From left to right, Larry Marcello of Brentwood, Greg Neugebauer of Delmont, Nick Kennedy of Regent Square and Steve Benso of Shadyside tailgate Saturday on the North Shore, which was full of activity with University of Pittsburgh playing the University of Delaware at Heinz Field, the Pirates playing the Cincinnati Reds and the Kickoff and Rib Festival all happening.

Pittsburgh's North Shore survives trifecta of events

Pitt football, Pirates baseball and the all-day Rib Fest made traffic and parking tight on the North Shore, but planning prevailed.

about 7 hours ago

 Pitt's James Conner carries for a touchdown against Delaware at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon.

Pitt pounds Delaware 62-0

For the first time in the Paul Chryst era, Pitt started its season with a win — and an emphatic one at that.

about 11 hours ago

 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst.

Pitt, head coach Chryst looking for better result in season opener

The opener against Delaware is a polar opposite to the Panthers’ opener last year against Florida State in many, many ways.

1 day ago

 In this photo from Nov. 25, 2009, Greensburg Central Catholic's Trent Hurley celebrates after he scores a touchdown against Aliquippa. Hurley is now the starting quarterback for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens.

Delaware's Hurley holds advantage over Panthers' QB

Greensburg Central Catholic graduate returns to Heinz Field where he won a WPIAL Class AA title in 2009.

2 days ago

 James Conner carries the ball on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice at the training facility on the South Side.

Pitt football: Conner has chance to become two-way terror

Pitt's James Conner will play both ways this fall, mixing his running-back chores with pass-rushing duties at defensive end.

3 days ago

 Pitt quarterbacks (from left) Adam Bertke (7), Chad Vojtik (16), Trey Anderson (11), and Joe Repischak (18) during passing drills on the first day of preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 8.27.14

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers, who open their season this weekend against Delaware.

3 days ago

 Darryl Render on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Pitt football: With Aaron Donald gone, most eyes to focus on DT Darryl Render

Cleveland native becomes the most-watched player in the Panthers' defensive line, though he won’t be expected to fill Donald's shoes alone.

4 days ago

 Jamie Dixon, Pitt men's basketball head coach.

Pitt, Duquesne release conference schedules

For second year in row, the Panthers open the ACC at North Carolina State; The Dukes draw Dayton in tough A-10 opener.

3 days ago

 Pitt running back Isaac Bennett .

Pitt football notebook: Chryst says five freshmen will make an impact

The Panthers don't expect as much infusion of youth as last year, but there will be a few who likely will make significant contributions.

5 days ago

 Redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik brings versatility to the Pitt offense as a mobile quarterback.

Three keys to Pitt's 2014 football season

Sam Werner breaks down three important areas for Pitt’s success in 2014.

5 days ago

New era: Inaugural College Football Playoff ushers in much excitement for fans

While the playoff answers fans' longtime complaints, some of its details and longer-reaching implications are still to be determined.

1 week ago

 Ryan Turnley, right, works on a stance with Gabe Roberts during a Pitt football practice Wednesday on the South Side. Turnley, a former center for the Panthers, is now a graduate assistant.

Pitt football: Three former players return as volunteer assistants

The Panthers coaching staff has a few familiar faces as assistants in former players Ryan Turnley, Mike Shanahan and Scott McKillop.

1 week ago

 Panthers quarterback Chad Voytik throws the ball as Head coach Paul Chryst looks on during practice at the team's South Side facility on Friday, August 8, 2014.

Chryst names Voytik as Pitt's starting QB

Paul Chryst made official what had been assumed for months, naming Chad Voytik as Pitt's quarterback for the season opener against Delaware.

1 week ago

 Running back James Conner on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Pitt backfield loaded with depth after thin spring

The Panthers were down to one healthy running back a few months ago but five candidates are poised to do damage this season.

1 week ago

 Lincoln Park's Maverick Rowan, center, celebrates with his Lincoln Parks teammates the Boys Class A title after winning 70-66 over MCSCS in the PIAA Championship game at the Giant Center in Hershey on March 21, 2014.

Pitt hoops recruit Maverick Rowan leaves WPIAL

Lincoln Park's high-scoring guard and Pitt recruit taking his game to high school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

1 week ago

Pitt DB to leave program

Pitt took another blow at an already thin position Wednesday when redshirt sophomore Trenton Coles decided to leave the program.

1 week ago

Pitt defensive back Mitchell learns three spots on the fly

Redshirt sophomore Reggie Mitchell will play a significant role in the secondary — at some position — for the Panthers this fall.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Chris Blewitt is congratulated after kicking the go-ahead field goal against Bowling Green in the fourth quarter in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26, 2013 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Pitt football: Kicking tandem ready for big years

Pitt’s Chris Blewitt learned a lot as freshman kicker last season; now he and new punter/holder Ryan Winslow are benefiting from it.

1 week ago

 Running back Nicholas Grigsby takes a handoff from quarterback Chad Voytik on the first day of Pitt's preseason football practice Monday at their training facility on the South Side. Writer: Werner. Story Slug: unknown

Pitt football notebook: Results of scrimmage a Catch-22

Paul Chryst was pleased with Pitt’s first intrasquad scrimmage of training camp, especially the performance of the run defense.

