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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

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...

With Boyd response, Narduzzi will set tone for tenure at Pitt

With Boyd response, Narduzzi will set tone for tenure at Pitt

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

June 23, 2015

Upon his appointment as Pitt’s head football coach in December, it appeared that Pat Narduzzi’s first challenge would come Sept. 5 on the gridiron. Now, it appears his first test will stem from his own locker room.Following a June 12 incident, the Jefferson Hill Police Department arrested Pitt s...

Winning on home turf: Pat Narduzzi’s energy while recruiting impressing Western PA coaches

Winning on home turf: Pat Narduzzi’s energy while recruiting impressing Western PA coaches

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015

As a former player, Eric Kasperowicz keeps close tabs on Pitt’s football team — and for good reason.Kasperowicz, now Pine-Richland High School’s head football coach, is responsible for helping his top players transition to the college level and therefore has to keep tight relations with college r...

Undersized Araujo-Lopes finds chance at Pitt

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015

At times, it was hard for Rafael Araujo-Lopes to not get stressed. After all, the wide receiver from Winter Park High School in Florida was doing his part.Playing wide receiver and running back and functioning as his team’s top playmaker, Lopes ran for 1,015 yards, accumulated 511 receiving yards and sc...

Curb early expectations, not enthusiasm, for Pat Narduzzi

Curb early expectations, not enthusiasm, for Pat Narduzzi

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 19, 2015

Hope springs eternal, but unbridled optimism springs sparingly.There is a palpable excitement in Pittsburgh regarding the Pitt football program and the direction in which it is headed.Thanks to the enthusiasm and vigor of new head coach Pat Narduzzi, hired in December following the shocking departure of fo...

Jarrett impressing coaches with improved conditioning, play

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi usually refrains from heaping praise on particular players. But when it comes to junior nose tackle Tyrique Jarrett, Narduzzi doesn’t hold back the plaudits.“He can be a special player for us,” Narduzzi said.Throughout spring practice, Jarrett took most of...

Increased playing time a possibility for underused Pitts

Increased playing time a possibility for underused Pitts

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

April 2, 2015

When safety Jevonte Pitts received word that Paul Chryst would leave Pitt for Wisconsin’s head coaching job in January, his immediate thoughts weren’t of anger or displeasure. They were of opportunity.After redshirting his freshman year and playing almost exclusively on special teams last season...

Pitt football getting acclimated to Narduzzi, staff at spring practices

Pitt football getting acclimated to Narduzzi, staff at spring practices

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015

Starting spring practice with a different head coach and staff isn’t anything new for the Pitt football team, as Pat Narduzzi marks Pitt’s third new coach in five years.What’s different about this staff, though, is the energy and enthusiasm it boasts in a stark contrast to the more reserved demeanor ...

Narduzzi, staff finishing recruiting season at a sprint

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 26, 2015

Since taking over the Pitt football program after the sudden departure of Paul Chryst, new head coach Pat Narduzzi has been busy on the recruiting trail. Narduzzi and his newly assembled staff have already received six commitments. Here is a rundown on the sextet of future Panthers.JAY STOCKER The firs...

Storify: New Pitt coaches active on social media

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 22, 2015

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The new regime: Narduzzi announces new assistant coaches

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 21, 2015

When Pitt introduced Pat Narduzzi as its next head football coach Dec. 26, the next question many people asked was whether he would bring in his own assistant coaches or keep the current ones.During his introductory press conference that same day, Narduzzi said he would “certainly” consider retaining the assi...

Narduzzi, Pitt announce new defensive coordinator, other new coaches

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 9, 2015

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi has begun to make his first changes to his program.On Friday, Pitt announced that Josh Conklin, former Florida International defensive coordinator, will take on the same position at Pitt, according to the press release.Conklin led FIU to a top-35 finish in total defe...

Pat Narduzzi introduced as next head football coach

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 26, 2014

Pat Narduzzi is officially Pitt’s next head football coach, and the 37th in the program’s history.Acting Athletic Director Randy Juhl introduced Narduzzi at a press conference Friday at 3:30 p.m. The former Michigan State defensive coordinator said that Pittsburgh “is my home.”“I’m highly moti...

Pat Narduzzi set to become Pitt’s next head football coach

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 24, 2014

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is set to be introduced as Pitt’s next head football coach, according to multiple reports.While the move has not yet been made official, several sources say the deal is close to being finalized.Pitt also announced Wednesday that it will hold a press conference on Friday at 3:30 to address its head footb...

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