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Football, men’s basketball among Pitt teams to post highest Academic Progress Rate scores

By Bob Cohn
Four Pitt athletic teams, including men’s basketball and football, posted their highest average Academic Progress Rate scores ever, according to statistics released by the NCAA on Wednesday. The other Pitt teams with record average scores are women’s tennis and wrestling. The average APR scores cover the academic years 2010-2011 through 2013-14. APR scores, ...

Former Richmond forward to play hoops at Pitt
By John Harris
Former Richmond forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa elected to play his final college season at Pitt because of his ability to block shots and work the pick-and-roll. Nelson-Ododa, a graduate transfer who announced his decision to attend Pitt on his Twitter account, confirmed his decision with his high school coach. “I just said congratulations ...
Ex-Baldwin, Pitt star Pinkston not giving up on NFL dream
By Kevin Gorman
On a day he was mad at his mother, Jason Pinkston wrote down his goals on the back of a cardboard box. He taped it ...
Pitt men’s basketball nets academic recognition
By Bob Cohn
The Pitt men’s basketball team received an NCAA Public Recognition Award on Wednesday for its Academic Progress Score (APR) ranking in the top 10 percent of its sport nationally during the 2013-14 academic year. It is the fourth such honor in five years for coach Jamie Dixon’s program. Pitt was one ...
Pitt’s Dixon paid $3.2 million for 2013-14 year
By Jerry DiPaola
Basketball coach Jamie Dixon was the highest-paid employee at the University of Pittsburgh last year, earning more than $3.2 million, according to tax documents obtained ...
Pitt softball falls to Michigan in NCAA regional final
By Chip Mundy
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Pitt softball team ran into a buzzsaw Sunday afternoon in the final of the NCAA regional at Alumni Field on ...
Pitt athletic director Barnes fully supportive of Power 5 autonomy
By Jerry DiPaola
The question made Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes throw back his head and laugh. During a break from ACC spring meetings last week, Barnes was talking ...
Modic’s grand slam, pitching of Harris lift Pitt softball into regional final
By Chip Mundy
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – At 11:11 p.m. Saturday night, the time was just right for Pitt junior Jenna Modic. So was the game situation. Modic was at bat with the bases loaded and one out and Pitt trailing Cal by one run in an elimination game in the NCAA softball regional ...
Pitt softball drops 1st game in NCAA tournament
By Chip Mundy
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — An early five-run deficit proved too much for Pitt to overcome Friday in the opening game of the NCAA softball regional at Michigan’s Alumni Field. Cal, seeded No. 2 in the region, scored seven runs in the second inning and went on to an 11-3 victory that ...
ACC’s Swofford talks cost of attendance, football playoff
By Jerry DiPaola
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — ACC commissioner John Swofford’s problems never go away, but he is comfortable with what he calls “the new normal” that blankets ...
Pitt softball staying in the moment heading into NCAA Tournament
By John Harris
For a program making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, Pitt’s softball team is surprisingly relaxed. “We don’t need anything different,” said seventh-year Pitt coach Holly Aprile. ...
No offseason for Pitt football coach Narduzzi
By Jerry DiPaola
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — No one knows for sure if Pat Narduzzi will succeed in his first head coaching opportunity. But he has shown a willingness ...
McConnell-Serio optimistic about Pitt women’s basketball future
By Jerry DiPaola
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — More doors might open for Pitt women’s basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio after her team’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She hopes that ...
California natives lead Pitt into its 1st NCAA softball tournament
By John Harris
One of seven California natives who start for Pitt’s softball team, senior pitcher Savannah King explained the secret behind the Panthers’ West Coast recruiting pipeline. “Personally, ...
Pitt to face Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
By John Harris
Pitt will face Purdue in the 2015 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, the university announced Wednesday. The game will be played at Petersen Events Center and will appear on one of the ESPN channels. The Panthers, who finished 19-15 last season, are 1-1 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge after …
Barnes sets lofty goals on, off field for Pitt athletic department
By Jerry DiPaola
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Scott Barnes’ top priority as Pitt’s new athletic director isn’t selling T-shirts emblazoned with script handwriting. It isn’t boosting attendance at ...