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TPN writer reflects on four years of Pitt athletics

TPN writer reflects on four years of Pitt athletics

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Senior staff writer Colin Martin reflects on Pitt’s best sports moments during his time on campus, from the football team’s upset over Penn State in 2016 to its ACC Championship appearance in 2018.

Stress-inducing moments from Pitt sports

Stress-inducing moments from Pitt sports

By Trent Leonard, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Finals week is one of the most stressful times of the year, but you might feel more at ease after revisiting some of these anxiety-inducing Pitt games.

Top 10: Excuses for missing a final

Top 10: Excuses for missing a final

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 18, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It happens. We get it. Here are the top 10 reasons you can give professors for why you missed your final that’s worth 30% of your grade.

Aaron Donald pledges 7-figure donation to Pitt football

Aaron Donald pledges 7-figure donation to Pitt football

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After signing the most lucrative contract for a defensive player in NFL history, Aaron Donald gave some of that money back to the Pitt football program last Friday with a seven-figure donation.

Does Pitt have a case for Running Back U?

Does Pitt have a case for Running Back U?

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Former Pitt running back Qadree Ollison recently asserted his case for Pitt as the premier producer of backfield talent.

Opinion | Top 10 things even scarier than Roc’s new look

Opinion | Top 10 things even scarier than Roc’s new look

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

April 16, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt's new Panther logo strikes fear not only in the hearts of the competition but students as well. Here are 10 things even scarier than Roc’s new look.

Column: A requiem for Pitt Athletics’ old online layout

Column: A requiem for Pitt Athletics’ old online layout

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 16, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Along with drastic new changes to its color scheme, logo and uniforms, Pitt Athletics also made some new changes to its website. But in this case, newer doesn’t mean better.

3 takeaways from Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game

3 takeaways from Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 15, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Saturday’s Blue-Gold Spring Game provided plenty to talk about, including performances that could indicate things to come and others that were too good — or too bad — to be true.

Everything you need to know for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game

Everything you need to know for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s annual Blue-Gold game is this Saturday, marking the end of spring practice and pitting teammates against each other in a full regulation-style, four-quarter scrimmage between two teams drafted from the team’s roster.

Top 10: Things to lobby for in Harrisburg

Top 10: Things to lobby for in Harrisburg

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 28, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

We don’t normally enjoy interacting with those who work in the State capital but here are our top 10 things to lobby for in Harrisburg.

Penn State tops Pitt Softball 8-3

Penn State tops Pitt Softball 8-3

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Softball still does not have a home win this season. The Panthers lost to rival Penn State 8-3 at home on Wednesday to extend their losing streak to five game.

Panthers leave paw prints on NCAA Tournament

Panthers leave paw prints on NCAA Tournament

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 27, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

From teams Pitt beat to ex-Panthers playing for other teams, you can see Pitt’s mark on the NCAA Tournament despite the team’s absence.

New baseball, softball coaches get rude awakening

New baseball, softball coaches get rude awakening

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Pitt’s baseball and softball teams both welcomes new head coaches this past off season. With the first month of games almost under their belts, it’s clear both teams are having some trouble finding their footings.

Panthers show off at Pitt’s NFL Pro Day

Panthers show off at Pitt’s NFL Pro Day

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt held its annual Pro Day on Wednesday to give seniors who weren’t invited to the NFL Combine a chance to perform in front of NFL Scouts.

Five Pitt wrestlers to compete at NCAA Championships

Five Pitt wrestlers to compete at NCAA Championships

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With Pittsburgh hosting the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1957, it’s fitting that the Panthers will send five wrestlers to enjoy the hometown advantage: Micky Phillippi, Demetrius Thomas, Taleb Rahmani, Nino Bonaccorsi and Kellan Stout.

Ohio spoils Pitt softball home opener, 11-9

Ohio spoils Pitt softball home opener, 11-9

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports

In Pitt head coach Jodi Hermanek’s first game against her former program, the Panthers fell 11-9 in a back-and-forth 10-inning showdown.

Pitt’s Hermanek set to face former team for first time

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

March 18, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Uncategorized

After spending 10 years as Ohio University’s head coach, Pitt’s softball head coach will be facing her former team for the first time on Tuesday.

