The Pitt News

Head basketball coach Jeff Capel watches from the bench as a penalty call dashes the Panthers’ hopes to upset Louisville in January 2020.

Column | It’s starting to look like Jeff Capel’s final season in Pittsburgh

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer December 8, 2021
When Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel accepted his job in 2018, he was widely labeled a home-run hire. For his first two seasons, he looked the part, which makes his tenure’s sudden turn for the worse all the more surprising and disappointing.
From left, Pitt redshirt sophomore defensive back Brandon Hill (9), redshirt junior defensive lineman David Green (2), junior linebacker SirVocea Dennis (7) and first-year wide receiver Myles Alston (20) run down the field during their game against Clemson at Heinz Field on Oct. 23.

Column | ‘We, Not Me’: How Pitt’s offensive success has been a true team effort

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer December 2, 2021
The duo of redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett and sophomore receiver Jordan Addison may get the majority of the buzz, but they can’t do it alone. Senior staff writer Kyle Saxon argues it has been a team effort to reach the levels this offense has reached.
Gilbert Brown (left), Kyle Cieplicky (center) and Jake Presutti (right) are Pitt men’s basketball’s newest coaching staff members.

Expanding men’s basketball coaching staff aims to instill winning culture

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer November 2, 2021
While working hard to revitalize the roster, Capel also expanded his staff with three new coaches joining the program.
Campus Mogul, an agency that provides athletes with a platform to build their personal brands, has already attracted dozens of NCAA athletes including five Pitt football players.

Agencies aim to help athletes capitalize on NIL laws

By Kyle Saxon and Dalton Coppola October 5, 2021
The NCAA’s new policy allowing college athletes to profit off of their NIL has already dramatically altered the landscape of collegiate athletics. For Pitt athletes and college athletes in general, the rules opened a vast window of opportunity.
Staff writer Kyle Saxon lists some of the best dining options to consider after Pitt football games at Heinz Field.

Column | Best places to eat after a Pitt football game

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer September 28, 2021
For the thousands of Panther fans at Heinz Field on a Pitt football gameday, there are rarely guarantees about what will happen on the field. But the Pitt faithful can always leave the stadium assured that there will be a great place for a post-game meal.
No. 3 Pitt men’s soccer defeated the Dukes 7-0 during their opening season game at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Thursday night.

Pitt men’s soccer delivers commanding 7-0 victory over Duquesne to packed crowd

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer August 27, 2021
In front of the first near-full-capacity crowd at the stadium in well over a year, the Panthers handily defeated the Dukes 7-0. 
Gilbert Brown, the headband-wearing Pitt basketball folk hero, is returning to the program in a new role. As director of player and alumni development, Brown will look to preserve and embrace the traditions Pitt was built upon.

Gilbert Brown ready to embrace tradition in new role

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer August 20, 2021
Brown’s duties will be made easier by the trust and respect that Pitt’s prominent alumni already have for Capel. The next step for Capel and Brown will be to build that same trust with the squad’s current roster.
Ahead of a 2021-22 school year where many of Pitt’s teams have lofty hopes, senior staff writer Kyle Saxon ranks the top five athletic programs to watch next year.

Column | The top five Pitt programs to watch in 2021

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer June 28, 2021
Over the past year, several Panther teams reached unprecedented heights and are poised to find even more success in the coming season.
Pittsburgh sports fans haven’t seen their team advance in the playoffs in more than three years. Contrary to what many fans may believe, senior staff writer Kyle Saxon argues that the recent playoff drought isn’t solely due to aging rosters.

Column | Pittsburgh’s recent playoff woes run far deeper than aging rosters

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer June 1, 2021
After an even more impressive regular season than the year prior, the Penguins sit exactly where they did just 10 months ago –– concerned, confused and eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Islanders, now for the third consecutive season. Their 4-2 first round series loss highlighted the two biggest concerns surrounding the team –– goaltending and age.
Pitt men’s soccer head coach Jay Vidovich displayed immense pride in the progress his team made after their season ended at the hands of No. 3 Indiana in the College Cup.

Despite falling just short in 2021, Panthers poised for long-term success

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer May 18, 2021
The emotions that typically accompany a loss in the national semifinal are shock, disappointment and heartbreak. But for Pitt men’s soccer, these feelings didn’t linger — instead, the notions of progress and optimism prevailed. 
Load More Stories

Activate Search
saxon