Pitt's new athletic director, Scott Barnes, said he believes an improvement in football can help all the school's programs.

Ron Cook: Maybe Pitt got it right with new athletic director Scott Barnes

Scott Barnes brings no shortage of confidence to the position, and while he has a basketball background, his focus is largely on football.

about 5 hours ago


 Pitt offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings was selected in the fourth round of the draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

Draft notebook: Pitt's Clemmings goes to Vikings

The Panthers standout was the 11th pick of the fourth round, No. 110 overall.

about 18 hours ago


Bengals take ex-WVU receiver Mario Alford in NFL Draft

Alford ran the 40 in 4.25 seconds at West Virginia's pro day, which makes him a candidate to be used as a punt or kick returner in the NFL.

1 day ago


 West Virginia's Shaquille Riddick sacks Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.

West Virginia defensive end Shaquille Riddick selected by Cardinals in fifth round of NFL Draft

An edge rusher, Riddick led all Mountaineers players last season with seven sacks and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 11.

1 day ago


West Virginia's Mark Glowinski selected by Seahawks in fourth round of NFL Draft

Offensive lineman Mark Glowinski was a mainstay of the Mountaineer offensive line the past two seasons.

1 day ago


 Purdue quarterback Danny Etling is sacked by Penn State safety Adrian Amos  for a 12-yard loss on Nov. 16, 2013.

Penn State defensive back Adrian Amos selected by Bears in fifth round of NFL Draft

Adrian Amos lined up at cornerback and at safety for the Nittany Lions and will now man the secondary for the Chicago Bears.

1 day ago


 Matt Rotheram and T.J. Clemmings work out for scouts during Pitt Pro Day at the team's South Side complex.

Pitt OT Clemmings selected in fourth round by Vikings

Clemmings slid to the third day of the draft despite some experts projecting him as a first-round selection.

1 day ago


 Penn State tight end Jesse James celebrates after scoring a touchdown.

Steelers choose Penn State tight end Jesse James, from South Allegheny, in fifth round

Penn State tight end Jesse James is the first Nittany Lions player drafted by the Steelers in six years.

1 day ago


 Penn State offensive lineman Donovan Smith greets NFL commissioner Roger Goodell onstage after being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 34th pick in the second round of the NFL draft  Friday in Chicago.

Penn State’s Smith goes to Tampa Bay

Donovan Smith’s selection at 34th overall made him the highest PSU player drafted since Jared Odrick was drafted 28th overall in 2010.

2 days ago


 Graham Spanier's defamation lawsuit is a result of the findings in the Freeh report.

Centre County judge recuses himself from Spanier's lawsuit against Freeh

Judge Jonathan D. Grine signed an order this week that cancels a pre-trial conference until a new judge is assigned from another county.

2 days ago


 Matt Seifert, left, and Nick Goodell go up for a block during Penn State’s victory against Sacred Heart.

West Xtra: Ambridge grad closing out career at Penn State with a flourish

Although sidelines by an injury, Nick Goodell has a chance to finish his Penn State volleyball career on the college sport’s biggest stage.

3 days ago


 Alexis Bosilovic, a Hampton resident and a Sewickley Academy graduate, plays women's lacrosse for Catholic University and was recently selected to play for the Italian national team.

North Xtra: Sewickley alumna goes national

Alexis Bosilovic, a sophomore lacrosse player at Catholic University, is chosen to play for Italian national team.

3 days ago


 Slippery Rock's Ashley West, a Pine-Richland graduate, is among the top female high jumpers in NCAA Division II.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland grad reaching new heights

Slippery Rock junior Ashley West is establishing herself as a top high jumper in NCAA Division II.

3 days ago


North Xtra: La Roche earns berth in AMCC playoffs

Strong start in conference play helps women’s softball team wrap up No. 4 seed.

3 days ago


 Penn State offensive lineman Donovan Smith celebrates with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 34th pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Football Draft Friday night.

Former Nittany Lion Donovan Smith selected by Tampa Bay

Donovan Smith’s wait in the NFL Draft’s green room came to a close quickly Friday night.

2 days ago


 West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White poses for photos after being selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago.

Bears take WVU's Kevin White with seventh pick of NFL draft

“I’ve been wanting this all my life,” the former Mountaineers wide receiver told ESPN shortly after being selected.

3 days ago


 In the past four years, Jamie Dixon and the Panthers are 91-50 (.645 winning percentage), and 36-36 in conference play.

Program at the crossroads: Pitt basketball looks to rebound

A new league and high roster turnover has hurt Pitt basketball the past few years. Can the Panthers rekindle their earlier success?

