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Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Though it was a tough weekend for Pitt athletics, there were still a few athletes that played at a high-level and stood out. Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams and Johan Penaranda all made notable plays in their notable sports this past weekend -- showcasing their athletic ability.

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

This Saturday, Pitt will play Georgia Tech at Heinz Field. Both teams currently have records of 1-1, so they will both put up a fight to make comebacks and improve their starting records. If Pitt improves both offense and defense, they should have no problem beating out the Yellow Jackets.

Experienced roster bodes well for Pitt football

Experienced roster bodes well for Pitt football

By Trent Leonard, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Despite an unsuccessful season last year, the Panthers are ready to turn things around with an experienced group of returning players, including 18 seniors.

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 ...

Former Pitt athletes nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Pitt athletes nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

Two former Pitt football players were added to the induction ballot for the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame on Monday by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Matt Cavanaugh and Craig Heyward were among several familiar college football stars, including former Texas and Te...

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

By Cale Berger | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s annual Blue and Gold Spring Game may be the first chance of the year for Pitt students, alumni and fans to tailgate and bring their favorite jerseys out of retirement, but it is also an opportunity to get a small taste of what the upcoming season will bring on the field. This year was no ...

Ian Troost: Unmasking his truth

Ian Troost: Unmasking his truth

By Brandon Glass & Elise Lavallee

March 28, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

You may have seen Ian Troost without even knowing it. It's possible he was a passing thought or a source of lingering ire. It all depends on your opinion of mustaches, mascots and kneeling during the national anthem. He was the tall skinny guy with the little brown caterpillar named Jerry perched ...

Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star

Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

First-year Kenny Pickett wasn’t supposed to take a snap last year, much less lead the team to the biggest win of the season. As the third-string quarterback for the Pitt football team entering the 2017 season, he was firmly entrenched behind redshirt senior Max Browne and sophomore Ben DiNucci. The expec...

Chase Brown brings talent to young Pitt offense

Chase Brown brings talent to young Pitt offense

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Offensive tackle Chase Brown announced in June that he will attend the University of Pittsburgh, marking the Panthers’ ninth commit of the 2018 recruiting class and — more interestingly — Brown’s third stint at a university. Brown — unlike most of the class — enters the program with m...

Narduzzi rounds out staff for 2018 season

Narduzzi rounds out staff for 2018 season

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi announced three coaching appointments Saturday, finalizing his 2018 staff. Narduzzi promoted defensive line coach Charlie Partridge to assistant head coach, hired Cory Sanders as safeties coach and brought in Paris Johnson Sr. as assistant director of player perso...

Pitt nabs top recruits on National Signing Day

Pitt nabs top recruits on National Signing Day

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football has almost rounded out its squad for the 2018 season after National Signing Day Wednesday. Some players who signed were expected, including Belle Vernon offensive lineman Blake Zubovic and linebacker Wendell Davis of Richmond, Virginia, who both gave their verbal commitments to Pitt last year. Still, five brand-new Panthers have si...

Shocky Jacques-Louis lands at Pitt

Shocky Jacques-Louis lands at Pitt

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

February 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

When Shocky Jacques-Louis committed to Pitt Dec. 20, 2017, the football team finally landed its highest-rated recruit. Jacques-Louis joined the Panthers after a tumultuous recruiting process saw him decommit from two other schools. Jacques-Louis is listed by 247sports.com as a three-star, 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlet...

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 ...

Noah Palmer brings local flair to Pitt defense

Noah Palmer brings local flair to Pitt defense

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Noah Palmer finished his high school football career with a win at Heinz Field. The 2018 Pitt football signee is hoping for many more victories in the stadium during the next four years — but this time in a blue and gold uniform. Palmer is listed as a 6-foot-4, 215-pound strong-side defensive end by 247spo...

Pitt football looks ahead to difficult non-conference schedule

Pitt football looks ahead to difficult non-conference schedule

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

January 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With the recent finalization of Pitt’s 2018 football schedule, it’s never too early to start planning ticket purchases and tailgates. The team is set to face a tough non-conference schedule, including two perennial national title contenders and a team that just went undefeated. While ACC oppon...

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt will now lose its third player from this year’s roster to the NFL. Redshirt junior offensive tackle Brian O’Neill joins juniors Quadree Henderson and Jordan Whitehead in declaring for the draft this April. O’Neill announced his decision in a statement released to the media on Friday morning. ...

