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 Pitt defensive tackle Darryl Render isn't Aaron Donald, but he will have to help fill his shoes against Georgia Tech's dangerous running attack.

Pitt defense will need team effort to stop triple option

Without Aaron Donald to do much of the heavy lifting, the Panthers will need to find other ways to limit Georgia Tech’s vaunted ground game.

1 day ago


 Robert Morris' Lucky Jones steals the ball against Saint Francis' Ronnie Drinnon in the first half of the NEC tournament semifinals in March.

Colonials picked to finish third in Northeast Conference preseason men's hoops poll

The Robert Morris women’s squad, the defending NEC champs, was picked to win the conference again.

1 day ago


 Coach Andy Toole and Robert Morris were picked to finish third in the NEC in a preseason poll released Tuesday.

Robert Morris predicted to finish 3rd in NEC

Andy Toole’s team is picked third in the NEC preseason coaches poll.

1 day ago


 Baldwin offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins, left, goes through drills in preseason practice.

Baldwin lineman Sterling Jenkins eager to get to Penn State

Offensive line recruit Sterling Jenkins, a senior at Baldwin, is excited to hit the ground running when he enrolls at Penn State in January.

2 days ago


 West Virginia's K.J. Dillon breaks up a pass intended for Baylor's Levi Norwood in the second quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown Saturday afternoon.

West Virginia shocks No. 4 Baylor

Despite setbacks, the shorthanded Mountaineers survived to shock No. 4 Baylor, 41-27, handing the Bears their first loss of the season.

4 days ago


District football roundup: California holds on to knock off IUP

The Vulcans took down the rival Crimson Hawks Saturday in a pivotal PSAC West clash.

4 days ago


 Katie Guarnaccia, a North Allegheny High School graduate, is a standout runner for the Point Park women's cross country team..

North Xtra: North Allegheny grad finds niche as Point Park runner

Freshman Katie Guarnaccia already is making her mark as a member of the cross country team.

1 week ago


 Michigan defensive end Frank Clark sacks Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State lost, 18-13.

Familiar follies frustrating for Penn State

The Nittany Lions are frustrated entering their second off week, bothered that the same issues continue to plague them.

1 week ago


 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg reacts to a play Saturday in the loss to Michigan.

Penn State falls at Michigan, 18-13

The Nittany Lions faltered late, sending them to their second loss in a row and second in the Big Ten Conference.

1 week ago


 West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting the winning 55-yard field goal to beat Texas Tech Saturday.

Josh Lambert kicks 55-yard FG to lift West Virginia to win

The Mountaineers rallied for 17 points late in the fourth quarter to edge Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.

1 week ago


Gene Collier: College football no escape from turmoil of NFL

If you are looking to college football unable to stomach all the scandal in the pro game … don’t.

1 week ago


District football roundup: Duquesne holds on for win

The Dukes won their fourth game in a row by beating Central Connecticut State in their Northeast Conference opener.

1 week ago


 Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel breaks through the Akron Zips defense during a game at Beaver Stadium last month. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3.

Penn State's trip to the Big House special for two linemen

Anthony Zettell and C.J. Olaniyan, defensive anchors for the Nittany Lions, are ready for a homecoming at Michigan

1 week ago


 Head coach Dana Holgorsen reacts on the sidelines during the third quarter against Kansas at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers won 33-14.

Mentor and pupil reunite in Lubbock for West Virginia-Texas Tech

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says his current quarterback, Clint Trickett, has same traits as Texas Tech’s coach, Kliff Kingsbury.

1 week ago


 Kansas kicks off to start last week's game against West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia offensive line looks fine despite turnover from 2013

The Mountaineers' men in the trenches have gone largely unnoticed this season -- and that's a good sign.

1 week ago


 Penn State football coach James Franklin, pictured here talking to the media Tuesday at his weekly news conference in University Park, Pa., testified Wednesday via Skype in a pretrial hearing concerning a 2013 Vanderbilt rape incident.

James Franklin testifies at rape hearing

Penn State football coach James Franklin testifies in a pretrial hearing concerning 2013 Vanderbilt rape incident.

2 weeks ago


 Sydney Sterner, a West Allegheny High School graduate, has taken over the No. 1 singles role for the Westminster Titans.

