Pitt defensive back Avonte Maddox returns a punt during during practice.earlier this month.

Aggressiveness key for Pitt cornerbacks this season

The Panthers hope to develop a more ball-hawking attitude at cornerback this season, along with some increased depth.

about 15 hours ago

 Penn State WRs DaeSean Hamilton and Saeed Blacknall wait for the team photo inside Beaver Stadium at media day earlier this month.

Penn State looking to turn potential into production with deep WR corps

Penn State plans to use eight receivers this year, a group that gives the offense looks it lacked last season.

about 15 hours ago

 Pitt's head coach Pat Narduzzi instructs his team during workouts today on the South Side.

Narduzzi says Pitt ready for game week as training camp winds down

Starting Monday, the Panthers will enter game week preparations for the Sept. 5 season opener against Youngstown State.

1 day ago

 Penn State offensive linemen Chasz Wright, Paris Palmer and Sterling Jenkins wait for the offensive line's group photo in Beaver Stadium during media day earlier this month.

Penn State notebook: Nittany Lions moving closer to starting decisions

Penn State continues sorting through position battles as the season opener nears.

1 day ago

 LaVar Arrington poses during Penn State's media day at Beaver Stadium in 1999.

Penn State football: Q&A with LaVar Arrington

LaVar Arrington weighs in on the Pitt-Penn State rivalry, Christian Hackenberg and the upcoming season for the Nittany Lions.

1 day ago

 Robert Morris's David Appolon drives to the basket against Fairleigh-Dickinson in the second half of a game at the Charles Sewall Center on January 29, 2015.

Former RMU guard plunges right in to helping underprivileged youth in Florida

David Appolon is helping his friend, Scoop Jardine, make a difference with underpriviledged youth in Florida through a basketball academy.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Rachid Ibrahim carries the ball Monday during the Panthers' practice on the South Side. Ibrahim is expected to miss the 2015 season because of an Achilles injury.

Pitt hopes 'quality depth' at running back helps weather Ibrahim injury

Ibrahim, a junior, served as Pitt’s primary third-down back last season, and was poised to be one of James Conner’s backups in 2015.

2 days ago

 Anthony Payne, 6, left, who came with the Clairton Midget Football Organization, gets an autograph from Pitt Jr. WR Tyler Boyd, a Clairton alum, at Heinz Field for Pitt Fan Fest.

Heinz Field practice a good change of pace for Pitt

Pitt’s only training camp practice at Heinz Field on Tuesday gave it a chance to play at its home stadium before its opening game.

2 days ago

 West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen addresses attendees at the NCAA college Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Monday, July 20, 2015, in Dallas.

WVU notebook: Dana Holgorsen sees no need to change vetting program

West Virginia’s coach will stick with his approach to vetting players even in light of Baylor’s sexual-assault scandal.

2 days ago

 A rendering of the upgraded Lasch Football Building.

Penn State unveils renovation plan details for Lasch Football Building

The upgrades include a lobby where awards will be displayed, an upgraded locker room with new carpet, improved lighting and a video wall.

2 days ago

 Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt practices during training camp Monday at the team's facility on the South Side.

Pitt kicker Blewitt puts Duke miss behind him for upcoming season

Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt has moved past missing a potential game-winner last year and is ready for the new season.

3 days ago

 Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said he doesn't expect any of the Panthers who are currently banged up to miss game action.

Pitt's Narduzzi has 'pretty good idea' on depth chart

Two of the spots that have been most up in the air this month have been boundary safety and weakside outside linebacker.

4 days ago

 Duquesne coach Jim Ferry

Duquesne makes the most of lopsided games on foreign tour

Despite subpar competition, Duquesne coach Jim Ferry thinks his team improved on four-game trip to Ireland.

4 days ago

 Ohio State coach Urban Meyer speaks to reporters earlier this month during the university's NCAA college football media day in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

Unanimous choice: Ohio State is No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25 college sports poll

The defending national champion Buckeyes received all 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released today.

5 days ago

 Pat Narduzzi, left, and his father Bill in 1985.

Even after heartbreak, Pitt's Narduzzi follows late father's footsteps

Pat Narduzzi had a front-row seat for his father’s coaching demise, but he chose to go into the family business anyway.

5 days ago

 Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi gives instruction to his players at practice Saturdy at the team's South Side facility.

Pitt's defense proves a point in final scrimmage

The offense also made strides in one of the final chances for players to prove their worth in the starting lineup.

