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Pitt RB James Conner out for 2015 with torn MCL

Pittsburgh Panthers junior running back James Conner suffered a torn MCL in the team’s season opener against Youngstown State and is out for the season, turning Pitt’s 45-37 victory over the Penguins bittersweet. Conner’s injury was reported by Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Prior to his injury, Conner had managed 77 yards and two rushing touchdowns on just...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Final Review Before Moving On To Akron

With the fine work by Justin and Reed, there isn’t much left for me to do at this point. The pall cast over things with James Conner’s injury is noticeable. He’s having surgery, and because of the very cautious approach, he will not be coming back this season. But Narduzzi said he had no problem coming to the conclusion that Conner needs to get the torn medial collateral ligament...
Via Pitt Blather
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt Panthers RB James Conner’s knee surgery goes well

James Conner was entering his junior season in 2015 and was expected by many to consider the NFL Draft following the year. Things changed in a big way in the Pittsburgh Panthers’ first game of the season, however, when Conner went down with a torn ACL and had to undergo surgery. According to a report from College Football Talk, Conner’s surgery was successful and no unexpected...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt frosh Damon Wilson cleared by NCAA

The Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball program received some good news today as freshman Damon Wilson received NCAA clearance and is now eligible to play. The update on Wilson’s status was reported by both ESPN and Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk. The issue with Wilson’s eligibility came from the fact that he attended Our Savior New American, a private...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

West Virginia, Pitt agree to bring back 'Backyard Brawl'

Undoubtedly, the worst aspect of conference realignment has been the loss of dozens of different longstanding rivalry games across the country. Well, you can cross one off of the list. West Virginia and Pittsburgh have agreed to resume the “Backyard Brawl”, starting in 2022. WVU’s Athletic Director, Shane Lyons, announced the news Thursday afternoon. The Backyard Brawl is...
Via College Spun
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

James Conner mulling NFL decision after torn MCL

The Pittsburgh Panthers began their season receiving some unfortunate news; star running back and reigning ACC Player of the Year James Conner suffered a season-ending MCL injury in the season-opener against Youngstown State. Conner was widely regarded as one of the top running backs in the nation, but now his future is up in the air as he decides whether to head to the NFL or return...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Duke's Cutcliffe wrote heartfelt letter to injured Pitt RB

Duke’s David Cutcliffe is one of the most well liked head coaches in college football. It’s easy to see why. Last week, Cutcliffe apparently sent a heartfelt letter to Pittsburgh running back James Conner to wish him good luck in his recovery after injuring his MCL against Youngstown State. Conner, who will miss the entire season, is one of the league’s best players. The...
Via College Spun
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt names Nate Peterman starting QB

The Pittsburgh Panthers have unveiled its quarterback for the Oct. 3 matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies. During an ACC teleconference, head coach Pat Narduzzi said it will be Nate Peterman, who started against Iowa, that gets the call. Pat Narduzzi: Pitt will move forward with Nate Peterman as its starting QB. — ESPN ACC (@ESPN_ACC) September 23, 2015 It is the second...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Surprising college football teams in the ACC

Here we are at the halfway point of the 2015 season. In the ACC, much has stayed the same. Clemson and Florida State remain undefeated and are ranked 5th and 11th respectively. Duke is 5-1 and ranked 25th. Other than that, not many teams are receiving national attention. There are a few surprise teams in the conference that have either surpassed or fallen short of expectations...
Via The Sports Quotient
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pat Narduzzi on James Conner: ‘He’s getting ready to roll’

Earlier this season, Pittsburgh’s star running back James Conner suffered a nasty knee injury that put him out for seemingly the rest of the season. Conner was considered to be one of the top running back prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft, but this injury certainly set him back a little. According to Roto World, Conner may actually be getting ready to make a return this season....
Via Campus Sports Net
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyler Boyd becomes Pitt’s all-time leading WR

Pittsburgh Panthers wideout Tyler Boyd has become the program’s all-time leading receiver in history. The Pittsburgh Sporting News reported Boyd’s accomplishment. Boyd reached the top on a catch he made in the third quarter, courtesy of quarterback Nate Peterman. It was the 203rd catch of Boyd’s collegiate career. He finished the game with eight catches for 68 yards and two...
Via Campus Sports Net
October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

No James Conner, no problem Narduzzi's Pitt Panthers

When All-American running back James Conner went down with an MCL tear in a season-opening win for the Pittsburgh Panthers, expectations diminished for first-year head coach Pat Narduzzi. Five games later, Narduzzi's Panthers are 5-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play, including road victories over Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. In Conner's absence, Pitt has had to rely on freshman...
Via Fox Sports South
October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Pitt players perform great version of victory song

The Pittsburgh Panthers are one of the best teams in the ACC this season and are 5-1 following a big win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this week. It was a huge step in the right direction and the Panthers celebrated in style following the game. One way that they celebrated the win was by performing an awesome version of “The Pitt Victory Song.” It was recorded on video...
Via Campus Sports Net
October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Did Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi take a shot at Penn State?