Pitt announces date for Nike rebranding reveal

Pitt announces date for Nike rebranding reveal

By Tessa Sayers, assistant sports editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

After much speculation that Pitt would be reverting back to its retro colors, things are expected to become official on April 7 at the Bigelow Bash.

Highs and lows of Pitt’s time in the tournament

Highs and lows of Pitt’s time in the tournament

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

With no Pitt basketball to look forward to, we can only look back — so let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the highs and lows of Panther tournament yore.

Women’s basketball top ten moments

Women’s basketball top ten moments

By Laura Sosovicka, For The Pitt News

March 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The women’s basketball team didn’t end with the record many thought they would, but that doesn't mean they were without big moments.

Orange end Pitt’s season in ACC Tournament second round, 73-59

Orange end Pitt’s season in ACC Tournament second round, 73-59

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

A historic shooting performance from senior guard Jared Wilson-Frame wasn’t enough to contend with the Orange’s suffocating length and the young Panthers were sent packing.

Panthers prevail in first round of ACC Tournament, 80-70

Panthers prevail in first round of ACC Tournament, 80-70

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 13, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball and its duo of first-year stars opened the 2019 ACC Tournament in dominating fashion, beating Boston College 80-70 Tuesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Top 10: Pitt News Drink Factory

Top 10: Pitt News Drink Factory

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

March 7, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

We’ve gone and collected the mud and rainwater in that pothole and blended it with some tire rubber for the defining Forbes-Avenue experience in a cup.

Duke ends Pitt Women’s Basketball season, 86-64

Duke ends Pitt Women’s Basketball season, 86-64

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Wrtier

March 7, 2019


Filed under Sports

Pitt women’s basketball season ended Wednesday night in an 86-64 loss to Duke. The Panthers finished 11-20 in Lance White’s first season as head coach.

The Devil wears Blue, Pitt hopes to ‘prod-a’ win against Duke

The Devil wears Blue, Pitt hopes to ‘prod-a’ win against Duke

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Wrtier

March 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball will be facing Duke in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday. Pitt has lost all 10 of its meetings with Duke dating back to the 2006 season, so odds are not in the Panthers’ favor this tournament season.

Softball’s Gray outlasts change to lead Pitt in senior season

Softball’s Gray outlasts change to lead Pitt in senior season

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Top Stories

If it weren’t for her dad persuading her to play softball when she was six years old, there is no knowing where Olivia Gray would be right now. But because she gave into him, the senior infielder is looking to lead the Panthers for the fourth straight season.

Women’s basketball downs Demon Deacons, 70-64

Women’s basketball downs Demon Deacons, 70-64

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team put on one of its best performances of the season to beat Wake Forest 70-64 on the road

Keeping up with Pitt’s recruiting trail

Keeping up with Pitt’s recruiting trail

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt News teamed up with Pitt Recruiting to bring you all the recruiting information you need to know to keep up with Pitt Athletics.

Pitt continues losing streak in 62-48 loss to Clemson

Pitt continues losing streak in 62-48 loss to Clemson

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Wrtier

February 28, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Men’s Basketball team shot 23.8 percent from the field in the first half, where they managed to only score 16 points. The lack of offense led to a 62-48 loss to Clemson, Pitt’s 11 straight loss.

Opinion | Matching Pell grants isn’t enough

Opinion | Matching Pell grants isn’t enough

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

February 28, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For students who already received a Pell Grant, it’s a wonderful effort by Pitt to help alleviate some of their costs and worries. But for the students who don’t qualify, the effort leaves them in the dust.

Early look at the NFL Combine

Early look at the NFL Combine

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports

his weekend will be make it or break it for 337 NFL prospects. Teams will find out who can perform under pressure and make it in the NFL.

Tim O’Toole: Different ways to skin a cat

Tim O’Toole: Different ways to skin a cat

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

On his path to becoming a presence on Pitt’s sidelines, associate head coach Tim O’Toole picked up some advice from the two winningest coaches in the business, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.

Renovating Retro: Pitt athletics poised for return to retro colors

Renovating Retro: Pitt athletics poised for return to retro colors

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Wrtier

February 25, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

In October of 2016, after adding more retro gear, the Pitt Team Store saw a 26 percent increase in apparel sales compared to the previous year. For now, Pitt’s marketing team and athletic department are subtly hinting at a restoration of the classic colors.

