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Load on the Running Game and Price

I suppose it makes sense for the coaches to be a little more cautious in overtaxing James Conner this early. “Even if you have the wrong guy in the game, it’s still a pretty good guy to have in the game,” Powell said. Powell relies on Conner to keep him apprised of his energy level. “But I’m beginning to rely on me more,” Powell said. After a season of inactivity, Conner...
Via Pitt Blather
8 days ago  |  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  
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers looking to shore up pass defense as ACC play looms

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi hasn't lost faith in his secondary, though there's plenty to work on after surrendering 872 yards through the air in the last two games, including 540 to Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph in a 45-38 loss on Saturday. ''They've got to understand it works when you do it right,'' Narduzzi said Monday. ''It doesn't work if you don't do it...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  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
21 days ago  |  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
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Conner stars in return from cancer, Pitt tops Villanova 28-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner caught one touchdown and ran for another in his return from a battle with cancer to lead Pittsburgh to a 28-7 win over Villanova on Saturday. The 2014 ACC Player of the Year sprinted onto the Heinz Field turf in front of a crowd that included his family, the doctors that treated him during his seven-month tussle with Hodgkin's lymphoma and more than...
Via Associated Press
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Conner, Panthers expect emotional opener vs. Villanova

PITTSBURGH (AP) The jitters will be there. After what Pittsburgh running back James Conner has been through over the last 12 months, how could they not? So forgive the 2014 ACC Player of the Year if he takes a moment before running out of the tunnel and onto the Heinz Field turf on Saturday when the Panthers host Villanova in the 2016 opener. A knee injury that derailed his junior...
Via Associated Press
28 days ago  |  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

Video: Pat Narduzzi reveals Pitt throwback uniforms

The Pittsburgh Panthers are expected to be one of the better teams in the ACC this season and many believe they could play in the conference championship game. Head coach Pat Narduzzi has done a good job re-establishing a winning attitude there and it seems they will honor the past this year. Narduzzi took to Twitter and shared a video highlighting past players and the history of...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 16, 2016  |  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
August 08, 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 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

Report: Matt Canada to be new Pittsburgh OC

This offseason has certainly been full of coordinators leaving and taking new jobs across the country. The Pittsburgh Panthers lost their offensive coordinator, Jim Chaney, to the Georgia Bulldogs in December and they have found their replacement. According to reports, recently fired NC State offensive coordinator Matt Canada will take over Chaney’s position with the Panthers....
Via Campus Sports Net
January 08, 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

Pitt signs JUCO guard for 2015-16 season

The Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball team announced a late addition to the roster for the upcoming season, in the form of 6-foot-2 junior college guard Jonathan Milligan. Originally from Arizona, Milligan averaged 14.3 points per game at Kilgore College in Texas last season. Panthers coach Jamie Dixon spoke highly of Milligan in the school’s release. “We are fortunate...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 01, 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
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