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi has not shied away from taking shots at his neighbors in Happy Valley during his first year with the Panthers. During his Monday press conference, Narduzzi discussed offensive systems squandering talented quarterbacks, and it sure sounds like he was taking an underhanded swipe at Penn State. Here’s the exact Narduzzi quote re: QB and play calling...
Via College Spun
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse and Pitt Preview, Who Are The Panther Difference Makers?

Let’s get right into this. The good news for Syracuse is that Pittsburgh does not have a dynamic running back to totally roll over the Orange Saturday. At least that’s what it looks like on paper… In the last three weeks SU has gone up against LSU’s Leonard Fournette, USF’s Marlon Mack and UVA’s Taquan Mizzell. Fournette torched Syracuse for 244 yards on the ground, Mack...
Via Orange Fizz
October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: No. 25 Pitt tops Syracuse on last-second field goal

The No. 25 Pitt Panthers were able to escape the Carrier Dome with a win on Saturday thanks to a last-second, 25-yard field goal by kicker Chris Blewitt.Blewitt’s field goal capped off a marathon drive that lasted 9:20 and spanned 89 yards on 19 plays.The win ups the No. 25 Panthers to 6-1 (4-0), while Syracuse dropped to 3-4 (1-2).
Via FOX Sports
October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 25 Pitt stuns Syracuse with late fake punt, leading to last-second FG to win

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Pat Narduzzi passed the audition. So did his punter, and kicker. The coach of No. 25 Pittsburgh displayed his disgust by walking down the sideline wondering why his team was unable to convert a third down play with the score tied and time running down. But the Panthers never planned to punt the ball away to Syracuse. Instead, the first-year coach called for a fake...
Via AP on Fox
October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

North Carolina Tar Heels Vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Odds

Week nine of the college football season kicks off with an ACC Coastal Division showdown between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Pittsburgh Panthers. If you’re interested in laying some money down on the game, BetDSI has released the odds. The video below previews the betting action.
Via Gamedayr
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd can’t wait to face KeiVarae Russell

Star wide receiver Tyler Boyd and the Pittsburgh Panthers are getting ready to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this week and are hoping to pull out a huge upset and prove a point. There is no player more excited for the game than Boyd and he cannot wait to face off against Notre Dame star defensive back KeiVarae Russell. Great players love to go up against other great players...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Marino to be honorary captain for Pitt vs Notre Dame

The Pittsburgh Panthers host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday in the 70th edition of their storied rivalry. It will be a packed house at Heinz Field and it won’t just be Panther and Irish fans in attendance. According to PittsburghPG’s Sam Werner, former Pitt quarterback and NFL legend Dan Marino will be an honorary captain for the Panthers on Saturday. He played for...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner ‘not quite’ ready to return from MCL tear

Pitt Panthers running back James Conner tore his MCL in his team’s season opener against Youngstown State and was ruled out for the season, but appears to be doing well enough in his recovery to the point that head coach Pat Narduzzi said that his star rusher could return this season. However, per a report from Jerry DiPaola of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Conner is “not...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Young, Jeter lead Pitt past St. Joseph's (Ind), 84-43

PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Young and Sheldon Jeter each posted double-doubles, Pittsburgh held its opposition to 21 percent shooting and the Panthers opened their season with an 84-43 victory against St. Joseph's (Ind.) College on Tuesday night. Young finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to lead Pitt (1-0). Cameron Johnson scored 10 points and Jeter added 10 points...
Via AP on Fox
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Artis' 21 points leads Pittsburgh by Cornell 93-49

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored 21 points and Pittsburgh held Cornell to 30 percent shooting in a 93-49 victory on Wednesday night. Chris Jones came off the bench to score 15 points for Pitt (3-0). Michael Young had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Damon Wilson added 10 points. Artis and Jones combined to score 30 points in the first half as the Panthers took...
Via AP on Fox
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Football Media Recap: Nov 25 – 26

  Here are the Louisville Highlights: Pat Narduzzi Press Conference  Miami Week  Opening Statement: “Good to see you today. Another short week here. We’re getting used to this. We had a really crisp, mental practice this morning, trying to keep our guys fresh. We put to rest the Louisville game yesterday that probably looked better on tape than you saw in the second half...
Via Pitt Blather
November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt’s Jordan Whitehead named ACC Rookie of the Year

The Pittsburgh Panthers were one of the more surprising teams in the ACC this year. The team finished second in the Coastal Division and were fighting for the division championship for majority of the year. One reason why they were so good this year was because of their defense. One of their biggest pieces on the defensive side of the ball was safety Jordan Whitehead and the freshman...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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