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WATCH: Pitt fails hard on screen from own end zone

During the fourth quarter, down by two touchdowns against mighty Penn State, the Pittsburgh Panthers did the unthinkable. Backed up into their own end zone, Pitt offensive coordinator Shawn Wilson inexplicably called for a screen pass to Darrin Hall.He immediately regretted it.Quarterback Max Browne — former USC starter — got Hall the ball right behind the end zone, and Penn State...
Via Sportsnaut
September 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Predicting studs and duds for college football Week 2

We are one week into the college football season and it feels great. Between UCLA pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the sport, Virginia Tech and Tennessee putting up defensive stands at the last second, and all of the glorious fun that occurred on Saturday, we had a pretty awesome Week 1.The best part? Week 2 is going to be even better. We have four games...
Via Sportsnaut
September 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Top storylines for college football Week 2

There’s no spectacle to compare to the weekly drama of collegiate sports, and we’ve got some tremendous games on the slate in college football Week 2.The big-ticket attractions are the handful of games between top teams, such as Auburn going up against Clemson and Stanford heading into USC territory. Oh, and we can’t forget about Oklahoma and Ohio State.Of course, this early in the...
Via Sportsnaut
September 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt's Quintin Wirginis suffers season-ending non-football injury

The Pittsburgh Panthers will not be getting starting linebacker Quintin Wirginis back after his three-game suspension is over. The senior suffered a season-ending non-football injury that head coach Pat Narduzzi declined to elaborate on when he made the announcement on Tuesday. “Disappointing, but something we deal with. That’s what we do,” said Narduzzi, per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh...
Via Sportsnaut
September 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Less Then Impressive Opener

I’ve had a bit of time to digest this. A walk back to a friend’s house in the drizzle. A 2+ hour drive home in the drizzle/mist. A bit of bourbon while half-watching college football the rest of the evening. Getting a long, needed night of sleep. Morning pot of coffee. Prepping ribs for a nice relaxing day of smoking those suckers. Happy in the knowledge that I still get to go pick...
Via Pitt Blather
September 03, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt RB Qadree Ollison Hurdles The Defender | ACC Must See Moment

Pitt running back gets out in the open field and shows off some tremendous athleticism by hurdling the Youngstown State defender. Check out the impressive catch and run by the Panthers' tailback.
Via ACC Digital Network
September 02, 2017

Receiving/Defending Depth Chart Bits

Two sides of the ball. The receiving corps and secondary. Both are anchored by a senior. Both are going to be heavily reliant on youth. Lots of questions. First, a little on Pitt’s latest verbal since he happens to be a cornerback. The Cardinal Gibbons three-star cornerback committed to Pittsburgh on Monday night after stating earlier in August he was favoring Wisconsin. Before...
Via Pitt Blather
August 24, 2017  |  Discuss

No Surprise, Max Browne Named Starting QB

Shocking. I’m not saying it was inevitable. Just because Max Browne is a graduate transfer. A former 5-star QB recruit from California. Had a starting gig at USC for a few games last year. Looking to make it to the NFL and impress scouts this year. Came nearly all the way across the country to play at Pitt. Pitt also had a good track record of transfer QBs succeeding. The quarterback...
Via Pitt Blather
August 22, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cameron Johnson Transfers to UNC

Cameron Johnson has transferred from Pitt to North Carolina. As a graduate transfer, Johnson is eligible to play immediately for the Tar Heels. Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33 games for the Panthers last year, while shooting 41.5% from three-point range. Roy Williams says "We are happy to have someone join our program who wanted to be with us so badly."
Via ACC Digital Network
June 16, 2017

Taleni Gone And Draft Thoughts

Sorry, about the absence. Some family stuff came up last week that had me in-and-out-of-town through the past week plus. Nothing major, but time was at a premium. Glad to be done with April. Fridays in April have been a month of bad news dropping. Most of it was related to basketball, but football decided to get in on the action with the dismissal of Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary...
Via Pitt Blather
May 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt Players and the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft was my first dive into the world of amateur football over-analysis. While I unfortunately lack the time these days to dedicate more to the hobby, I’m still able to keep close tabs on Pitt players and what we can expect from them next week when they find their new, hopefully long-term, homes. A huge point of emphasis that any negative thing I post has nothing to do with...
Via Pitt Blather
April 27, 2017  |  Discuss

James Conner was ‘at about 60% going into last year’ after cancer

Former Pitt running back James Conner put together an unbelievable season last year after beating cancer, but incredibly he wasn’t 100-percent healthy while he did it.Writing for The Players’ Tribune, Conner penned “A Letter to NFL GMs” in which he details the immense obstacles he’s had to overcome in his pursuit of the NFL dream.One thing many might not know is that Conner started...
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April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Digging in the Offense

It’s Pro Day today in the Southside. The donuts are available. Perfect time to start catching up on spring practices from the weekend and yesterday. Let’s look at a couple of the things regarding the O-line and running backs. I have to admit. It still feels odd to be positive about the offensive line. It has been ingrained in me for the past 15 + years to worry about the holes. Changes...
Via Pitt Blather
March 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Spring Football Practice to Distract

