Pitt's Tyler Boyd pulls in a pass during a game at Heinz Field on October 25, 2014.

Pitt closes regular season tonight against Miami

Panthers hope for a win that would qualify them for a bowl game and the practice benefits that comes with it.

about 5 hours ago

Ron Cook: College football a downer this year

Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia have pretty much gone from bad to worse in 2014.

about 5 hours ago

 Pitt forward Derrick Randall has the ball stripped by Kansas State guard Jevon Thomas Wednesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt makes progress on Hawaii trip, especially on defense

Defense shows improvement in confidence-building win against Kansas State that capped the progress made in Pitt’s Hawaii trip.

1 day ago

 Pitt running back James Conner has 1,600 yards rushing for a 169-yard edge on Miami's Duke Johnson.

Hurricanes' Johnson, Panthers' Conner produce at RB in different ways

If he plays, Pitt's James Conner will be trying to maintain his edge over Miami's Duke Johnson as the ACC's rushing leader.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Mike Shanahan is taken down by Miami's Sean Spence in a 2010 game. The Steelers chose Spence in the third round of the NFL draft.

Beating Miami a rare feat for Pitt

This is the closest thing the Panthers have to a rivalry game over Thanksgiving, only problem is, it has been decidedly one-sided.

2 days ago

Defense finally shows up for Pitt

Panthers hold Kansas State in check; freshman Ryan Luther contributes 13 points and three big 3-pointers in victory.

2 days ago

 Pitt center Derrick Randall passes the ball while being defended by San Diego State forward J.J. O'Brien (20) and his teammate, forward Skylar Spencer, right, in the first half Tuesday in the Maui Invitational semifinal in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt sputters offensively in loss to San Diego State

San Diego State used its defense to beat the Panthers, 74-57, in an EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinal at Lahaina Civic Center.

3 days ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd pulls in a pass in front of Syracuse' Brandon Reddish in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 11.26.14

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers who must win in Miami if they are to be bowl bound this season.

2 days ago

 Pitt's Isaac Bennett leaps over defenders as he gains yardage against Syracuse in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Pitt senior essence of a team player

Even though he has been supplanted by younger backs during his career, Isaac Bennett still has been a valuable contributor for the Panthers.

3 days ago

 West Virginia's Daryl Worley reacts after TCU's Jaden Oberkrom kicked the winning field goal at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown on Nov. 1.

Gene Collier: Rivalries beat bowl games

Forget pursuit of a bowl, the region’s middling college teams are better off piling on each other than piling on a meaningless sixth win.

3 days ago

 Ryan Luther (4) controls a rebound as teammate James Robinson, left, ducks out of the way Monday night in Hawaii.

Pitt pulls away from Chaminade, 81-68

Pitt struggled against Chaminade but sophomore forward Mike Young scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and led Panthers to victory.

4 days ago

 Pitt's James Conner looks for running room against Syracuse in the second quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt notebook: Conner’s status still unclear for finale

Panthers running back bothered by hip injury, availability for game Saturday against Miami won't be decided until later this week.

4 days ago

 Chaminade Silverswords coach Eric Bovaird, a Brockway native, attends a news conference for the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational Sunday at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt faces Chaminade, coached by Brockway native, in Maui Invitational

The Panthers open the EA Sports Maui Invitational today against Chaminade, led by coach Eric Bovaird, a Western Pennsylvania native.

5 days ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd celebrates a touchdown against Syracuse in the fourth quarter Saturday at Heinz Field Saturday.

Panthers not ready to end football season

Though Pitt’s record turned quickly, the Panthers are savoring — not lamenting — a win-or-go-home end to the regular season.

5 days ago

 James Madison's Toia Giggetts goes to the basket as Pitt forward Monica Wignot defends Sunday in in Harrisonburg, Va.

No. 23 James Madison dominates Pitt women

Pitt fell to 2-2 overall after an 80-64 loss to No. 23-ranked James Madison (4-0) at JMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.

5 days ago

 Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was disappointed with his team's defense in a 74-70 loss to Hawaii late Friday night.

Inexperienced Panthers deal with defensive shortcomings

After Pitt snuck by its first two games with subpar defense, Hawaii finally burned the Panthers porous unit in a loss late Friday night.