5 days ago

 Defensive lineman Tyrique Jarrett (54) looks on as coach Pat Narduzzi get the line set for the next drill earlier this month.

Pitt holds second scrimmage of training camp

Narduzzi and his staff did their best to simulate game-day conditions leading into Saturday’s session.

6 days ago

 Pitt wide receiver Tre Tipton watches the ball into his hands during drills Wednesday morning at the team's South Side practice facility.

Two freshman wide receivers likely to contribute for Pitt

Wide receivers Tre Tipton and Quadree Henderson apparently are ready to contribute as freshmen for Panthers.

6 days ago

 Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi directs a drill during workouts Thursday.

Pitt football lightens practice in lead-up to Saturday scrimmage

The Panthers practiced in just helmets and shoulder pads in preparation for their second scrimmage of the month.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Reggie Mitchell runs through a drill during practice at Pitt's South Side training facility on August 17, 2015.

Reggie Mitchell's acclimation to Pitt culminates with him becoming a leader on defense

Safety Reggie Mitchell is no longer ‘the transfer,’ and hopes to be a leader for the Panthers defense

1 week ago

 Linebacker Jason Cabinda is a former three-star prospect from Flemington, N.J.

Linebacker Jason Cabinda at ease in Penn State’s defense

The Nittany Lions sophomore linebacker played in eight games last season and is expected to take on a starting role.

1 week ago

 Community College of Beaver County men's basketball coach Steve Brodzinski is ready to get going after the program's one-year hiatus.

West Extra: CCBC basketball returns from hiatus with new vision

Under new coach Steve Brodzinski, CCBC hopes to return to dominance on the court while developing its students off of it.

1 week ago

 Thomas Benyo, a senior defensive back at Geneva College, will be a key to the defense's success this season.

West Xtra: Benyo key to Geneva's success on defense

Senior safety hoping Golden Tornadoes have what it takes to contend in PAC.

1 week ago

North/East Xtra: North Allegheny grad proves he has professional talent

After a standout career at Seton Hill, Nick Sell goes undrafted but quickly shows he has the skills needed in the Dodgers organization.

1 week ago

 Reily Shane is a senior defensive lineman at Thiel who graduated from Highlands.

North Xtra: Highlands grad puts it on the line at Thiel

Reily Shane is a senior defensive lineman who is ready to lead the Tomcats.

1 week ago

South Xtra: Cal ready to put last season behind

Football team returns 14 starters as it tries to improve on 8-3 finish.

1 week ago

 Zack Crossey is a senior offensive lineman and leader at Washington & Jefferson who graduated from Penn-Trafford.

South/East Xtra: Penn-Trafford's Crossey a big hit at Washington & Jefferson

Former Warriors standout and offensive lineman Zack Crossey helps pave the way for a lethal Presidents offense.

1 week ago

 Saint Vincent head coach Ron Dolciato is hoping to turn the Bearcats program around.

East Xtra: Saint Vincent ready to make some noise in PAC

Bearcats got taste of winning last season and now want more.

1 week ago

East Xtra: Seton Hill shows it can compete in PSAC

Loss to IUP last season inspires Griffins to pull together this year.

1 week ago

 Woodland Hills graduate Dorian Lane is a standout linebacker at IUP.

East Xtra: Woodland Hills grad ready to put philosophy to test

IUP linebacker Dorian Lane gets to “win the play” an extra season after medical hardship.

1 week ago

 Former Pitt star and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald talks to Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney during the Blue-Gold Game in April at Highmark Stadium.

Pitt second nationally with five players on football writers' All-Time All-America team

Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Larry Fitzgerald, Bill Fralic and Hugh Green all made the squad.

1 week ago

 Pitt's freshman receiver Quadree Henderson catches a pass during practice at Pitt's South Side practice facility today.

Pitt already preparing for Youngstown State season opener

Beyond the opener, Pat Narduzzi said Pitt will dedicate time next week to preparing for Georgia Tech’s unique triple-option offense.

1 week ago

 Pitt's quarterback Chad Voytik throws a pass during drills Wednesday morning at the team's South Side practice facility.

Voytik the starter at QB, but Pitt coaches feel good about depth

Three others, including Tennessee transfer Nathan Peterman, are fighting to take the top spot.

1 week ago

 Penn State football running back Akeel Lynch (22) during Media Day on Aug. 6, 2015.

Penn State notebook: Akeel Lynch leading the way for young RBs

Penn State might lack game experience behind Akeel Lynch at running back, but there is no shortage of talent waiting to step up.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Jamel Artis and Syracuse's Kaleb Joseph's battle during last season's game in Oakland.

