PITTSBURGH RUMORS & GOSSIP

James Conner to honor friend who died from cancer during Pitt's bowl game

ORLANDO, Fla. — Pittsburgh running back James Conner learned he’d been named the ACC’s Brian Piccolo award winner for 2016 on Thursday, but the news that he’d received the honor rang bittersweet.That’s because the recognition, given to the conference’s “most courageous” football player, came on the heels of sobering news: DiMantae Bronaugh, a star running back at...
Via FOX Sports
3 hours ago

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
4 days ago

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 Associated Press
7 days ago  |  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
7 days ago

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 Associated Press
10 days ago  |  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 Associated Press
11 days ago  |  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 Associated Press
12 days ago  |  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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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 Associated Press
19 days ago  |  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
21 days ago  |  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
21 days ago  |  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

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
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