Lauray leads Pitt at ACC Championships

Lauray leads Pitt at ACC Championships

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 25, 2019


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

Greg Lauray took gold in the high jump at the ACC Indoor Championships, while Dante’ Watson helped place in three different events for the Panthers.

Orange overwhelm Pitt women’s basketball, 90-63

Orange overwhelm Pitt women’s basketball, 90-63

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball entered Thursday night hoping for an upset to even the two-game series against No. 18 Syracuse, but the Panthers left after being blown out 90-63.

Top moments from Pitt men’s basketball so far

Top moments from Pitt men’s basketball so far

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Though fans haven’t celebrated a win in more than a month, the Pitt men’s basketball team has still provided moments worth cheering for.

Panthers lose 22nd-straight road game at GT, 73-65

Panthers lose 22nd-straight road game at GT, 73-65

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Plagued by a season-worst performance at the foul line, the Panthers fell 73-65 to bring their road losing streak to 22 games.

Gallery: 2019 SGB Election

Gallery: 2019 SGB Election

By Hannah Heisler and Thomas Yang

February 20, 2019


Filed under Visual

Zechariah Brown will serve as president of Pitt’s Student Government Board during the 2019-20 school year, after winning 62 percent of the vote against Albert Tanjaya Tuesday. Brown said he felt “grateful and thankful and overwhelmed” when Katie McLaughlin, chair of SGB’s Elections Committee,...

Panthers in the Pros: Patterson, Maddox and Zeuch

Panthers in the Pros: Patterson, Maddox and Zeuch

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Despite some disappointing results in the present day, Pitt athletics has proven to be able to turn out a high number of professional athletes.

Top 10: Master plan must-haves

Top 10: Master plan must-haves

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 15, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Here are the top 10 most pressing issues to students and faculty alike that Pitt must incorporate into this master plan.

Cupid’s arrows strike Panthers

Cupid’s arrows strike Panthers

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Sports

Lexi Blum didn’t think she would have time for anything besides dance and school, then she met Pitt Baseball pitcher Dan Hammer. Blum and Hammer have now been dating for six months.

Boston College deals Pitt 18th straight ACC road loss, 66-57

Boston College deals Pitt 18th straight ACC road loss, 66-57

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 13, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt produced its worst shooting game of the season, making 29 percent of its shots en route to a 21st consecutive road loss.

Panther Spotlight: Micky Phillippi, Cassidy Walsh, Kiley Robatin

Panther Spotlight: Micky Phillippi, Cassidy Walsh, Kiley Robatin

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

February 11, 2019


Filed under Sports

The men’s wrestling, women’s basketball and women’s gymnastics teams have all had their ups and downs this season, but they are each anchored by talented players who give them hope for the future of the season and the program.

Pitt Coaches prepare to Pink the Pete for the first time

Pitt Coaches prepare to Pink the Pete for the first time

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Pitt’s Women’s Basketball team will be playing in its 12th annual Pink the Petersen game this Sunday against Miami. While this game always holds special meaning for coaches, players and survivors, this year it hits especially close to home for members of Pitt’s team.

Pitt faculty see future in union

Pitt faculty see future in union

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

To most passersby, the fliers, posters and comics adorning the office doors in the narrow corridors on the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning blend in with the rest of campus. But for Tyler McAndrew, a visiting lecturer in the English department and prominent faculty union organizer, the posters th...

From High School to College, former teammates reunited at Pitt

From High School to College, former teammates reunited at Pitt

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

When Grant Jones was trying to convince Noah Walker, his former high school teammate, to come to Pitt, he probably didn’t know he would be recruiting his biggest competition in the coming years.

Hurl to Pitt: Club excels at national level

Hurl to Pitt: Club excels at national level

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Pitt’s club hurling team went from almost not having enough players to form a team to becoming National Champions.

Pitt cedes to Syracuse for second time, 65-56

Pitt cedes to Syracuse for second time, 65-56

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

February 3, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt fell 65-56 to the Orange, extending the team’s losing streak to five games.

Women’s basketball drops eighth straight to Virginia Tech, 74-58

Women’s basketball drops eighth straight to Virginia Tech, 74-58

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team saw its losing streak extend to eight games in a loss to Virginia Tech at home Thursday night.

Q&A: Pitt grad Randy Lieberman prepares to host Super Bowl LIII

Q&A: Pitt grad Randy Lieberman prepares to host Super Bowl LIII

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

In the lead-up to this year’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams, former Pitt News sports writer Randy Lieberman reached out to us to provide an up-close angle at the event.

