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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 senior Weatherspoon’s work ethic second to none
By Jerry DiPaola 7:03 p.m.
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. It’s how they measure themselves against their peers and the outside world. “Football is something we conquer,” he said. Consider Weatherspoon a victor. One of …
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 …
Demise of BCS, implementation of playoff system means bigger paydays for power 5 conferences
By John Harris
Former BCS executive director Bill Hancock tried to explain at SEC media days why Division I-A college football needs a playoff system. Hancock, the college football playoff executive director, attempted to reassure that the new system isn’t a money grab. “Yes, everybody benefits from the revenue. There will be more …
Pitt football team rallies around its youth
By Jerry DiPaola
The numbers add up. Truth is hard to ignore. Pitt will carry a young team into this season that opens against Delaware next Saturday at …
Will soft foes mean fast start to the season for Pitt football team?
By Jerry DiPaola
Analysis of the upcoming Pitt football season ranges from the outrageously optimistic to a story you have heard many times. Yes, there are players such …
Pitt’s Chryst names Voytik starting quarterback
By Jerry DiPaola
Chad Voytik was pleased and proud after coach Paul Chryst named him Pitt’s starting quarterback. But he wasn’t surprised. After all, he had been taking …
Pitt takes part in government concussion study
By Jerry DiPaola
Head football trainer Rob Blanc remembers when Pitt used to evaluate players for possible concussions by asking them to trace a star on a mirror. Results were recorded with paper and pencil. Those days are gone. Pitt is one of 12 universities — 10 of them from the Power 5 …
Pitt recruit Rowan leaving Lincoln Park
By Chris Harlan
Pitt basketball recruit Maverick Rowan is leaving Lincoln Park for a high school in Florida. The 6-foot-7 junior withdrew Thursday from the Beaver County charter …