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

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh: Justin Jackson scored 23 points, Joel Berry added 19, and Kennedy Meeks chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 8 Tar Heels took care of Pittsburgh, 85-67. Jamel Artis and Michael Young combined for 24 points on the Panthers' senior day. North Carolina is now 13-3 and sits atop the ACC.
Via ACC Digital Network
1 day ago

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 Associated Press
2 days ago  |  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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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

Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons rallied from 19 points down to beat the Panthers, 63-59. John Collins led the charge for the Deacs, as he scored 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win. The comeback by Wake tied a school record. Michael Young led all scorers with 24 points in the loss.
Via ACC Digital Network
4 days ago

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 Associated Press
8 days ago  |  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 Associated Press
8 days ago  |  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 Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pat Fitzgerald pumped Northwestern up with video of Danny Kanell putting 40 confidence points on Pitt

Playing in a bowl game with a 6-6 record, there weren’t many on chips on Northwestern’s shoulder. At that point, you’re more or less just happy to play another game. But ESPN analyst Danny Kanell gave the Wildcats some extra motivation by basically guaranteeing on national television that Pittsburgh would beat Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday. Kanell put 40...
Via The Comeback
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

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...
Via Sportsnaut
December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Duke Vs. Pittsburgh Highlights NESN, NESNplus Saturday College Football Schedules

The Pittsburgh Panthers pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the college football season in their last game, but that doesn’t mean facing 4-6 Duke on Saturday will be a walk in the park. The Panthers stunned Clemson last week and shook up the College Football Playoff race. They already are bowl eligible, so they mostly have pride and bowl positioning left to play for this season...
Via NESN.com
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Panthers nail late 48-yard FG to upset No. 2 Clemson 43-42

The Pittsburgh Panthers upset No. 2 Clemson 43-42, giving Pat Narduzzi a signature win to build his program around. Make no mistake about: this upset came as quite a surprise. After losing to Miami 51-28, Pittsburgh was mathematically eliminated from the Coastal division race. With nothing other than pride to play for, one had to wonder what kind of team would show up for Pittsburgh...
Via The Comeback
November 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt coach has interesting choice of words after Clemson upset

Pitt pulled off a major upset on Saturday night as they handed previously unbeaten Clemson their first loss of the season. Afterwards, Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi used a very interesting choice of words during a postgame interview. During his interview with ESPN, Narduzzi said his team “had a lot of guts” in their 43-42 win over Clemson. “It’s a team win, and I’m...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 12, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt 300-pound OL Brian O’Neill scores touchdown

First and goal at the five-yard line, down eight points in the fourth quarter. Seems like a perfect time for… a handoff to your 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle? Huh? Well, that’s what Pittsburgh did on Thursday night against Virginia Tech, and it worked! Check out this beautiful end-around touchdown run from Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill: And that dive! Awesome. Then...
Via The Comeback
October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every member of the Pittsburgh Panthers to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft

Since 1961, the Pittsburgh Panthers have sent 25 players to the pros in the first round of the NFL draft. How many can you name? Clue: Year-Draft Number-Position-Team  
September 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Untangling the highs and lows of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry

In the ever-changing and constantly in-your-face sports climate we live in every day, it's increasingly more difficult to remember beyond what happened yesterday. But it's as important as ever to know your history and be able to contextualize the present. Or in this case, the near future, as Penn State and Pittsburgh will face off on a football field on Saturday at Heinz Field for...
Via Yardbarker
September 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB Conner scores two TDs in first game after beating cancer

One of the absolute best feel-good stories of the college football season unfolded Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Pitt running back James Conner, who recently won a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, led his team onto the field and scored two touchdowns against Villanova in his first game back since taking a leave of absence to focus on his health last fall. Blessed to be...
Via The Comeback
September 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Cancer survivor James Conner wants to spike ball after first TD

The Pittsburgh Panthers open their season on Saturday with a game against the Villanova Wildcats. And Panthers running back James Conner has special plans if he scores a touchdown during the game. And to say he has a good reason to want do do so would be a drastic understatement. Conner has navigated an incredibly tumultuous and difficult year. After suffering a season-ending...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Look: Pittsburgh Panthers unveil alternate uniforms

Take a look at these alternate “retro” uniforms that the Pitt Panthers will wear during their homecoming game this year on October 8th against Georgia Tech…. For you, #PantherNation. pic.twitter.com/zrWSQak9aW — Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) August 16, 2016 #PantherNation…Get a closer look at the #PittRetro uniforms: https://t.co/mQAGZnGUL4 pic.twitter.com/ScocSHNYU2...
Via The Student Section
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner tweets that he is cancer free

This past December, Pitt star running back James Conner, who missed most of the 2015 campaign due to injury, announced that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma and would soon be undergoing cancer treatment. This past spring, Conner underwent chemotherapy to treat the disease – while making a few cool public appearances along the way. Monday, Conner took to Twitter with an important announcement...
Via College Spun
May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Chris Harris Jr. doesn’t consider Josh Norman a top-five CB

After cornerback Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers were unable to come to terms on a long-term deal, the team decided it best to rescind his franchise tag. The move sends Norman to a promising free agent market. While Norman is of the opinion he is worth top dollar after recording career-highs in 2015, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. isn’t buying it. When Harris...
Via Sportsnaut
April 21, 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

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

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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 20, 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
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