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Narduzzi enters third phase at Pitt

Narduzzi enters third phase at Pitt

Pat Narduzzi opens spring football with a new boss. Pitt introduced Heather Lyke on Monday as the Panthers’ new athletic director. That can be problematic for a football coach.Athletic directors tend to like to have their own pick manning the primary revenue sport of an athletic...

ACC teams were national on many levels

ACC teams were national on many levels

Clemson is positioned in the College Football Playoff for the second-straight year. The ACC, frustrated by living in the neighboring SEC’s shadow, would love to point to two national titles in the last four years. That would be one more than the SEC.The ACC’s Florida State won...

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

Clemson leads 11 ACC teams into the bowl season with its second-straight berth in the College Football Playoff. That total in a 14-team conference ties a league record for the third time in four years.The Tigers finished last year as the runner-up to Alabama. They are the No. 2...

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

The Atlantic Coast Conference honoring Pitt’s James Conner as winner of the Brian Piccolo Award was a no-brainer. The Piccolo Award is awarded to “the most courageous” player in the ACC, but Conner also is worthy of any such national award.In 2014, Conner was a the ACC’s leading...

Pitt playing like a Narduzzi defense

Pitt playing like a Narduzzi defense

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price tilted his head back and broke into a hearty chuckle over the latest story he was told about the passion of Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi.Price was seated at a table in a conference room for the ACC Kickoff media days last week...

Pitt eager to renew Penn State rivarly

Pitt eager to renew Penn State rivarly

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman grew up a Florida Gators fan in Jacksonville, Fla., well-versed in college football rivalries.There was no escaping the famed Florida-Georgia rivalry played annually in his hometown as a neutral site. Florida also played...

Pitt can improve without matching last year

Pitt can improve without matching last year

Enthusiasm abounds over Pitt football as a new season approaches under second-year coach Pat Narduzzi. And it’s for good reason.One point is experience with 16 returning starters, including senior quarterback Nathan Peterman. A veteran QB is always a good starting point, and he...

Five candidates for Pitt basketball

Five candidates for Pitt basketball

Something is rotten with the state of Pitt basketball.What does it say about the school when head coach Jamie Dixon abruptly leaves the program he built after 13 years to take a step down at TCU? I understand TCU is his alma mater, but it’s still TCU. Bill Self didn’t leave...

Wisconsin can continue winning on grit

Wisconsin can continue winning on grit

 It was ugly. But all that really matters is that Wisconsin survived and advanced, beating Pitt 47-43 in the East Region’s first round Friday in St. Louis.The seventh-seeded Badgers (22-12) lived to talk about Sunday’s game in the second round against No. 2 seed...

Duke is last chance for statement from Pitt

Duke is last chance for statement from Pitt

Former Top 25 team Pitt stages Senior Day against Duke on Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. Ah, perfect timing for the Panthers to start a run and to regain their brief Top 25 form from earlier this year.Or at least to firm up their NCAA Tournament berth hopes...