6 days ago

 Pitt's Dontez Ford pulls in a pass for a touchdown as he's defended by Syracuse's Ritchy Desir and Darius Kelly in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Bowl berth still in sight for Pitt

Even with its star running back sidelined for most of the game, Pitt bounced back from three consecutive losses.

6 days ago

Hawaii's Rainbow Warriors beat Pitt in Maui, 74-70

For the first time this season the Panthers left the confines of the Petersen Events Center and for the first time this season they lost.

1 week ago

 Panthers offensive lineman Matt Rotheram, left, shown here practicing during preseason in August at the team's South Side facility, will play his final home game today.

Small class of seniors play final home game at Pitt

Eleven players hoping to end the tailspin and help Panthers win final two games to become bowl eligible.

1 week ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls out a play to his team as they take on Niagara in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Friday night, November 14, 2014.

Hawaii once was home for Pitt coach

Jamie Dixon got his first full-time basketball job at Hawaii and also met his wife there.

1 week ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls a play out to his team in a game last season at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Jamie Dixon puts Pitt in right places

Panthers basketball coach Jamie Dixon has his players and program where they want to be in more ways than one.

1 week ago

Pitt wrestling overmatched by Penn State

The four-time reigning national champion Nittany Lions picked up a 24-12 victory against Pitt at Petersen Events Center.

1 week ago

Pitt hoping extra game pays off

Panthers reap numerous benefits from road contest in Hawaii.

1 week ago

 Head coach Scott Shafer of the Syracuse Orange looks on during the first half of a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Pitt, Syracuse coaches bear resemblance in approach to their profession

Paul Chryst and Scott Shafer come from opposite sides of the ball, but have a mutual respect and similar styles for the Panthers and Orange.

1 week ago

Hot shooting lifts Pitt women to win vs. Michigan

The Panthers cruised past marquee foe Michigan thanks to a stellar effort from 3-point range and senior guard Brianna Kiesel Thursday night.

1 week ago

Pitt defensive backs a work in progress

Secondary coach Troy Douglas has had his unit stretched thin in the past, but is seeing improvement in the young Panthers.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Josh Newkirk drives to the net against Niagara's Karonn Davis in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Friday night, November 14, 2014.

Bench role doesn’t slow Pitt guard Josh Newkirk

When sophomore guard Josh Newkirk comes off the bench, Pitt certainly doesn’t lose any speed or production.

1 week ago

 Brianna Kiesel goes for a layup during the City Game between Pitt and Duquesne last year at the Petersen Events Center.

Brianna Kiesel eyes rebound vs. Michigan for Pitt women

Panthers senior guard Brianna Kiesel didn’t shoot like the leader of a young team Monday, but has since been working to bounce back tonight.

1 week ago

 Pitt's James Conner scores a touchdown Oct. 25 against Georgia Tech at Heinz Field.

Pitt running back Conner sees no reason to end heavy workload

While Pitt's defense appears to have gone missing in the current losing streak, the rushing attack might just be rounding into form.

1 week ago

Pitt basketball: Panthers opt to go small with sharper edge on skills

Panthers go small, play to strong suit, and it's a good fit.

1 week ago

Pitt women's basketball cruises against Niagara for first win

Freshman forward Stasha Carey shook off any pregame jitters and Pitt won its first game this season, a 70-54 victory against Niagara.

1 week ago

 North Carolina Tar Heels tailback Charles Brunson scores a touchdown as Pitt defensive back Ray Vinopal (9) and linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) defend in the third quarter, Saturday. The Tar Heels defeated the Panthers 40-35 at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Pitt notebook: Defensive woes puzzling

Despite a glaring need for defensive improvement, Pitt coach Paul Chryst stressed the importance of overall consistency.

1 week ago

 Consol Energy Center will host 2015 and 2018 NCAA Tournament action.

NCAA Men's Tournament to return to Pittsburgh in 2018

However, Pittsburgh was not selected to host any of the 2017-20 NCAA women's Final Fours, the NCAA announced Monday.

