Former University of Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson, left, and former Pitt football coach Paul Chryst talk about the team's inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college football schedule at a news conference at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh last year.

Coach or AD? Which Pitt football post will be filled first?

With two top jobs open, the University of Pittsburgh’s athletic department may be looking to reinvent itself.

about 9 hours ago

 Pitt's Michael Young blocks a shot by Duquesne's Darius Lewis in the first half at Consol Energy Center Friday night, December 5, 2014.

It still comes down to defense for Pitt

The Panthers are starting to do more of what Jamie Dixon wants defensively, though they also remain a work in progress.

about 9 hours ago

District roundup: Brianna Kiesel sparks Pitt women to 7th win

The Panthers took down Ball State Thursday at home to improve to 7-3 on the season.

about 9 hours ago

 Steve Pederson spent 12 years over two tenures as Pitt athletic director.

Gene Collier: Hiring right coach is what Pederson never got right

For all the good Steve Pederson did for Pitt athletics, hiring the right football coach always eluded him.

1 day ago

 University of Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson, left, was fired Wednesday just as Pitt football coach Paul Chryst, right, announced he was leaving to become head coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Shake-up at University of Pittsburgh athletics: AD Pederson fired as Chryst leaves

Vice chancellor Randy P. Juhl becomes acting athletic director, and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph will coach for Pitt’s bowl game.

1 day ago

 Paul Chryst, Wisconsin's new football coach, speaks during an a NCAA college football news conference at the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion in Madison

Former Pitt coach Paul Chryst calls Wisconsin job 'special'

Chryst said at a news conference in Madison to announce his hiring that he had talked to Pitt football players and they were happy for him.

1 day ago

Pitt takes Manhattan with big game from Wright

Cameron Wright, in just his third game back in the lineup, sets the tone as Pitt takes Manhattan, 65-56.

1 day ago

 former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano

Pitt begins head football coach search

With progress of Panthers under Paul Chryst, Pitt likely is leaning toward hiring a replacement with head coaching experience.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst watches his team give up big yardage early in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Boston College on Sept. 5, 2014, in Boston.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat, coaching edition: 12.17.14

Readers toss lots of questions about Paul Chryst’s expected, imminent departure to Wisconsin and who would take his place at Pitt.

1 day ago

Panthers ready for defensive challenge

Manhattan appeared a team on the rise last season but has been hampered by injuries this year.

2 days ago

 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst during the Armed Forces Bowl press conference in Texas on Monday.

Chryst meets with Wisconsin officials about coaching job

Third-year Panthers coach likely to accept position today and return to his alma mater.

2 days ago

 Paul Chryst speaks at an Armed Forces Bowl news conference Monday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pitt coach Chryst says he has talked to Badgers about coaching vacancy

Pitt football coach Paul Chryst admits he had talks with Wisconsin officials about the open Badgers coaching job.

3 days ago

 Pitt's Jamel Artis drives to the net against Niagara's Dayjar Dickson during a game earlier this season at the Petersen Events Center.

Artis fits big picture as power forward

With Cameron Wright back in the lineup, Pitt’s Jamel Artis returns to role he is best-suited for as a power forward.

3 days ago

 Pitt football coach Paul Chryst.

Pitt football recruits in dark as well

As Pitt waits to find out if Chryst's expected departure for Wisconsin comes to fruition, most of the incoming recruits are in same boat.

4 days ago

 Pitt's Cameron Wright goes up for a shot Saturday against St. Bonaventure.

Wright's return sparks defense

Pitt guard Cameron Wright returned to the starting lineup Saturday in the Panthers' victory against St. Bonaventure, giving defense a boost.

4 days ago

 Cameron Wright shoots after getting by St. Bonaventure’s Marcus Posley in the first half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt beats St. Bonaventure, 58-54

It has been a long time since Pitt has played a game at the Petersen Center and the Panthers took the “defending the home court” literally.

5 days ago

 On National Signing Day Pitt head coach Paul Chryst names the students who intend to join the Pitt football team during a press conference on the South Side on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Ron Cook: If Chryst leaves, Pitt needs to get next hire right

Don’t knock Pitt coach Paul Chryst if he takes the same job at Wisconsin, but his departure would trigger many significant issues.

