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Panthers defeat Seahawks, 74-55

Panthers defeat Seahawks, 74-55

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 9, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball secured an easy win against University of North Carolina Wilmington Saturday afternoon, finally ending its losing streak. The Panthers (6-4) defeated the Seahawks (5-4) 74-55, earning them a win after three consecutive losses, which included two last-second defeats again...

Panthers fall in Backyard Brawl, 73-52

Panthers fall in Backyard Brawl, 73-52

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team traveled to West Virginia Thursday night to rekindle the Backyard Brawl rivalry that had been inactive since 2012. The Panthers were outmatched by their Big 12 opponent, however, and fell to the Mountaineers, 73-52. Pitt (5-4) entered the game riding a two-game losing streak afte...

Panthers back on track

Panthers back on track

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After breaking six school records during the 2016-17 season, the Pitt track and field team enters this season needing to retool after the departure of several key contributors from last year’s team. The Panthers return five of the seven athletes that made it to the NCAA Outdoor Championships last...

Panthers top The Mount, 82-78

Panthers top The Mount, 82-78

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After securing a 15-point lead in the second half, Pitt men’s basketball looked to be on a clear path to victory over Mount St. Mary’s Tuesday night. But after giving up that lead, the Panthers needed a last-minute bucket and an overtime period to top their mid-major opponent, narrowly winning 8...

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...

Penn State topples Pitt in second round of NCAA Tournament

Penn State topples Pitt in second round of NCAA Tournament

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

December 2, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite winning the ACC championship for the first time in program history, Pitt volleyball’s year ended the same way as last year — in a loss to No. 1 Penn State. The Panthers (26-7 overall, 18-2 ACC) breezed by Virginia Commonwealth University (30-3 overall, 14-0 A-10) Friday in the first round of the ...

City Game reclaimed: Panthers defeat Dukes, 76-64

City Game reclaimed: Panthers defeat Dukes, 76-64

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball

In an encouraging sign for the young Pitt men’s basketball team, the Panthers accomplished something that last year’s team was unable to do — record a victory over Duquesne, in the annual City Game Friday night at PPG Paints Arena. After turning the ball over a season-high 22 times in their prev...

Pika shoots for Pitt and Puerto Rico

Pika shoots for Pitt and Puerto Rico

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pika Rodriguez may have just started playing for the Pitt women’s basketball team, but she comes in with valuable experience that most players don’t have. Before the first-year guard arrived at Pitt, she devoted two years to the Puerto Rican national team. Now, she’s establishing her presence...

Panthers set for NCAA tournament

Panthers set for NCAA tournament

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After the Pitt women’s volleyball team finished its season tied as ACC champions for the first time in program history, the Panthers (25-6 overall, 18-2 ACC) earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament for the second straight year. The team will travel to the neutral site of Penn Sta...

Wisconsin badgers Pitt women’s basketball to win 58-57

Wisconsin badgers Pitt women’s basketball to win 58-57

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team had a last-second chance to win its Wednesday night game against Wisconsin, but when the ball ricocheted off the rim as time expired, it was the Badgers who stood victorious. The team entered Wednesday’s game on a three-game winning streak with its previous lo...

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...

Nittany Lions level Panthers, 85-54, in Progressive Legends Classic semi-final

Nittany Lions level Panthers, 85-54, in Progressive Legends Classic semi-final

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories

In a semi-final matchup of the Progressive Legends Classic versus Penn State, the Pitt men’s basketball team was annihilated by its in-state foe, falling 85-54 in a game that was essentially over by halftime. The Panthers (1-3 overall, 0-0 ACC) had nothing going for them in a blowout loss to the ...

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...

Panthers chase down Gauchos, 70-62, claim first season victory

Panthers chase down Gauchos, 70-62, claim first season victory

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team came back from an early and consistent deficit to claim its first victory of the season with a 70-62 victory over the University of California, Santa Barbara Gauchos. Pitt (1-2) played its second game in the 11th annual Progressive Legends Classic Wednesday night ag...

Panthers pick up win against Cornell, 51-39

Panthers pick up win against Cornell, 51-39

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Petersen Events Center was full of kids from surrounding schools ready to watch an exciting game between the Pitt women’s basketball team and Cornell Monday in the ninth annual School Day game. But they instead watched a low-scoring game the Panthers nearly lost. The Panthers (2-0) etched out a 51-39 win ov...

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...