Spring practices start today. 14 practices mostly closed off to the public and media, culminating in the Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Saturday, April 15. There’s no way it will be as perfect weather as last year, but at the moment I’ll settle for it being warmer then this week in the Cleveland area. Yesterday was the pre-spring practices press conference. (Is that really what we’re calling...
Via Pitt Blather
March 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh freshman Manigault, sophomore Clark transferring

PITTSBURGH (AP) Freshman forward Corey Manigault and sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark are transferring from Pittsburgh. The players announced the move shortly after the Panthers finished a disappointing 16-17 season in coach Kevin Stallings' first year. Manigault appeared in 18 games, averaging less than a point and a rebound per contest. Clark did not appear in a game for the...
Via AP on Fox
March 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt guard Kithcart dismissed by coach Kevin Stallings

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh freshman guard Justice Kithcart has been dismissed by coach Kevin Stallings for conduct detrimental to the team. Stallings said in a statement that it's a privilege to play for the Panthers, and Kithcart ''has been unable to hold that standard.'' Kithcart averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 assists while playing about 13 minutes a game for the Panthers. Pitt...
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt seniors look to go out on high note

PITTSBURGH (AP) The four players tasked with overseeing a transition they never asked for and never saw coming can't quite explain what went wrong. It wasn't, Pittsburgh seniors Jamel Artis, Mike Young, Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones insist, longtime head coach Jamie Dixon's abrupt departure for TCU last spring or Kevin Stallings' inelegant arrival a couple of weeks later. It wasn...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2017  |  Discuss

James Conner receives clean scan before NFL Combine

James Conner — and NFL teams interested in him — received good news on Thursday.The former Pitt fullback received a clean scan, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Conner announced in Dec. 2015 that he had been diagnoses with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He went through chemotherapy, completing the treatment in May. Conner announced after that point that he was cancer-free.Conner rushed for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh upsets No. 17 Florida State 80-66

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sheldon Jeter and Michael Young were Pittsburgh's tough to guard combination. Jeter scored a career-high 29 points and Young had 11 as Pittsburgh upset No. 17 Florida State 80-66 on Saturday. Jeter, who averages 7.6 points per game, also had eight rebounds. Four of his 12 field goals were 3-pointers as the 6-foot-8 forward showed his range against bigger Florida...
Via AP on Fox
February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

FSU can't finish off comeback in upset loss to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Senior Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 29 points as Pittsburgh upset No. 17 Florida State 80-66 on Saturday. Jeter, who averages 7.6 points per game, had eight rebounds. Four of his 12 field goals were 3-pointers as the 6-foot-8 forward showed his range. Pitt led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but a 10-0 Florida State run cut the lead to two with...
Via AP on Fox
February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Partridge Officially Returns to Pitt

It’s stale news, but still worth hitting. Coming back to work for a third Pitt head coach, Charlie Partridge takes over as Defensive Line Coach. Charlie Partridge, a renowned Florida recruiter who previously served as a Pitt assistant from 2003-07, will return to the Panthers’ staff as defensive line coach, Pat Narduzzi announced. Partridge rejoins Pitt after serving the past three...
Via Pitt Blather
February 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt hires former FAU coach Partridge to run defensive line

PITTSBURGH (AP) Charlie Partridge is back with the Pittsburgh Panthers. Coach Pat Narduzzi hired Partridge on Tuesday to serve as the team's defensive line coach. Partridge replaces Tom Sims, who left the program earlier this month. Partridge served as head coach at Florida Atlantic from 2014-16, going 9-27 during his time with the Owls. He spent four years as the defensive line...
Via AP on Fox
February 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Young scores 19 of 30 in 2nd half, Pitt beats BC 83-72

BOSTON (AP) Michael Young scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, and Pittsburgh snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 83-72 win over Boston College Wednesday night in a match of the Atlantic Coast Conference's bottom two teams. Jamel Artis, the ACC's leading scorer, had only six points for the Panthers (13-11, 2-9) after injuring his right leg early in the game....
Via AP on Fox
February 08, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt names Shawn Watson offensive coordinator

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh is turning to Shawn Watson to take over an offense that thrived last season under Matt Canada. The Panthers named Watson their offensive coordinator on Thursday. Watson replaces Canada, who left for the same position at LSU in December. Watson's resume includes stops as offensive coordinator at Texas, Louisville, Nebraska and Colorado. He spent 2016...
Via AP on Fox
February 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Safety Paris Ford highlights Pitt recruiting class

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi figures he started recruiting defensive back Paris Ford since Narduzzi ''walked in the door'' to take over the Panthers two years ago. Narduzzi loved Ford's raw ability, but also his unmistakable confidence, an element missing from a pass defense that finished next-to-last in the country in yards allowed in 2016. Help is on the way...
Via AP on Fox
February 01, 2017  |  Discuss
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