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Pitt notebook: Chryst keeps Panthers motivated amid adversity

By Jerry DiPaola 9:07 p.m.
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 ...

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 Tribune-Review
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 ...
Pitt found opponent it had hoped for in Hawaii
By John Harris
WAILUKU, Hawaii — Illinois was an interesting test case for Pitt coach Jamie Dixon when crafting this season’s early nonconference schedule. Like the Panthers did ...
Murrysville native Hickey carves out fine career on O-line with Syracuse
By Jerry DiPaola
Sean Hickey was thrilled when the Pitt coaching staff started recruiting him. He had been a fan while growing up in Murrysville, and he often thought ...
Pitt coach Dixon says finding right balance for schedule no easy task
By John Harris
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon displays a certain look whenever he’s asked about the Panthers’ nonconference schedule. It’s a look of “here we go again.” But it’s ...
Pitt women set tone early in 85-64 rout of Michigan
By Karen Price
It wasn’t as though the Pitt women knocked off Connecticut or Notre Dame, but Thursday night’s 85-64 victory over Michigan at Petersen Events Center was an important one for the Suzie McConnell-Serio era. This wasn’t a mid-major team that the Panthers dominated from start to finish, or even a struggling ACC ...
Pitt secondary coach Douglas makes needed adjustments
By Jerry DiPaola
No one knows the Pitt defensive backs better than secondary coach Troy Douglas. OK, maybe the players’ parents trump the position coach, but these days, Douglas spends more time with them. That gives Douglas the right and the knowledge to praise, criticize and defend his guys. And he’s not shy about it. Of ...
Pitt eager to grapple with long-standing rival Penn State on wrestling mat
By Karen Price
The rivalry between Pitt and Penn State doesn’t often manifest itself in head-to-head competition, but wrestling is an exception. Penn State represents Pitt wrestling’s longest-standing rivalry, ...
Pressure mounts on Pitt coach Chryst as 3rd season will soon end
By Jerry DiPaola
ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore is aware of the difficulty involved in taking over a college football program, a reality slapping Pitt coach Paul ...
Assistant coach who followed Haywood to Pitt settles lawsuit with school
By Brian Bowling
William Mottola, an assistant football coach who left Miami (Ohio) to follow Michael Haywood to Pitt, settled his lawsuit against Pitt for canceling his contract when it fired Haywood. The university fired Haywood as head coach Jan. 1, 2011, after he was arrested on domestic violence charges that were subsequently dismissed. ...
Pitt turns its attention to possible bowl
By Jerry DiPaola
Coach Paul Chryst has figured out what it takes for Pitt to gain yards and score touchdowns. The team has totaled 1,643 yards and 111 points in the past three games, all losses. The trickier task is keeping his players from imploding mentally after losing three games in frustrating fashion: with fumbles, ...