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Virginia kicker says parents preached commitment

By Jerry DiPaola
Ian Frye, the Virginia kicker, was staying with his team. Of that, there was no question. Yes, his father Mark was experiencing severe chest pains. …

Pitt’s Blewitt playing through pain
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt said tendons in his left (plant) foot are strained and inflamed, but you wouldn’t know it by how the football flies off the other one. “It’s still bothering me,” said Blewitt, who has dealt with the pain since midway through training camp in August. “I thought …
Latest loss has Panthers looking for answers
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt football continues to seek relevance in its city, respect in its conference and a national reputation that will help attract recruits. Yet, when Pitt …
Pitt notebook: Chryst says Voytik may be overthinking
By Jerry DiPaola
• Sophomore Chad Voytik has thrown one interception in each of the past four games, and Pitt coach Paul Chryst admitted Monday the quarteback might be overthinking situations. “He knew the coverage, knew where the ball had a great chance to go and didn’t see it physically,” Chryst said, speaking …
Pitt notebook: Cornerback issues emblematic of Panthers’ woes
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt senior safety Ray Vinopal was adamant in his stance, forceful in his tone. The youth on the Pitt team is no excuse for the …
Pitt embarrassed by Akron at home, 21-10
By Jerry DiPaola
Those people who cared enough to stay to the end of Pitt’s humiliating 21-10 loss to Akron on Saturday probably felt restless and frustrated, maybe …
Pitt notebook: Akron ground game catches Panthers off guard
By Jerry DiPaola
Akron managed only a field goal against Penn State three weeks ago, and last week, it was embarrassed by Marshall. Yet the Zips recovered to …
Pitt’s hopes remain high as Akron visits
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt is walking that thin line between arrogance and confidence, hoping a bump in the road won’t knock it off course. After blowing a 17-7 …
Pitt guard Wright breaks foot, to miss about 10 weeks
By John Harris
Senior guard Cameron Wright, Pitt’s leading returning scorer, had surgery Friday after breaking his left foot a week before the team’s first practice, a team …
Dedicated preparation not lost on Pitt quarterback Voytik
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt finance major Chad Voytik could have gone in many different directions Tuesday night after his marketing class ended at 9 o’clock. Cheese dogs and …
Akron’s Lane Jr. faces dad’s alma mater
By Jerry DiPaola
When Akron safety Jerome Lane Jr. saw the famous video of his father smashing a backboard at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House, he had to look twice at the TV screen. Then he glanced at his father — all 320 pounds of him. “He said to me, ‘How in the heck …
DE Blair’s 1st Pitt start continues miraculous recovery from stroke
By Jerry DiPaola
Rori Blair knew something was wrong when the doctor sat down with him and held up a pen. “What is this?” the doctor asked. “I’d …
Pitt’s potent rushing attack could slow down the passing game
By Jerry DiPaola
Through the first four games this season, Pitt is one of only five FBS teams that have recorded 200 or more run plays. In seven …
Root Sports prepares for Pitt/WVU telecast overlap
By Jerry DiPaola
The Pitt and West Virginia football teams will be on Root Sports on Oct. 4 for back-to-back conference games, which could possibly create a different type of Backyard Brawl. West Virginia plays Kansas at home in a 4 p.m. Big 12 game, and Pitt visits Virginia in the ACC at …
Pitt notebook: Average yards allowed good, but there’s room for improvement
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt made enough mistakes in its loss to Iowa to keep coaches and players busy watching video through every minute allowed by the NCAA. Yet, the Panthers defense ranks fourth in the nation in opponents average yardage per game (236). That’s good, but with one disclaimer: The three teams ahead …
Pitt notebook: Receiving depth up in the air
By Jerry DiPaola
One of the interesting storylines of Pitt training camp this summer was the wealth of depth the team appeared to have at wide receiver. Wide …