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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

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...

Next In Line: Meet Chawntez Moss

Next In Line: Meet Chawntez Moss

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 31, 2016

Just before the start of the Blue-Gold game on April 16, 2016, incoming first-year running back Chawntez Moss had to take a moment to reflect. Moss was in a corner of the locker room with sophomore running back Qadree Ollison when he was handed his gold No. 26 game jersey. “Come on, man, put it on,...

Pitt vs. Penn State: Long time, no rivalry

Pitt vs. Penn State: Long time, no rivalry

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

May 31, 2016

One of Pennsylvania’s most storied football rivalries is back — for now. After a 16-year hiatus, the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Penn State Nittany Lions will battle it out on the gridiron for the 97th time this September 10 at noon at Heinz Field. The long-awaited clash is finally back, but only...

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016

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

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’ ...

James Conner announces he is officially cancer free

James Conner announces he is officially cancer free

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 23, 2016

Redshirt junior running back James Conner received news from his doctor Monday afternoon that after six months of chemotherapy treatment, he is cancer free. Conner was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on Thanksgiving Day 2015. “This is one of the more common types of cancer we see ...

Holtz, Grigsby, Pitts sign on with NFL teams

Holtz, Grigsby, Pitts sign on with NFL teams

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 1, 2016

Wide receiver Tyler Boyd was the only player from Pitt selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, but three of his teammates found homes with NFL teams after the draft was over. Tight end J.P. Holtz, linebacker Nicholas Grigsby and cornerback Lafayette Pitts all signed deals as undrafted free agents after the...

Cincinnati Bengals draft Tyler Boyd

Cincinnati Bengals draft Tyler Boyd

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

April 29, 2016

Tyler Boyd officially joined the National Football League on Friday after the Cincinnati Bengals carved out a spot on their roster for the Pitt Panther. Former Bengals wide receiver and four-time Pro Bowler Isaac Curtis announced the 21-year-old wide receiver as the 55th overall pick Friday night. ...

James Conner visits Ellen DeGeneres Show

James Conner visits Ellen DeGeneres Show

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Staff Writer

April 21, 2016

Pitt running back James Conner made a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday afternoon. During his eight-minute segment, Conner spoke about what it’s been like to play football while receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At the end of his interview, Kansas City Chiefs safety...

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 21, 2015

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...

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