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The life and times of ROC the mascot

The life and times of ROC the mascot

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

ROC, a human-sized bipedal Panther, has been at the center of Pitt athletics for more than a century now, bouncing around the field, waving his arms and entertaining fans with his goofy antics and unassailable school spirit.

Storify: Roc makes surprise appearance at CMA’s

Storify: Roc makes surprise appearance at CMA’s

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

While ABC was celebrating the best of country music, a little bit of Roc made its way onto the stage Wednesday night. Pitt's mascot and some of his well-known NCAA colleagues performed behind Brad Paisley at the Country Music Awards on ABC. Paisley was performing his song "Country Nation" that shouts...

Roc-Star: the life of a college mascot

Roc-Star: the life of a college mascot

By Amanda Reed / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Culture

We see him everywhere. At football games, in ads, on social media and in front of the Cathedral. His image is synonymous with Pitt Athletics and school pride — we call him Roc the Panther — yet his true identity is a closely-guarded secret. Theresa Nuzzo, coach of the cheerleading and dance team,...

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