6 days ago


Pitt women's basketball program adds USC transfer

Gibbs will join Pitt's five-player 2015 recruiting class to bring six new players to a team

6 days ago


Pitt could add another first-rounder to history in Clemmings

His draft stock has fallen a bit recently, but offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings still seems primed to be the next high pick for the Panthers.

1 week ago


 West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White could be the first taken of a strong class at his position.

West Virginia's Kevin White a scintillating draft prospect

Wide receiver Kevin White, a likely top-10 pick, highlights a group of former Mountaineers in the 2015 draft.

1 week ago


 Mike Hull might be on the small side, but he's confident NFL teams know what he can bring to the field.

Hull, former Penn State standouts ready for NFL draft waiting game

Former Canon-McMillan and Nittany Lions linebacker Mike Hull hopes that going fishing will help pass the time during this week’s NFL draft.

1 week ago


Former local standout Sean Hickey has good shot to be drafted

Franklin Regional grad and Syracuse offensive lineman Sean Hickey might get the NFL draft call this week.

1 week ago


 West Virginia linebacker Xavier Preston (53) tackles West Virginia running back Donte Thomas-Williams (8) in the Gold-Blue spring game Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.  (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

Defense wins day in West Virginia spring game

Coach Dana Holgorsen is OK with his offense taking a backseat for now and thinks the Mountaineers will become a better all-around team.

1 week ago


 West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider, and his son Jaden, 14, wh os battling lymphoma.

Family of WVU running backs coach copes with 14-year-old son's cancer

West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider finds strength in his 14-year-old son, who is in a battle against lymphoma.

1 week ago


 The University of Pittsburgh's new athletic director, Scott Barnes, center, laughs with chancellor Patrick Gallagher after a press conference announcing Barnes' hiring at the school's Oakland campus on Friday. At left is interim athletic director Randy Juhl.

Pitt officially names Scott Barnes next athletic director

The former Utah State AD’s tenure will begin July 1.

1 week ago


Shooting guard Sterling Smith transfers to Pitt

Sterling Smith, a 6-4 shooting guard at Coppin State, averaged 13.9 points per game last season.

1 week ago


 Nick Sell, a North Allegheny graduate, is a standout third baseman for Seton Hill University and among the leaders in home runs and RBIs in NCAA Division II.

North/East Xtra: North Allegheny grad a Seton Hill slugger

Nick Sell among the NCAA Division II leaders in home runs as power-hitting third baseman for the Griffins.

1 week ago


 Scott Barnes speaks in January about events scheduled to take place at the Final Four in Indianapolis. Pitt is set to hire Barnes as its next athletic director.

Pitt to hire Utah State's Scott Barnes as athletic director

Barnes has served as the Aggies’ athletic director since 2008.

1 week ago


 Brendan McKay on the mound for Louisville.

Dual threat: Former Blackhawk standout McKay opening eyes at Louisville

From Blackhawk High School to the University of Louisville, Brendan McKay continues to shine

1 week ago


 Former FBI director Louis Freeh speaks about the Penn State-commissioned Freeh Report during a news conference in Philadelphia in 2012.

Seven Penn State trustees want access to records used for Freeh report

The petition seeks to force the school to let them see everything the Freeh team reviewed, gathered and produced.

1 week ago


 This season, West Virginia running back Rushel Shell could play his biggest role in an offense since he was a star at Hopewell High School.

West Virginia becomes home for Hopewell's Rushel Shell

Atop the depth chart and finally settled, Mountaineers running back and Hopewell graduate Rushel Shell is ready for what awaits him.

2 weeks ago


 Former Pitt defensive end Greg Romeus is still chasing his NFL dream after a slew of injuries.

Former Pitt standout Greg Romeus hopes for second NFL chance

Two knee injuries kept Greg Romeus from realizing his NFL dreams, but the defensive end is hoping for another chance.

2 weeks ago


 Tyler Boyd can't quite come up with a reception as he's defended by Phillipie Motley during Pitt's Blue-Gold game today at Highmark Stadium. The Blue team beat the Gold, 17-10.

Pitt boasts defense, alumni, full house in spring game at Highmark Stadium

Just about everything about Pat Narduzzi’s first Blue-Gold spring game as Pitt coach went about as well as he could have hoped.

2 weeks ago


 Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, right, and former Penn State QB Matt McGloin chat before Hackenberg warms up prior to Penn State's Blue-White Game.

