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Plenty of Artis, Not Much Else

[Editor note: drafted this in the morning after. Thought I might still be a bit too annoyed and maybe unfair on the read through. Sat on it for the day and evening to see if I mellowed a bit. Nope.] This performance after what happened in Syracuse was not dispiriting. It was the kind that pisses me off. After spending the first 15 games establishing a pattern of racing out to big...
Via Pitt Blather
January 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Clemson vs. Alabama: 2016-17 season breakdown

This slideshow tracks the road to the Clemson-Alabama National Championship rematch by displaying every game of the season for each team.
January 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Artis and Young score 30 each, Pitt escapes Marshall 112-106

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis and Michael Young scored 30 points each, including a couple of key baskets down the stretch as Pittsburgh held off relentless Marshall 112-106 on Wednesday night. Sheldon Jeter added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (11-2), who led by as much as 29 in the second half only to see the Thundering Herd (7-6) get as close as five in the final minute...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Jackson powers Northwestern past Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) Justin Jackson ran for 226 yards and three touchdowns and powered Northwestern to only its third bowl victory, 31-24 over No. 22 Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. Jackson was the straw that stirred Northwestern's offense in the Bronx and helped etch this performance alongside the 1948 Rose Bowl and 2012 Gator Bowl victories in...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the players from the Pittsburgh Panthers that are members of the NFL Hall of Fame

Eight players from the University of Pittsburgh Panthers are members of the NFL Hall of Fame. Can you name them all?Clue: Position/Years active in NFL 
December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh, Northwestern take bowl cuts at Yankee Stadium

James Conner called his shot before he digs in at Yankee Stadium. Conner, Pittsburgh's star running back, announced he would skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft and also play for the Panthers against Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl. He bucked the 2016 trend of draft prospects bypassing a bowl game to protect their NFL futures for one last game with his teammates...
Via AP on Fox
December 27, 2016  |  Discuss

No. 22 Pittsburgh looks to cap good season in Pinstripe Bowl

Pittsburgh (8-4, ACC) vs. Northwestern (6-6, Big Ten), 2:15 p.m. (ESPN). Line: Pitt by 5. Series Record: 3-3. First meeting since 1973. WHAT'S AT STAKE The Panthers are trying to cap a solid season with a bowl game victory that would give the program a serious boost. The Panthers have wins over No. 2 Clemson and Big Ten champion Penn State, so losing to a 6-6 Big Ten team would...
Via AP on Fox
December 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB Conner says he's ready for draft, will play in bowl

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner is well aware every running back only has so many carries in his body. And for all he's given to Pittsburgh over the last four years, coming back for one more go around couldn't outweigh the chance to see if he can make it as a pro. ''Running backs already have a short lifespan,'' Conner said Monday. ''Wish I could have done more (at Pitt) to be honest...
Via AP on Fox
December 19, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pittsburgh vs. Rice Men's Basketball Highlights (2016-17)

Pittsburgh vs. Rice: The Panthers outlasted a feisty Owls squad at home, 83-73. Pitt was scorching shooting the basketball to the tune of 64% from the field and 50% from 3. Jamel Artis led the way with 31 points and Ryan Luther was 8-8 from the field, scoring 20 points.
Via ACC Digital Network
December 17, 2016

Top 25 NFL players under 25

This season, it seems everywhere you look the NFL is bursting with young talent. 2015 showcased a strong rookie class, and 2016 has only added to that. Combine these new names with some already established talent, and you’ve got way more than 25 players under age 25 who are worthy of inclusion on this list.But alas, 25 is the limit, and we had to make some tough choices. This means...
December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Thank You James Conner

Atlanta, GA – December 8, 2016 – College Football Hall of Fame: Portrait of College Football Awards winner of the Disney Spirit Award, James Conner of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers(Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images) The news hit me twice in about thirty seconds. When James Conner announced to the world a little over a year ago that he had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I had the unfortunate...
Via Pitt Blather
December 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner declares for 2017 NFL Draft

Pittsburgh running back James Conner has opted out of his senior year, announcing his decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday. Forever Grateful. pic.twitter.com/B8wXA9ABZz — James Conner (@JamesConner_) December 10, 2016 Conner, a cancer survivor, returned to Pitt this season with a vengeance after beating Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After announcing he had been diagnosed last...
Via Sportsnaut
December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt To The Pinstripe Bowl: Panthers’ Defining Moment of 2016

The Pitt Panthers are heading to the Pinstripe Bowl to take on Northwestern. Here's the defining moment of the Pitt's 2016 season as the Panthers will play the Wildcats on December 28th.
Via ACC Digital Network
December 04, 2016