6 days ago

Pitt finally returns home to Petersen Events Center

The Panthers could be in for a formidable challenge today at home against St. Bonaventure.

6 days ago

Reports: Wisconsin AD also met with former Rutgers coach Schiano

Pittsburgh coach and former Badgers assistant Paul Chryst has emerged as a leading candidate, but Wisconsin must wait until Wednesday.

5 days ago

Bob Smizik: In defense of Pederson and the course Pitt must follow

The wrath of the Pitt fan base, always raining down on athletic director Steve Pederson, is in torrential mode today.

6 days ago

 Paul Chryst has gone 19-19 in his three seasons as head football coach at Pitt.

Pitt has first bowl practice as Chryst rumors persist

Panthers head coach Paul Chryst still seems to be likely candidate to take over at Wisconsin, his alma mater.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Paul Chryst.

Pitt coach Paul Chryst's name surfaces quickly at Wisconsin

Panthers coach Paul Chryst seems like a logical candidate to at least be on the short list to replace Gary Anderson at Wisconsin.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Cameron Wright steals the ball from Colorado's Askia Booker in the first half of the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando in March.

Pitt excited to get Wright back to business

With senior guard Cameron Wright returning from injury, coach Jamie Dixon expects the Panthers to get a boost.

1 week ago

 Pitt running back James Conner stiff arms Duke's Breon Borders in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Conner ran for 263 yards and scores 3 touchdowns, but Duke won 51-48 in double overtime.

ACC coaches honor Pitt running back

Panthers' star back James Conner named conference player of the year again, this time by the league’s coaches.

1 week ago

 Pitt standout James Conner beat out Florida State QB Jameis Winston for the ACC Player of the Year award, voted on by league coaches.

ACC coaches name Pitt's Conner league's Player of the Year

It's his second such honor this year, as he picked up the media's ACC Player of the Year award last week.

1 week ago

Pitt gets bowl bid in Fort Worth, Texas

The Panthers accepted a late bid Sunday to play in the Armed Forces Bow against Houston (7-5).

1 week ago

Duquesne women down Pitt, 87-77

Dukes junior point guard April Robinson led the way with 19 points and a career-high 11 assists.

1 week ago

Pitt to play Houston in Armed Forces Bowl

The game will take place in Fort Worth, Texas on Jan. 2 with a noon, eastern, kickoff.

1 week ago

 Pitt senior guard Cameron Wright works around Duquesne's Desmond Ridenour in the first half of the City Game Friday night at Consol Energy Center. The game was Wright's first this season after missing 10 weeks with a broken foot.

Healthy Cameron Wright provides new options for Pitt

It’s time for the Panthers to regroup after an arduous stretch and get a key cog more involved in senior guard Cameron Wright.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Michael Young blocks a shot by Duquesne's Darius Lewis in the first half at Consol Energy Center Friday night.

Ferry realizes worst fear: Dukes no match inside for Pitt

Duquesne coach Jim Ferry was livid over his team's inside play as Pitt muscled its way to another big victory in the City Game.

1 week ago

 Pitt's James Robinson gets by Duquesne's Jordan Stevens in the first half at Consol Energy Center Friday night.

Panthers take City Game beating Dukes, 76-62

Coaches and players on Duquesne’s basketball team have changed over the years but this fact has not: Duquesne still can’t beat Pitt.

1 week ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon on Duquesne: "They have experienced guards who have played a lot of minutes and know how to play and can really shoot the basketball. That is the thing that really stands out and is the thing we are most aware of; we know we have to contain their 3-point shooters."

Crosstown rival Duquesne offers no reprieve for Pitt defense

The Panthers can usually count on a victory against the Dukes, but their recent defensive struggles could prove costly again.

2 weeks ago

 In an arena packed with red-clad fans, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon coaches on the sidelines Tuesday against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana topped the Panthers, 81-69.

Hefty helping of early road games taking toll on Panthers

Pitt has started the season uncharacteristically slowly — a likely result of six early road games for a team without two of its top players.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt running back James Conner dives for a 14-yard touchdown against Duke on Nov. 1 at Heinz Field.

