UNC coach Roy Williams sounds off on ‘horsesh**’ question

Today has been a rough day for reporters interviewing ACC head coaches, including UNC’s Roy Williams despite a crushing victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers in the quarterfinals. After the game, Williams received a question about UNC’s strength of schedule — or lack thereof. UNC had the easiest regular season schedule out of all the teams in the conference, so it was a fair...
Via Campus Sports Net
March 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon schools reporter over misinformed question

If you ever have a question for Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon, you better make sure you did your research beforehand or he will leave you looking silly holding the mic. That was proven on Thursday following Pitt’s loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels. After the game, Dixon was asked about his “lack of come-from-behind wins” and what that meant about his team...
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March 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Football Pits and Pieces; March 12

Not that the basketball season is almost over, we hope not but as in Pitt Football our BB team isn’t a shoo-in for anything, let’s turn our eye toward some pre-spring practice info and discussion starters. The P-G has a piece on DE Ejuan Price and his buying a condo at a Senior Living center in Boca Raton, FL.  He’s in his 6th year at Pitt and it seems like he’s an old...
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March 13, 2016  |  Discuss

One More Day Until Football!….

From Pitt’s SID: March 14, 20162016 SPRING PROSPECTUSPITTSBURGH – With spring practice set to begin on Tuesday, here is a look at what the Panthers return heading into the 2016 season. THE OFFENSE QUARTERBACKS Senior Nathan Peterman returns as Pitt’s starting quarterback after throwing for 2,287 yards and 20 touchdowns with eight interceptions last year. Peterman joined...
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March 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Cry Havoc and Let Slip The Panthers of War!!!

Congrats to the Pitt BB team for their receipt of an invitation to the “Big Dance”. Not an easy road with OSU in their path but stranger things have happened… to other teams. Pitt seems to stumble when the biggest lights shine but as Arnie Schwarzenegger once said “Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”  Good Luck on Friday...
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March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Spring Drill #1 Post-Practice Quotes; 3/15

To start the day, here is a taste of last year’s “412 Crew” March 15, 2016 PHOTO GALLERY | QUOTES PITTSBURGH – Pitt Football held its first spring practice of 2016 on Tuesday with a two-hour session at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Day one featured just helmets and shorts as the Panthers implemented their new offense under the direction of Pitt’s freshly minted...
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March 16, 2016  |  Discuss

James Conner back in action

Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner endured a hellacious 2015, a year in which he was expected to compete for the Heisman Trophy. He suffered a season-ending knee injury a few weeks into the 2015 season and was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December. Miraculously, after undergoing eight treatments for the lymphoma while simultaneously rehabbing from a major knee injury...
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March 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Spring Practice #3; News and Notes

In a timely article, considering where the comments from the last FB article left off, here is DiPaola of the Trib-Review talking about Boyd’s departure and who we have waiting in the wings to take center stage.  HCPN looks like he doesn’t really want to talk does he? Narduzzi is high on SO WR Charles Fitzgerald Tipton though. I’m not sure where “Tre” came from but his...
Via Pitt Blather
March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Jamie Dixon considering coaching offer from TCU

Pittsburgh head basketball coach Jamie Dixon is reportedly considering a move to TCU. Dixon, who has coached Pitt for the last 13 seasons, is willing to take a long look at TCU after being assured that the Horned Frogs would ensure that he’s not taking a pay cut, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports. Why would Dixon, who has had some success at Pittsburgh and is coaching in...
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March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Jamie Dixon may leave Pitt for TCU?

Jamie Dixon has been the head coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers for 13 years, but may be ready to move on. According to a report from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Dixon is weighing an offer that would have him leave Pitt and go coach at Texas Christian, where he played his college ball. Parrish also cited Dixon’s seemingly growing frustration with fans as a reason he may want out...
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March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Arizona’s Sean Miller shoots down Pitt rumors

On Monday, TCU somewhat shockingly hired alumnus Jamie Dixon away from Pitt, a program that he led for 13 seasons. Can Pitt turn around and make an even bigger splash in replacing him? Well, nabbing alumnus Sean Miller, currently the head coach of Arizona, would certainly do just that. KDKA-TV anchor Richie Walsh reported that Miller is in Pittsburgh and has been offered the Panthers’...
Via College Spun
March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Sean Miller says he's happy at Arizona and won't jump to Pitt

The Pittsburgh Panthers can cross one name off their list of potential basketball coaches. Sean Miller says he isn't interested in returning to coach his alma mater.Miller, who has spent the past seven seasons as Arizona's head coach, released this statement on Tuesday:Miller has posted a 188-61 record at Arizona (with five NCAA Tournament appearances) after going 120-47 in five...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt Spring Practice #5

