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Pitt notebook: Panthers defense responds to questions with shutout

By Jerry DiPaola
The summer started with plenty of questions about the Pitt defense after the loss of All-American Aaron Donald and half the secondary. Then in July, …

Former Clairton, Pitt cornerback Coles enrolls at Duquesne
By Jerry DiPaola
Cornerback Trenton Coles, who left the Pitt football team last month, has enrolled at Duquesne and will be eligible immediately, Duquesne spokesman Dave Saba said. …
Pitt cruises past Delaware in season opener
By Jerry DiPaola
Eyes straight ahead, jaw set firmly, Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik wasn’t kidding. Football matters too much for him to make light of it, even when …
Pitt notebook: Offensive linemen rotate during rout over Delaware
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst shuffled offensive linemen frequently in training camp, and he continued doing it Saturday afternoon against Delaware in the season opener. Even …
Starkey: Pitt does its duty
By Joe Starkey
This is what you’re supposed to do when a team as bad as Dreadful Delaware comes to town. You’re supposed to tear it apart, limb …
Pitt senior Weatherspoon’s work ethic second to none
By Jerry DiPaola
Football is more than a game to Pitt senior wide receiver Kevin Weatherspoon. He’s from Clairton, where the game is nourishment to many young people. …
Pitt’s obscure opener still matters
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt opens its 2014 season at noon Saturday when some Friday night revelers are just waking up. If you can’t get to Heinz Field in …
Pitt coordinator House rebuilds defense with depth
By Jerry DiPaola
Matt House refuses to look behind him. Perhaps because the view isn’t pretty. Pitt’s second-year defensive coordinator has the task of rebuilding a unit that was deficient in three key statistical categories last season. • Sacks — Pitt was 11th in the ACC with 25, and 18 of those came …
Pitt’s ACC men’s basketball schedule announced
By John Harris
Pitt’s 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule features home games against Syracuse, Louisville and North Carolina as the Panthers enter their second season in the ACC. The Panthers’ 32-game schedule includes an 18-game ACC regular-season schedule (nine home, nine away). The Panthers face Boston College, Florida State, Louisville and Syracuse twice. Pitt …
Seton-La Salle grad Orndoff excited about his role in Pitt offense
By Brian Knavish
Tight end is perhaps the deepest position on the Pitt football roster. With three legitimate playmakers at the position, it would be easy to understand …
Greensburg Central influence follows Delaware quarterback
By Jerry DiPaola
Muzzy Colosimo had seen enough. His talented Greensburg Central Catholic team started the 2009 season with two losses in four games, and  Colosimo decided it …
Panthers ramp up respect quotient for Delaware
By Jerry DiPaola
Ray Vinopal hears things. Good leaders always do. And when he heard talk among teammates that indicated less-than-total respect for Delaware — the FCS opponent …
Johnson primed for second season at Pitt
By Donnie Tasser
Last season, Belle Vernon Area football product Dorian Johnson put his versatility on display Saturday afternoons at Heinz Field. The 6-5, 300- pound University of …
Pitt notebook: Freshmen figure to play integral role again
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt’s repeated use of freshmen last season led to eight sophomores ascending to the top of the depth chart this year. Perhaps the same will happen in 2015. Coach Paul Chryst said Monday he will have nine freshmen ready to play when the season opens Saturday. Chryst said five freshmen …
Pitt’s Conner to play as pass rusher on 3rd downs when not at running back
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst and his dual-threat sophomore James Conner have a unique relationship. Conner plays running back and defensive end to the brink of …
Starkey: ‘Next level’ remains elusive for Pitt
By Joe Starkey
The good news, I suppose, is that Pitt football makes everyone a prophet. It works like this: Somebody asks how Pitt’s going to be in a given season, you say, “OK,” and you’re right. Guaranteed. Last year, for example, I picked the Panthers to finish 6-6 overall and 3-5 in …