitt football notebook: Week eight

Pitt football notebook: Week eight

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a primetime Thursday night matchup against North Carolina this week, Pat Narduzzi and his No. 23 Panthers hope to cement themselves as ACC Coastal Division contenders against the Tar Heels. In order to keep his team fresh, he wants to decrease his team’s workload — especially his playmakers...

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The watchful eyes of a legend will oversee Pitt’s Thursday evening matchup against the University of North Carolina. The University of Pittsburgh will honor former offensive lineman and 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ruben Brown at halftime against the Tar Heels. Brown played at Pitt from...

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 21, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

After a string of his players earned spots on award watch lists, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi received some recognition of his own Wednesday morning. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Narduzzi one of 22 candidates for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, which they presen...

AP ranking a sign of things to come for Pitt football

AP ranking a sign of things to come for Pitt football

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 19, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

The Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs. Donald Trump is running for president. And Pitt football is ranked in the AP poll. What a time to be alive. Following a win on Saturday at Georgia Tech, head coach Pat Narduzzi and his Pitt Panthers garnered recognition in the Associated Press’ national poll,...

Pitt football notebook: Week 7

Pitt football notebook: Week 7

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a new coach, quarterback and swagger, the Pitt football team is positioning itself as a conference contender.. Following Staurday’s road win at Georgia Tech, the Panthers are now at the top of the ACC Coastal with a 3-0 conference record, while finding themselves ranked 25th in the Associated P...

Narduzzi, Pitt ready for deceptive Georgia Tech offense

Narduzzi, Pitt ready for deceptive Georgia Tech offense

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Some harsh words can describe Pitt’s six-turnover, 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech last season — nightmare, disaster, debacle. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd looked at it in grimmer terms. “It was like hell,” Boyd said. “It was like going to hell, and you can’t get out.” On Saturday afternoon a...

Pitt football notebook: Week six

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 12, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

In Pitt’s 26-19 win over Virginia on Saturday, ball security and missed opportunities held the Panthers back from a bigger victory. Both of those issues have plagued Pitt in past games against Georgia Tech — next week’s opponent — particularly in last year’s 56-28 loss, a game in which the...

Defense, fans fuel homecoming win over Virginia

Defense, fans fuel homecoming win over Virginia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 11, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Late Saturday afternoon, the Panthers had the University of Virginia football team backed up against their own end zone. The fans were there to see it. Fans bellowed “Sweet Caroline” through Heinz Field following the third quarter, with Pitt running back Qadree Ollison re-opening play with a fumble one yard ...

Narduzzi and company not taking 1-3 Cavaliers lightly for homecoming weekend

Narduzzi and company not taking 1-3 Cavaliers lightly for homecoming weekend

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi doesn’t put special emphasis on any game — even in the case of Pitt’s Saturday homecoming game against Univeristy of Virginia. “It will be my first homecoming game here, but again, it’s another game,” Narduzzi said. “Just like the home opener’s anothe...

Pitt football notebook: Week Five

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi is coming off of his first conference win as head coach, a 17-13 defensive showcase on the road at Virginia Tech. Now, he aims to keep his players’ confidence in check. Narduzzi emphasized maintaining a down-to-earth mindset despite last week’s win, as well as continuous competition and...

Narduzzi’s defensive system continues to suppress, impress

Narduzzi’s defensive system continues to suppress, impress

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — While Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman spends most of his time studying and reading opposing defenses, after Saturday’s win, he gave a quick analysis of his own team’s unit. “Our defense is really a championship-level defense. It’s great to have them,” Peterman said. ...

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 3, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Following a loss like the Pitt football team suffered in its last game against Iowa, finishing strong against Virginia Tech this weekend naturally became a point of emphasis. “They got better from last outing,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We didn’t finish it out...

Pitt football notebook: Week four

Pitt football notebook: Week four

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After Week 2’s last-second loss to Iowa, Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi and his team had a bye week to lick their wounds and prepare to face Virginia Tech. Now heading into this weekend’s contest against the Hokies, Narduzzi addressed his team’s running offense, starting quarterback an...

Narduzzi bringing defensive swagger to Pitt football

Narduzzi bringing defensive swagger to Pitt football

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 23, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

All honeymoons end. The moment newly hired Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi began to speak at his introductory press conference on Dec. 26, the signal caller’s enthusiasm and vigor enthralled Panther fans. It was a stark contrast to former head coach Paul Chryst, who has a more reserved demeano...