  It looks like we may see a true FR step into the starting role at CB given our shortness of talented depth there due to Lafayette Pitts’s graduation.   Of course the first name that springs to mind is Damar Hamlin, the highly rated and coveted DB from Pgh’s Central Catholic will be joining the Panthers in the fall. DiPaola has this: Actually, Coach Pat Narduzzi’s defense...
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March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Kevin Stallings named new HC at Pitt

The Pittsburgh Panthers lost head coach Jamie Dixon to TCU just a few weeks ago in a big move for the Horned Frogs. The Panthers wasted little time in finding their new head coach as they have just hired Kevin Stallings away from Vanderbilt. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported the move Sunday morning, showing just how influencing money can be. He left the Commodores after 17 years for...
Via Campus Sports Net
March 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner, Currently Fighting Cancer, Will Throw Out First Pitch For Pirates Opening Day

This past December, it was announced that Pitt running back James Conner, one of the most versatile runners in college football, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In the months since, he’s been undergoing chemotherapy to help treat the disease. Just a few days ago, he underwent his ninth chemotherapy session. This Sunday, Conner will be honored by the Pittsburgh Pirates...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Spring Practice #8 – Midpoint; 3-31-16

DiPaola’s Blog from the Trib has some interesting stuff today: Make room in the outside linebacker competition for North Allegheny graduate Seun Idowu. He is one of three players who came to Pitt at other positions, but have been moved to linebacker to help fill a big hole in the defense left by graduating senior Nicholas Grigsby. At practice Thursday, Idowu caught everyone’s...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Pittsburgh RB James Conner Throws Out 1st Pitch At Pirates’ Opening Day

Pittsburgh running back James Conner threw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening day game this afternoon.  Conner is currently fighting cancer. The Panthers’ tailback announced back in December that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Here’s video of his first pitch.  Here’s James Conner’s fan reception and first pitch. pic.twitter.com...
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April 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt coach trolls James Franklin over ‘no talent required’ tweet

The Pittsburgh Panthers and Penn State Nittany Lions will meet up during the 2016 season to renew their rivalry that has been on hold since the 2000 season. The two teams have met up nearly 100 times in the past and after what Penn State head coach James Franklin tweeted and the response he got, it certainly seems like the rivalry never truly died. Last week, Franklin sent out a...
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April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Spring Practice #13; April 12, 2016

The Trib weighs in with a couple of things – first is this short video of Narduzzi’s post practice interview:  The second is Jerry D’s article about the next star on offense Donte’ Ford (my opinion not his).  Ford’s contributions far exceed the chalk boundaries of the football field: There were days early this spring when Sto-Rox baseball and softball players were forced...
Via Pitt Blather
April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

It appears Donald Trump forgot Joe Paterno is dead

Joe Paterno has been deceased since January 2012. It appears Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump forgot about that tonight.  Speaking at a rally in Pittsburgh, the GOP frontrunner brought up Paterno and said, “we gonna bring that back?”  What?  Pittsburgh City Paper's Ashley Murray reports: "How about Joe Paterno? We gonna bring that back? How about that whole...
Via College Spun
April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

No Bostick In Booth

Well, this is a surprise. Pat Bostick won’t be filling the analyst role on the Pitt football radio broadcasts this year. He’s going to focus on his other job as the Director of Development for the Panther Club. More with the fundraising aspect. Coming back to the booth is Billy Osborn. Osborn has been highly active in broadcasting over the past dozen years. He called college...
Via Pitt Blather
April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Pre-Spring Game Bits & pieces; April 15, 2016

As we have been stating on here for sometime it looks like it is shaping up for Manny Stocker to be the QB2 going into fall camp… no, actually that’s a done deal now. Still, one of Narduzzi’s goals this off-season is to find a backup quarterback to replace Chad Voytik, who is transferring. Voytik, a starter in 2014, would have been a nice safety net to in case of an injury...
Via Pitt Blather
April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh caps second spring under Narduzzi

PITTSBURGH (AP) Year Two under Pat Narduzzi officially began in March. Narduzzi's goal for his team the second time around was the same as it was when he took over in 2015: become three percent better every day. The exact calculations on how much the Panthers improved over their 15 spring practices may or may not amount to a 45 percent improvement. But if Narduzzi knows anything...
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April 16, 2016  |  Discuss

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April 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Brandin Knight joins Rutgers basketball coaching staff

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Brandin Knight has joined the Rutgers basketball staff after spending the past 10 seasons at Pittsburgh. Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell announced the hiring on Monday, giving him a New Jersey native and a top recruiter on his staff. Knight was instrumental in the recruitment and development of All-American Sam Young, along with all-league guards Levance Fields...
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April 18, 2016  |  Discuss
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