New Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi talks to his team Saturday morning. The Panthers are two weeks into spring practice. They have three more weeks before the Blue-Gold game April 18.

Pitt brothers Bradley, Grigsby ready for more at linebacker this season

Bam Brad­ley and Nicholas Grigsby are two of the con­tend­ers to fill the start­ing out­side line­backer roles left open by graduates.

2 days ago

 Pitt's Avonte Maddox goes through drills during spring practice Thursday on the South Side.

Pitt defensive back Avonte Maddox ready for pressure-filled role

The cornerback learned from his mistakes last year and hopes those lessons will help him in his sophomore season.

4 days ago

 Pitt's Tyler Wilps, left, wrestles with Penn State's Matt Brown in the 174-pound title match at the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday in St. Louis.

South/West Xtra: Violations cost Char Valley grad in NCAA final

Tyler Wilps of Pitt loses controversial 174-pound wrestling championship in final seconds.

4 days ago

Pitt picks up verbal commitment from Ohio QB Thomas MacVittie

The Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) quarterback also had offers from Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Toledo.

5 days ago

 Pitt's Alex Bookser works with Aaron Reese during spring camp on the South Side yesterday afternoon.

Alex Bookser hopes versatility earns him starting job on Pitt line

Freshman offensive lineman Alex Bookser is trying to impress Pitt’s new coaching staff and earn a starting job in the process.

6 days ago

 Panthers guard 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.

Pitt women ousted by Tennessee, 77-67

After reaching their first NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, the No. 10-seeded Panthers ended their season with a 20-12 record.

1 week ago

 Pitt senior guard Brianna Kiesel, whose favorite player growing up was former Tennessee star Candace Parker, celebrates the Panthers' NCAA tournament win against Chattanooga Saturday.

Pitt women's basketball team hopes to reach 'Summitt' of dreams at Tennessee

Brianna Kiesel and the Panthers today play a storied NCAA program on its home floor, where championships were nearly a given every season.

1 week ago

Pitt's defense slowly gets up to speed

Middle linebacker Matt Galambos finds himself a veteran of a young defense and is tasked to make strides as a leader.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh players Brittany Gordon, left, Brianna Kiesel, center, and Monica Wignot celebrate in the final seconds of the second half.

Pitt women advance in NCAA tournament

Stasha Carey and Brianna Kiesel helped the Panthers beat Chattanooga in the first round.

1 week ago

 Pitt women's coach Suzie McConnell-Serio gives instruction at a Panthers practice earliers this season.

McConnell-Serio on NCAA cloud 9

NCAA women’s tournament: Pitt's Suzie McConnell-Serio is no stranger to life in the tournament, but her players certainly are.

1 week ago

 North Carolina State's Nick Gwiazdowski takes down Penn State’s James Lawson in a 285-pound quarterfinal match Friday in the NCAA wrestling championships at Scotttrade Center in St. Louis.

NCAA wrestling: Pitt, WVU standouts reach title matches

Pitt’s Tyler Wilps and West Virginia’s Moisey rode an upset wave into the finals in St. Louis.

1 week ago

Duke hits late shot to outlast Albany

NCAA Women’s tournament roundup: The Blue Devils overcame  27 turnovers and have won their opener in each of their 22 appearances.

1 week ago

Pitt junior Tyrone Haughton to transfer to different basketball program

Haugton, who is 6-foot-9, was supposed to fill a role as a shot blocker and rebounder but never developed enough to merit any playing time.

1 week ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls out a play during his team's NIT loss to George Washington on Tuesday.

Dixon to serve as guest analyst for Turner Sports

The studio show will be aired in between games and at halftime of the NCAA third round games Saturday.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Dontez Ford, shown trying to get by Syracuse's Brandon Reddish this past season, earned a starting role for the final three games of 2014. But he said he believes he has something to prove this spring.

Dontez Ford makes impression at receiver for Pitt

Star wideout Tyler Boyd is a given, but the question of who steps up alongside him for the Panthers could be answered by Dontez Ford.

1 week ago

 Joe Smeltzer, 17 of Findlay Township, must always be ready as a ballboy at the NCAA tournament at Consol Energy Center.

Seen and heard at Consol Energy Center: Having a ball

One teenager at the NCAA tournament Thursday at Consol Energy Center had a better reason than most to take in the games.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo, Sheldon Jeter and Cameron Wright react during the final minute of their team's loss to George Washington Tuesday of the first round of the NIT at Petersen Events Center.