Pitt loses to Montana with record-low attendance, 83-78

Pitt loses to Montana with record-low attendance, 83-78

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories

Entering Monday night’s game, the Pitt men’s basketball team had not lost a home opener since 1996. Kevin Stallings was also the coach during that loss — but for the Panthers’ opponent, Illinois State. This time, Stallings experienced the defeat from the other side. The Panthers (0-2) committ...

Panthers pen win over Penguins, 66-58

Panthers pen win over Penguins, 66-58

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 11, 2017


Filed under Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team battled back from an early deficit to open its season with a 66-58 win against Youngstown Friday night. The Panthers (1-0) and the Penguins (0-1) both had relatively lackluster performances at the Petersen Events Center. Both teams made a little over a third of their...

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...

Chinaza Ndee earns second ACC Freshman of the Week honor

Chinaza Ndee earns second ACC Freshman of the Week honor

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

First-year volleyball player Chinaza Ndee earned her second ACC Freshman of the Week honor after her standout performance during the Panthers’ weekend domination of the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles. Ndee recorded five kills in Friday’s match against Miami and nine in Sunday’s match ag...

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 ...

Weekend sports: Swimming and diving dominate competition, tennis draws to a close

Weekend sports: Swimming and diving dominate competition, tennis draws to a close

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While Pitt football might have had a bye week, other Pitt teams were either finishing their seasons or beginning them. The Pitt tennis team concluded its season over the weekend at the Harvard Invitational while the Panthers’ swimming and diving team competed in another meet in its 2017-18 campaign. ...

Pitt volleyball serves weekend of success

Pitt volleyball serves weekend of success

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team used not one, but two weekend wins to demonstrate why they belong at the top of ACC volleyball standings. The Panther volleyball team defeated Miami (15-5 overall, 9-5 ACC) and Florida State (12-10 overall, 6-8 ACC) at the Fitzgerald Field House to pull to 19-6 overall and 12-...

Crimson Hawks sink talons into Panthers, win 73-68

Crimson Hawks sink talons into Panthers, win 73-68

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

November 5, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

When the Pitt women’s basketball team last faced the Crimson Hawks, the Panthers won the game 72-40. Sunday’s exhibition matchup at the Petersen Events Center was a completely different game. The new team of Panthers fell to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 73-68, after playing in a game where...

Pitt men’s basketball ices Slippery Rock for 71-59 victory

Pitt men’s basketball ices Slippery Rock for 71-59 victory

By Kevin Bertha / Staff Writer

November 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team overcame a slow start marred by turnovers and foul trouble to beat Division II Slippery Rock 71-59 Saturday at the Shoot Down Cancer Exhibition Game. Head coach Kevin Stallings attributed the slow start to nerves from younger players, but was positive following the w...

Pitt fires women’s soccer head coach Greg Miller

Pitt fires women’s soccer head coach Greg Miller

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

November 3, 2017


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

Pitt head women’s soccer coach Greg Miller will not return next season after six years with the program, according to a press release from Pitt Athletics Friday. In the press release, Athletic Director Heather Lyke thanked Miller for his time with the program and said she sees a brighter future for ...

Diving into a new season: Pitt swimming and diving back in competition

Diving into a new season: Pitt swimming and diving back in competition

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

November 2, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Many of the Pitt aquatic athletes have left opponents in the dust — or more appropriately, in chlorine-laced dihydrogen monoxide — during their first meets. It’s early in the season, but Pitt is already showing promise for future performances. In their first dual meet this year, the Panthers split the outin...

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...

Fighting Irish knock out Panthers, 5-0

Fighting Irish knock out Panthers, 5-0

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

November 2, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team might have defeated Notre Dame in the team’s first meeting of the season, but the Irish came prepared to fight for an ACC Tournament first-round win. Notre Dame (10-5-2 overall, 4-3-2 ACC) defeated the Panthers (8-10 overall, 2-7 ACC) 5-0 Wednesday, Nov. 1 — ultimat...

Panthers fighting Irish in first round of ACC Tournament

Panthers fighting Irish in first round of ACC Tournament

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

When Pitt men’s soccer last faced Notre Dame, the Panthers marched into South Bend and pulled off a shocking 1-0 upset, handing the No. 7 Fighting Irish their lone home loss of the year. The victory marked the Panthers’ first win over a top-10 opponent since 2000. Pitt (8-9 overall, 2-6 ACC) must duplicate t...

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...

