Head coach Paul Chryst coaches wide receiver Adonis Jennings at the first day of Pitt's preseason practice in August.

Freshman receiver ready to expand role for Pitt

Wide receiver Adonis Jennings was expecting to be redshirted but saw action Saturday against Akron and caught his first pass.

about 2 hours ago


 Marcus Martin, a graduate of West Mifflin Area High School, is a standout defensive end for the Slippery Rock University football team.

South Xtra: West Mifflin grad shines at Slippery Rock

Marcus Martin is quickly becoming known as the sackmaster for the Slippery Rock football team.

about 2 hours ago


Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 10.1.14

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers, who are reeling after a home loss to Akron.

about 10 hours ago


 Pitt’s Shakir Soto tries to take down Akron’s Tommy Woodson in the first quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt feels sting from 21-10 loss to Akron

After Akron raced past Pitt's defense in the second half of a tough loss Saturday, the Panthers focus on rebounding at ACC foe Virginia.

1 day ago


 West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White has 42 receptions for 633 yards and four touchdowns this season.

West Virginia's Alford, White look to burn slumping Kansas defense

Although Mountaineers coaches might indicate otherwise, Rushel Shell knows Kansas will have fits with wideouts Kevin White and Mario Alford.

1 day ago


 Pitt's Manesseh Garner celebrates his touchdown catch against Akron in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Pitt football notebook: Wide receiver reverses direction quickly

Manasseh Garner apologizes for his postgame comments about the fans after the loss Saturday against Akron.

2 days ago


 Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen points to his wife while answering a question during an NCAA college football news conference in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Bowen replaces Charlie Weis, who was fired after Saturday's 23-0 loss to Texas.

Kansas, new coach face West Virginia on Saturday

New Kansas football coach gets his ‘dream’ job about two decades after predicting he would on his first date with his future wife.

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 Pitt's James Connor carries as he's defended by Akron's C.J. Mizell in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Panthers ran out of options vs. Akron

Perhaps the most unexpected part of Pitt’s 21-10 loss Saturday to Akron was how the Zips were able to shut down the rushing attack.

3 days ago


 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is stopped by Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo after getting a first down on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter Saturday in State College, Pa.

Penn State's offensive struggles begin at the line

After its first loss of the season, Penn State showed signs of weakness on offense — most notably with the fledging line.

3 days ago


 West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett carries the ball in the first half Sept. 6 against Towson in Morgantown, W.Va.

Trickett thriving in West Virginia's fast-pace offense

In just a little more than one year on the job, Clint Trickett is leading West Virginia’s offense with surgical precision.

3 days ago


Summer practices help to shape up Pitt's basketball roster

Pitt's summer tour to the Bahamas gave the Panthers more time to practice and congeal into a more prepared team, coach Jamie Dixon said.

3 days ago


District college football roundup: The Rock coasts to 4-0

Zack Newsock threw for four touchdowns, Shamar Greene rushed for two scores, and Slippery Rock breezed past visiting Seton Hill, 63-19.

4 days ago


District preview: Gannon will test Clarion’s solid start

Clarion faces a tough test today, as it plays host to an undefeated Gannon team tied atop the PSAC West.

5 days ago


 Pitt's James Connor carries as he's defended by Akron's C.J. Mizell in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Panthers lose their zip, stumble in second half against Akron

A game that was supposed to be a breather before conference play quickly devolved into a nightmare for the Panthers.

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 Penn State head coach James Franklin looks on from the sidelines in Penn State's 29-6 loss to Northwestern Saturday in State College, Pa.

Penn State's struggles are clear after loss

Despite a 4-0 start, Penn State has endured recurring issues — all of which were highlighted in a 29-6 loss Saturday to Northwestern.

4 days ago


 Pitt coach Paul Chryst.

Panthers looking to bounce back quickly

Pitt coach Paul Chryst senses the right kind of confidence from his players after they put the stinging loss against Iowa behind them.

5 days ago


Upstart Penn State defense has quality mind in coordinator

Bob Shoop, the man behind Penn State’s thriving defense, has been turning heads with his football acumen since his college days at Yale.