Ineffective offense deserves some blame for Pitt's problems this season

Though coach Jamie Dixon says defensive and rebounding issues were big problems for the Panthers, a lackluster offense deserves some blame.

1 week ago

 Syracuse celebrates after dodging what would've been the only No. 16-No. 1 seed upset in the history of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2012 at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: NCAA tournament still waiting for ultimate David-Goliath scenario

Upsets happen each year in the NCAA men’s tournament, but fans have never seen the stunner of all shockers — a No. 16 seed beating a No. 1.

1 week ago

Local wrestlers looking for rebound in NCAA tournament

The local products — who wrestle at Pitt, Edinboro and Penn State — return as high seeds, but are hoping for a better result this year.

1 week ago

 The Pitt women's basketball team reacts Monday at Petersen Events Center after hearing the announcement that it will play Chattanooga in the NCAA tournament this weekend.

Tickets on sale for Pitt women's basketball team's NCAA tournament game

Tickets for the Panthers’ first-round game Saturday against Chattanooga are available for $25 through Pitt’s ticket office.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Chad Voytik looks to pass during the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl game against the Houston Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on January 2, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik enjoys time with new coordinator

Panthers junior Chad Voytik and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney hope to develop a rapport in the spring that leads to wins in the fall.

1 week ago

Pitt announces football series with Tennessee

Pitt-Tennessee football series will bring together teams with one key common denominator, former coach Johnny Majors.

1 week ago

 Pitt players Aron Phillips-Nwankwo, Mike Lecak and Cameron Wright react during the final minute of their team's loss to George Washington at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt season ends with ugly defeat against George Washington

Pitt’s season came to an unceremonious end Tuesday night as the Panthers lost to George Washington, 60-54, in an NIT first round game.

1 week ago

 George Washington's Patricio Garino dunks against Rhode Island in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament Friday in New York. Garino is the Colonials leading scorer at 12.4 points per game.

Pitt faces unfamiliar foe in George Washington in first round of NIT tournament

The most recent time Pitt and George Washington met on the basketball court was 1982, when Pitt was still a member of the Eastern 8.

2 weeks ago

 Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, from left, Marvin Clark Jr. and Travis Trice celebrate after a play against Maryland during the Big Ten tournament this past week in Chicago.

Paul Zeise's NCAA Tournament bracket chat transcript: 03.16.15

Paul answers readers’ questions to help them fill out their March Madness brackets, plus a few questions about Pitt in the NIT.

2 weeks ago

Pitt men's basketball picks up commitment from Va. forward

Corey Manigault, 6-9, also had offers from VCU, Maryland and Georgetown, among others.

2 weeks ago

 The Pitt women’s basketball team celebrates after Monday's announcement that it earned a bid to the NCAA tournament.

Pitt women earn trip to NCAA tournament, will face Chattanooga on Saturday

The Pitt women's basketball team earned a bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi.

'Fresh start' at Pitt begins at spring football practice

The Panthers had their first spring practice under new coach Pat Narduzzi.

2 weeks ago

 University of Pittsburgh's Cameron Wright scores against Notre Dame during the Jan. 31 game at the Petersen Events Center. “We have to make this into the best situation possible and finish as the best team we can possibly be," coach Jamie Dixon said about earning a spot in the NIT.

Pitt men land NIT bid, get No. 4 seed

The Panthers will play No. 5 seed George Washington (21-12) on Tuesday at the Petersen Events Center in a first-round game.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik sits on the bench during a game last season against Georgia Tech.

As spring practice begins, five questions for Pitt football

One of the looming questions is how quickly QB Chad Voytik can pick up a new offensive scheme.

2 weeks ago

 "We’re used to being in the NCAA tournament. We play for that," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said.

Pitt has experience turning bad season into springboard

As Pitt prepares for an NIT bid, coach Jamie Dixon and players hope the postseason will be a learning experience.

2 weeks ago

 Pat Narduzzi -- Pitt coach will have to learn to channel energy on sideline.

Passionate Narduzzi brings new energy to Pitt program

Pat Narduzzi will try to channel his passion into success as he opens spring practice Sunday as a head coach for the first time.

2 weeks ago

Dixon wants Pitt men's basketball team to learn from disappointing season

While the Panthers await to learn their postseason fate, coach Jamie Dixon reflects on a disheartening season.

