Penn State coach James Franklin said there is still a lot to play for in its regular-season finale against No. 5 Michigan State.

Penn State looks to play role of spoiler against No. 5 Michigan State

In a game where No. 5 Michigan State has much more to lose, what is at stake for James Franklin’s seven-win Nittany Lions?

about 4 hours ago

 Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi argues for a call against Miami in the third quarter Friday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Pitt's season fine, but small crowd is big concern

Despite solid first season under Pat Narduzzi, Pitt still not generating buzz or big crowds.

about 4 hours ago

 Running back Wendell Smallwood has had a breakout season for a Mountaineers offense that's typically known for its passing.

Junior RB Smallwood carries the weight for Mountaineers

West Virginia junior Wendell Smallwood used his skill and preparation to transform into one of college football’s best running backs.

about 4 hours ago

 Pitt's Chris Jones gets a shot up in the first half of the Panthers' win against Cornell Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center.

Jones finds his place for the Panthers

Shooting guard Chris Jones was supposed to be a starter, but he is making the most out of his role as a bench player.

about 4 hours ago

District football preview: Duquesne opens FCS playoffs with plenty of support

Alumni are filled with pride for the Northeast Conference champion Dukes, who, win or lose, will pen a new chapter in team history today.

about 4 hours ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd is stopped by Miami's Tracy Howard in the third quarter today at Heinz Field.

Comeback effort falls short as Pitt drops regular season finale against Miami

The Panthers finish the regular season 8-4, 6-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play after the 29-24 setback.

about 10 hours ago

 Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi leads seniors J.P. Holtz, Daryl Render and Lafayette Pitts onto the field earlier this season.

It's been a tumultuous career for Pitt's seniors

The Panthers’ 11 seniors cap off home career today against Miami at Heinz Field.

1 day ago

 Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

Penn State's Sandusky settlements now total nearly $93 million

Jerry Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

about 15 hours ago

 Pitt students sing "Sweet Caroline" at the end of the third quarter in a game against Louisville last week at Heinz Field.

Pitt football success sparks renewed student interest

The Panthers have struggled to build student support since moving off campus, but a winning team and strong marketing has improved things.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Alonzo Nelson-Ododa drives to the basket against Cornell's Wil Bathurst in the second half Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center.

Depth provides competition that is fueling Panthers' good start

Increased depth and competition for playing time give Pitt decidedly different look this season.

1 day ago

Defensive lineman Zack Gilbert commits to Pitt

Pitt landed its 12th verbal commitment of the 2016 class Friday when defensive lineman Zack Gilbert gave his pledge to Pat Narduzzi.

about 7 hours ago

 Pitt defensive tackle Darryl Render after practice on the field of the team's South Side facility Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Pitt defensive tackle paints whenever he can

Pitt defensive tackle Darryl Render is as talented with a paintbrush as he is a football player.

2 days ago

 Penn State's Brandon Bell tackles Amara Darboh of Michigan during a game at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania.

Penn State LB Brandon Bell living up to 'big play' nickname

Playing through injuries this season, linebacker Brandon Bell has found ways to spark Penn State’s defense.

2 days ago

Duquesne finishes strong in Florida tournament

Derrick Colter scored 24 points, fellow senior Jeremiah Jones added a career-high 17, and the Dukes defeated Western Kentucky, 81-73.

2 days ago

 Duquesne coach Jerry Schmitt leads a decorated Dukes roster into this weekend's FCS playoff matchup.

District notebook: With playoff game looming, Duquesne piles up honors

The Dukes, fresh off their first outright NEC championship, had a number of players feted by the conference Wednesday.

2 days ago

 Former WVU wide receiver Stedman Bailey, a third-round pick in the 2013 draft out of West Virginia, was critically wounded in a shooting in Miami Tuesday.

Former WVU standout Stedman Bailey has surgery after being shot in Miami

Bailey and four other people were sitting in a car outside a home in the Miami area when the shooting occurred, police said today.

2 days ago

 Jamel Artis gets a shot up against Cornell in the first half Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center.

Artis leads Pitt to 93-49 win over Cornell

The Panthers outclassed the Big Red in every category.

2 days ago

Prosecutors appeal order on Sandusky accuser's complaint

The judge’s order requires prosecutors to re-evaluate the case to see whether the allegations meet a minimum standard for filing charges.

