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Maturing Panthers wary in opener against Delaware

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ray Vinopal can't quite find the words to describe the transformation in the Pitt program since Paul Chryst took over. And while that transformation hasn't quite made it onto the field on a consistent basis, the senior safety is confident it's on the way because of the tone set by the unassuming man with the biggest office in the building. ''The...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

One More Day

We get to see the Panthers 2014 version play their first game tomorrow and I’m sure you guys are excited as I am.  Last night I sat in the car while my wife was shopping and I tried to gather all the info I know and all the opinions I have and come out with some sort of handle on what the PITT team will be like this year. Not an easy thing to do.  You guys have read what I...
Via Pitt Blather
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pitt's Durand Johnson working on game and rehab

Durand Johnson is fighting his way back in hopes of being ready to start the season with the Panthers in November. Johnson is on track to do just that and when he gets back on the court, he wants to be more than just an outside shooter: "Last year, before I went down, I was trying to mix up my game, not just be a spot-up shooter and get out in transition, but also take guys...
Via SCACC Hoops
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Pitt Basketball playing at the right tempo?

The Pittsburgh Panthers don't need to play faster in the new ACC. They're fitting in just fine. Is it really true that ACC teams love getting up and down the floor and play in games with a lot of possessions?  There's certainly a lot of people who assume that.  Which conference players, both past and present, truly are the embodiment of that description?  Maybe former...
Via SCACC Hoops
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh and Kentucky Series in the Works, Keg of Nails Remains Dormant

Bill Koch dropped some information this morning over at Cincinnati.com. The most relevant information is that it appears that the Pittsburgh Panthers are coming back on the schedule. Koch says that a series starting in 2023 is looking likely. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh haven’t played since the Panthers took off for the ACC. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh play for this ugly ass trophy...
Via Bearcats Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 61 – Damon Wilson

61. Damon WILSON Height: 6’-5” Weight: 190 Position: PG High School (State): Our Savior New American (NY) Club Team (Affiliation): Game Elite (adidas) Commitment: Pittsburgh Panthers Breakdown: Capable of playing on and off the ball, Wilson was a valuable pledge to Pitt when his verbal commitment was announced last November. Wilson started out high school ...
Via Hoopniks
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chad Voytik named as Pitt's starting quarterback

In the least obvious move of Pitt's training camp, head coach Paul Chryst has finally named Chad Voytik as the team's starting quarterback. Voytik beat out backup Trey Anderson for the job and will officially get the nod against Delaware in the season opener. There was never really any true suspense here. Voytik didn't play terribly well in camp, but was still a pretty...
Via SCACC Hoops
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Isaac Bennett to be ready for Pitt-Delaware opener

Some pretty significant news dropped on Wednesday regarding Pitt running back Isaac Bennett. For starters, Bennett is expected to be ready for the Panthers' opener against Delaware. "Oh, I am ready," declared Bennett. "I am ready to be out there with my team; it is always a great pleasure, especially it being my senior year." In fact, he said there was never...
Via SCACC Hoops
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at Pitt Football's crowded backfield

Paul Chryst's recruiting abilities have come into question during his time at Pitt. But it's clear that Chryst has been able to recruit two positions very well - offensive line and running back. The already deep running back group just got a bit stronger with Tuesday's commitment of 2015 four-star running back Darrin Hall. According to Rivals, Pitt landed Hall over offering...
Via SCACC Hoops
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleaning Up Some Football Debris

First off, I can’t thank Reed enough for the work he’s done in August. It’s been tremendous having him writing and making the trips for practices and scrimmage. Some fantastic stuff. There’s not a lot I can add to that part. So I’m just going to clear some tabs, hit the links, and toss a few of my own thoughts in along the way. The offensive line is either going to have...
Via Pitt Blather
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Eyes On the Defense to Start

Usually the first couple days of practice, most of the media attention is on the offense. There’s a logic to that. The practice is padless, so there isn’t any hitting or tackling. It’s a chance for skill players to really stand out. Add in when a new QB is taking the reins, the extra attention is there. Not that the offense hasn’t gotten some notice. Freshman RB Chris James...
Via Pitt Blather
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh cornerback Titus Howard suspended for the 2014 season

Pittsburgh cornerback Titus Howard has been suspended for the 2014 season.  Panthers coach Paul Chryst announced that Howard was suspended for disciplinary reasons. Howard played in 11 games as a freshman last season, totaling 21 tackles and two pass breakups. He was projected as a starter for the Panthers this fall opposite Lafayette Pitts.  Howard will be able to practice and...
Via NCAA Football Zone
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt cornerback Titus Howard suspended for 2014 season

Pitt sophomore cornerback Titus Howard was suspended for the entire 2014 season for disciplinary reasons, Panthers coach Paul Chryst announced today. Howard, a Clairton graduate, played in 11 games as a freshman last season, totaling 21 tackles and two pass breakups. He was projected as a starter for the Panthers this fall at cornerback opposite Lafayette Pitts. In his absence,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Uchebo Coming Along, Luther Readies for Redshirt

Regardless of the ability to help Pitt, can we at least agree that the best thing in the long-term for Joseph Uchebo was coming to Pitt and getting better medical help for rehabbing his knee. In moments like these, it’s easy to forget Uchebo is still recovering from a devastating knee injury that put his basketball career on hold for almost two years. But then he runs up the court...
Via Pitt Blather
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ACC Countdown: No. 8 Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh did quite well in its inaugural ACC season, beating the teams it should beat more often than not while losing to the teams it should lose to more often than not, too. All that ultimately resulted in a 7-6 record and a bowl game win over Bowling Green. There's a lot of change on this year's roster at important spots, like quarterback and defensive tackle (without...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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