Editorial: Pitt needs to handle the cold better

Editorial: Pitt needs to handle the cold better

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 31, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pitt needs a more formalized plan for cancellations due to inclement weather for the safety of its students and staff.

Clemson’s hot shooting deals Pitt fourth straight loss, 82-69

Clemson’s hot shooting deals Pitt fourth straight loss, 82-69

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 30, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Clemson drained six of its first seven 3-pointers to put the game away early, leading to an 82-69 final score.

Pittsburgh braces for polar vortex, Pitt cancels Wednesday classes

Pittsburgh braces for polar vortex, Pitt cancels Wednesday classes

By The Pitt News Staff

January 30, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Despite predicted wind chills as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday — and a petition with more than 8,500 signatures demanding Pitt cancel classes — the University of Pittsburgh does not plan to close Wednesday, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch.

Q&A: Mike Bell looks to bring improvement to Pitt Baseball

Q&A: Mike Bell looks to bring improvement to Pitt Baseball

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Sports, Uncategorized

On July 10, Mike Bell became the fifth head coach in history of Pitt baseball. Prior to coming to Pitt, Bell was the pitching coach for Florida State for seven years.

Pitt scores season low in 66-51 loss to No. 23 Louisville

Pitt scores season low in 66-51 loss to No. 23 Louisville

By Stephen Thompson and Trent Leonard

January 27, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt fell back to earth in Saturday’s rematch, shooting just 35.2 percent from the field in a 66-51 loss at No. 23 Louisville.

Panthers lose 12th straight ACC game to Virginia, 74-57

Panthers lose 12th straight ACC game to Virginia, 74-57

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In a game that saw lengthy scoring stretches from both teams, the Pitt women’s basketball team found itself on the end of the bad run at the end of the fourth quarter, leading to 74-57 loss to Virginia Thursday night.

Editorial | Pitt’s hazing report fails student safety

Editorial | Pitt’s hazing report fails student safety

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pitt’s failure to provide anything above what is required by law is a failed commitment to student safety.

Pitt medical school dean steps down

Pitt medical school dean steps down

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, UPMC

Dr. Arthur Levine, senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, announced Wednesday that he will soon step down from those positions, according to a press release.

Pitt Men’s Ultimate brings “end of days” to opponents

Pitt Men’s Ultimate brings “end of days” to opponents

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019


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

Pitt’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team was voted Pitt’s best club sport. “I think that we are the hardest working team in the country every year in terms of time we put in,” fifth-year senior and captain Hafeez Shams said

Take 5: Best of Pitt Athletics

Take 5: Best of Pitt Athletics

By Staff

January 23, 2019


Filed under Sports

Pitt Athletics had some highs and lows this year, but in every situation there was a player or team that stood out above the rest. This week our writers talked about their “best of” moment in Pitt athletics.

Pitt wrestling shows improvement under Keith Gavin

Pitt wrestling shows improvement under Keith Gavin

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

When reviewing the resumé of Pitt wrestling head coach Keith Gavin, it’s no surprise that the wrestling program is heading toward success.

First-year phenoms lead Duke past Pitt, 79-64

First-year phenoms lead Duke past Pitt, 79-64

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 23, 2019


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

Three of Jeff Capel’s most widely known recruits from the past year were the leading scorers in Tuesday night’s men’s basketball matchup versus No. 2 Duke.

Weekend Recap: Swimming and Diving gets only team win of long week

Weekend Recap: Swimming and Diving gets only team win of long week

By Tessa Sayers, assistant sports editor

January 21, 2019


Filed under Sports

Redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi was the lone bright spot of Pitt’s 36-9 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma State this weekend. Phillippi upset the No. 2 ranked 133 pound wrestler in the country, Daton Fix.

Oakland Zoo remains caged in

Oakland Zoo remains caged in

By Tessa Sayers, assistant sports editor

January 21, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

Since its founding 18 years ago, the members of the Oakland Zoo have only stormed the court twice, both times at the Fitzgerald Field House. And it’s not because the athletic department won’t let them.

Syracuse stifles Pitt men’s basketball, 74-63

Syracuse stifles Pitt men’s basketball, 74-63

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

January 19, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After being down by as many as 20 in the second half, the Panthers clawed back to make it a single digit game before ultimately falling 74-63.

