Pittsburgh Rumors & News

  • Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings in mix for Pittsburgh job

    ESPN "Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings is in the mix for the Pittsburgh job, multiple sources told ESPN. Former Vanderbilt athletic director Todd Turner, who hired Stallings, now runs a search firm called Collegiate Sports Associates that has been retained by Pittsburgh to help with..." March 27

  • Archie Miller ‘never interested’ in Pitt job, source says

    Dayton Daily News "Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller was “never interested” in the Pittsburgh job, according to a source, and multiple other sources said they would have been surprised if he had been. That news was also reported by media in Pittsburgh on Tuesday after Arizona coach Sean Miller, Archie’s older..." March 23

  • Arizona's Sean Miller shoots down coaching at Pitt

    The Score "Sean Miller is staying put. Shortly after a report surfaced about Pittsburgh reaching out to Arizona's coach to fill its coaching vacancy, Miller denied the rumor, confirming his loyalty to the program. Miller took to Twitter to oust the fire. I have a tremendous amount of respect and..." March 22

  • TCU to hire former player Jamie Dixon to lead basketball team

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "TCU, reaching into its past for a new basketball coach, will hire Jamie Dixon out of Pitt, according to ESPN, CBS and sources at the Fort Worth university. The former TCU player led Pitt to 11 appearances in the NCAA tournament in 13 seasons as head coach. Dixon, 50, was TCU’s No. 1 candidate..." March 21

  • Pitt coach Jamie Dixon considering TCU job offer

    CBS Sports "TCU officials have zeroed in on Jamie Dixon to fill its coaching vacancy, and the Pittsburgh coach is now considering what amounts to an offer, a source told CBS Sports. Dixon has a lucrative and longterm contract with Pittsburgh. But, a source said, TCU is willing to "make the money right" in..." March 21

  • Wisconsin gets past Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Wisconsin found just enough offense in the nick of time. Vitto Brown's 3-pointer with 2:34 left gave the Badgers the lead for good as they held off Pittsburgh 47-43 Friday in a first-round matchup of the NCAA Tournament's East Region at Scottrade Center. Both teams are..." March 18

  • No. 7 North Carolina knocks out Pitt

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The shot selection kept getting better and that translated on the scoreboard for No. 7 North Carolina in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. "The second half, we did a much better job offensively and we got better shots," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said after an 88-71..." March 10

  • Pittsburgh 72, Syracuse 71

    The Sports Xchange "Guard James Robinson's steal and layup with 1:02 remaining broke a tie and helped lift Pittsburgh to a 72-71 victory against Syracuse in the ACC tournament's second round Wednesday afternoon at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. After the go-ahead basket, Robinson's jumper on the next..." March 09

  • Georgia Tech 63, Pittsburgh 59

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Senior guard Adam Smith made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Georgia Tech to a 63-59 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Smith shot 8-for-13 from the field and was 5-for-7 on 3-pointers for the Yellow Jackets (18-13, 8-10 in the ACC). He has 13 3-pointers in two..." March 05

  • Virginia Tech 65, Pittsburgh 61

    The Sports Xchange "Virginia Tech forward Zach LeDay scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Hokies put a dent in Pittsburgh's NCAA Tournament resume with a 65-61 win Wednesday in Blacksburg, Va. The Hokies opened up a double-digit lead with a 12-2 run midway through the second half and turned back a..." March 02

  • Pitt produces upset of No. 15 Duke

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh's search for its first win against a ranked team nearly ended Wednesday but the Panthers blew a late eight-point lead at home against No. 11 Louisville. Following a loss head coach Jamie Dixon termed devastating, the Panthers entered their final home game against No. 15..." February 28

  • No. 11 Louisville pulls away from Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- At a time when most teams are playing to extend their season, No. 11 Louisville knows it is finishing its own. Due to its self-imposed postseason, the program is only playing for the ACC regular-season title. To make matters worse, coach Rick Pitino was without a key member of..." February 24

  • Pittsburgh 66, Syracuse 52

    The Sports Xchange "Jamel Artis had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Pittsburgh defeated Syracuse 66-52 at the Carrier Dome Saturday. The Panthers outscored the Orange 19-7 down the stretch. Artis, a forward, had 16 points in the second half to trigger the Pitt surge. Guard James Robinson had 13 in the..." February 20

  • Pitt 101, Wake Forest 96 (2 OT)

    The Sports Xchange "Sophomore guard Chris Jones scored 23 points, helping Pitt beat Wake Forest 101-96 in double overtime Tuesday night at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. Senior guard James Robinson had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Pitt (18-7, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Junior forward..." February 16

  • Unsafe court conditions cancel Gonzaga-Pittsburgh game in Japan after first half

    USA Today "The season opener for Gonzaga and Pittsburgh was canceled on Friday after the two teams played in hazardous floor conditions in the first half. The teams traveled to Okinawa, Japan to play in front of the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. But similar to years' past, extremely..." November 14

  • Crisshawn Clark commits to Pitt

    Cardiac Hill "Jeff Goodman of ESPN just reported that Pitt has landed Crisshawn Clark for the 2016 recruiting class. Clark plays for Canada College in San Mateo, California. He is originally from the Dayton, Ohio area before heading out West for Junior College. He will have two years of eligibility beginning..." October 20

