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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...

Scott Barnes leaving Pitt to take over as athletic director at Oregon State

Scott Barnes leaving Pitt to take over as athletic director at Oregon State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced Thursday that he will leave Pitt in the new year for the AD position at Oregon State. After denying an initial report that he was leaving for Oregon State, Barnes cited “personal family considerations” as motivation for the move in a press release Thu...

Pitt AD Scott Barnes denies Oregon State rumor, mum on whether he’s considering leaving

Pitt AD Scott Barnes denies Oregon State rumor, mum on whether he’s considering leaving

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016


Filed under Sports

Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes denied a report Wednesday night claiming he would be resigning and taking over as athletic director at Oregon State. But he has yet to deny reports that he is considering leaving Pitt. Barnes has served as Pitt’s athletic director since April 2015. But on Wedn...

Pitt LB Mike Caprara named to 2016 AFCA Good Works Team

Pitt LB Mike Caprara named to 2016 AFCA Good Works Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt senior linebacker Mike Caprara is off to a fast start to his 2016 season, playing a big role in each of Pitt’s first two wins with 1.5 sacks against Villanova and two fumble recoveries against Penn State. On Thursday, though, he was recognized for all the work he’s put in off the field. A 6...

Pitt Athletics announces Panther Club donor acquisition campaign

Pitt Athletics announces Panther Club donor acquisition campaign

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

August 30, 2016


Filed under Sports

The University’s Panther Club announced a three-week initiative on Tuesday that will seek to procure more than 11,000 monetary donations from 220,000 possible donors. With over 300,000 living alumni, only 8,000 donated to the athletics department last year, making Pitt’s donor engagement rate ...

Pitt sets new record for season ticket sales at Heinz Field

Pitt sets new record for season ticket sales at Heinz Field

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt has officially broken its all-time record for football season tickets sold, athletic director Scott Barnes announced Saturday via Twitter. The school has sold over 53,775 season tickets for the Panthers’ upcoming football season, surpassing the previous record set in 2003 –– and achieving the go...

Pitt Athletics unveils strategic plan for long-term growth

Pitt Athletics unveils strategic plan for long-term growth

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 24, 2016


Filed under Sports

Pitt athletics unveiled a detailed strategic plan for the next three-to-five years in a letter from Athletic Director Scott Barnes on Thursday. “[The plan] is the product of thorough assessment, detailed analysis and dynamic collaboration between the University community and our own coaches, st...

Pitt closing in on record number of football season ticket sales

Pitt closing in on record number of football season ticket sales

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The stands at Heinz Field aren’t always full on football Saturdays, but they’re trending in that direction. Pitt’s athletic department announced in a letter Tuesday morning that 93 percent of season ticket holders have renewed their subscription for the upcoming football season. On top of that, Pi...

Pitt Athletics kicks off wave of renovations

Pitt Athletics kicks off wave of renovations

By Meg Millure / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports

Shiny new uniforms and flashing lights may have diverted attention away from posters bordering the walls at the Pitt script unveiling earlier this month. The posters featured millions of dollars worth of improvement plans for Pitt’s athletic facilities, some of which have already begun. The three-year p...

Pitt Twitter reacts to the Pitt Script reveal

Pitt Twitter reacts to the Pitt Script reveal

By Amanda Reed | Social Media Editor

May 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

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Pitt aims to expand donor base

Pitt aims to expand donor base

By Phoebe Gilmore / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Spring Finals Edition 2016, Top Stories

Pat Narduzzi’s revitalized football program, a consistently packed Oakland Zoo and alumni all over the world means that Pitt Athletics has no shortage of fans. But, unlike other Atlantic Coast Conference schools, that fan base doesn’t translate into cold cash. With the second-largest alumni base in...

Stallings attempts to ease concerns at opening press conference

Stallings attempts to ease concerns at opening press conference

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 28, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The beginning of the Kevin Stallings era started noisily, in more ways than one. Pitt’s band played the University’s fight song as Stallings, Pitt’s new basketball coach, and Scott Barnes, Pitt’s athletic director, walked toward the podium for the coach’s introductory press conference. Stallings, who left ...

Vidovich, staff ready to re-energize Pitt men’s soccer

Vidovich, staff ready to re-energize Pitt men’s soccer

By Rachael Lippincott / For The Pitt News

March 24, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After three years without a single win in ACC play, the Pitt men’s soccer team needed a jolt, and Athletic Director Scott Barnes needed an impact hire to fill the empty head soccer coach seat. By impact hire, Barnes meant a coach capable of transforming Pitt’s team — taking a program at the...

Pitt tabs Freire as deputy athletic director

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 24, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt athletics announced a new hire on Thursday afternoon. No, not that hire. Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced the department had hired University of Tennessee at Martin Athletic Director Julio Freire as Pitt’s deputy athletic director for external affairs. Freire will oversee fundraising,...

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

For Pitt and men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon, the 2015-2016 season was unlucky No. 13. After 13 seasons at the helm, Dixon has accepted an offer from Texas Christian University — his alma mater — to become its new head coach, Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes announced at a press con...

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher is retiring after 32 years as head coach, the University announced Tuesday. Luxbacher is only the second coach in the program’s history and a two-time Big East Coach of the Year. He compiled a 224-267-69 record during his career at Pitt, highlighted by a...

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The watchful eyes of a legend will oversee Pitt’s Thursday evening matchup against the University of North Carolina. The University of Pittsburgh will honor former offensive lineman and 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ruben Brown at halftime against the Tar Heels. Brown played at Pitt from...

James Conner honored for community service

James Conner honored for community service

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 15, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt junior running back James Conner arrived at the Shadyside chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon prepared to dole out advice to children — but to his surprise, Conner received a gift of his own. Conner was officially named a member of the 2015 Allstate AFC...

Scheduling rivals could provide boon to football attendance

Scheduling rivals could provide boon to football attendance

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Sports Features

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column calling for Pitt and West Virginia to renew the Backyard Brawl. Last Thursday, by pure happenstance, fate intervened — in the form of Pitt and WVU AD’s Scott Barnes and Shane Lyons, respectively — and made my dream come true. The Panthers will now play the Moun...

Pitt aims to improve fan gameday experience

Pitt aims to improve fan gameday experience

By Jessie Wallace / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

Turning the tide is no easy feat — especially when that tide is a tsunami of students ditching Pitt football games right after “Sweet Caroline” — but new athletic director Scott Barnes won’t ride those waves alone. In June, Barnes revealed his plan for a Panther Fans Experience Committee to en...

New athletic director Scott Barnes talks plans, policy for Pitt sports

New athletic director Scott Barnes talks plans, policy for Pitt sports

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt hired Scott Barnes as its new athletic director on April 24, Panther fans were curious about how the former Utah State AD would impact the University, following the departure of Steve Pederson.Last week, The Pitt News sat down to speak with Barnes, who officially began his post on June 15, dis...

Five key obstacles to tackle for new AD Barnes

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

When Pitt introduced Scott Barnes as Pitt’s athletic director in late April, he assumed the face of an entire athletic department fielding numerous questions — especially following the dismissal of former director Steve Pederson.As Barnes prepares to begin his tenure at Pitt on June 15, here are the ...

Pitt reportedly tabs Utah State’s Barnes as new athletic director

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 23, 2015


Filed under Archives

After a four-month process, Pitt has found its new athletic director.According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, the school has hired Utah State University’s current athletic director Scott Barnes to the same position. An official announcement is expected Friday.Barnes, a former basketball player at Fresno State University, has ser...

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