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Pitt football notebook: ‘No. 1 safety’ Mitchell asked to step up

By Jerry DiPaola
Reggie Mitchell sat down recently with Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin to discuss his upcoming junior season. Conklin didn’t turn over the defense to his ...

Defense shines in Pitt football spring game
By Jerry DiPaola
The sun was warm, the stands were overflowing with people and — surprise! — the Pitt defense looked presentable Saturday during the Blue-Gold game at ...
Stakes raised for Pitt spring game
By Jerry DiPaola
Walking off the field after practice, Pitt offensive left tackle Adam Bisnowaty couldn’t resist the opportunity to throw a dagger at the enemy quarterback. “Chad, you’re ...
Top 30 guard shooting Heron decommits from Pitt
By Staff Report
Mustapha Heron, a 6-foot-5 guard from Waterbury (Conn.) Sacred Heart who made a verbal commitment to Pitt in January 2014, has re-opened his recruitment. Heron, whose father, Bryan, played professionally with former Pitt assistant Barry Rohrssen (now at St. John’s), is ranked the No. 23 prospect in the Class of ...
Pitt linebacker Grigsby seizes opportunity during spring drills
By Jerry DiPaola
More than anything he saw, Pitt linebackers coach Rob Harley liked what he heard from senior Nicholas Grigsby at a recent practice. “I heard him ...
Pitt senior Kiesel selected by WNBA’s Tulsa Shock
By Karen Price
Brianna Kiesel became just the second Pitt player ever drafted in the WNBA when she was selected 13th overall, the first pick of the second ...
Nice meal on line in Pitt spring game
By Jerry DiPaola
Senior defensive end Ejuan Price meant business Wednesday when he showed up for Pitt’s first spring game draft wearing a jacket, dress shirt and tie. “I wanted to let them know we’re all business,” he said. “We’re not playing around. I want a steak.” Now we know the reason behind ...
SSA grad Briggs finds home on Pitt defense after 2 years at RB
By Marty Stewart
Dennis Briggs spent his redshirt freshman season doing whatever was necessary to improve his chances of getting on the field more for the Pitt Panthers ...
Ex-Pitt cornerback and Clairton graduate Howard to join Slippery Rock football team
By Jerry DiPaola
Slippery Rock coach George Mihalik confirmed that former Pitt cornerback Titus Howard will enroll at his school and join the football team. Howard, a Clairton graduate, said April 7 he planned to go to Slippery Rock. He was suspended last season by Pitt and dismissed before the start of spring ...
Challingsworth could help Pitt’s depth at wide receiver
By Jerry DiPaola
Tyler Boyd caught 78 passes last season for Pitt. The next four wide receivers combined for 47, and that entire quartet is gone. Somewhere in assistant coach ...
Pitt’s Johnson leaves men’s basketball team
By John Harris
Pitt forward Durand Johnson, who was being counted on to provide perimeter shooting and veteran leadership as a returning senior, is leaving the program. Johnson missed ...
Unlike his predecessor, Pitt’s Chaney unafraid to push QB Voytik
By Jerry DiPaola
The story of how a Division II nose guard became a Power 5 offensive coordinator starts with two cases of beer and some thirsty coaches. When ...
Pitt notebook: Defense rising to occasion
By Jerry DiPaola
The wind blew, and James Conner sat, but Pitt’s defense will not apologize for winning the scrimmage portion of practice Saturday. For the second week in a row and for the remainder of spring drills, the defense that struggled last season will wear the team’s coveted blue jerseys in practice. “(The offense) ...
Ex-Woodland Hills standout making impression at safety for Pitt
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt junior safety Jevonte Pitts didn’t say he was happy when coach Paul Chryst left for Wisconsin. But he wasn’t crying about it, either. Suddenly, Pitts ...
Pitt coaching staff challenging senior defensive back Pitts
By Jerry DiPaola
In Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi’s defensive scheme, nothing is more important than stopping the run. Yet, such focus can lead to problems if the cornerbacks can’t ...
Former Pitt cornerback Howard plans to enroll at Slippery Rock
By Jerry DiPaola
Former Pitt cornerback and Clairton graduate Titus Howard said he told Slippery Rock coach George Mihalik he plans to enroll there. Howard was suspended last season for violating team policy and dismissed prior to spring drills. Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or ...