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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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pitt RB James Conner doing well, could play in 2016

To say that Pittsburgh running back James Conner had a pretty tumultuous 2015 season would be an understatement. He was expected to be one of the best running backs in the ACC before he suffered a season-ending torn MCL early on in the season. Near the end of the season, it was revealed that Conner had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. This was certainly devastating news to all...
Via Campus Sports Net
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Historical Recruiting Stories

With less less than five days until LOI Day, Feb 3rd, and when we’ll have the final listing of our 12016 recruiting class I thought we could take a step back and hear some stories about Pitt’s recruiting in years past. Take a minute and listen to these two pieces.  I ran across them the other day and waited until we were sick of Pitt basketball to post them. First we have how...
Via Pitt Blather
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt Football BlatherCast #1 – 1/15/16

While the 2016 basketball season is underway and through the football off season I’ll try to chip in with some Pitt football history pieces once a week, or more if I can, via audio podcasts on The Blather…. hence “BlatherCasts”  Most will be read from already published books, articles in magazines and yearbooks and old newspapers’ coverage of the football program, team...
Via Pitt Blather
25 days ago  |  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

Chad Voytik Is Moving On

I can’t blame him for deciding to transfer after he gets his degree in the spring. “Chad has been a tremendous leader and teammate during his Pitt career, and certainly during the year I had the opportunity to coach him,” Narduzzi said. “We wish him the very best and will help him any way we can as he maps out his future pursuits. We will always consider him a Pitt Man....
Via Pitt Blather
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Big second half helps Pitt rout Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-58

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis and Michael Young scored 14 points apiece and Pittsburgh dominated the second half to beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-58 on Saturday. Pitt led by six at halftime, but shot 73 percent in the second half and outscored the Hawks 53-25 to notch a blowout victory. Sheldon Jeter added 13 off the bench for Pitt (12-1, 1-0 ACC), and Sterling Smith had 12. ...
Via Associated Press
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

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

North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer is showing support for Pittsburgh running back James Conner in tonight’s ACC Championship Game.  Conner, the Panthers’ star running back, has cancer.  Switzer wrote #ConnerStrong on his cleats for this evening’s game against Clemson.  You’re not alone bro! We’re with you! #ConnorStrong @JamesConner_ pic.twitter.com/IYsh0Ugm12...
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

Pitt’s Jordan Whitehead named ACC Rookie of the Year

The Pittsburgh Panthers were one of the more surprising teams in the ACC this year. The team finished second in the Coastal Division and were fighting for the division championship for majority of the year. One reason why they were so good this year was because of their defense. One of their biggest pieces on the defensive side of the ball was safety Jordan Whitehead and the freshman...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 01, 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 star RB James Conner out for season with injury

It was a tough opening weekend for the ACC, both on the scoreboard and in the injury department. Star Clemson wideout Mike Williams broke a bone in his neck, and will be sidelined for quite some time. Now, we’re learning that Pittsburgh’s James Conner, arguably the best running back in the league, has an MCL injury and will need surgery. He’s going to miss the season, per ESPN’s...
Via College Spun
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi: Ohio State stole our defense

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 have. ...
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

Video: Pittsburgh Releases Awesome Video Tour Of Upgraded Football Facilities

After a disappointing 6-7 season in 2014, the Pittsburgh Panthers are looking to overhaul the football program and steer it towards a brighter future. But in order to do this, the players have to buy into it and have to feel good about where the program is heading. And something as simple as the facilities – where players spend the majority of their time – can make all the difference...
Via College Spun
August 18, 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

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

Pitt Basketball’s Tournament Hopes Shrink

Coming into the final stretch of the season Pitt basketball found themselves on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament. It appeared that they were either one of the last teams in or one of the last ones out. It seems that every game left is a must win. This week Pitt faced Boston College at home and Wake Forest on the road. The Panthers defeated Boston College 71-65 and loss to Wake Forest...
Via isportsweb.com
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Pitt Basketball is struggling to schedule powerful non-conference opponents

Since Pitt’s departure from the Big East after the 2012-13 season, rumblings about potential home-and-home matchups between Pitt and former Big East rivals Villanova, Georgetown, and UConn have persisted. The schools have a long history of playing against Pitt in one of the most storied conferences in all of basketball, and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon would love an opportunity to rekindle...
Via isportsweb.com
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt Football: Pat Narduzzi to be next Head Coach

It is not official yet but per reports Pat Narduzzi will soon be announced the next head coach for Pitt football. It appeared earlier in the week that Narduzzi was the leading candidate to replace Paul Chryst, who left to become the head coach at Wisconsin. The announcement is expected to be this Friday. This appears to be a great hire by the University of Pittsburgh. This is Narduzzi’s...
Via isportsweb.com
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: MSU’s Pat Narduzzi could be next Pitt coach

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has reportedly emerged as the leading candidate for the Pittsburgh head coaching job. According to Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, Narduzzi interviewed for both the Pitt and Colorade State jobs but was more interested in Pitt. The 48-year-old is considered to be one of the top assistant coaches in the country and has interviewed for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt Football Coaching Search: Top 3 Candidates

As expected Paul Chryst will be leaving Pitt football to become the next head coach of Wisconsin. Chryst was interviewed last week and it was reported that they were both highly interested in each other. Wisconsin had to wait until Wednesday to announce who their next head coach was because the state of Wisconsin has a mandatory waiting time. Chryst finished at Pitt with a record...
Via isportsweb.com
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Panthers Made A Deal With The Devil

The Pittsburgh Panthers must have made a deal with the devil, because they are ruled by Satan.
Via Gamedayr
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt's Conner is ACC Player of the Year over FSU's Winston

To the surprise of some, Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner was named the ACC’s Player of the Year on Wednesday. While that shouldn’t be a surprise, some believed that Florida State’s Jameis Winston would win it despite his shaky season. Conner received 16 of 55 votes cast by the members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, which was three more than...
Via Rumors and Rants
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt Basketball: Analysis of Trip to Hawaii

The Pitt Basketball traveled to Hawaii after winning their first two games verse Niagara and Samford. The Panthers would face the University of Hawaii before facing Chaminade in the Maui Invitational. Pitt was without senior guard Cam Wright, who broke his foot before the season. They were also missing forward Durand Johnson, who has been suspended for the entire season. The Panthers...
Via isportsweb.com
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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