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Pitt’s Dixon searching for answers in Maui

By John Harris 7:30 p.m.
LAHAINA, Hawaii — If he said it once, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon already has said it multiple times this season: “We’re a team that certainly isn’t where we’re supposed to be.” Dixon said it once again, following the Panthers’ 74-57 loss late Tuesday night to San Diego State – less than 24 ...

No. 15 San Diego State hammers Pitt, 74-57
By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii —  No. 15 San Diego State, the team that allegedly couldn’t shoot straight, shot Pitt right out of Tuesday night’s Maui Invitational. The Panthers, ...
Senior running back Bennett quietly filled role during Pitt career
By Jerry DiPaola
While growing up in Tulsa, Okla., Isaac Bennett’s favorite football player was Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Bennett was a state champion long jumper and an all-state running back. Also the son of a preacher and a steady church-goer, he liked watching McCoy run. But he didn’t have time to ...
Pitt center Randall rebounds from injury
By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii — He has been a mere afterthought among Pitt’s litany of injuries that has sidelined senior guard Cameron Wright and delayed freshman Ryan ...
Pitt prepares for speedy Miami with bowl eligibility on the line
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst said he watched only two plays of Miami’s 30-13 loss to Virginia. “I wanted to enjoy the rest of the night,” he ...
Pitt football notebook: Athletic department seeking fans’ input
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt fans eager to let athletic director Steve Pederson know what they think now have the opportunity. The school’s athletic department this week emailed 42,000 surveys to season-ticket holders, single-game customers and graduates, seeking opinions about the game-day experience at Heinz Field. It’s not the first time Pitt has reached out to ...
Young scores 27 points in Pitt’s win over Division II Chaminade
By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii — The threat of an upset always is a possibility at the Maui Invitational with Division II Chaminade in the mix. The Silverswords ...
Pitt guard Jones takes away positives after loss to Hawaii
By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Searching for positives, Pitt sophomore guard Chris Jones plucked this nugget from the Panthers’ 74-70 loss against Hawaii last week. Leading early but ...
Pitt notebook: Chryst keeps Panthers motivated amid adversity
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst has faced criticism on many fronts this season, most of it related to game-day decisions. But Chryst excelled in another important facet ...
Inching closer to return, Pitt’s Wright could boost defense
By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Senior guard Cameron Wright, a potential lynchpin to Pitt’s shaky defense, still is recovering from a broken left foot and won’t play in the EA Sports Maui Invitational beginning Monday when the Panthers face tournament host Chaminade at 9 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center. But Wright will ...
Pitt beats Syracuse, snaps 3-game losing streak
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt senior safety Ray Vinopal’s emotions have run up and down the psychological scale this season: • Subdued triumph after Pitt started the season 3-0. • ...
For Pitt men’s basketball team, trouble in paradise
By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Tropical temperatures and humidity offer the perfect backdrop for Pitt’s preparation for the Maui Invitational beginning Monday at Lahaina Civic Center. If their ...
Pitt football notebook: Panthers’ depth at RB, offensive line shows against Syracuse
By Jerry DiPaola
The good news about the slow and painful reconstruction of the Pitt football program is the well-stocked stable of running backs and offensive linemen. That ...
Panthers fall to Hawaii in game they were expected to win
By John Harris
WAILUKU, Hawaii – It was a great early-season challenge for Pitt’s younger players in a game they were expected to win. The Panthers, however, fell to ...
Penn State wrestling gets best of Pitt again
By Doug Gulasy
Penn State junior Morgan McIntosh made it his mission to avoid overtime in his 197-pound wrestling bout with Pitt’s Nick Bonaccorsi on Friday night. Not only did McIntosh accomplish that, but he also recorded the biggest victory of the night. McIntosh’s second-period pin of Bonaccorsi, in a matchup of top-10 ...
On senior day, Pitt not giving up the fight
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt’s season is reduced to two games that carry no ACC significance. Bowl hopes exist, but they are little more than a whisper. Yet senior ...