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Pitt star running back Conner adjusting to higher profile this year

By Jerry DiPaola
When Erie television station WJET called James Conner one day, eager for an interview with the young, local celebrity, he was happy to oblige. He …

Nothing fancy for Iowa coach Ferentz
By Jerry DiPaola
Jim Render was stunned when he walked into Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz’s office a decade ago. Render thought it wasn’t opulent enough to impress recruits. “I had been in Joe Paterno’s office not too awful long before that,” said Render, now in his 36th year as the coach at Upper …
Pitt’s secondary has room for improvement
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt senior safety Ray Vinopal wasn’t shocked when lightning struck. He knew it was coming, and he didn’t run for shelter. But he wasn’t talking …
Pitt notebook: O-line coach still uncertain who will start at center vs. Iowa
By Jerry DiPaola
• Offensive line coach Jim Hueber has some advice for anyone trying to predict how the game will go Saturday when Pitt meets Iowa at Heinz Field. “Never assume,” he said. That goes especially for the question of who will start at center, either Alex Officer or Gabe Roberts. “I …
Pitt football coach Chryst refutes analyst Wannstedt’s opinion
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst said Monday he believes he has the full support of athletic director Steve Pederson and other university leaders, despite remarks made …
Pitt football notebook: Chryst still seeking improvements in running game
By Jerry DiPaola
• Pitt’s running game is ranked fourth in the nation and first in the ACC, averaging 344.3 yards. Still, coach Paul Chryst is unsatisfied. “Numbers are misleading,” Chryst said. “We can be cleaner. You can be on a (defender), or you can be on the edge of a (defender),” he …
Pitt notebook: Expanded game plan likely awaits Iowa
By Jerry DiPaola
Through the early stages of the season, Pitt has displayed a lot of James Conner and just enough of everyone else to become one of …
Rossi: Given start, it’s time for Pitt to finish
By Rob Rossi
Paul Chryst, if he’s the right coach for the job, was going to get to this point eventually. Maybe he’s here a bit early, perhaps …
Pitt rallies to defeat Florida International, stay undefeated
By Jerry DiPaola
MIAMI — Temperatures hovered in the mid-80s Saturday at Ocean Bank Field, but Pitt’s Chad Voytik and James Conner didn’t mind turning up the heat …
Pitt notebook: Backup Anderson spells Voytik for series
By Jerry DiPaola
MIAMI — Coach Paul Chryst picked an unusual time to change quarterbacks Saturday. He benched starter Chad Voytik in favor of Trey Anderson early in …
Pitt showing respect for Florida International
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt’s players and coaches paid Florida International the proper respect this week. Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph talked about FIU’s eight sacks in two games, but …
Pitt coach Chryst embraces juggling of Pitt O-line
By Jerry DiPaola
When Paul Chryst was a graduate assistant under West Virginia coach Don Nehlen in 1989-90, the second-team offensive line entered every third series, regardless of …
Vincentian’s Wise commits to Pitt
By Bill West
No stranger to the types of basketball found in the most densely populated corners of Pennsylvania, Vincentian Academy senior Brenna Wise spent considerable time pondering …
Youthful Pitt DEs making strides under Pitt assistant coach’s firm approach
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt defensive end coach John Palermo has seen a large cross-section of players walk in and out of his meetings rooms during a career that this year reached 41 consecutive seasons. “The good ones, they spend an extra two or three hours a week looking at tape so they can …
NCAA women’s Final Four site selection committee visits Pittsburgh
By John Harris
One of seven finalists, Pittsburgh entered the final phase to host the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four during the 2017-2020 cycle with a visit Wednesday from the tournament’s site selection committee. Pitt, Consol Energy Center and VisitPittsburgh are on the clock to officially continue the bid process to host the …
Tough task for ex-Pitt assistant Turner in Florida International job
By Jerry DiPaola
Before he hung up the telephone and went back to preparing for his team’s game Saturday against Pitt, Ron Turner remembered a Pittsburgh friend from …