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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 ...
Pitt’s Dixon braces for impending rule changes
By Jerry DiPaola
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Pitt’s Jamie Dixon is on an NCAA-mandated furlough from recruiting — May and June are so-called quiet months for all coaches — but he can’t keep still. He’s attending the ACC spring meetings through Wednesday, when he leaves here to fly to Indianapolis for meetings with the ...
ACC coaches, ADs support early-signing period for football
By Jerry DiPaola
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — ACC coaches and athletic directors continued discussions Monday aimed at managing two of the most important issues in college athletics — ...
JUCO receiver excited to play for Pitt’s Narduzzi
By Jerry DiPaola
For months, college recruiters paraded through Winter Park (Fla.) High School, paying little attention to wide receiver Rafael Araujo-Lopes. “I was banging my head against the wall. I couldn’t understand it,” Winter Park assistant coach Craig Russell said. “He had an electric senior year (2013). He was the most explosive ...