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Replacing Tyler Boyd will be group effort for Pitt wideouts

PITTSBURGH (AP) There are no limitations on James Conner. None. Nine months after being diagnosed with lymphoma, the Pitt running back is cancer-free and atop the depth chart as the Panthers prepare to host Villanova in the 2016 opener on Saturday. ''I think he's really enjoying the moment,'' coach Pat Narduzzi said on Monday. And while Narduzzi expects the sight of the 2014...
Via Associated Press
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: James Conner Officially Back For Pitt In Opener vs. Villanova

James Conner is officially back for Pitt football and will suit up against Villanova this Saturday in the season opener. Conner returns to the field for the first time since beating cancer and looks to pick up right where he left off for the Panthers.
Via ACC Digital Network
6 hours ago

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
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cancer free, Pitt star James Conner ready to play football

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner doesn't care where he plays, how he plays or how much he plays, he just wants to play football. That was the driving force behind the Pitt redshirt junior running back's six-month recovery from Hodgkin lymphoma, and toward that end, he joined his teammates Monday in the Panthers' first day of training camp. Conner was diagnosed in November but continued...
Via Associated Press
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Fresh off beating cancer, Pitt running back James Conner is on track to play in season opener

It has only been three months since James Conner was declared cancer free, but the Pittsburgh Panthers running back is already a full participant at fall practice and is on track to play in the Panthers’ season opener on Sept. 3, according to a report from ESPN. Conner’s journey to this point is nothing short of remarkable. It is a testament to his perseverance that he is...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss

TSS Top 50: No. 39 Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh Panthers 2015 Record: 8-5 Overall, 6-2 ACC (lost to Navy in the 44-28 in the Military Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Will Pittsburgh Win Eight Games Again This Season? After finishing either 7-6 or 6-7 in every season since 2011, Pittsburgh finally broke through last year. Sure, the 8-5 record doesn’t look like that big of an improvement on paper, but four of those losses...
Via The Student Section
July 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt S Jordan Whitehead undergoes surgery

The Pittsburgh Panthers are looking to make a move in the ACC going into the 2016 season. Earlier this week, however, one of their top players in sophomore safety Jordan Whitehead had surgery. Whitehead reportedly had surgery to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee. Luckily for Pittsburgh, the Freshman All-American should only miss about 4-6 weeks and will be back ahead of...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner says he is cancer-free

Pittsburgh running back James Conner says he is cancer-free, less than six months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Conner posted on his Twitter account Monday: ''God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!!'' Been a long road but God has my back. Thanks everyone who said prayers!'' Conner was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year...
Via Associated Press
May 23, 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

Pitt lands commitment from PG Aaron Thompson

New Pittsburgh Panthers head men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings has added an impressive talent to the 2017 recruiting class. On Saturday, it was reported that three-star point guard Aaron Thompson, one of the most talented players in the state of Virginia, has committed to the Panthers. MadeHoops’ Pat Lawless shared the announcement. Breaking: Aaron Thompson, a class of...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt Sports Academics on the Rise

From the Pitt Media Department: PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh athletic programs posted strong numbers in the most recent measurement of the Academic Progress Rate, as scores were released by NCAA Wednesday afternoon. Division I student-athletes across the country continue to make gains in the classroom, earning all-time high results in the APR. “As a whole, we are...
Via Pitt Blather
April 24, 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

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

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

North Carolina's Ryan Switzer supports James Conner with cleat message

North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer showed support for Pittsburgh running back James Conner in Saturday’s ACC Championship Game.  Conner, the Panthers’ star running back, has cancer.  Switzer wrote #ConnerStrong on his cleats for his game against Clemson.  You're not alone bro! We're with you! #ConnorStrong @JamesConner_ pic.twitter.com/IYsh0Ugm12 — Ryan Switzer...
Via College Spun
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Connor diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma

Some rough news coming out of Pittsburgh this afternoon. Pitt running back James Conner, one of the most talented runners in the nation, announced Friday that he’s been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. Conner found out about his diagnosis on Thanksgiving morning, according to his head coach, Pat Narduzzi. Conner missed most of the 2015 campaign after an MCL injury. BREAKING...
Via College Spun
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Duke's Cutcliffe wrote heartfelt letter to injured Pitt RB

Duke’s David Cutcliffe is one of the most well liked head coaches in college football. It’s easy to see why. Last week, Cutcliffe apparently sent a heartfelt letter to Pittsburgh running back James Conner to wish him good luck in his recovery after injuring his MCL against Youngstown State. Conner, who will miss the entire season, is one of the league’s best players. The...
Via College Spun
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi: Ohio State stole our defense

By Jesse Reed If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi should feel awfully flattered by Ohio State, which he says stole his defense en route to a national championship in 2014. Speaking with The Griff & Grinz Show in Lansing, Mi., the coach pointed out the Buckeyes used the same 4-3 quarters coverage scheme last year as his teams...
Via Sportsnaut
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Odds

The 2015 college football season is weeks away, and the Pittsburgh Panthers are looking to bounce back from a 6-7 season last year, capped off with a heartbreaking loss in their bowl game. If you’re interested in laying some money down on the team, BetDSI has released Pittsburgh’s season odds. The video below previews the betting action.
Via Gamedayr
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Pittsburgh coach files federal lawsuit over firing

The Pittsburgh Panthers seem to have gotten themselves into a bit of a situation when it comes to a former assistant coach of theirs. It was announced Thursday that former secondary coach Troy Douglas has filed a federal lawsuit against the team following his firing. College Football Talk reported that Douglas, who left Iowa to follow Paul Chryst in early 2014, was fired after Chryst...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Adonis Jennings to Transfer to Temple

Pittsburgh Panthers four-star wide receiver Adonis Jennings, who only appeared in six games his freshman season and caught six passes for 55 yards, will transfer to Temple University. Owls head football coach Matt Rhule confirmed the news. Welcome to our 3 new @Temple_FB family members who enrolled today. Adonis Jennings, Delvon Randall, and Ryquell Armstead. #WeTheT — Matt Rhule...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Kickoff time announced for Pitt-Iowa game on Sept. 19

Pittsburgh's game at Iowa on Sept. 19 will kick off at 8 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network, the university announced on Friday. The Iowa game is the third on Pittsburgh's 2015 schedule, but it's the first clash of the season with an official kick-off time.Last year, the Hawkeyes visited Pittsburgh and squeezed out a 24-20 victory over the Panthers. Will Pitt avenge...
Via FOX Sports
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh’s Josh Newkirk Undergoes Knee Surgery

Pittsburgh Panthers guard Josh Newkirk underwent left knee surgery today, according to head coach Jamie Dixon. The operation repaired Newkirk’s lateral meniscus as well as a microfracture. Dixon said his player would miss four to six months of action, but is expected to be ready for the preseason. Newkirk, a rising junior from Raleigh, North Carolina, posted 5.9 points and 2.7...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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