Pitt's Conner named ACC player of the year

Star running back James Conner has had a memorable season, one recognized by the ACC media, which awarded him top postseason honors.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst talks with quarterback Chad Voytik late in the second quarter against Syracuse at Heinz Field Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 12.3.14

Sam takes your questions on the bowl bound Panthers.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt running back James Conner, one of four Panthers players selected to the All-ACC teams.

Four Panthers stars earn All-ACC honors

ACC recognizes Pitt's star power -- RB James Conner, WR Tyler Boyd, OT T.J. Clemmings and OG Matt Rotheram.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt guard Chris Jones, left, puts up a shot against Indiana's Hanner Mosquera-Perea in the first half Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind.

Pitt falls to Indiana, 81-69

Indiana scored in just about every way possible and built their lead before the Panthers made a desperate push to try to get back in the

2 weeks ago

Panthers face challenge in guarding Indiana's top shooters

Indiana to test Pitt's improving defense in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game Tuesday night in Bloomington, Ind.

2 weeks ago

 Chris James breaks away from Miami’s Denzel Perryman (52) en route to a touchdown in the second half that helped the Panthers defeat the Hurricanes and secure a spot in the postseason. The victory was the sixth of the season for Pitt.

Pitt's bowl destination unknown

With games yet to be played, Pitt’s bowl prospect won’t be determined until the dust settles.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said he doesn’t mind going on the road to play non-conference games because it helps get the Panthers ready for tough ACC road games. The Panthers (4-2) play at Indiana (5-1) Tuesday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

ACC, Big Ten in battle at basketball's top

This year the ACC-Big Ten Challenge expands to 14 games starting tonight with two games: Nebraska at Florida State and Rutgers at Clemson.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd celebrates a touchdown against Syracuse in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field on Nov. 22, 2014. Boyd, James Conner and T.J. Clemmings earned all-ACC honors this season.

Three Pitt players named to all-ACC first team

Running back James Conner, wide receiver Tyler Boyd and right tackle T.J. Clemmings were all selected to the all-ACC first team.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt forward Ryan Luther impressed coach Jamie Dixon with his improvement on defense -- and overall -- after a four-game trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational last week.

Luther's improved defense gives him early opportunity with Panthers

Ryan Luther was ready to pounce if given the chance to play this early in his freshman season -- but he didn't expect to be used for

2 weeks ago

Pitt clinches bowl game, beating Miami 35-23

James Conner set the Panthers’ single-season total touchdown record, surpassing Tony Dorsett’s mark of 23, set in 1976.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd pulls in a pass during a game at Heinz Field on October 25, 2014.

Pitt closes regular season tonight against Miami

Panthers hope for a win that would qualify them for a bowl game and the practice benefits that comes with it.

2 weeks ago

Ron Cook: College football a downer this year

Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia have pretty much gone from bad to worse in 2014.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt forward Derrick Randall has the ball stripped by Kansas State guard Jevon Thomas Wednesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt makes progress on Hawaii trip, especially on defense

Defense shows improvement in confidence-building win against Kansas State that capped the progress made in Pitt’s Hawaii trip.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt running back James Conner has 1,600 yards rushing for a 169-yard edge on Miami's Duke Johnson.

Hurricanes' Johnson, Panthers' Conner produce at RB in different ways

If he plays, Pitt's James Conner will be trying to maintain his edge over Miami's Duke Johnson as the ACC's rushing leader.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt's Mike Shanahan is taken down by Miami's Sean Spence in a 2010 game. The Steelers chose Spence in the third round of the NFL draft.

Beating Miami a rare feat for Pitt

This is the closest thing the Panthers have to a rivalry game over Thanksgiving, only problem is, it has been decidedly one-sided.

3 weeks ago

Defense finally shows up for Pitt

Panthers hold Kansas State in check; freshman Ryan Luther contributes 13 points and three big 3-pointers in victory.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt center Derrick Randall passes the ball while being defended by San Diego State forward J.J. O'Brien (20) and his teammate, forward Skylar Spencer, right, in the first half Tuesday in the Maui Invitational semifinal in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt sputters offensively in loss to San Diego State

San Diego State used its defense to beat the Panthers, 74-57, in an EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinal at Lahaina Civic Center.

3 weeks ago




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