Eagles end Pitt women’s soccer season, win 3-2 in double overtime

Eagles end Pitt women’s soccer season, win 3-2 in double overtime

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team suffered a tough double overtime loss, 3-2, against Boston College Thursday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field, finishing the season on a eight-game losing streak. The Panthers (3-12-3 overall, 0-9-1 ACC) fell to the Eagles (10-8-1 overall, 4-5-1 ACC), ending their seas...

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...

Vidovich’s second season brings success to men’s soccer

Vidovich’s second season brings success to men’s soccer

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 26, 2017


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

The Pitt men’s soccer team only managed to score 12 goals in the entire season last year. This year, the team had 12 goals before October. Stats like these show how far the team has come in its second year with head coach Jay Vidovich, who has lead Pitt to an 8-8 record so far this season, with ...

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...

Miami Hurricanes blow out Pitt women’s soccer, 3-0

Miami Hurricanes blow out Pitt women’s soccer, 3-0

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In a battle between two teams in the basement of the ACC standings, Pitt women’s soccer dropped its match to Miami, 3-0, Thursday night to move into last place in the conference. The Panthers (3-9-3 overall, 0-6-1 ACC) traveled to Miami to face the Hurricanes (4-9 overall, 0-7 ACC) with a second-t...

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...

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...

Empty-handed end for Pitt tennis at invitational

Empty-handed end for Pitt tennis at invitational

By Trent Leonard | For The Pitt News

October 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite a sampling of first-round success, no one from the Pitt women’s tennis team made it through Sunday’s bracket of matches. The Pitt women’s tennis team traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, over the weekend for the ITA Atlantic Regional Championships at Virginia Tech. The Panthers compete...

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...

Take me back to the ballgame: Fans reflect on Forbes Field

Take me back to the ballgame: Fans reflect on Forbes Field

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Sports Features, Top Stories

Where students now slouch in their seats, fans once sat on edge, moments away from witnessing a historic sports event on Oct. 13, 1960 — now dubbed Mazeroski Day. In game seven of the 1960 World Series, Pirate Bill Mazeroski came to the plate at the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at nine. On a 1-0 pitc...

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 ...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week six results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week six results

By TPN Sports Desk

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

With college football reaching its midway point, some teams are holding strong while others are scrapping for any chance at a bowl game. Clemson and Miami remain the sole undefeated giants, while teams such as Louisville, Duke, Wake Forest and Pitt slipped down the rankings. Here’s The Pitt ...

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...

Forget the Pete, hit the street: Pitt to play at Cathedral

Forget the Pete, hit the street: Pitt to play at Cathedral

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt basketball teams are leaving the Pete behind Friday night, but for this spectacle they’re not travelling far. Migrating from upper campus to Bigelow Boulevard, the Panthers will be putting all of their skills on display under the lights outside the Cathedral of Learning. The men’s an...

‘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...

Weekend sports: Panthers’ performances vary from court to field

Weekend sports: Panthers’ performances vary from court to field

By Trent Leonard | For The Pitt News

October 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While the Pitt women’s cross country and volleyball teams excelled this weekend, other Panther performances were less than ideal. Both men’s and women’s swim teams opened their seasons with unsatisfactory performances, and the women’s soccer team extended its losing streak. Women’s Vo...

Blue Devils take down Panthers, 2-0

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 7, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team’s winning streak ended abruptly Friday night after No. 19 Duke’s 2-0 victory. The Panthers (6-6-0 overall, 1-4-0 ACC) fell to the Blue Devils (9-2-1 overall, 3-2-0 ACC) after Pitt’s mistakes gave Duke too many opportunities. “The game started one way that wasn’t...

Syracuse stomps Pitt women’s soccer, 2-0

Syracuse stomps Pitt women’s soccer, 2-0

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Though the Pitt women’s soccer team led the game with 15 shots to Syracuse’s eight, the Panthers couldn’t find the mark and dropped Thursday night’s game, 2-0. The Panthers (3-7-3 overall, 0-4-1 ACC) entered the contest against the Orange (6-4-2 overall, 1-2-1 ACC) fresh off a 7-0 loss to ...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 5 results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week 5 results

By TPN Sports Desk

October 6, 2017


Filed under Football

While five undefeated ACC football teams entered the fifth week of play, only two escaped unscathed. Clemson and Miami remain in the first and second spots, respectively — a result of their unbeatable performances. The Hokies, Blue Devils and Demon Deacons all suffered their first losses of the 2...

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...

Panthers prove professional worth

Panthers prove professional worth

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

With the NBA regular season tip-off only a few weeks away, a couple former Panther basketball players have found their way onto NBA rosters. After fellow Panther James Robinson struggled to get any playing time, only Michael Young and Jamel Artis remain with the chance to secure a spot on an NBA roster...