Pitt men's basketball will open ACC season at home against Syracuse

The Panthers and Orange will square off at 9 p.m. Dec. 30 as part of the "ACC Tip-Off" doubleheader. The game will be shown on ESPN2.

1 week ago

 Pitt's receiver Tre Tipton waits for a pass during drills this morning at the team's South Side practice facility.

Freshman Pitt WRs Tipton, Henderson impressing Narduzzi

Coach Narduzzi went out of his way to mention freshmen receivers Tre Tipton and Quadree Henderson as players who have impressed him so far.

1 week ago

 Mike Caprara graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 2012 as the school’s all-time leading tackler.

Linebacker turns into jack-of-all trades for Pitt

Mike Caprara shows off his versatility at all three linebacker positions for Panthers this fall.

1 week ago

West Virginia's punt-return unit looks for huge, fast turnaround

After a miserable 2014 season, West Virginia’s punt-return unit is determined to improve.

1 week ago

 "Playing an outstanding team like Davidson at Madison Square Garden will be tremendous for our team and our fans," Jamie Dixon said.

Pitt men's hoops to face Davidson in New York as part of Gotham Classic

The Panthers also host Eastern Washington (Dec. 11), Morehead State (Dec. 13) and Western Carolina (Dec. 23) as part of the event.

1 week ago

 "I feel pretty good about where we are going into [practice No. 10],” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said.

Narduzzi says Panthers 'a little banged up' heading into practice No. 10

But the coach stressed that players being limited at this point in camp is “par for the course.”

1 week ago

 Pitt's Pat Amara (25) runs through a drill at practice Monday at Pitt's South Side training facility.

Pitt trio battles it out for starting spot at strong safety

Jevonte Pitts, Patrick Amara and Jordan Whitehead are battling for playing time at strong safety.

1 week ago

 Pat Narduzzi's Pitt Panthers ran 166 plays during their Saturday scrimmage.

'Bigger, faster and stronger': Pat Narduzzi reflects on Pitt's first training camp scrimmage

“There was some major hitting going on... I just thought it was a very physical scrimmage,” Pitt’s first-year coach said.

1 week ago

 In this January 2014 file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, right, speaks while College Athletes Players Association President Ramogi Huma listens during a news conference in Chicago.

National labor board dismisses ruling to allow college athletes to unionize

The ruling dismissed a decision that said football players with scholarships are effectively school employees and entitled to organize.

1 week ago

 Defensive tackle Tarow Barney, right, has been picked as a player to watch by his teammates.

Under-the-radar tackle OK with playing his role on Penn State defense

Tarow Barney came to Penn State from a junior college, but looks to be part of PSU’s defensive tackle rotation.

1 week ago

 Bubbles Anderson would be the tallest player in women’s Division I basketball if she could only get on the court, a point driven home when she speaks with Pitt associate head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller last month at a camp at Petersen Events Center.

At 6-11, Pitt's 'Bubbles' Anderson sees the big picture

The Panthers’ Marvadene “Bubbles” Anderson is the tallest women’s player in college basketball, but her future with the sport is in doubt.

1 week ago

 Jester Weah stood out in Pitt’s scrimmage Saturday, catching five passes for 156 yards.

Sophomore WR Jester Weah leads Pitt offense in scrimmage win vs. defense

Pitt’s offense gets the better of its defense in the Panthers’ first scrimmage of fall training camp.

1 week ago

 Pitt running back James Conner poses for photos during media day Tuesday at the team's facility on the South Side.

Pitt is not banking on Conner or bust

A capable and deep group of backup running backs exists behind Pitt star and reigning ACC player of the year James Conner.

1 week ago

North Allegheny's Josh Lugg commits to Notre Dame

Josh Lugg, a standout junior offensive lineman at North Allegheny High School, has decided to play college football at Notre Dame.

1 week ago

 Defensive lineman Tyrique Jarrett looks on as coach Pat Narduzzi get the line set for the next drill yesterday at the team's training facility on the South Side.

Pitt displays considerable bulk in defensive line

The Panthers coaches have some flexibility with players up front who are coming in around 300 pounds each.

2 weeks ago

 Penn State safety Marcus Allen readies for the team's annual lifting fundraiser, July 11, 2015 in State College.

Penn State safety Marcus Allen embracing role as QB of the defense

Sophomore safety Marcus Allen, who started seven games in 2014, is one of the Penn State players to watch.

2 weeks ago