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Breaking Through

You can make the case that Pitt had been getting closer to a big win. The Miami game. Louisville last week. Those games were within grasp. Just that awful mix of inconsistency on offense and weak defense, that all but had Jamie Dixon publicly questioning his team’s mental make-up. Still, the big win had been elusive. They had good wins — at ND (the only loss ND had at the Joyce...
Via Pitt Blather
March 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Possible Roster Moves

  Last week Jerry DiPaola of the Tribune Review had an article where Pat Narduzzi was quoted as saying this: Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said Friday he’s leading a different team than he did a year ago, and he’s not just talking about the departure of 10 seniors and at least 10 other players who have left the program since the end of last season. “It looks like a different football...
Via Pitt Blather
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt runs away from No. 15 Duke 76-62

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored 17 points and Pittsburgh gave its NCAA Tournament hopes a needed jolt as the Panthers dominated No. 15 Duke 76-62 on Sunday. Senior point guard James Robinson added 14 points, seven assists and three rebounds in his final home game at the Petersen Events Center as the Panthers (20-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) overwhelmed the Blue Devils ...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt players to race in honor of James Conner

Back in December, Pittsburgh running back James Conner got some awful news as he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. While he has been recovering well and even hopes to play in 2016, he still has a long way to go to get there. His teammates have been doing all they can to support Conner and they will be doing even more this weekend. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society host their...
Via Campus Sports Net
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh beats Syracuse 66-52, Artis gets 21 for Panthers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jamel Artis had 21 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer, James Robinson added 13, and Pittsburgh beat Syracuse 66-52 on Saturday. Pittsburgh (19-7, 8-6 ACC), which snapped a three-game skid on Tuesday with a 101-96 double-overtime victory at home over Wake Forest, has won four straight against Syracuse. Syracuse (18-10, 8-7 ACC) lost its second straight...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt snaps losing streak, edges Wake Forest 101-96 in 2 OTs

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Robinson scored 22 points, including five free throws in the final minute to seal it as Pittsburgh escaped with an ugly 101-96 double-overtime win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night. Chris Jones scored a career-high 23 points for the Panthers before fouling out in the second overtime. Jamel Artis and Michael Young added 19 points apiece as Pitt (18-7, 7-6...
Via AP on Fox
February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner back at practice just two months after Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis

Pitt Panthers star James Conner is showing he hasn't lost any of his grit while battling cancer.If anything, it's only ramped up the bruising running back's spirit and tenacity. Two months after his diagnosis with Hodgkin's lymphoma, the standout junior is back practicing with the Panthers.On Saturday morning Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi tweeted out a video showing Conner flying...
Via Fox Sports
February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt's James Conner works out after cancer diagnosis

Pitt star running back James Conner had a harrowing 2015 season. In December, after missing most of the 2015 season with a torn MCL, Conner announced that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The 2014 ACC Player of the Year plans to return to the field in 2016, however, and today he was back working out with his Pitt teammates. #ConnerStrong #24 #H2P pic.twitter.com...
Via College Spun
February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Powered by positive thinking, Pitt's Price stars on football field

For decades motivational speakers and life coaches alike have preached the power of positive thinking. They just might be on to something.When Pitt’s injury-plagued star defensive end Ejuan Price applied for a sixth-year of eligibility he never once worried that his request would be denied. Why? Because Panthers’ head coach Pat Narduzzi was sure he would get it. That’s why...
Via Fox Sports
February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Where Peyton Manning ranks among Super Bowl era QBs

Peyton Manning may have just played his last meaningful NFL game. He and the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 by the score of 24-10. It was his second NFL championship, having won with the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI. Now that that’s out of the way, where does Manning rank with the best quarterbacks of the Super Bowl era, which now spans...
Via Sportsnaut
February 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Pitt RB James Conner doing well, could play in 2016