2 weeks ago

 North Carolina State's Anthony Barber shoots over Pitt's Josh Newkirk during the first half of a second round game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Pitt struggling to piece together how season fell apart

After an early ACC tournament exit and a four-game losing streak, Pitt is trying to piece together how their season turned sideways.

2 weeks ago

 North Carolina State's Anthony Barber passes the ball as Pittsburgh's Michael Young defends in the second half Wednesday in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Ron Cook: A lack of defensive quickness was Pitt’s downfall all season

Opponents with speed — especially in the backcourt — tortured the Panthers all season. It happened again Wednesday night against N.C. State.

2 weeks ago

Tickets still available for NCAA at Consol Energy Center

The NCAA announced that a limited number of tickets are on sale for second- and third-round games next Thursday and Saturday.

2 weeks ago

 Panthers Chris Jones challenges a shot by Caleb Martin during a second round game of the ACC basketball tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.

N.C. State locks it up, downs Pitt in ACC tournament

NC’s Anthony Barber, scoring a career-high 34 points, was just too much for the Panthers to handle from start to finish.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt's Cameron Wright takes a foul from Bryant's Andrew Scocca during a game Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Petersen Events Center.

Paul Zeise's Pitt basketball chat transcript: 3.11.15

Paul takes your questions today live from Greensboro, N.C., site of the ACC Tournament and Pitt’s game tonight against N.C. State.

2 weeks ago

 Matt Freed/Post-Gazette January 31, 2015 Pitt's Cameron Wright dunks against Notre Dame in the first half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Original Filename: 20150131mfpittsports09.jpg

Pitt seeks redemption against athletic North Carolina State

Though N.C. State presents a matchup problem for the Panthers, Pitt will fight for redemption in an ACC tournament matchup.

2 weeks ago

 Jamie Dixon and Pitt will approach the ACC tournament with a clean slate after a rocky regular season.

Pitt banks on second chance in ACC tournament

Panthers approach tournament as a clean slate, but the path will be difficult to get hot and get on a roll.

3 weeks ago

 Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes dribbles past Pitt's Josh Newkirk Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla.

Pitt has no time to fret over poor week

Coach Jamie Dixon and Panthers will try to put three consecutive losses behind them before the ACC tournament begins this week.

3 weeks ago

 Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

Ron Cook: Who's next on disgraced list?

The NCAA tournament celebration is set to begin, but dark clouds of controversy are swirling above.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt's Mikey Racciato takes down Duke's Marcus Cain in the semifinal round of the ACC wrestling championships Sunday at Peterson Event Center.

Pitt earns three ACC titles

Three Panthers wrestlers win individual titles and the team finishes second at the ACC championships at Petersen Events Center.

3 weeks ago

 Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, home of the 2015 Pitt Blue-Gold spring game.

Pitt to play 2015 Blue-Gold game at Highmark Stadium

The Panthers will have the 2015 spring football game at Highmark Stadium in Station Square after one was not held a year ago.

3 weeks ago

Standout Panthers set sights on ACCs at home

Pitt's top wrestlers are happy to have the ACC championships on campus at Petersen Events Center, where they want to make a big splash.

3 weeks ago

 Florida State's Montay Brandon tries to get a shot off overPitt's Sheldon Jeter Saturday in an ACC game in Tallahasse, Fla. Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat

Pitt loses to Florida State, 61-52

After the Panthers’ latest performance, they need to focus on securing a good seed in the NIT, as that may be slipping away.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt head Jamie Dixon urges his team on as they take on Miami Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Petersen Events Center.

Dixon urges team to keep fighting

Deflated after back-to-back losses, Pitt looks to finish regular season with a victory against Florida State.

3 weeks ago

 Miami's Davon Reed gets a shot up against Pitt's Jamel Artis in the first half Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt has poor defense to blame for sour season

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon expected the Panthers defense to be much better at this point in the year.

3 weeks ago

 The state audit of the University of Pittsburgh covered the period of July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013.

Pitt’s screening falls short, auditor says

Six of the findings were negative and two were positive, including compliance with NCAA bylaws covering athlete eligibility, financial aid.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt’s Brianna Kiesel is fouled by Virginia Tech’s Taijah Campbell in the ACC women’s tournament Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

Pitt women run into worst nightmare

The Panthers’ NCAA tournament chances might have been crushed by a loss to the bottom-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies in the second round.

3 weeks ago




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