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Backup Pitt quarterback Ben Dinucci has announced his decision to transfer, according to a Tweet posted Thursday afternoon. The redshirt sophomore and Pine-Richland High School graduate announced, with two years of eligibility left, he will be moving to an undisclosed school in January of 2018. ...

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 11, 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...

Junior-college quarterback commits to Pitt

Junior-college quarterback commits to Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football just signed a junior-college quarterback for next season, extending their roster under center. Tyler Zelinski of Erie Community College said Sunday on Twitter he committed to Pitt as a walk-on. After some consistent performances at the end of the season, first-year Kenny Pickett emer...

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / The Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pat Narduzzi signed a seven-year contract extension, Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Wednesday, keeping Pitt’s football head coach around until at least 2024. Pitt is coming off a relatively disappointing season in which the Panthers finished with a 5-7 record and were ineligible for a bowl...

Quadree Henderson to enter 2018 NFL Draft

Quadree Henderson to enter 2018 NFL Draft

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

December 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Pitt junior wide receiver and return specialist Quadree Henderson announced in a statement on Twitter that he will be leaving Pitt’s football team to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. “My lifelong goal has always been to play in the National Football League,” Henderson said Monday. “After speakin...

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...

Pitt’s best and worst moments of the season

Pitt’s best and worst moments of the season

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Football

From opening the season with an overtime win to closing the season with a victory over an undefeated team, the Pitt football team had some times to celebrate this season. But in finishing with a losing record and not qualifying for a bowl game, the Panthers played a few games they’d probably like to...

Reporter’s notebook: Reflecting on Pitt’s football season

Reporter’s notebook: Reflecting on Pitt’s football season

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Football

As I watched the Panthers upset No. 7 Miami to close out their season, I had the same thought as I did coming into the season — this team will be good. Covering the Panther football team this year was as uneven as the team’s performance. Early on, I realized the team needed to make strides al...

Pitt football’s rebuilding shows in final game

Pitt football’s rebuilding shows in final game

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

November 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

For the second year in a row, and nearly 10 years to the day since the infamous “13-9” win over West Virginia, a mediocre Pitt football team upset another No. 2 team in the nation. The victory over Miami marked a satisfying end to a frustrating rebuilding campaign for the Panthers. Pitt started of...

Pitt upsets No. 2 Miami, 24-14, to finish season

Pitt upsets No. 2 Miami, 24-14, to finish season

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

November 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Playing the spoiler role for a second straight season, the Panthers pulled off their biggest upset win of the year conquering the previously undefeated No. 2 Miami Hurricanes 24-14 at Heinz Field. Marking its second straight year with a late-season victory against a top-three team, Pitt football (5-...

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...

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Pitt football team couldn’t convert on four straight plays at the goal line with a minute to go in the fourth quarter — losing 20-14 to the Virginia Tech Hokies and any chance at a bowl game. “We’re on the 1-yard line, we’ve got four tries, we’ve got to score,” first-year quarterbac...

Gallery: Pitt football falls to Virginia Tech, losing bowl eligibility

Gallery: Pitt football falls to Virginia Tech, losing bowl eligibility

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories, Visual

The Pitt football team couldn’t convert on four straight plays at the goal line with a minute to go in the fourth quarter — losing 20-14 to the Virginia Tech Hokies and any chance at a bowl game. Read the recap here. ...

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the game clock at Heinz Field ticked down on the Panthers Thursday night, the already prevalent splotches of bright yellow seats grew as the paltry crowd dispersed. The team’s chances to beat a 1-6 North Carolina team were beginning to dwindle, and so was their present fan base. The idea to work on...

Narduzzi reflects on bad performance against UNC

Narduzzi reflects on bad performance against UNC

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

November 14, 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...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 10 results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 10 results

By TPN Sports Desk

November 10, 2017


Filed under Football

For several college football teams, this part of the season is crucial for becoming bowl eligible. While some of the top-ranked teams have already secured their spots, teams such as Pitt, Boston College and Wake Forest are just within reach of eligibility. Clemson and Miami are still holding steady a...

Tar Heels trample Panthers, 34-31

Tar Heels trample Panthers, 34-31

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Despite a four-touchdown performance from junior Panther running back Darrin Hall, the North Carolina Tar Heels outlasted the Pitt football team at Heinz Field. In a nationally televised back-and-forth game under the lights, the Panthers (4-6 overall, 2-4 ACC) couldn’t keep up with two fourth-qua...

