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Injured Pitt center Rowell plays well-rounded role on campus

By Jerry DiPaola
Before that fateful night in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Artie Rowell never had heard that terrifying pop coming from his left knee. But he knew what it meant. “There is that feeling and that sound,” he said. His left hand instinctively patted the knee as pain shot through it while he …

Discipline Pitt’s only option against Georgia Tech
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst is trying to build a football program based on discipline, trust and accountability. One game won’t constitute a referendum on those …
Pitt notebook: Chryst didn’t lobby to keep Watt at tight end
By Tribune-Review
Pitt coach Paul Chryst was too busy preparing for Georgia Tech to meet with three of his former players who were in Pittsburgh on Monday …
All signs positive for Pitt junior forward Johnson
By John Harris
In his first three minutes of live action, Pitt junior forward Durand Johnson buried a 3-point jumper, fed sophomore forward Michael Young for a nifty assist and picked up a foul applying tight defense against sophomore forward Jamel Artis. Johnson is indeed back, displaying fluid movement and no signs of …
Pitt’s defense has not rested in post-Donald era
By Jerry DiPaola
When someone suggested that sophomore defensive backs Reggie Mitchell and Terrish Webb played perhaps their best game of the season against Virginia Tech, Pitt coach …
Pitt’s Dixon expecting more from point guard Robinson
By John Harris
Point guard James Robinson eagerly described his coming-out performance in Pitt’s 80-75 victory over North Carolina at last year’s ACC Tournament quarterfinals. “I had open …
Pitt bounces back with win over Virginia Tech
By Jerry DiPaola
When the quarterback throws, runs and catches, the only thing left for the running back to do is score touchdowns. That’s pretty much what happened …
Pitt notebook: Zone-read plays suit Voytik’s strengths
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst learned power football at his father’s knee, with an emphasis on big linemen and a solid running game without frills. When …
Rossi: New Pitt Stadium is lone solution
By Rob Rossi
A college football game was played in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Did you notice? It’s a fair question because there wasn’t even a half-capacity crowd …
Pitt notebook: Voytik recovers despite pressure
By Jerry DiPaola
Quarterback Tom Savage is earning a paycheck these days with the Houston Texans, but if he paid attention Thursday night during Pitt’s game against Virginia Tech, he might have recognized one familiar element: His successor, Chad Voytik, was sacked for a loss of 10 yards by defensive tackle Corey Marshall …
Starkey: No harm putting Pitt’s Conner on defense
By Joe Starkey
Man, could this town use a feel-good football moment. The Steelers stink. Pitt’s in the pits. The Panthers have dropped three straight, including an all-time …
Pitt Gameday: Panthers seek midseason reboot in attempt to regain footing
By Jerry DiPaola
Whether he starts the game as the quarterback’s blind-side protector or comes off the bench, Pitt offensive left tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith knows what to expect …
Now with Va. Tech, fate tests former Wash High running back McKenzie
By Jerry DiPaola
When his knee is right, Virginia Tech freshman running back Shai McKenzie can run, jump, lift and plow forward better than almost anyone on his …
Pitt offense not meeting preseason expectations during losing streak
By Jerry DiPaola
Something strange has developed around the Pitt football team. Looking at available talent and preseason expectations, the offense — with its big-play stars and experienced …
Pitt football notebook: RB James Conner says he’ll play DE vs. Virginia Tech
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt running back James Conner said Monday he will line up at defensive end Thursday against Virginia Tech, finally putting to use the pass-rushing skills he has been polishing since August. “I’m going to get that thing going this week on the defensive side of the ball,” Conner said. “I’ll …
In weak ACC Coastal Division, Pitt football team still has hope
By Jerry DiPaola
One look at the ACC Coastal Division standings uncovers a surprising truth about the Pitt football season: It’s not as hopeless as the current three-game …