5 days ago


 Prashanth Kumar, left, and Mitalee Patil react Friday as the Pitt Panther takes a turn playing corn hole at an American Football Tailgate Party for international graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland.

International students at Pitt get introduction to tailgating

“Tailgating: A social event held on the open tailgate of a vehicle before or after a sporting event or concert.”

5 days ago


Pitt basketball: Cameron Wright faces surgery for broken left foot

Pitt doesn't begin formal practice for the 2014-15 basketball season but they are already down one player.

5 days ago


 Pitt's James Conner runs the ball in the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt star James Conner not wearing down, but proves to be human

The Panthers running back will try to bounce back from a bad second half against Iowa.

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 A view of the new scoreboard inside Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Massachusetts Minutemen and the Penn State Nittany Lions last Saturday.

Penn State makes adjustments to ad-packed Beaver Stadium scoreboards

Penn State sponsorships are still recovering after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, but it’s not all roses for the fans.

6 days ago


Post Route Podcast on college football: Episode 2

This week’s topics include Pitt vs. Akron, WVU’s Trickett-to-White combo and national games to watch.

5 days ago


 Apollo-Ridge's Tre Tipton gets by Shady Side Academy's Eric Yoest Friday night, September 19, 2014.

Rare gems: Big-time colleges find recruits at small schools

Four WPIAL stars are from smaller schools that don't have rich football traditions and have produced few Division I college players.

6 days ago


 Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik talks with head coach Paul Chryst during the season opener at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon, August 30, 2014.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 9.25.14

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers, who look to rebound this weekend at home against Akron.

6 days ago


 Dalton Izyk of the Robert Morris Colonials blocks a shot by the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second period of a West Regional game of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament on March 29, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota Golden defeated Robert Morris, 7-3.

Robert Morris selected as No. 2 in conference

Robert Morris swiped three first-place votes in the Atlantic Hockey Association preseason coaches’ poll, finishing second to Mercyhurst.

1 week ago


 Ryan Ruffing has put up big numbers during the first three weeks of the season for Washington & Jefferson.

South Xtra: Thomas Jefferson grad piling up numbers at W&J

Thomas Jefferson’s Ryan Ruffing has moved into the starting running back slot at Washington & Jefferson with an exclamation point.

1 week ago


 Penn State has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former assistant football coach Jay Paterno and former assistant coach Bill Kenney, who were fired two years ago. The two sued in July contending they have been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Penn State wants judge to toss Paterno-Kenney suit

Former assistants Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney sued in July contending they have been unfairly linked to the Sandusky child abuse scandal.

1 week ago


 Leah McCormick, 19, a sophomore at Pitt from Toledo, Ohio, hangs her head as Pitt loses to Iowa Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt's pressure on QB a problem vs. Iowa

Despite averaging three sacks per game before Saturday, the Panthers did not register one against the Hawkeyes.

1 week ago


 West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen watches his team during its Blue-Gold Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium in April.

Kansas loss in 2013 makes West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen ‘want to puke’

An embarrassing 31-19 road loss to Kansas last season left a bad taste in Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen’s mouth.

1 week ago


 Penn State running back Akeel Lynch.

Akeel Lynch awaits time to shine for Penn State

Seldom-used Akeel Lynch waits for his turn in Penn State’s three-man running back rotation.

1 week ago


 Pitt's James Conner runs the ball in the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt has established its offensive identity

The Panthers are running the ball 71 percent of the time after four games, but coach Paul Chryst isn’t concerned about the split.

1 week ago


 Pitt's James Conner runs the ball in the first half Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Heinz Field.

Panthers' goals remain the same 
on heels of first loss

Despite a disappointing performance Saturday against Iowa, the Panthers will now turn their focus to building momentum for their ACC slate.

1 week ago


 Penn State quarterback D.J. Crook drops back in the pocket in the fourth quarter against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. Penn State defeated Massachusetts, 48-7.