James Conner honored for community service

James Conner honored for community service

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 15, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt junior running back James Conner arrived at the Shadyside chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon prepared to dole out advice to children — but to his surprise, Conner received a gift of his own. Conner was officially named a member of the 2015 Allstate AFC...

Pitt football notebook: Week three

Pitt football notebook: Week three

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Before Pitt sets off for Kinnick Stadium, questions about position battles and health linger following a 24-7 win at Akron on Saturday. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed his team’s quarterback controversy, injuries and depth at his weekly press conference Monday at the UPMC Sports Performance...

Pitt putting 2014 loss behind them in preparation for Akron game

Pitt putting 2014 loss behind them in preparation for Akron game

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Two days after its opening victory against Youngstown State, the Pitt football team took a monumental blow, losing star running back James Conner for the entire season to a torn MCL. On Saturday, they’ll be taking on Akron, minus No. 24. Despite the magnitude of Conner’s loss, center Artie Rowell...

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 7, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Following an injury against Youngstown State University on Saturday, Pitt junior running back James Conner will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn MCL in his right knee, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced at his weekly press conference on Monday. Narduzzi said while the severity of...

Pitt Football Notebook: Narduzzi reflects on debut

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off of a close 45-37 first week victory over Youngstown State University, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had plenty to talk about in his weekly press conference. While the main takeaway was running back James Conner’s season-ending knee injury, Narduzzi tackled plenty of other topics on Monda...

Pitt defeats Youngstown State 45-37 in first game of Narduzzi era

Pitt defeats Youngstown State 45-37 in first game of Narduzzi era

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt needed a momentum boost last season, the team often looked to James Conner or Tyler Boyd. But against Youngstown State, with Boyd suspended and Conner hampered with a knee injury he sustained in the first quarter, an unexpected source gave Pitt a jolt of energy twice: sophomore cornerback...

Pitt football uses memory of 2012 loss to prepare for opener against Youngstown State

Pitt football uses memory of 2012 loss to prepare for opener against Youngstown State

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Three years ago, Pitt tight end J.P. Holtz was an eager, inexperienced freshman, a Pittsburgh kid from Shaler Area High School ready to play in his first collegiate game. That game was against Youngstown State University, and it was of significant proportions. It was the season opener of Pitt’s fin...

Play Brawl: Why Pitt and West Virginia Must Renew Their Rivalry

Play Brawl: Why Pitt and West Virginia Must Renew Their Rivalry

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As a junior, I’ve engaged in countless Panther rites of passage — having the Cathedral’s victory lights guide me home, eating at Primanti’s, singing “Sweet Caroline” at football games and promptly leaving after the last verse. Yet one item on my checklist remains unmarked — attending the...

Pitt Football Notebook: Week One

Pitt Football Notebook: Week One

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 1, 2015


Filed under Football

In preparation for his head coaching debut Saturday against Youngstown State University, Pat Narduzzi held his first weekly press conference on Monday afternoon. Here are some crucial tidbits and takeaways from what the new head coach shared with the media. O Captains! My Captains! Narduzzi elaborated...

Narduzzi has Panthers primed for improvement in debut season

Narduzzi has Panthers primed for improvement in debut season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

For Pitt football, last season told a story of missed opportunities and questions of what could've been. Led by new coach Pat Narduzzi, the Panthers hope to right the wrongs that ailed them last season. “No more ‘we should’ve done this, we could’ve done that.’ No more excuses,” redshirt j...

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 11

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 11

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Even without pads and full-speed tackling, storylines are emerging from Pitt’s football camp as coaches look for players to stand out among the pack. On the second day of camp on Tuesday at Pitt’s South Side facility, chemistry was the focus. From the weight room to the practice field, new positio...

New athletic director Scott Barnes talks plans, policy for Pitt sports

New athletic director Scott Barnes talks plans, policy for Pitt sports

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt hired Scott Barnes as its new athletic director on April 24, Panther fans were curious about how the former Utah State AD would impact the University, following the departure of Steve Pederson.Last week, The Pitt News sat down to speak with Barnes, who officially began his post on June 15, dis...

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