WATCH: Pittsburgh vs. Maryland Men's Basketball Highlights (2016-17)

Pittsburgh vs. Maryland: The Panthers benefited from hot shooting to build a big lead and held off the Terps in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, 73-59. Michael Young led all scorers with 25 points and added 9 rebounds and teammate Jamel Artis chipped in 22 points in the win.
Via ACC Digital Network
November 29, 2016

Vomiting Points, Hemorrhaging Coverage

… Or… I took my son to Pitt and a Big 12 game happened. Thanks again, to Wally for the tickets. My boy had a great time. Good to see you again and to talk. Where to begin — or end — with that game? Tons of points. Even more yards. Volume, volume, volume of explosive plays. Too many mistakes by the defenses to count. And at times, it felt like the game was never going to end. I guess...
Via Pitt Blather
November 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt outscores Syracuse in wild 76-61 victory

PITTSBURGH (AP) Nate Peterman threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another to lead Pittsburgh to a wild 76-61 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. James Conner ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 35-yard pass for a score to extend his ACC career touchdown record to 56. The Panthers needed just about every one of them on a day when defenses for both teams...
Via AP on Fox
November 26, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Nathan Peterman Dives For The Pylon, Incredible Pitt Touchdown

Nathan Peterman breaks free from the pocket, races down the sideline and dives for the pylon in an incredible touchdown run for the Pitt Panthers. Check out Peterman's great individual play in this ACC Must See Moment!
Via ACC Digital Network
November 26, 2016

Pitt seniors looking to go out winners against Syracuse

PITTSBURGH (AP) The signs of progress at Pittsburgh are unmistakable. From the remodeled offices to the return of the popular ''script'' logo on the helmets to the arrival of living, breathing adrenaline rush Pat Narduzzi as head coach in December 2014, the vibe today is in stark contrast to the one tackle Adam Bisnowaty felt when he arrived in the summer of 2012. And while all...
Via AP on Fox
November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner keeping mum on NFL prospects

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner has big plans for this weekend, and it has nothing to do with saying goodbye. Thanksgiving marks the 1-year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis that threatened the Pittsburgh running back's career, one that kickstarted his remarkable comeback and turned Conner into an inspirational figure for others in the same fight. Conner - fully healthy and showing...
Via AP on Fox
November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Surging Pitt looking to go out on high note

PITTSBURGH (AP) The near-misses still eat at Pat Narduzzi. As good as the Pittsburgh coach feels about his team as it heads into Saturday's regular-season finale against Syracuse, the memory of the ones that got away still linger. ''When you look at our losses, they're like this,'' Narduzzi said Monday, putting his thumb and index finger an inch apart. ''It's interesting we didn...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Conner sets ACC's all-time TD mark, Pitt thumps Duke 56-14

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner scored twice to set a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference career touchdown records as Pittsburgh drilled Duke 56-14 on Saturday. Conner bulled over from 1 yard in the first quarter and again in the third to give him 50 rushing touchdowns for his career, breaking the previous mark set by N.C. State's Ted Brown between 1975 and 1978. Conner now has 53...
Via AP on Fox
November 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt's Pat Narduzzi on James Conner and his record-setting day in Panthers' win over Duke

"He gave us a spark in the second half ... he's a beast." -- Pitt's Pat Narduzzi on James Conner and his record-setting day in Panthers' 56-14 win over Duke.
Via FOX Sports South
November 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Panthers hoping to avoid letdown against improving Duke

PITTSBURGH (AP) The giddiness faded quickly. Call it a byproduct of simple math. For all the euphoria that ensued after Pittsburgh kicker Chris Blewitt's 48-yard field goal lifted the Panthers to a last-minute stunner against No. 2 Clemson last week, in the standings it counts the same as any other victory. It was a sweet moment to be sure, but it was just one. The Panthers (6...
Via AP on Fox
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pittsburgh vs. SMU Men's Basketball Highlights (2016)

Pittsburgh vs. SMU: The Panthers fell to the Mustangs in the semifinals of the 2K Classic, 76-67. Michael Young was great for Pitt, scoring 22 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the loss.
Via ACC Digital Network
November 17, 2016

Panthers not getting ahead of themselves after Clemson upset

PITTSBURGH (AP) As a general rule, Pittsburgh kicker Chris Blewitt tries to steer clear of social media. He logs onto Facebook only occasionally, joking he likes something every couple of months so people know he's still alive. Twitter is pretty much out. Consider it an act of self-preservation to avoid the all-too-convenient puns that pop up whenever one of his kicks sails wide...
Via AP on Fox
November 14, 2016  |  Discuss
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