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...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week four results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week four results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 28, 2017


Filed under Football

College football is entering week five of play, and fans are learning where ACC teams stand. Clemson has continued to steamroll competition and is secure in the top-ranked spot. Pitt, however, began in the middle of the pack and has dropped all the way to last place. With multiple matchups with undefeated...

Pat Narduzzi’s football radio show review

Pat Narduzzi’s football radio show review

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

It’s easy to wonder if Pitt’s administration has to ask Bill Hillgrove his opinion before they hire a coach, because more times than not they’re also hiring his cohost. Hillgrove, the play-by-play man for the Pitt men’s basketball and football teams, has hosted radio programs with former P...

Prediction: Panthers’ improvements could inspire victory

Prediction: Panthers’ improvements could inspire victory

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Football

The Pitt Panthers will face off against the Rice Owls for the first time since 1951 in Pitt’s final non-conference game of the 2017 season on Saturday. Already four games into the season, the Panthers and the Owls are both struggling to find their groove. Each team is entering Saturday’s game with a 1...

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 ...

Pitt women’s soccer ties, ends losing streak

Pitt women’s soccer ties, ends losing streak

By Adin Link | For The Pitt News

September 22, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak, but not with a win. The Panthers (3-4-3, 0-1-1 ACC) returned home to Ambrose Urbanic Field Thursday evening for a match against the Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2-2, 0-1-1 ACC). The Hokies scored in the 47th minute, and after being down...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week three results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week three results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 20, 2017


Filed under Football

After several teams faced game cancellations in the last two weeks, this week welcomed play for all teams. Even though Florida State and Miami have only played one game each this season, they remain at the top of rankings based on preseason and early season performances. Pitt’s second loss of the...

Cowboys crush Panthers, 59-21, in Pitt football’s worst loss at Heinz Field

Cowboys crush Panthers, 59-21, in Pitt football’s worst loss at Heinz Field

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

As if last week’s loss to in-state rival Penn State wasn’t demoralizing enough, the Panthers were blown out in their worst loss ever at Heinz Field by the Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday. Senior quarterback Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys’ passing offense were too much for the Panthers, posting...

Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Sports Features, Top Stories

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, Penny Semaia can seem like a pretty intimidating figure. But once Semaia starts talking, any intimidation falls away. He makes you feel welcome from the moment you shake his hand and exudes friendliness. It’s an infectious positivity many in the Pitt community have beco...

Prediction: Panthers could pull upset against Cowboys

Prediction: Panthers could pull upset against Cowboys

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Football

The Panthers entered the fourth quarter tied at 38 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys last year in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys took over — with a chance to win — with just under two minutes to go. They capitalized on the possession, as quarterback Mason Rudolph took advantage of Pitt’...

Cowboys’ combo more threatening than PSU

Cowboys’ combo more threatening than PSU

By Abbot Zuk | For The Pitt News

September 14, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

Trace McSorley’s aerial attack and Saquon Barkley’s electrifying footwork from Saturday’s football game against Penn State will look like child’s play compared to what senior quarterback Mason Rudolph and senior wide receiver James Washington of Oklahoma State have in store for the Panthers....

Narduzzi talks loss and looks ahead to Oklahoma State

Narduzzi talks loss and looks ahead to Oklahoma State

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Football

Despite Pitt facing another top 10 team in the Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend, Pitt football Head Coach Pat Narduzzi focused much of Monday’s press conference on last week’s rivalry game against Penn State. The Panthers lost the game with a lopsided score of 33-14, but they came close to m...

Kent State Golden Flashes outplay Panthers, 1-0

Kent State Golden Flashes outplay Panthers, 1-0

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

September 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In the first of a four-game stretch on the road, the Panthers lost in the 89th minute to the Kent State Golden Flashes on Thursday night in Kent, Ohio. Pitt came out firing with three shots in the first 10 minutes. Sophomore forward Christiana Davey hit a saved shot on goal, and redshirt junior forward...

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...

Prediction: Lions loom over Panthers

Prediction: Lions loom over Panthers

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2017


Filed under Football, GameDay, Top Stories

When Ryan Lewis hauled in the last season’s game-clinching interception against Penn State, he secured a year of bragging rights. Regardless of Penn State’s ultimate Big Ten success last year, Pitt fans could flaunt their 42-39 triumph. But as the renewed rivalry with Penn State approaches its second...

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...

