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Pitt officially introduces Scott Barnes as athletic director

By Jerry DiPaola 8:09 p.m.
Pitt officially named Scott Barnes as its new athletic director Friday. Barnes, who has been athletic director at Utah State since 2008, will be introduced …

Pitt lands shooting guard from Coppin State
By John Harris 8:09 p.m.
For 6-foot-4 shooting guard Sterling Smith, Pitt offered an opportunity to play quality minutes for a proven winner and do what he does best: shoot the 3-pointer. “I felt like Pitt wanted me the most and needed me the most,” said Smith, a junior who visited four schools before deciding …
Pitt hires Utah State’s Barnes as its next athletic director
By Jerry DiPaola
The University of Pittsburgh appears to be banking on Scott Barnes’ ability to build athletic programs. The school apparently will hire Barnes — known as ...
Norwin’s Gribble switches commitment to Pitt
By Bill Hartlep
Norwin junior basketball player Alayna Gribble had a change of heart Wednesday, deciding to rescind her verbal commitment to William & Mary and commit to Pitt. “It was closer to home,” she said. “I wanted to play at a higher level. Also, I realized I wanted to study something science related ...
Narduzzi embraces past rivalries, but new AD will decide about Backyard Brawl
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said the Panthers will “embrace future and past rivalries” but deferred further comment on possible resumption of the Pitt-West Virginia Backyard Brawl until Pitt hires an athletic director. “That’s something the new AD will have to answer,” Narduzzi said Wednesday. “We will have those conversations when he ...
Pitt football notebook: ‘No. 1 safety’ Mitchell asked to step up
By Jerry DiPaola
Reggie Mitchell sat down recently with Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin to discuss his upcoming junior season. Conklin didn’t turn over the defense to his ...
Defense shines in Pitt football spring game
By Jerry DiPaola
The sun was warm, the stands were overflowing with people and — surprise! — the Pitt defense looked presentable Saturday during the Blue-Gold game at ...
Stakes raised for Pitt spring game
By Jerry DiPaola
Walking off the field after practice, Pitt offensive left tackle Adam Bisnowaty couldn’t resist the opportunity to throw a dagger at the enemy quarterback. “Chad, you’re ...
Top 30 guard shooting Heron decommits from Pitt
By Staff Report
Mustapha Heron, a 6-foot-5 guard from Waterbury (Conn.) Sacred Heart who made a verbal commitment to Pitt in January 2014, has re-opened his recruitment. Heron, whose father, Bryan, played professionally with former Pitt assistant Barry Rohrssen (now at St. John’s), is ranked the No. 23 prospect in the Class of ...
Pitt linebacker Grigsby seizes opportunity during spring drills
By Jerry DiPaola
More than anything he saw, Pitt linebackers coach Rob Harley liked what he heard from senior Nicholas Grigsby at a recent practice. “I heard him ...
Pitt senior Kiesel selected by WNBA’s Tulsa Shock
By Karen Price
Brianna Kiesel became just the second Pitt player ever drafted in the WNBA when she was selected 13th overall, the first pick of the second ...
Nice meal on line in Pitt spring game
By Jerry DiPaola
Senior defensive end Ejuan Price meant business Wednesday when he showed up for Pitt’s first spring game draft wearing a jacket, dress shirt and tie. “I wanted to let them know we’re all business,” he said. “We’re not playing around. I want a steak.” Now we know the reason behind ...
SSA grad Briggs finds home on Pitt defense after 2 years at RB
By Marty Stewart
Dennis Briggs spent his redshirt freshman season doing whatever was necessary to improve his chances of getting on the field more for the Pitt Panthers ...
Ex-Pitt cornerback and Clairton graduate Howard to join Slippery Rock football team
By Jerry DiPaola
Slippery Rock coach George Mihalik confirmed that former Pitt cornerback Titus Howard will enroll at his school and join the football team. Howard, a Clairton graduate, said April 7 he planned to go to Slippery Rock. He was suspended last season by Pitt and dismissed before the start of spring ...
Challingsworth could help Pitt’s depth at wide receiver
By Jerry DiPaola
Tyler Boyd caught 78 passes last season for Pitt. The next four wide receivers combined for 47, and that entire quartet is gone. Somewhere in assistant coach ...
Pitt’s Johnson leaves men’s basketball team
By John Harris
Pitt forward Durand Johnson, who was being counted on to provide perimeter shooting and veteran leadership as a returning senior, is leaving the program. Johnson missed ...