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 7, 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 ...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week nine results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week nine results

By TPN Sports Desk

November 2, 2017


Filed under Football

After the ninth week of ACC football play, only four teams held steady in their rankings. Clemson returned to first with its 24-10 defeat over Georgia Tech. Wake Forest saw the most upward movement, rising from 11th to seventh place. Pitt’s 31-14 defeat over Virginia pushed the Panthers up one r...

Pitt defense is the key to a successful season end

Pitt defense is the key to a successful season end

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

October 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Grabbing a second consecutive ACC win Saturday, Pitt football shone brightly on defense — almost as dazzling as the second-week-in-a-row victory lights — as they beat Virginia, 31-14. The Panthers made a point of stopping the Cavaliers in key situations, holding Virginia to just six third-down co...

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...

Prediction: Cavaliers to take down Panthers

Prediction: Cavaliers to take down Panthers

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Football

Both the Pitt and Virginia programs are having surprising seasons so far. For the Panthers, it’s because of their relentless disappointments and their revolving door situation at the quarterback position. But for the Cavaliers it’s because they are currently 5-2 overall and 2-1 in ACC play — much be...

TPN ACC power rankings, week eight results

TPN ACC power rankings, week eight results

By TPN Sports Desk

October 27, 2017


Filed under Football

With the ACC football regular season winding down, the top-ranked teams are holding steady. Miami maintained its claim of the top-ranked position as a result of its undefeated season, with Clemson, NC State and Virginia Tech close behind with one loss each. The middle of the group saw the most movemen...

Football players Ford and Sear charged with disorderly conduct

Football players Ford and Sear charged with disorderly conduct

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Paris Ford and Tyler Sear — first-year students on the Pitt football team — were charged with disorderly conduct after a fight in Sutherland Hall, according to Pitt police. The fight, first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, occurred Oct. 17 at around 10 p.m. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Post-Gazette, the two players "engaged in fighting behavior” with each ot...

Panther spotlight: Darrin Hall, Alexander Dexter, Callie Frey

Panther spotlight: Darrin Hall, Alexander Dexter, Callie Frey

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


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

Fall sports at Pitt are in full swing, with several teams reaching the season’s midpoint. The Panthers have had a bevy of standout performers across all sports this season. Here are a few recent top student-athletes: Darrin Hall The Panthers football team earned their first ACC win of the season thi...

Hall and Whitehead receive ACC honors

Hall and Whitehead receive ACC honors

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Football

Two Pitt football players received ACC honors this week for their performances in Saturday’s defeat of the Duke University Blue Devils. Junior running back Darrin Hall earned the ACC Offensive Back of the Week title, and junior safety Jordan Whitehead was named Co-Defensive Back of the Week. This marks ...

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,...

Darrin Hall adds a needed spark to Pitt offense

Darrin Hall adds a needed spark to Pitt offense

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

In his breakout performance, junior running back Darrin Hall led Pitt to a 24-17 victory over Duke Saturday, rushing 24 times for an incredible 254 yards and three touchdowns. Hall accounted for more than half of the Panthers’ total 485 offensive yards and all three of their touchdowns. His 92...

Prediction: Blue Devils’ defense too much for Panthers

Prediction: Blue Devils’ defense too much for Panthers

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Football

In the Panthers’ upcoming football game against Duke, both teams will be battling fiercely to bring back a sense of pride. Pitt (2-5 overall, 0-3 ACC) will try to reestablish confidence in the coaching staff’s decision-making, as the Blue Devils (4-3 overall, 1-3 ACC) look to snap a three-game lo...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week seven results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week seven results

By TPN Sports Desk

October 19, 2017


Filed under Football

The behemoth that is Clemson football was knocked from its pedestal after a fourth-quarter field goal secured the 27-24 win for Syracuse. That wasn’t the only change in rankings this week, though. Only five teams — with four of those being the bottom four teams — remained even, highlighting t...

That was then, this is now: Pitt football undefeated 100 years ago

That was then, this is now: Pitt football undefeated 100 years ago

By Colin Martin | For The Pitt News

October 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The year was 1917 — neither the Cathedral of Learning nor the Pittsburgh Steelers existed, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had finished last in the MLB standings with a 51-103 record. This was also the same year Pitt’s football team completed a perfect 10-0 season. Times have certainly changed. ...

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 17, 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...