Syracuse uses strong second half to push past Pitt, 82-50

Syracuse uses strong second half to push past Pitt, 82-50

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

An ugly second half saw the Pitt women’s basketball team extend its ACC losing streak to 10 games, dating back to last season.

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

By Stephen Thompson, staff writer

January 16, 2019


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

With 15 varsity sports, it is expected that some Pitt alums go on to become professional athletes. While some, like former Pitt football player James Conner, are more well known, there are still Panthers from all different sports performing at the professional level.

Pitt gymnasts embrace team environment

Pitt gymnasts embrace team environment

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019


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

Most members of Pitt gymnastics spent their club careers striving for individual recognition and achievement. Now, they relish in being able to accomplish goals as a team.

Column: Pitt basketball’s rebuild is ahead of schedule

Column: Pitt basketball’s rebuild is ahead of schedule

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Pitt basketball, but a nationally relevant defense and a couple star-caliber talents have the Panthers ahead of schedule.

Pitt upsets No. 11 Florida State 75-62

Pitt upsets No. 11 Florida State 75-62

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


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

First-year Trey McGowens notched his second 30 point game of his career in Pitt’s upset over Florida State on Monday night.

Pitt football hires Mark Whipple as next offensive coordinator

Pitt football hires Mark Whipple as next offensive coordinator

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 14, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After 10 days without an offensive coordinator, the wait for a new Pitt play-caller is over — the football program announced Monday that Mark Whipple will fill the position.

Women’s basketball loses nail-biter to Boston College, 59-55

Women’s basketball loses nail-biter to Boston College, 59-55

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 13, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt scored more than 50 points for the first time in ACC play this season, but it wasn’t enough to beat Boston College Sunday afternoon.

No. 15 NC State narrowly escapes with 86-80 win over Pitt

No. 15 NC State narrowly escapes with 86-80 win over Pitt

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 12, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Panthers played exceptionally for most of the game, but made a few little mistakes that cost them what would have been a monumental second straight ACC win.

Pitt ends ACC losing streak with 89-86 overtime win over Louisville

Pitt ends ACC losing streak with 89-86 overtime win over Louisville

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

January 10, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt guard Trey McGowen broke a 39-year record and Pitt ended a 690 day losing streak on Wednesday night in its 89-86 win over Louisville.

Looking ahead at Pitt basketball’s ACC schedule

Looking ahead at Pitt basketball’s ACC schedule

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 9, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

If the Panthers win just one of their next 17 games, it will be an improvement over last season, when they went winless in conference play for the first time ever.

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board released a letter calling for stricter gun control. But an apparent failure to properly research the subject led to a list of proposals that leading experts are reluctant to place any confidence in.

Pitt Gymnastics set to vault into season

Pitt Gymnastics set to vault into season

By Kate Hall, staff writer

January 8, 2019


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

Pitt Gymnastics has used its off season to get closer as a team in hopes of topping its fifth place finish at the NCAA regional championships last season.

Pitt baseball’s Bell looks to make noise in first season

Pitt baseball’s Bell looks to make noise in first season

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Sports

For the first time since 1998, Pitt Baseball will have a new head coach. Mike Bell will be replacing former coach Joe Jordano, you can read about how the Panthers future looks under Bell here.

UNC slams Pitt, 85-60, in ACC opener

UNC slams Pitt, 85-60, in ACC opener

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

January 5, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers battled briefly with the No. 15 team in the country before ultimately falling 85-60.

Panthers come up short to Stanford in Sun Bowl, 14-13

Panthers come up short to Stanford in Sun Bowl, 14-13

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Despite out-gaining its opponent in nearly every facet of the game, the Pitt football team fell to Stanford, 14-13, in the Hyundai Sun Bowl Monday afternoon, thus failing to crack .500 for the second straight season.

Mountaineers maul Pitt in Backyard Brawl, 69-59

Mountaineers maul Pitt in Backyard Brawl, 69-59

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 8, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Facing off against a team known for its suffocating defense, the young Panthers’ inexperience was on full display in a 69-59 loss to West Virginia Saturday afternoon in the 186th edition of the Backyard Brawl.

Panthers vs. Cardinal: Natural Selection at Work?