2 days ago

 Ex-Miami head coach Al Golden, shown here in an Oct. 2013 photo, was fired earlier this season.

Pitt can relate to Miami's coaching situation

The Hurricanes come into Heinz Field Friday with an interim coach, but plenty of talent as they prepare to face off with the Panthers.

3 days ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls out a play to his team against St. Joseph's in the first half last week at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt basketball works to get back to basics in man-to-man defense

The Panthers will be tested again tonight against Cornell, a team that can shoot from the perimeter.

3 days ago

 Penn State head coach James Franklin calls a time out during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Buffalo in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Penn State notebook: James Franklin stressing patience while Lions seek improvement

Is Nittany Lions James Franklin seeing enough progress from his team nearly two years into the job?

3 days ago

 Qadree Ollison reaches across the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown to help the Panthers earn a road victory against Duke on Nov. 14.

For Pitt, road success attributed to team unity

Panthers have shown their toughness by going undefeated on the road in ACC play.

3 days ago

 Derrick Colter.

Colter scores career-high, Mason clutch down stretch in Dukes' OT win against Milwaukee

Senior guards combine for 53 points as Duquesne wins, 96-92, in Florida tournament.

3 days ago

 Dana Holgorsen and his Mountaineers open the 2016 season against Missouri.

Games against Missouri, Baylor bookend WVU's 2016 football slate

The Mountaineers also will travel to Landover, Md., for a neutral-site game Sept. 24 against BYU.

3 days ago

 Former Iowa State head coach and Pitt defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads argues a call during the first half of an Iowa State  game against Kansas State, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Manhattan, Kan.

With the firing of coach, Iowa State might show more emotion vs. WVU

West Virginia is preparing for a motivated and unpredictable Iowa State team playing for its ousted coach, Paul Rhoads in his final game.

4 days ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Louisville in the second quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt offense meshes in past two games, a major plus heading into regular-season finale

Pitt’s offense is starts to click heading into the final game of the regular season.

4 days ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls out a play to his team against Detroit in the second half Friday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt out of its zone in a zone

The Panthers are using more zone defense, even if coach Jamie Dixon prefers man-to-man.

4 days ago

 Ejuan Price tackles North Carolina's Elijah Hood at Heinz Field.

Pitt's Ejuan Price named ACC defensive lineman of the week

Senior defensive end had 5 sacks and 10 tackles in Panthers’ win against Louisville.

4 days ago

 Pitt's Ryan Luther dunks against Detroit in the first half Friday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Ryan Luther giving Pitt unexpected depth in the middle

The sophomore worked hard in the offseason to get stronger and more physical, and it is paying off with more playing time.

5 days ago

 Pitt's Ejuan Price takes down Louisville quarterback Kyle Bolin in the second quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt defensive end proving he's worth price of admission

Defensive end Ejuan Price breaks out with five sacks Saturday against Louisville in a 45-34 ACC victory.

5 days ago

 Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson, center, catches a pass between Penn State safety Marcus Allen, left, and linebacker Jason Cabinda, right, during the first half Saturday in State College, Pa.

Same miscues continue to plague Penn State in all three phases

Coach James Franklin said his team needs every single practice and every meeting the rest of the way this season.

5 days ago

District football roundup: IUP advances in Division II playoffs

Both PSAC West teams, IUP and Slippery Rock, in the postseason advanced, with the Crimson Hawks springing a bit of an upset on the road.

6 days ago

 Pitt's Mike Herndon and Connor Dintino lift George Aston after scoring a touchdown against the Louisville Cardinals in the second quarter Saturday at Heinz Field. Pitt defeated the Cardinals, 45-34.

Big first half lifts Pitt over Louisville, 45-34

The win gave the Panthers (8-3, 6-1 ACC) their eighth regular season win for the first time since 2009.

6 days ago

 Michigan safety Delano Hill pushes Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin out of the end zone as he attempts to hold onto a pass from Christian Hackenberg during the first half Saturday in State College. The pass was incomplete.

Penn State’s offense struggles to find footing in 28-16 loss to Michigan

This time Penn State had no last-second comeback, no leaping grab in the corner of the end zone and no quadruple overtime showdown

6 days ago

 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard runs past Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., left, and defensive tackle Jacky Dezir  while on a 42-yard run during the first half.