Narduzzi’s quarterback shuffle costs Panthers

Narduzzi’s quarterback shuffle costs Panthers

By Adin Link | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

This season’s Panther football team has certainly not been afraid to make unconventional choices in their game plan, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. Pat Narduzzi has used two different quarterbacks in every game this season and in Saturday’s 35-17 loss to NC State, he did no...

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...

Prediction: NC State Wolfpack to win

Prediction: NC State Wolfpack to win

By Alex Lehmbeck | For The Pitt News

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

When the Panthers host No. 20 North Carolina State for Pitt’s homecoming game Saturday, the odds are certainly against Pitt to come out with a win. A three-point loss to Syracuse brought the Panthers’ (2-4, 0-2 ACC) ugly season to a midway point. Shortly after reemerging as Pitt’s starting quarterback, redshirt ...

Panther plunders: Pitt’s worst homecoming games

Panther plunders: Pitt’s worst homecoming games

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

While the homecoming court trots out onto the field at halftime this Saturday — and two lucky students are crowned king and queen — the Panthers will be in the locker room discussing strategy, diagramming plays and trying to figure out how to make the biggest home game of the season count. As...

Browne out for the season following injury

Browne out for the season following injury

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

Redshirt senior quarterback Max Browne is out for the remainder of the football season after sustaining an injury to his throwing arm Saturday, Oct. 7, in the loss to Syracuse. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced the end of Browne’s season Thursday afternoon. Browne underwent surgery Wednesday morn...

‘DiNucci is the guy’: Narduzzi announces quarterback changes

‘DiNucci is the guy’: Narduzzi announces quarterback changes

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 10, 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 10, 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...

Orange squeeze out win over Panthers, 27-24

Orange squeeze out win over Panthers, 27-24

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

October 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Down three on their own 5-yard line with 50 seconds remaining, the Panther football team needed to drive the ball into field goal range to send the game into overtime. Their backup and third string quarterbacks each took snaps, but both failed to launch a comeback final drive, leading to a 27-24 Syrac...

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...

Prediction: Panthers to crush the Orange

Prediction: Panthers to crush the Orange

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Football

The last time Pitt and Syracuse met, the Panthers won a hectic back-and-forth offensive game 76-61 — the highest combined total score in NCAA history. But now the Panthers and the Orange both come into this game 2-3 and are desperate for a win, especially in the ACC. Pitt dominated Rice 42-10 last week, ending its three-game losing streak and giving the team some much-needed life. R...

Students sport game day garb

Students sport game day garb

By Sarah Connor, For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


Filed under Sports Features

As music blasted through speakers in the trunk of a crossover SUV, scores of students tossed footballs and played cornhole in parking lots outside of Heinz Field Saturday before the football team’s game against Rice University. Students wearing blue-and-gold hoodies and knit Pitt beanies danced to the music and took part in th...

‘Max is back’: Narduzzi praises Browne, previews Syracuse

‘Max is back’: Narduzzi praises Browne, previews Syracuse

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under Football

Pitt football is coming off a victory for the first time since its season-opener, and head coach Pat Narduzzi made it known at Monday’s press conference. “Obviously it was a much more pleasant Sunday here with our kids,” Narduzzi said. “I couldn’t be happier for our kids. I mean, that’s kind of why ...

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...

Henderson named ACC Specialist sixth time

Henderson named ACC Specialist sixth time

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

September 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Quadree Henderson was named the ACC Specialist of the Week following his standout performance against Georgia Tech — his sixth time receiving the honor in his Pitt career. This is the first time this season the junior wide receiver received the weekly specialist honor. His standout performance i...

Narduzzi’s press conference leaves questions

Narduzzi’s press conference leaves questions

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 26, 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...

Panthers’ gutless play calling continues to disappoint

Panthers’ gutless play calling continues to disappoint

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Over the course of their three losses this season, the Panthers have surrendered more than 30 points in each matchup. It would be far too easy to pin the Panthers’ woes on the defense. This Saturday’s game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets was anything but a defensive farce, though. The...

Prediction: Georgia Tech, offensive threat

Prediction: Georgia Tech, offensive threat

By Abbot Zuk | For The Pitt News

September 22, 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...

Quick takes: Pitt football

Quick takes: Pitt football

By TPN Sports Desk

September 12, 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...

Pitt drops the ball: Penn State wins 33-14

Pitt drops the ball: Penn State wins 33-14

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, GameDay

Just like Pitt did last year at home, the Nittany Lions jumped out to an early lead, but the Panthers couldn’t catch up — eventually falling 33-14 during Saturday’s rivalry football game. Despite piling up more yards than the Nittany Lions (2-0) at Beaver Stadium, Penn State’s red zone def...