Panthers vs. Cardinal: Natural Selection at Work?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

It’s official, Pitt will be playing Stanford in the Sun Bowl, the Panthers first bowl game in two years. After two tough loses, it will be the perfect place for Pitt’s seniors to leave their mark on the program.

Pitt drops close contest to Niagara, 71-70

Pitt drops close contest to Niagara, 71-70

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After being held scoreless for the first three minutes of their game on Monday, the Panthers lost their first game of the season at home on Monday night. Pitt tried to rally in the final second of the game, but it wasn't enough and Niagara won 71-70.

Three takeaways from Pitt vs Clemson

Three takeaways from Pitt vs Clemson

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

The Panthers were held back by several factors, but there were a few bright spots to build on for the season finale and next year.

Panthers to take on Stanford in Sun Bowl

Panthers to take on Stanford in Sun Bowl

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team will take on Stanford in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Dec. 31.

Clemson clobbers Pitt, 42-10, in ACC Championship

Clemson clobbers Pitt, 42-10, in ACC Championship

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In the end, the same weaknesses that plagued the Panthers all season — an anemic passing game and a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot — materialized Saturday night.

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Pitt's historic season came to end in its 3-2 loss against Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Volleyball beat Iona to move onto the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.

Panthers handle Duquesne in City Game, 74-53

Panthers handle Duquesne in City Game, 74-53

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 30, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

For the second straight year and 19th time in the past 21 meetings, the Pitt men’s basketball took down its crosstown rival Duquesne, 74-53, in the annual City Game Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.

What are the odds: Championship Weekend

What are the odds: Championship Weekend

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

If you’re already stressing out on whether you should take Alabama or Georgia in your Championship Weekend bets, don’t worry. Our weekly “What are the odds” column is here to help. With a 32-28 second this season, count on this to help make you money this weekend.

Panthers will be no match for playoff-bound Tigers

Panthers will be no match for playoff-bound Tigers

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Football is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. After coming up just short of No. 3 Notre Dame and then getting blown out by unranked Miami, no one is sure what to expect from the Panthers this weekend.

Take 5: Browns, Buckeyes, Basketball

Take 5: Browns, Buckeyes, Basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

November 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Browns and Bengals faced off in a revenge game, while the previously struggling Buckeyes suddenly looked like one of the nation’s best teams once again versus Michigan.

Column: Sweet 16 on the horizon for Pitt volleyball

Column: Sweet 16 on the horizon for Pitt volleyball

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

This will be the team’s third consecutive appearance in the tournament and 14th appearance in team history — and fans can expect the Panthers to go further in this tournament than ever before.

Panthers show promise in 69-68 loss to Iowa

Panthers show promise in 69-68 loss to Iowa

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Playing against the Iowa Hawkeyes as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, the upstart Panthers led by six at halftime and took their ranked opponent right down to the wire in a back-and-forth affair.

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 28, 2018


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

For the first time in program history, Pitt’s volleyball team will host a playoff round, starting Friday, Nov. 29.

Takeaways: Pitt reverted back to its old self against Miami

Takeaways: Pitt reverted back to its old self against Miami

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

While Pitt’s 24-3 loss against Miami on Saturday was far from good, the implications weren’t too bad. Aside from snapping its four game win streak, the loss will likely drop them from the top 25 rankings and give them a lesser bowl game. But Pitt will still be playing in the ACC Championship on Saturday.

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018


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

Xavier Johnson and Danielle Garven have helped out Pitt’s basketball teams in the early going, while Nika Markovic led the volleyball team to a strong regular-season finish.

Hurricanes blow Pitt away, 24-3, in regular-season finale

Hurricanes blow Pitt away, 24-3, in regular-season finale

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers didn’t look like themselves at Miami Saturday afternoon, earning just 200 total yards of offense and falling 24-3 to the Hurricanes.

Staff Picks: Much to be thankful for within Pitt Athletics

Staff Picks: Much to be thankful for within Pitt Athletics

By Staff

November 20, 2018


Filed under Sports

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, The Pitt News Sports Staff took some time to reflect on what they are thankful for when it comes to Pitt Athletics.

Takeaways from Pitt’s Coastal-clinching win over Wake Forest

Takeaways from Pitt’s Coastal-clinching win over Wake Forest

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 19, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team whipped Wake Forest Saturday, 34-13, to earn the Panthers’ first-ever ACC Coastal title.

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