To say that Pittsburgh running back James Conner had a pretty tumultuous 2015 season would be an understatement. He was expected to be one of the best running backs in the ACC before he suffered a season-ending torn MCL early on in the season. Near the end of the season, it was revealed that Conner had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. This was certainly devastating news to all...
Via Campus Sports Net
February 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Virginia-Pittsburgh Preview

After some unusual defensive hiccups, Virginia has two games' worth of evidence that it's back to the suffocating, possession-draining ways that carried it to the last two regular-season ACC titles. For once, it might take some real effort to slow down Pittsburgh. The ninth-ranked Cavaliers haven't lost in this series since Pitt joined the ACC, but they'll face a more offensively...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2016  |  Discuss

How Did We Do? Very Well, Thank You.

What a fine finish to a hard fought and victorious recruiting season!  Here is Pitt’s “Singing Day Special” presentation of the 23 young men who just signed on the dotted line to play football for the University of Pittsburgh.  They posted great write ups and videos of each recruit – well done Pitt and thanks for the info. Before we start digging into the details of the...
Via Pitt Blather
February 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt all-ACC DE granted a sixth year of eligibility

On a day that’s all about trying to land prized high school prospects, the biggest news out of Pitt on National Signing Day centered around the return of all-ACC defensive end Ejuan Price.Price, who ranked third in the ACC in both sacks (11.5) and tackles for a loss (19.5) in 2015 was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Wednesday.The six-foot, 250-pound pass rusher...
Via Fox Sports
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Shanahan preaches organization, game planning for Super Bowl Week

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit For a two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, the week of the big game isn’t the important one. Former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, who led...
Via Mile High Sports
February 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Jeter shines in rare start, Pitt tops Virginia Tech 90-71

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 23 points in his first start of the season and Pittsburgh pulled away from Virginia Tech in the second half of a 90-71 victory on Sunday night. Michael Young overcame a sluggish start to finish with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers (17-4, 6-3 ACC), who bounced back from a lopsided loss at Clemson to hand the Hokies...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Historical Recruiting Stories

With less less than five days until LOI Day, Feb 3rd, and when we’ll have the final listing of our 12016 recruiting class I thought we could take a step back and hear some stories about Pitt’s recruiting in years past. Take a minute and listen to these two pieces.  I ran across them the other day and waited until we were sick of Pitt basketball to post them. First we have how...
Via Pitt Blather
January 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Open Thread: Pitt-Clemson (not yet football)

Still basketball season, people. I know the new football schedule came out for the ACC yesterday. And seeing that Clemson game on there is a bit of a sight. But, this is basketball. 7pm. The assorted RSNs — Root Sports Pittsburgh, NESN, Fox Sports South and plenty of others. Clemson has been very good at their sort-of-home arena this year. Littlejohn Coliseum, their on-campus...
Via Pitt Blather
January 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh rallies for 74-72 victory at Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jamel Artis' 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining helped Pittsburgh rally for a 74-72 victory over Florida State on Saturday. Ryan Luther missed a layup but grabbed his own rebound and kicked it out to Artis, who nailed a 3-pointer near the top of the key from the left side. Artis and Sterling Smith led the Panthers (16-3, 5-2 ACC) with 16 points each while...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Smacked About

Pitt football recruiting target Damar Hamlin was there and even ventured into the Oakland Zoo to mingle in the second half. So that was good. After that… I’ll leave it to the players and coach to sum it up. Panthers forward Jamel Artis said containing Barber was tough, but he explained that the larger issue was how the Wolfpack pushed them around and did whatever they wanted...
Via Pitt Blather
January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt Football BlatherCast #1 – 1/15/16

While the 2016 basketball season is underway and through the football off season I’ll try to chip in with some Pitt football history pieces once a week, or more if I can, via audio podcasts on The Blather…. hence “BlatherCasts”  Most will be read from already published books, articles in magazines and yearbooks and old newspapers’ coverage of the football program, team...
Via Pitt Blather
January 15, 2016  |  Discuss
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