1 week ago

 Sophomore Matt Galambos, who projects as Pitt's starting middle linebacker, had an untraditional upbringing, but says he wouldn't be where he is without his tight-knit family guiding him along the way.

Pitt: Sophomore linebacker Matt Galambos goes from broken home to success story

Pitt sophomore linebacker Matt Galambos is boosted by his tight-knit, untraditional family after being born into a rough situation.

1 week ago

 Pitt tight end T.J. Holtz catches the ball during practice at the team's South Side facility on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Tight ends more than ready to do their part for Pitt’s offense this fall

Presence of tight ends JP Holtz and Scott Orndorff provide reassurance and big safety valves for new Pitt QB Chad Voytik.

2 weeks ago

 Sophomore Adam Bisnowaty practices with the offensive line at Pitt training camp on the South Side.

Adam Bisnowaty back in action for Pitt

After missing the end of last season and the start of spring practice, Panthers sophomore OL Adam Bisnowaty wants to play — position aside.

2 weeks ago

Panthers lineman trying to fill big shoes

Sophomore defensive end Shakir Soto knows that without Aaron Donald, someone needs to step up on Pitt’s line, and he embraces the challenge.

2 weeks ago

Pitt freshman Maddox learns how to play faster in a hurry

Feisty cornerback Avonte Maddox has been one of the pleasant surprises at Panthers training camp so far.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt offensive lineman Jason Pinkston (77) celebrates a touchdown by running back Dion Lewis (28) in a game against Utah in September 2010.

Ron Cook: Pitt graduate Jason Pinkston has new outlook

Pitt alum Jason Pinkston knows there's more to life than football, but this former Browns guard can't put the game in his rearview just yet.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt linebacker Todd Thomas returns to the Panthers for his senior season.

Final journey at last for Pitt's senior linebackers

The starting linebacking corps for the Panthers is experienced in some ways, but it's not your typical veteran-led unit.

2 weeks ago

Two Pitt games slated for 'Big Monday' national broadcast

The Panthers appearances on ESPN’s "Big Monday" will be Jan. 19 at Duke and Feb. 16 at Virginia.

2 weeks ago

 Paul Chryst watches over his team April 4 during spring practice on the South Side.

Pitt football notebook: Paul Chryst not opposed to 'power five' idea

Big changes could be on the way for Pitt and other major-conference teams, one of which coach Paul Chryst would not oppose.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt safety Terrish Webb (19) makes a tackle against Miami last season at Heinz Field.

WPIAL products Webb, Mitchell vie for strong safety job at Pitt

A couple of local standouts in Terrish Webb and Reggie Mitchell are competing for the strong safety spot in the Panthers secondary.

3 weeks ago

 T.J. Clemmings, right, battles with David Durham in a drill in practice Friday at the team's South Side facility.

Panthers tackle Clemmings grows into role

Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings looms as a force this season after struggling at his new position at times last fall.

3 weeks ago

 Coach Paul Chryst coaches wide receivers Tyler Boyd (23) and Kevin Weatherspoon (88) at the first day of Pitt's preseason practice Monday at their training facility on the South Side.

Pitt's receiver depth opens door to a lot of options

There might not be a clear No. 2 behind Tyler Boyd, but a number of Panthers wide receivers have the potential to step up this season.

3 weeks ago

Freshman RB is fast runner, faster learner

If there is one thing freshman running back Chris James has done in his time with Pitt it has been learn — about himself and from teammates.

3 weeks ago

 Defensive back Trenton Coles on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice Monday at their training facility on the South Side.

Depth issues in secondary a concern for Pitt

The defense lost a projected starter when cornerback Titus Howard was suspended, so how will the Panthers make up for his absence?

3 weeks ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon.

Pitt to open Maui Invitational against Chaminade

The Panthers will play either BYU or San Diego State on Nov. 25.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt quarterbacks Adam Bertke, Chad Vojtik, Trey Anderson and Joe Repischak during passing drills on the first day of preseason football practice Monday at their training facility on the South Side.

Pitt coach Paul Chryst pleased with Panthers’ starting point

The first day of Pitt’s training camp was about players showing up in shape and coaches installing plans and packages.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd will likely be the offense's primary playmaker this season, but can any of the new freshmen come close to replicating his stellar first year?

Pitt training camp preview: Five questions

With one of the best players in Pitt history, and the starting quarterback, gone to the NFL, who will step up on either side of the ball?

4 weeks ago

 Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg stands with the Oakland Zoo as the team takes on NC State March 3 at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Mark Nordenberg left fine legacy when it comes to Pitt sports

Simply put, now former chancellor Mark Nordenberg helped Pitt's athletic programs achieve much more good than bad throughout his tenure.

4 weeks ago

 Pitt cornerback Titus Howard was projected as a starter for the Panthers this season.

Pitt cornerback Titus Howard suspended for 2014 season

The Clairton graduate played in 11 games as a freshman last season.

4 weeks ago


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