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Pitt students adapt with pandemic changes to physical education

Some gym classes have resumed in person with modifications.
November 11, 2020
Pitt students didn’t let COVID-19 stop them from taking gym classes, but some students are finding challenges with the hybrid model for physical education.

ACC announces 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule

The ACC released a full conference schedule Tuesday morning with 20 games for each basketball-playing member school.
November 10, 2020
Pitt men’s basketball has been practicing for well over a month, but without a full schedule. But on Tuesday morning the ACC released a full conference schedule with 20 games for each basketball-playing member school.

Star safety Ford opts out of remaining 2020 football games

Paris Ford celebrates his interception during the third quarter against Syracuse.
November 2, 2020
All-American candidate and starting safety for Pitt football’s stout defense, junior Paris Ford, has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season, head coach Pat Narduzzi confirmed Monday afternoon.

Pitt permits 1,000 students to return to Heinz Field

Heinz Field will welcome 1,000 fans for the coming Oct. 24 home game following four straight home games amid empty stands.
October 16, 2020
The first four home Pitt football games of the year were played in front of a sea of vacant yellow seats. But that will change when the Panthers return home a week from Saturday for a date with undefeated Notre Dame.

Men’s basketball returners eagerly prepare for a season in limbo

The Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center Wednesday for their first official practice of the 2020 season.
October 15, 2020
Jeff Capel revamped his Pitt men’s basketball roster this offseason. Now he opens a season like no other with expectations weighing heavier and heavier.

Pitt planning Heinz Field return as governor announces looser gathering restrictions

Pitt planning Heinz Field return as governor announces looser gathering restrictions
October 6, 2020
Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announced looser restrictions for large gatherings this afternoon, paving the way for Pitt fans to return to Heinz Field. The Panthers say they are working on attendance plans, and will announce them “very soon.”

Narduzzi, Pitt thriving in new normal, but ‘not out of the woods yet’

Football head coach Pat Narduzzi discussed Saturday’s game against Louisville and hinted at the potential to have some fans at Saturday’s NC State game in his weekly press conference on Monday.
September 29, 2020
Pat Narduzzi’s Panthers are 3-0, fresh off of a win over a top-25 team and are thriving in the new normal of pandemic play. But they’re “not out of the woods yet,” he said.

ACC navigates pandemic-induced schedule changes

The Pitt football program has paused all team-related activities “due to COVID-related protocols,” the team announced Thursday evening. 
September 20, 2020
Both 2020 Panthers gamedays have gone relatively smoothly. Seven Panthers sat out the Austin Peay game due to COVID-19 protocols, and three sat out against Syracuse. But Pitt has avoided the dreaded postponed or cancelled games that follow large-scale outbreaks.

Panther Pitt left in limbo during pandemic play

Students and fans will not be allowed to attend football games, at least for the month of September.
September 11, 2020
After the COVID-19 pandemic drove fans from the stands of football stadiums, it left fans in limbo. But Pitt’s student section is trying to recreate some of the community sports creates.

Column | College athletes should take ownership of the business they sustain

Kain Colter, a quarterback and receiver who completed his college football career in 2013, announced that several Northwestern football players wished to join a labor union during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on Jan. 28, 2014.
August 30, 2020
The risks the COVID-19 pandemic poses have exacerbated the unfair power disparity that exists in college sports. From waivers meant to free individual schools of liability should a player die or suffer long-term health defects after contracting COVID-19 on campus to allegedly lying about safety precautions, college football is doing all it can to push through to a 2020 season.
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