Pitt vs. Penn State: Unrequited rivalry

Pitt vs. Penn State: Unrequited rivalry

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

When you’re in the stands at a Pitt football game, there are a handful of cheers you’re bound to hear: “Hail to Pitt,” “P-I-T-T: Let’s Go Pitt,” and the infamous anti-Penn State chant. Regardless of whether or not Penn State is the opponent on the field, that chant will echo throughout th...

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week one results

The Pitt News ACC power rankings, week one results

By TPN Sports Desk

September 6, 2017


Filed under Football

After week one of the college football season, there’s already a shake-up at the top of our standings: top-ranked Florida State lost to No.1 Alabama and lost quarterback Deondre Francois for the season. As for Pitt, it moved down one spot after the nail-biting overtime win against the Youngstow...

Panthers pounce on Titans to remain unbeaten, 3-1

Panthers pounce on Titans to remain unbeaten, 3-1

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

August 31, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With its third win of the season, the Pitt women’s soccer team surpassed its previous season’s winnings while maintaining an unbeaten record. The Panthers (3-0-2) took on the Detroit Mercy Titans (2-1-1) Wednesday night at the Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt’s total shots nearly tripled those o...

Rising sophomores reflect: Adjusting as a student-athlete

Rising sophomores reflect: Adjusting as a student-athlete

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Sports Features

Jovana Knezevic’s day starts with an early morning weight session, followed by a full schedule of classes. But instead of returning to her dorm after class to study or relax, Knezevic heads over to the tennis courts for a three hour practice. Learning where to go for the best pizza on campus, keeping...

Gray’s got it in the glove

Gray’s got it in the glove

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Sports Features

When 5-year-old Olivia Gray was offered a spot on a youth softball team, she didn’t want to play because she was afraid of failing. But her father, Shawn, encouraged her to give the sport another chance because of his daughter’s competitive attitude. He wanted to see her play a sport where there...

Pitt baseball secures series win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2-1

Pitt baseball secures series win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2-1

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

April 30, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt baseball team started the weekend’s home series with a loss and a narrow win. But in the series finale, the Panthers trounced the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars. Rain delayed the original Saturday 1 p.m. start time of the series-opening games between SIUE (18-24, 6-15...

From Pitt to the pros: Spratling sprints to stardom

From Pitt to the pros: Spratling sprints to stardom

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Brycen Spratling sports Nike shoes, sweatpants and a short-sleeve black-and-blue shirt while warming up for his workout. He slowly trots around the track, bouncing to the beat of the music in his earbuds. An unknowing observer might assume he’s just there for a routine jog. But once he takes off, ...

Randy Juhl to serve as Pitt’s acting athletic director

Randy Juhl to serve as Pitt’s acting athletic director

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

When it comes to sports, a little bit of chemistry can go a long way. The Pitt Panthers will get just that from their new acting athletic director, Randy Juhl. Juhl has spent the majority of his time at the University of Pittsburgh as a distinguished service professor in the School of Pharmacy, with h...

Pitt women’s basketball struggles with fouls in 70-63 loss vs. Charlotte

Pitt women’s basketball struggles with fouls in 70-63 loss vs. Charlotte

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

When two key starters fouled out before the end of the game, the Pitt women’s basketball team’s attempt at a comeback against Charlotte Sunday afternoon fizzled out, ending instead in a 70-63 loss. Uncharacteristically, forward Brenna Wise and center Brandi Harvey-Carr each collected five personal...

No. 21 Pitt wrestling team foiled by No. 1 Oklahoma State, 39-0

No. 21 Pitt wrestling team foiled by No. 1 Oklahoma State, 39-0

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the second season in a row, the Pitt wrestling team failed to win a match against the most accomplished program in the history of the sport — the Oklahoma State Cowboys. After a 36-0 win for the 34-time national champions at the Fitzgerald Field House last season, No. 1 Oklahoma State (4-0) ...

Pitt football to play in Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28

Pitt football to play in Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

For the first time in 54 years, the Pitt football team will be playing in the home of the most successful franchise in American pro sports — the New York Yankees. The Panthers will take on the Northwestern Wildcats in the Bronx, New York, in the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, D...

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...

Pitt men’s basketball clinches third place in 2K Classic against Marquette, 78-75

Pitt men’s basketball clinches third place in 2K Classic against Marquette, 78-75

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Panthers captured third place in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden after barely managing a 78-75 victory against Marquette on Friday afternoon. Pitt (3-1) gave up a dominating lead to Marquette (2-2) in the first half, but senior Michael Young came back to pull the Panthers ahead in the s...

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