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The last Pitt coach to beat PSU: Q&A with Walt Harris

The last Pitt coach to beat PSU: Q&A with Walt Harris

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2016

Until Pitt’s Chris Blewitt or Penn State’s Joey Julius kicks the ball off Saturday, the last Pitt head coach to take on the Nittany Lions is none other than Walt Harris, who headed the program from 1997 to 2005. Harris coached the Panthers to a 52-44 record in eight seasons with the team, culmina...

Pitt-Penn State traffic update

Pitt-Penn State traffic update

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

September 8, 2016

The Panthers’ showdown against Penn State on Saturday is expected to have a record-breaking number of people in attendance, so here are a few traffic and celebration considerations to keep in mind before kickoff: Road closures: Liberty Bridge is closed indefinitely due to an electrical fire and Se...

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2016

‘Ped State!’ ‘Joe Knew!’ “Hilarious. I’ve got to get that on a T-shirt. Or a sign. Or something.” This is the unhinged thought process that select members of the Pitt fan base will likely go through, or have already gone through, prior to the Panthers’ long-awaited clash with t...

Pitt-Penn State expected to set Pittsburgh sporting event attendance record

Pitt-Penn State expected to set Pittsburgh sporting event attendance record

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 7, 2016

Saturday’s game at Heinz Field between the Pitt Panthers and the Penn State Nittany Lions is set to be the all-time most attended sporting event in the city of Pittsburgh, according to Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes. Pitt has already set a new school record for season ticket sales with 55,63...

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

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

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 ...

Former Pitt LB Nicholas Grigsby makes L.A. Rams’ 53-man roster

Former Pitt LB Nicholas Grigsby makes L.A. Rams’ 53-man roster

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 4, 2016

Former Pitt linebacker Nicholas Grigsby survived the last round of NFL preseason roster cuts Saturday, officially making the Los Angeles Rams’ 53-man roster entering the 2016-2017 season. Grigsby joins former Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd of the Cincinnati Bengals as the second player from Pitt’s 2015 ...

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016

Pitt fans know all too well the perils that can come with taking the first opponent of the season lightly just because it is a Football Championship Subdivision — formerly I-AA — team. In 2012, Paul Chryst was in his first game as head coach of the Panthers, and a win -- good start to his tenu...

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

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...

McDowell Mob making the trip to Heinz Field for Conner’s return

McDowell Mob making the trip to Heinz Field for Conner’s return

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 1, 2016

Last fall, sports nutrition teacher Crystal Myers and the McDowell Mob — the student fan section at McDowell High School, which she heads — had everything lined up. For the second year in a row, students from the Erie, Pennsylvania, high school planned to trek to Heinz Field by the busload to support t...

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