Penn State defensive line highlights annual Blue-White Game

Four players combined for six sacks and Penn State’s defensive line doesn’t look like it will miss a beat.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt football teammates practice how they will enter the field during spring practice Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the team's facility on the South Side.

Pitt's Blue-Gold game not short on intensity or bragging rights

Panthers teammates will be on opposite sides of the field today at Highmark Stadium, making for what should be a competitive spring game.

2 weeks ago


 Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman leads drills at a spring practice in Holuba Hall.

Man in the middle: Penn State's Nyeem Wartman aims to uphold Linebacker U legacy

Nyeem Wartman goes one-on-one to talk about his role as PSU’s next middle linebacker and why he’s not taking it lightly.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt's Bam Bradley works through drills during spring practice last month at the team's facility on the South Side.

Pitt coaches still deciding who must be the 'Money'

Mike Caprara and Bam Bradley are competing for the “Money” outside linebacker spot this spring, one of the Panthers’ few position battles.

2 weeks ago


 Backup quarterback Trace McSorley hands the ball off during situational drills Saturday afternoon.

Penn State’s backup QB turning heads this spring

Backup QB Trace McSorley is among Penn State’s spring surprises. The redshirt freshman has a chance to impress fans Saturday.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt's Brianna Kiesel handles the ball during the game against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena in March.

WNBA Draft: Pitt's Brianna Kiesel is Tulsa Shock's selection, 13th pick overall

Pitt point guard Brianna Kiesel was selected by the Tulsa Shock with the 13th overall pick of the WNBA Draft Thursday night.

2 weeks ago


 Robert Morris men's basketball coach Andy Toole speaks Wednesday at the university at a news conference celebrating a contract extension that runs through the 2019-20 season.

Robert Morris, Toole agree to extension through 2019-20 season

Andy Toole, 34, had been mentioned as a candidate to coach at other schools, but he stayed with an administration and team he knows.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi talks to his squad during spring camp Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Blue-Gold game Saturday wraps up Pitt’s spring session

Three offensive stars end up on one team after draft was held for coach Pat Narduzzi’s first important step in his first season at the helm.

2 weeks ago


 Running back Akeel Lynch takes direction from coach Charles Huff while readying for a drill during Wednesday's practice.

Penn State notebook: This spring, Akeel Lynch is nobody’s backup

A look at Akeel Lynch’s starting job, QB Christian Hackenberg’s spring progress and Penn State’s plan for middle linebacker.

2 weeks ago


 University of Pittsburgh defensive lineman Tyrique Jarrett (middle, in blue) during spring practice at the UPMC Sports Complex on the South Side Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Pitt's interior defensive line will be big factor in new scheme, literally and figuratively

Tyrique Jarrett’s emergence at tackle should help Pitt’s defensive line become much bigger factor this fall.

2 weeks ago


 Oakland Catholic alum and Virginia sophomore Leah Smith competes at the NCAA championships March 21 where she won the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle. The Mount Lebanon native will hope to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics next year.

Former Oakland Catholic swimming star has Olympic dreams

After winning two NCAA swimming titles, Leah Smith will spend the next year competing for a chance to represent Team USA in Rio de Janeiro.

2 weeks ago


 Durand Johnson will leave Pitt, coach Jamie Dixon announced.

Pitt guard who was suspended will transfer

Durand Johnson, who sat out the 2014-15 season, will not be reinstated to the program, but coach Jamie Dixon will aid his transfer.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi directs his players during a spring practice session in March.

Pitt will face Iowa Sept. 19 in prime-time matchup

The start time for the road game was not announced, only that it will be a night game.

2 weeks ago


 Former backup running back Dennis Briggs has focused on the other side of the ball this spring for new Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi.

Pitt's Dennis Briggs makes most of position flip

Former Shady Side Academy standout Dennis Briggs has gone from offense to defense with the Panthers, and he’s fitting in well so far.

3 weeks ago


 Penn State's new kicking candidates, including Chris Gulla (right), could likely learn a thing or two about their craft from former kicker Sam Ficken.

Penn State's specialists a work in progress

The punters and snappers haven’t progressed as James Franklin expected this spring. PSU has no scholarship specialists.

3 weeks ago


 Former FBI director Louis Freeh

Freeh seeks out-of-county judge for Spanier defamation suit

Louis Freeh’s new filings suggest a good candidate for the job would be Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover.

3 weeks ago


 Sue Paterno, widow of Joe Paterno.

'We've got to get this solved': Paterno family takes key role in sex abuse prevention effort

The late Joe Paterno’s wife reports on a pilot program funded by the Paterno family that trains adults in child sex abuse prevention.

3 weeks ago



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