College Sports

 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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South Xtra: Cal ready to put last season behind

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

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 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.

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 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.

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East Xtra: Seton Hill shows it can compete in PSAC

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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 Saint Vincent senior defensive back Renny LaRue-Holloman, a graduate of Fox Chapel who also attended Schenley, is expecting bigger things from the Bearcats this season.

North/East Xtra: Fox Chapel grad helping Saint Vincent turn things around

Renny LaRue-Holloman, who also played at Schenley, is a standout linebacker for Bearcats.

2 weeks ago

 Ryan Ruffing, a senior tailback who graduated from Thomas Jefferson, is a dual threat at Washington & Jefferson.

South Xtra: Washington & Jefferson offense is ready to impress

The Presidents football team’s high-powered offensive unit will have nine returning starters this season.

2 weeks ago

 Hopewell and Maryland standout Shatori Walker-Kimbrough goes up for a layup in the women's basketball gold medal game at the Pan Am Games in July in Toronto.

West Xtra: Walker-Kimbrough gets taste of international basketball

Hopewell, Maryland star helps U.S. earn silver medal at Pan Am Games.

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West Xtra: Defense key to Geneva turning things around

Mired in a long skid of losing seasons, coach Geno DeMarco and the Golden Tornadoes could have the talent and experience this season.

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 Brendan McKay went 9-3 with a 1.77 ERA in his freshman season at Louisville.

West Xtra: Hits keep coming for former Blackhawk star

After a phenomenal freshman season at Louisville, Brendan McKay continues to impress.

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 Pitt offensive lineman Alex Paulina (74) and John Guy (62) during practice drills Wednesday.

Despite injury, Pitt offensive line still in good shape thanks to depth

After losing a projected starter this offseason, the Panthers have the offensive line depth to make some changes and weather the storm.

2 weeks ago

 West Virginia wide reciever Jordan Thompson hauls in a pass during a game against Oklahoma State in September 2013.

West Virginia receivers look to replace White, Alford

The Mountaineers wide receivers, a group viewed with uncertainty from the outside, are confident in what they can accomplish this season.

2 weeks ago

 Backup center Wendy Laurent continues working with quarterback Trace McSorley during spring ball practice.

Penn State notebook: One offensive lineman emerges, but left tackle remains wide open

After a week of camp, Penn State’s position battles at left tackle and running back continue to heat up.

2 weeks ago

Preseason nod for PSAC West favorite goes to Gannon

Defending champ Slippery Rock was picked No. 2, and both The Rock and the Golden Knights have plenty of firepower returning.

2 weeks ago

 WVU linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has come a long way since his days at Bethel Park.

Bethel Park grad Kwiatkoski has morphed, thrived at WVU

A safety coming out of Bethel Park, West Virginia senior Nick Kwiatkoski has morphed himself into one of the Big 12’s best linebackers.

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 Grapevine, Texas, class of 2018 quarterback Kirk Bowman and 2017 Gilman High School (Baltimore) quarterback Kasim Hill spent time under the watchful eye of James Franklin in July at a one-day camp at Penn State University.

Satellite camps get coaches like James Franklin into valued recruiting territories, but are they fair?

Coaches in the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 are allowed to serve as guests at whatever institution is willing to have them. Not so for others.

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 West Virginia's Daikiel Shorts is one of three Mountaineers who attended Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md.

‘Football factory’ on the rise, Eastern Christian puts prospects in ‘good situations’

Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md., produced three West Virginia players and many more Division I football prospects.

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 If a high school prospect ever feels like James Franklin is watching his Twitter, it's probably because he is.

Penn State notebook: Prospects’ social media accounts play role in recruitment

With Twitter, Facebook and other social media, James Franklin and his staff have a lot to monitor before extending a scholarship.

3 weeks ago

 "We’ve had a brief conversation. I think we’re scheduled here in the next month or so to talk about it," Penn State AD Sandy Barbour said of Pitt AD Scott Barnes and potential games between the two schools.

Penn State, Pitt ADs to talk about extending football series

The Nittany Lions have games lined up against Virginia Tech in 2020 and 2025 as well as West Virginia in 2023 and 2024.

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 "I do think they will be better because of that experience,” James Franklin said of Penn State's offensive line.

Franklin says Penn State offensive line has 'chip' on its shoulder

The Nittany Lions surrendered 44 sacks last season.

4 weeks ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws a screen pass during the first half of a game against Michigan State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

Big Ten coaches, players not shy on praise for Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg

Christian Hackenberg’s shaky sophomore season hasn’t scared off opposing players and coaches from saying he’s one of the Big Ten’s best.

4 weeks ago

 Penn Hills graduate Corey Jones, a receiver at Toledo, was named to the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list.

East Xtra: Penn Hills grad on the fast track at Toledo

Speedy receiver Corey Jones is an all-conference performer and among the best in the country.

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