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Pitt wrestling seeks revival following a disappointing season

Pitt wrestling seeks revival following a disappointing season

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt assistant wrestling coach Drew Headlee recognizes that last season was a major disappointment — especially by the team’s self-created standards. “Anyone not standing on that championship podium would say last season was a letdown,” Headlee said of the team’s 8-8 campaign in 2014. “They...

Panthers lose Kiesel, gain experience in pivotal third year under McConnell-Serio

Panthers lose Kiesel, gain experience in pivotal third year under McConnell-Serio

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

At this time last year, the Pitt women’s basketball team was shrouded by a cloud of mystery. Questions about youth, a short bench and an overwhelming lack of experience swirled around a team hoping to trend upward during Suzie McConnell-Serio’s second year at the helm. Enter present day, and the team is looking to build ...

2015 marks monumental year for Pitt athletics

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Change comes in waves, particularly in college athletics. The University of Pittsburgh is not immune to those shifting tides. One year ago, Pitt’s athletic program boasted a third-year head football coach for the first time since 2010 and a men’s basketball team coming off of an appearance in the R...

Narduzzi has Panthers primed for improvement in debut season

Narduzzi has Panthers primed for improvement in debut season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

For Pitt football, last season told a story of missed opportunities and questions of what could've been. Led by new coach Pat Narduzzi, the Panthers hope to right the wrongs that ailed them last season. “No more ‘we should’ve done this, we could’ve done that.’ No more excuses,” redshirt j...

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Every loss takes a toll. Unfortunately for the Pitt men’s soccer team, it’s seen more than its fair share since moving to the ACC two seasons ago, going home winless in all 19 of its in-conference games since the switch. In his 32nd season with Pitt, head coach Joe Luxbacher knows that the path t...

Pitt men’s basketball aims to fix rebounding woes with added frontcourt depth

Pitt men’s basketball aims to fix rebounding woes with added frontcourt depth

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For junior center Michael Young, every basketball season comes down to three words: tournament or bust. Last season, the team’s season ended with a whimper, losing in embarrassing fashion to George Washington 60-54 in the first round of the NIT Tournament. The team had failed to reach the NCAA To...

Pitt softball stays hungry for next year after first NCAA berth

Pitt softball stays hungry for next year after first NCAA berth

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The previous record-setting season for Pitt’s softball squad will be a tough one to follow, but the Panthers are ready. Just ask one of the keys to Pitt’s surprise run, Maggie Sevilla. “It was a lot of fun and a great send-off for the seniors, and great for the younger players to get a taste ...

Pitt baseball aims to learn from mental mistakes in new season

Pitt baseball aims to learn from mental mistakes in new season

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Yogi Berra, that old master of the befuddling — but truthful — phrase, once said “baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” For Pitt baseball, nothing could sum up the key to the upcoming season better. Competing in the ACC has been hard for Pitt since its transition two years ag...

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