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 8, 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 8, 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...

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, GameDay

Sporting black long-sleeved turtlenecks and dark pants, Pitt’s 1899 football team looks like a bunch of brooding postmodern writers. But the beatnik era didn’t happen for another 50 years, making our athletic predecessors look like fashion-forward icons. And as our school went from the Western...

Linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season with injury

Linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season with injury

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt linebacker Quintin Wirginis will miss the rest of the season due to injury, head coach Pat Narduzzi revealed Monday. “Quintin Wirginis will be out for the year with a non-football related injury,” Narduzzi said at a press conference. “[It’s] disappointing, but it’s something that we de...

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...

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

September 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Leading by seven in overtime against the Youngstown State Penguins, Pitt redshirt freshman defensive back Bricen Garner made a leaping interception in the end zone, ending the Penguins’ drive and giving the Panthers their first win of the season, 28-21. The Pitt football team (1-0) opened its 2017...

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...

The Pitt News ACC Power Rankings

The Pitt News ACC Power Rankings

By TPN Sports Desk

August 31, 2017


Filed under Football

In preparation for ACC play, The Pitt News sports desk had a panel of seven writers rank the conference. Writers ranked the 14 ACC teams and then we tallied up the totals. We will update the rankings toward the end of every week — taking into account the most recent conference results — but for now,...

Underrated Penguins pose threat to Panthers

Underrated Penguins pose threat to Panthers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Football

Five years ago to the day, the Youngstown State Penguins came into Heinz Field and handed the Pitt football program one of the most embarrassing losses in its history, 31-17. The game marked the Penguins’ first-ever win over a Bowl Championship Series team, spoiling former head coach Paul Chryst’s...

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 4, 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 31, 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...

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," ...

The next chapter: Conner’s story continues in Pittsburgh

The next chapter: Conner’s story continues in Pittsburgh

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Sitting with friends and family in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, James Conner watched as the NFL Draft progressed through the first three rounds. Conner — a projected fifth or sixth round pick — probably wasn’t surprised he was still on the board. But as the night came to a close, the Pitt ...

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

It was a busy couple of weeks for Pitt athletics, as the spring teams’ seasons come to a close and the football team had players up for the NFL draft. Here’s a rundown of everything that you might have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Los Angeles Rams select Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price

Los Angeles Rams select Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Los Angeles Rams selected Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price with the 16th pick in the seventh round of the NFL draft. Price is the fifth Pitt player to be picked, making this the most successful draft for the program since 2011, when six Panthers were selected. The 6-foot, 255-pound lineman first...

Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman drafted by Buffalo Bills

Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman drafted by Buffalo Bills

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Buffalo Bills selected Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman with the 28th pick in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft. Peterman waited longer than expected — NFL.com projected that he would be picked in the third or fourth round. This past year, the Panther offense became the highest-scori...

Arizona Cardinals draft Pitt OL Dorian Johnson

Arizona Cardinals draft Pitt OL Dorian Johnson

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Arizona Cardinals selected Pitt offensive lineman Dorian Johnson in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday. Johnson was expected to go in the second or third rounds of the draft, but dropped into the fourth after a recently discovered liver condition. “[Friday] night, I had GM’s tell me th...

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...

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 13, 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...

Tight end Matt Flanagan transfers from Rutgers

Tight end Matt Flanagan transfers from Rutgers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Football

It’s been nearly two months since Pitt locked up ESPN’s No. 31 football recruiting class in the country on National Signing Day, but the Panthers haven’t stopped adding to next year’s roster. Rutgers tight end Matt Flanagan announced his decision Monday to enroll at Pitt in the fall as a graduate transfer. Flanagan ...

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With a little over a month left before the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team’s draft-eligible standouts made one last impression on NFL teams Wednesday morning. Dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and reporters packed the practice facility at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, as 19 Pa...

Pitting in person: 5 games fans would rather forget

Pitting in person: 5 games fans would rather forget

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 3, 2017


Filed under Sports

Last week, as I watched Pitt’s men’s basketball team surrender a 19-point lead against Wake Forest, I felt something all too familiar. The Panthers still led by four with 3:27 to go, yet I knew the team would find a way to lose — which it did, 63-59 after a 10-2 run from the Demon Deacons. ...

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...

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