1 week ago

 North Carolina tailback Charles Brunson scores a touchdown as Pitt defensive back Ray Vinopal (9) and linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) look on in the third quarter Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Pitt defense continues searching for answers

The reeling Panthers are in need of a slump-busting performance on defense this week against Syracuse.

1 week ago

 Panther guard James Robinson collides with Samford center Michael Bradley as he shoots in the first half Sunday at Petersen Events Center. Robinson was called for a charging foul on the play.

Pitt defeats Samford, 63-56

The Bulldogs were overmatched by the Panthers just enough to allow Pitt to squeak out a win at Petersen Events Center.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Derrick Randall goes after a rebound against Niagara in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Friday night.

Young Samford up next for Panthers

After throttling Niagara in the opener, Pitt faces another young team before heading for Hawaii.

1 week ago

 North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams looks to pass as Panthers linebacker Nicholas Grigsby pressures in the second quarter.

Pitt falls 40-35 to North Carolina

Pitt couldn’t hold on to an early lead and lost a back-and-forth shootout late, falling 40-35 to North Carolina.

1 week ago

 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst talks with quarterback Chad Voytik as they take on Akron.

Panthers aim to stay on toes defensively against Tar Heels

In the time leading up to its matchup today against North Carolina, Pitt has been trying to mimic the Tar Heels’ breakneck offense.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt's Durand Johnson moves the ball against Wake Forest at the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon, January 11, 2014.

Pitt suspends Durand Johnson for the season

Johnson, who missed the final two months of last season with an ACL injury, was poised to have a big year for the Panthers.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt guard James Robinson said he expects the opener tonight at Petersen Events Center against sharp-shooting Niagara to be a good test for the Panthers' defense.

Panthers set to open regular season against Niagara

Despite Niagara’s lack of size, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon sees the Purple Eagles’ quickness as a possible mismatch.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt's Cameron Johnson puts up a 3-point shot against Niagara's Matt Scott in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Friday night, November 14, 2014.

Durand Johnson's suspension overshadows easy first win for Panthers

Pitt barely broke a sweat and crushed overmatched Niagara, 78-45, before a crowd of 9,749 at the Petersen Events Center.

2 weeks ago

 Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd catches a pass as Duke's Evrett Edwards defends in the second quarter at Heinz Field on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Pitt coach Paul Chryst appreciates Tyler Boyd setting tone for team

After a perceived slight from Tyler Boyd, the Panthers have rallied around the star receiver’s words, according to coach Paul Chryst.

2 weeks ago

Pitt women open with loss

Young Panthers start poorly in both halves in 59-43 loss to Ivy League favorite Princeton at Petersen Events Center.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio watches as her team takes on Notre Dame at the Petersen Events Center in January.

Pitt women's basketball signs five players to 2015 recruiting class

The women Panthers open their 2014 regular season Friday with an 11 a.m. tip off against Princeton.

2 weeks ago

Pitt men's basketball team to play Gonzaga in Japan

The Armed Forces Classic is a series of college basketball games that are played on United States military bases worldwide.

2 weeks ago

 Mike Young, right, shooting during the first night of Pittsburgh Pro Am summer basketball.

Pitt sophomore making his point

Michael Young showed in the exhibition games that he is ready to take on the scoring load this season.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt wide receiver Manasseh Garner is ready to catch the ball as Avonte Maddox defends during preseason practice at the team's South Side facility on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Pitt cornerback prepares to step up

Freshman defensive back Avonte Maddox relishes challenge of starting the rest of season.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt's James Conner carries for 74 yards against Georgia Tech in the first quarter Saturday afternoon, October 25, 2014, at Heinz Field. Conner fumbled at the end of the play resulting in a turnover.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 11.12.14

Sam takes your questions today; Pitt takes on North Carolina this weekend.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst watches from the sidelines against the Virginia Cavaliers in the second quarter at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., on Oct 4, 2014. The Cavaliers won 24-19.

With two more wins, bowl game remains a possibility for Pitt

The opportunity for extra practice and a winning record remains for the Panthers with three games left.

2 weeks ago

 Arizona State coach Todd Graham looks on during a game last season against Washington State.

Ron Cook: Todd Graham had right idea leaving Pitt

Coach Todd Graham is enjoying success at Arizona State, justifying his choice to bail out on Pitt.

2 weeks ago



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