West Xtra: West Allegheny grad rises to the top for Westminster

Sydney Sterner had a solid high school tennis career, but her play has really taken off at the college level.

2 weeks ago


Pitt football finalizes non-conference schedules for 2015, 2016

The schedules add a home-and-home Marshall and sets dates for all its non-ACC contests.

2 weeks ago


Duquesne picks up commitment from Staten Island's Nakye Sanders

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from Tottenville High School visited the Bluff last weekend.

2 weeks ago


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

Pitt’s week off is a double-edged sword

The Panthers will have plenty of time to dwell on their three-game skid, but the off week is also a chance for them to regroup and improve.

2 weeks ago


 West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett rolls out of the pocket in the first quarter Saturday against Kansas in Morgantown, W.Va.

Trickett not happy despite Mountaineers' win

Don’t look to quarterback Clint Trickett for praise of the Mountaineers offense, but Saturday’s win against Kansas was a win all the same.

2 weeks ago


 Quarterback Chad Voytik is tackled by Virginia Cavaliers linebacker Max Valles, left, and Cavaliers defensive end Mike Moore in the second quarter at Scott Stadium.

Pitt loses third in a row, falls to Virginia 24-19

At a certain point, the question will no longer be what has happened to Pitt since the Panthers started the season red-hot.

2 weeks ago


 Mountaineers wide receiver Mario Alford runs after a pass reception against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV.

West Virginia defeats Kansas in "foot" race

The West Virginia faithful, all 52,164 huddled in their parkas and ponchos at Milan Puskar Stadium, witnessed history Saturday night.

2 weeks ago


 In Pitt’s three-game winning streak to start the season, the Panthers averaged 344.3 yards per game on the ground, led by sophomore James Conner. In two losses since, they averaged 157.

Panthers begin key stretch of ACC play vs. Virginia

After two non-conference losses halted their momentum from a 3-0 start, the Panthers face a key stretch of ACC play beginning with Virginia.

2 weeks ago


 After sandwiching victories against Towson and Maryland in between losses to No. 2 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma, West Virginia hopes quarterback Clint Trickett can spark an attack against a struggling Kansas defense.

Mountaineers have no sympathy for Kansas

Kansas — with its sputtering offense, porous defense and new coach — has bragging rights on the Mountaineers. They want that to change.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt's Joseph Uchebo, picture in a game last season at the Petersen Events Center against Wake Forest, had 11 points and 14 rebounds Friday in the Blue-Gold scrimmage. Uchebo, a junior, is expected to see significant time at the center position this season.

Pitt's Uchebo shaking off rust

After two knee surgeries, Joseph Uchebo was sluggish in his first year with Pitt. In the Blue-Gold scrimmage Friday, he looked anew.

2 weeks ago


District college football preview: Unbeatens battle in PSAC West

Slippery Rock and Gannon enter the game today at 6 p.m. undefeated and largely untested, putting them alone atop the PSAC West.

2 weeks ago


District football roundup: Slippery Rock stays undefeated

The Rock special teams made a play when it needed one the most, and the rest was history in a clash of previously undefeated PSAC teams.

2 weeks ago


 West Virginia running back Rushel Shell carries against Towson earlier this season.

West Virginia running back Rushel Shell emerges in a hurry

Hopewell graduate Rushel Shell is starting to prove his worth as the top running back for the Mountaineers.

2 weeks ago


 Virginia cornerback Maurice Canady (26) salutes a teammate after an interception returned for a touchdown in the first half Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

Panthers have no room for cavalier attitude vs. Virginia

Virginia's defense has been a major strength and figures to test the Panthers' sophomore quarterback Chad Voytik.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt senior guard Cameron Wright is expected to miss 10 weeks with a foot injury.

Pitt basketball must cope with early health setbacks

The Panthers begin formal workouts today, but a couple important players are missing in action.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio talks about the upcoming season at media day Thursday at the Petersen Events Center.

Next step for Pitt women's basketball will be a challenge

The short-handed Panthers hope to keep moving up under second-year coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, but depth will be an issue.

2 weeks ago


 Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead breaks through the Penn Hills defense for a touchdown Sept. 12.

Central Valley football standout Jordan Whitehead commits to Pitt

Whitehead’s final list of schools also included West Virginia, Penn State and Ohio State.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks 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.

4 weeks ago



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