Mountaineers beat Kansas 49-0 to become eligible for bowl

Skyler Howard threw for 133 yards and a touchdown, ran for 129 yards and another score, and led a grinding WVU offense in a victory.

6 days ago

 Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi's team takes on Louisville today at Heinz Field with a slim chance at winning the ACC Coastal — so slim that it might be gone by the time their game starts.

Pitt remains focused despite ACC fate out of its control

The ACC Coastal race could be over by 3:45 p.m., but that doesn’t mean the Panthers have nothing to play for today against Louisville.

1 week ago

 Duquesne players celebrate their 30-20 win against Saint Francis, Pa., Saturday at Rooney Field to clinch the Northeast Conference crown and a playoff berth.

Duquesne beats Saint Francis to win Northeast Conference title, playoff berth

The Dukes rallied from a 14-0 hole to come back and beat the Red Flash, 30-20, Saturday at Rooney Field.

5 days ago

 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard shouldn't have to deal with a lot of pressure today against a Kansas team that isn't very good at much of anything.

WVU faces a Kansas team sorely lacking scholarship players and depth

Kansas, West Virginia’s opponent Saturday, is nearing the end of a season in which it has been undermanned and overmatched.

1 week ago

 Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib is one of several Nittany Lions set to play their final game at Beaver Stadium.

Exit of Penn State’s senior class signals end of historic era

The final six players who were recruited by Joe Paterno are among 19 seniors Penn State honors today vs. Michigan.

1 week ago

 Point guard Kavon Stewart and his Robert Morris teammates stay on their grind.

Robert Morris grinds through nine-day road trip

The Colonials clique takes on the Air Force Classic throughout Thanksgiving week.

1 week ago

District football preview: Duquesne takes aim at NEC title, first NCAA playoff berth today

With a win vs. Saint Francis, Pa., the Dukes will claim their first outright Northeast Conference title and reach the national tournament.

1 week ago

 Jared Nickens and No. 3 Maryland came back from a 14-point deficit to beat Rider, 65-58, Friday at home.

College basketball roundup: No. 3 Maryland escapes against Rider

Upset bid falls short, West Virginia men win a laugher; Pitt and Duquesne women pick up victories.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Cameron Johnson gets a shot up against Detroit's Jaleel Hogan in the first half Friday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt beats Detroit, 95-79

Pitt was tested for about 25 minutes by Detroit Friday, but the Panthers responded in a big way and turned a tight game into a laugher.

1 week ago

 Pitt is considering changing the surface of one of two practice fields the university maintains at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on the South Side, a potentially costly side effect of numerous leadership changes in its athletic department.

At Pitt's football complex, the grass isn't always greener

The school is considering a switch from natural grass to synthetic turf at a practice field, potentially the fourth change in 15 years.

1 week ago

Slippery Rock U. football players charged with robbing man at gunpoint

State police said the men entered a unit at the Grove Apartments and held the victim at gunpoint.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Jordan Whitehead runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Notre Dame.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 11.19.15

Beat writer Sam Werner dishes out answers to Panthers football questions in his weekly chat.

1 week ago

 Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who likely will play his final game at Beaver Stadium this weekend, greets fans before the annual Blue-White Game in the spring.

Christian Hackenberg's legacy unlike any other at Penn State

NCAA sanctions and a coaching change are part of Christian Hackenberg’s college career. So, too, are countless Penn State passing records.

1 week ago

 Pitt linebacker Matt Steinbeck finally gets to play in front of a big crowd.

Pitt linebacker Steinbeck enjoying step up for final year of college football

Matt Steinbeck, a North Allegheny grad, is making the most of his one season in big-time college football after transferring from Bucknell.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Sterling Smith hasn't shot well yet with the Panthers, but is doing plenty of other things to coach Jamie Dixon's liking.

Jamie Dixon happy with Pitt's backcourt additions, especially Sterling Smith

Graduate transfer Sterling Smith has already made himself a starter for the Panthers because of his defense, not necessarily his shooting.

1 week ago

Promising Duquesne routs Penn State, 78-52

A record-tying shooting night from deep lifts Duquesne to a 78-52 rout of Penn State, adding more promise to a potential turnaround season.

1 week ago