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Coastal Division lead within reach for Panthers

By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik came away from the Georgia Tech game last week dazed after he tried to recover a fumble in the fourth quarter. …

Young leads Pitt’s new-look lineup past IUP in exhibition opener
By John Harris
Much of the Halloween mystery presented Friday night in Pitt’s exhibition opener against IUP was who would join returning starters James Robinson and Michael Young for the opening tipoff. Forward Jamel Artis, guard Chris Jones and center Joseph Uchebo, who combined to play in 75 games last season, took the …
Pitt offensive line continues to make positive strides
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt offensive line coach Jim Hueber said he had a vision for his group from the first day in 2012 when the new coaching staff …
Pitt, IUP to experiment with 30-second shot clock
By John Harris
Pitt’s exhibition opener against Division II IUP at 7 p.m. Friday at Petersen Events Center could provide a glimpse into the future. The Panthers and Crimson Hawks will experiment with a 30-second shot clock that was proposed by coaches and ratified by athletic directors at the ACC’s spring meetings. Pitt …
Young Pitt secondary has no fear; will be tested against Duke
By Jerry DiPaola
The painful process of grooming a young, confident Pitt secondary will continue Saturday against Duke, with freshman safety Patrick Amara and sophomore cornerback Reggie Mitchell …
Clairton grad Gombar recalls Duke-Pitt games from mid-70s
By Dave Mackall
Coming out of Clairton High School in 1972, Greg Gombar didn’t dream of playing football at Duke. He was a two-way star at Clairton, although …
Academic scandal saddens UNC coach Williams
By John Harris
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams denied Wednesday any involvement in the school’s academic scandal that lasted more than two decades and …
Pitt hoops picked 6th in ACC preseason poll
By John Harris
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pitt was selected to finish sixth entering the 2014-15 ACC men’s basketball season, according to a media vote at the league’s annual “Operation Basketball” on Wednesday. The Panthers received 592 points, ahead of Notre Dame (515), Florida State (506), N.C. State (478) and Miami (442) to round …
Patience pays off for Duke as Cutcliffe turns program around
By Jerry DiPaola
At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Duke defensive end Dezmond Johnson has a tendency to stand out in a crowd. So it wasn’t unusual during one of …
Former Pitt player praises latest recruit
By John Harris
Recent Pitt basketball commit Rozelle Nix has a lot in common with his current assistant coach at Pensacola (Fla.) State College, Ontario Lett. Nix and Lett both played basketball at Pensacola State, located in the Florida panhandle. Both are low-post players. And, like Lett, Nix made the decision to transfer …
Pitt, Chryst pondering next move as stellar Duke defense awaits
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst faces a dilemma this week when addressing his troubled team. Does he dwell upon the six lost fumbles against Georgia Tech, …
Pitt notebook: RB Ibrahim makes most of opportunity
By Jerry DiPaola
Reserve running back Rachid Ibrahim has carried only five times in the six games after the opener against Delaware. But he made the most of his limited opportunities Saturday. Ibrahim recorded a 50-yard run during Pitt’s second touchdown drive in the second quarter against Georgia Tech. It was the longest …
Pitt basketball team lands 7-foot center
By John Harris
Pensacola State sophomore Rozelle Nix, a 7-foot center listed at 315 pounds, committed to attend Pitt beginning with the 2015 season after a campus visit this weekend, Pensacola State assistant coach Ontario Lett said. Lett, who played under Ben Howland at Pitt when current Panthers coach Jamie Dixon was an …
Pitt notebook: Panthers not giving up on ACC Coastal Division
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt senior safety Ray Vinopal was especially disappointed after the Panthers’ most recent loss, the fourth in the past five games. “One more loss puts …
Ex-Pitt coach Majors still making his rounds in college football circles
By Jerry DiPaola
Johnny Majors is getting older, but his past keeps catching up to him. “I’m getting to be a veteran of these reunions,” the 79-year-old former …
Georgia Tech runs all over mistake-prone Pitt
By Jerry DiPaola
College football historians will marvel at Pitt’s ball-handling debacle during Saturday’s 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech. And well they should. But that’s not to forgive …