  • Two Pitt starting guards cleared to return to practice after surgery

    CBS Sports "Pitt 's starting backcourt of James Robinson and Chris Jones has returned to team workouts and will be ready for the start of practice, sources told CBS Sports on Monday. The 6-foot-3 Robinson underwent surgery on his right foot following last season and has been the Panthers' starting point..." September 28

  • Justice Kithcart commits to Pittsburgh over Providence, Creighton

    Big East Coast Bias "Three-star combo guard Justice Kithcart has committed to The University of Pittsburgh. Pitt, a former member of the Big East Conference, gets their second commitment of their 2016 class as the Lynchburg, Virginia native joins three-star power forward Corey Manigault of Fairfax as the commits..." September 21

  • Pitt basketball guard Damon Wilson eligible to play this season

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pitt basketball team got some good news today as freshman guard Damon Wilson has been academically cleared by the NCAA and is eligible to play this season. Wilson, who is from Atlanta, is one of several basketball prospects from Our Savior New American high school in New York. Some of that..." September 10

  • 4-star hoops recruit Winston (U-D Jesuit) drops U-M

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan's primary target for its 2016 basketball recruiting class is gone. U-D Jesuit's Cassius Winston announced on Twitter this morning that he no longer is considering the Wolverines. While many thought that he was leaning toward Michigan, scout.com reported this week that he was..." September 09

  • Pitt center Rafael Maia suffers thumb injury

    Cardiac Hill "It could just be me, but Pitt basketball seems to be suffering from an incredible amount of injuries this offseason. First, Josh Newkirk underwent knee surgery. Then it was announced that guards James Robinson and Sterling Smith were having surgery. Guard Chris Jones was next with toe surgery. In..." September 08

  • Pitt confirms addition of JUCO PG Jonathan Milligan

    Cardiac Hill "This weekend, we reported on the rumor that Jonathan Milligan was headed to Pitt. It looks like that rumor turned out to be correct... The University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team has added JUCO guard Jonathan Milligan for the 2015-16 season head coach Jamie Dixon announced..." September 01

  • Indiana gets a transfer from Pitt guard Josh Newkirk

    Indianapolis Star "Indiana's 13th scholarship, left open all summer, will be used to alleviate long-term depth concerns at guard. Josh Newkirk, a 6-1 guard from Pitt, will transfer to Indiana and complete the Hoosiers' complement of scholarship players. Reggie Newkirk, the player's father, confirmed the move to..." August 24

  • Guard Josh Newkirk to transfer from Pitt

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Junior guard Josh Newkirk will transfer from the University of Pittsburgh, the school announced today. Newkirk had offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee in May and was a likely Redshirt candidate for this season but had been a valuable reserve at both guard spots in each of his first..." August 10

  • Alonzo Nelson-Ododa transfers to Pitt

    Cardiac Hill "Nelson-Ododa is the latest big man to join the Panthers. The team already had secured Rozelle Nix and recently added transfer Rafael Maia. Last year, Nelson-Ododa averaged 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He also brings some shot-blocking ability with 1.7 blocks in 23 minutes of action per..." May 25

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery shelves Pitt guard Newkirk 4-6 months

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt guard Josh Newkirk had arthroscopic surgery to repair damage in his knee today. The surgery corrected Newkirk's lateral meniscus along with a micro fracture on the outside part of his left knee. He is expected to miss to miss the next 4-6 months of workouts." May 07

  • Reports: Brown transfer Rafael Maia commits to Pitt

    SI "Forward Rafael Maia has committed to Pittsburgh, according to reports. Maia, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, played his last three seasons at Brown after being ruled ineligible in 2011-12. " May 04

  • St. John’s consolation prize: Pitt transfer Durand Johnson

    New York Post "There was no Cheick Diallo hangover for St. John’s. Less than 24 hours after the McDonald’s All-American picked Kansas over the Red Storm and Kentucky, new coach Chris Mullin received a commitment from Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson, potentially a coup for next year’s team. “Just being..." April 30

  • Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson commits to St. John's

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson has committed to St. John's, he told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. Since he's already a college graduate, Johnson will be eligible to play immediately next season. "The visit was great," Johnson said. "Everything felt right. I just want to be a part of..." April 29

  • Pitt guard who was suspended will transfer

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Durand Johnson was suspended this past season for an unspecified violation of school policy, but Pitt coaches hoped he would return for his senior season. That is not going to happen now, as coach Jamie Dixon announced Tuesday that Johnson is no longer a member of the team. Dixon said he would..." April 15

  • Report: Joseph Uchebo, Tyrone Haughton not expected back at Pitt

    CBS Sports "Two junior players for Pittsburgh aren't expected to return next season. Joseph Uchebo and Tyrone Haughton will not return to the Panthers, according to a report by ESPN's Jeff Goodman." March 17

  • 4-star Va. recruit joins Pitt's 2016 class

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Corey Manigault, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Fairfax, Va., committed Monday to play basketball at Pitt in 2016 according to his coach, Glenn Farello" March 17