Penn State's seldom-used backups get a day in the sun

A quick and painless rout of Massachusetts allowed Nittany Lions coach James Franklin to trot out some of his reserves for rare action.

1 week ago


 Clint Trickett of West Virginia celebrates after throwing a 68-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter Saturday against Oklahoma at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia players, coaches thankful for bye

West Virginia's off week has arrived, and the Mountaineers truly have earned this repose. They escaped the first month of the season 2-2.

1 week ago


District college football roundup: Duquesne moves to 2-2 with win

The Dukes held on to beat Monmouth on the strength of their dynamic passing attack.

1 week ago


 Penn State Nittany Lions running back Zach Zwinak reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State runs over Massachusetts, 48-7

Massachusetts was scheduled as a breather and Penn State is getting its relaxation.

1 week ago


 Sooners running back Samaje Perine  runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Sooner freshman’s 4 scores spoil WVU’s payback bid

Samaje Perine stunted a shootout Saturday night by gashing and gouging the West Virginia defense for 242 yards and four touchdowns.

1 week ago


 Leah McCormick, 19, a sophomore at Pitt from Toledo, Ohio, hangs her head as Pitt loses to Iowa Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt suffers first loss of the season, 24-20, to Iowa

The Panthers squandered some of the momentum they had appeared to build during the first three weeks of the season.

1 week ago


Penn State trustees will decide whether to revisit Freeh Report

Chairman Keith Masser said the board discussed the controversial report during its executive session Friday in University Park.

1 week ago


 Matt Freed/Post-Gazette August 30, 2014  Pitt's James Conner carries as he's taken down by Delaware's C.J. Jones in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon.

Pitt-Iowa about giving up on ground

It’s strength against strength when the undefeated Panthers take the Hawkeyes of the Big Ten.

1 week ago


Penn State's special teams a work in progress

Nittany Lions coaches expect intensity, unity and success from special teams, but the unit is yet to meet expectations.

1 week ago


 West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett carries the ball during the first half of a game against Towson in Morgantown, W.Va., earlier this month.

No. 4 Oklahoma poses major threat to West Virginia

The Mountaineers (2-1) looking to prolong their revival against the Sooners in a Big 12 conference matchup at home.

1 week ago


 Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is quite familiar with Paul Chryst and his approach.

Pitt's Paul Chryst, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz go back to Big Ten days

The Panthers’ Paul Chryst and Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz, an Upper St. Clair graduate, are far from strangers.

1 week ago


 Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton has formed a formidable duo with Geno Lewis.

Penn State WR duo sets record pace so far

Penn State's newest receiving combination of DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis might be an unlikely mix, but is on a record-setting pace.

1 week ago


 The lone member of the Committee on Governance and Long Range Planning to vote against Thursday's proposal was alumni trustee Anthony Lubrano.

Reorganization would add to Penn State board of trustees

A proposal would provide give representation to students, faculty and the alumni association but also keep the nine alumni board members.

1 week ago


 West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert (86) celebrates after kicking the winning field goal in the fourth quarter against Maryland Saturday.

Josh Lambert and West Virginia special teamers far from the usual

The Mountaineers’ kicker, punter and their position group counterparts put the "special" in special teams.

1 week ago


For now, Pitt's Officer is center of attention

Pitt redshirt freshman Alex Officer knows he is not a lock to remain Pitt's starting center.

2 weeks ago


New: Check out Post Route Podcast on college football

Post-Gazette college sports reporters Sam Werner and Stephen Nesbitt talk about Pitt’s James Conner, WVU’s Clint Trickett and more.

1 week ago


Nittany Lions using gimmicks, wildcat to spur offense

With a struggling running game, Penn State tries to create offense with the wildcat and some gimmick plays.

2 weeks ago


 Luigi Lista-Brinza, a Central Catholic High School graduate, takes a hand-off from quarterback Chase Haslett   during Indiana University of Pennsylvania opening-game victory against St. Augustine.

East/West Xtra: Central Catholic grad from McKees Rocks plays key role for IUP

Luigi Lista-Brinza steps in as a freshman and helps solidify running back position.

2 weeks ago



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