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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Senior guard Nike Sibande dribbles the ball down the court during the Pitt vs. Gannon men’s basketball exhibition game on Nov. 1, 2021.

Column | Capel, Pitt need to win at UNC to instill belief in hints of progress

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer February 16, 2022
When Pitt men’s basketball heads to Chapel Hill for a Wednesday date with UNC, senior staff writer Frankie Richetti argues it will have a chance to inspire belief that this season’s incremental progress is a step toward something bigger.
Jeff Capel is Pitt men’s basketball head coach.

Column | Capel deserves credit for instilling strong culture in men’s basketball

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer February 1, 2022
It's clear that Jeff Capel has instilled a strong culture among his Pitt team. It isn’t the kind of achievement Pitt fans dreamed of when he was hired, but senior staff writer Frankie Richetti argues that Capel deserves credit nonetheless.
Head football coach Pat Narduzzi and the team run out of the tunnel ahead of Pitt’s football game vs. UNC on Nov. 11.

Column | Pitt football’s 2021 season will serve as a launching pad for years to come

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
The Panthers’ best season in 40 years has opened a window of success to build on. Given the era of the transfer portal, Pitt knew it had the chance to continue to build on this season through adding to the roster externally.
Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne throws a pass during their game against Penn State in November, in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won 30-27.

Pitt draws favorable matchup in Peach Bowl vs. Michigan State

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer December 8, 2021
The Spartan running game will test Pitt’s defense in the Peach Bowl, but the Panthers, led by Heisman Trophy finalist Kenny Pickett, appear poised to exploit Michigan State’s weak secondary.
Keyshon Camp (10) and John Morgan III (6) embrace after a defensive play during the ACC Championship football game.

Column | ACC title game win sets up Pitt football for long term success

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer December 6, 2021
In Saturday’s ACC Championship win over Wake Forest, Pitt earned its first outright conference title in program history. This victory sets the Panthers up for success well into the future, staff writer Frankie Richetti argues.
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) scrambles as Virginia cornerback Nick Grant (1) pursues during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Pittsburgh.

Pitt takes down Virginia 48-38 at Heinz Field, clinching Coastal Division

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer November 20, 2021
In a back-and-forth affair, behind record days from redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett and sophomore wide receiver Jordan Addison, the high-powered Panthers offense led the way in capturing Pitt’s second ACC Coastal title, earning a trip to the ACC Championship Game with a 48-38 win over Virginia. 
Van Dyke dices up Panther defense as Miami defeats Pitt 38-34

Van Dyke dices up Panther defense as Miami defeats Pitt 38-34

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer October 30, 2021
The Miami Hurricanes took down the Panthers 38-34 at Heinz Field on Saturday, behind first-year quarterback Tyler Van Dyke’s big day, throwing for 428 yards and three touchdowns.
Kenny Pickett eludes the defensive rush at the Pitt vs. Western Michigan game.

Column | ‘Kenny Heisman’ no longer a playful nickname as Pickett builds case

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer October 12, 2021
“Kenny Heisman” was formerly just a playful nickname for Pitt super-senior quarterback Kenny Pickett. But after his extraordinary start to the season, he’s giving that name life and could be in contention for some of the nation’s most prestigious awards.
Bubba Wallace won the YellaWood 500 on Monday in Talladega, Ala.

Take 5 | Duquesne could be dangerous in the FCS, Dallas Cowboys are contenders

By The Pitt News Staff October 8, 2021
In this week’s edition of the Take 5, The Pitt News sports desk gives their opinions on everything from the Duquesne Dukes’ chances of making some noise in the FCS playoffs to the MLB needing to restructure their playoff format.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett and tight end Lucus Krull celebrate during Saturdays Homecoming game against the New Hampshire Wildcats at Heinz Field.

Pitt bounces back in dominating fashion on Homecoming, defeating UNH 77-7

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer September 25, 2021
The Panthers (2-1, 0-0 ACC) welcomed the New Hampshire Wildcats to Heinz Field (3-0, 2-0 CAA) for the teams’ second ever meeting — in the first meeting in 2010 the Panthers won 38-16. The Panthers extended their win streak against the Wildcats on Saturday, winning 77-7 and enjoyed a couple of record breaking performances on offense.
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