  • Pitt's Johnson to have shoulder surgery

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Freshman forward Cameron Johnson (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart), who missed the past 11 games with a left shoulder injury, is scheduled to have surgery, coach Jamie Dixon said. “We're trying to set up the surgery now,” Dixon said. “We're at that point where we can't wait any longer.”" January 26

  • ACC cuts ties with ref Karl Hess

    ESPN "Veteran official Karl Hess has worked his final ACC basketball game. Hess, who has worked ACC games for more than 25 years, told ESPN that his comment made to Atlanta hotel magnate Mit Shah during Sunday's Louisville-Wake Forest game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was made in jest. Shah,..." January 10

  • Steve Pederson out as Pitt's athletic director

    CBS Sports "On the same day that Pitt lost its coach to Wisconsin, the school announced that athletic directoer Steve Pederson is no longer the Panthers' athletic director. In fact, the school announced the decision as Paul Chryst was beginning his introductory press conference with the Badgers in..." December 17

  • Pitt suspends Durand Johnson for season

    Baltimore Sun "Pittsburgh has suspended junior forward Durand Johnson (Lake Clifton) for the entire season for undisclosed reasons, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Johnson averaged 8.8 points and three rebounds per game last season before suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury..." November 15

  • Pitt basketball team lands 7-foot center

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pensacola State sophomore Rozelle Nix, a 7-foot center listed at 315 pounds, committed to attend Pitt beginning with the 2015 season after a campus visit this weekend, Pensacola State assistant coach Ontario Lett said." October 27

  • Are Pitt, Jamie Dixon a little too consistent?

    Fox Sports "Anymore, the word consistency has become a bit of a backhanded compliment. In today’s world of sports clichés, being consistent is akin to being fundamentally sound, or old school – although old school itself is considered to be, strangely, rather bad-ass: scrappy, tough, blue-collar. But..." October 17

  • Pitt's Cameron Wright to miss 10 weeks with broken left foot

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh's Cameron Wright will miss the next 10 weeks due to a broken left foot, the school announced Friday night. Wright, a fifth-year senior, started all 36 games for the Panthers last season and averaged 10.5 points. He suffered the injury during Friday's practice and now will likely miss..." September 28

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Pitt suspends senior center Derrick Randall indefinitely

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Backup center Derrick Randall was suspended indefinitely from the Pitt basketball team after he was arrested early Tuesday on Rutgers University's campus and charged with driving while intoxicated, use of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. “The..." April 30

  • OLSH guard Johnson signs with Pitt

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Our Lady of the Sacred Heart basketball standout Cameron Johnson signed with Pitt Monday, giving the Panthers three WPIAL recruits in the Class of 2014. The 6-foot-8, 185-pound combination guard averaged 27.8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists as a senior and finished with 1,175 career..." April 21

  • What went wrong with ACC hoops this season

    Fox Sports South "The numbers aren't pretty for the ACC, any way you slice it. A hoops-dominated conference that recently expanded in the hopes of becoming the nation's preeminent basketball league missed on that mark in Year 1. And it's been trending downward for quite some time. This marks the fourth..." April 02

  • Pitt crushes Colorado in 2nd round NCAA tournament game, 77-48

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "By the time most people got into their seats at Amway Arena for this NCAA Tournament second round matchup, the game, for all intents and purposes was over. Not in the most technical sense, but No. 9 seed Pitt made such quick work of No. 8 Colorado and had such a big lead early over the..." March 20

  • Panthers' Young practices in preparation for Colorado

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitt freshman forward Michael Young practiced Tuesday in preparation for Thursday's 1:40 p.m. South Region second-round game against Colorado in Orlando, Fla., but he is still bothered by a back fracture, coach Jamie Dixon said. “He's struggling a little bit,” Dixon said before leaving for..." March 19

  • Jamie Dixon says Pitt is 'the underdog'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt has been to the NCAA tournament 12 times in the past 13 years, so coach Jamie Dixon is used to the drill. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t an exciting experience for him and his players as they prepare for the tournament. The NCAA tournament is a reward and the end result of hours of hard..." March 19

  • Pittsburgh's double teams on defense concern the Colorado Buffaloes

    Denver Post "A key for the Colorado men's basketball team against defensive-minded Pittsburgh in an NCAA Tournament game Thursday in Orlando, Fla., will be whether 6-foot-10 sophomore Josh Scott can fight through double-teams, Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle said Monday. "Pittsburgh is a very physical team, a..." March 19

  • CU Buffs' analytics don't bode well for NCAA Tournament game vs. Pitt

    Denver Post "Las Vegas sports books have Colorado pegged as a 5½-point underdog in its second-round NCAA Tournament game Thursday against Pittsburgh — even though the Buffs are the higher seed (8 vs. 9). The bookies aren't the only ones predicting trouble for the Buffs. Peter Tiernan is, too. Tiernan,..." March 19

  • Virginia 51, Pittsburgh 48

    ProSportsDaily "Joe Harris led a balanced offense with 12 points as the Cavaliers edged the Panthers in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Justin Anderson sealed it by blocking James Robinson’s 3-point attempt in the final seconds for top-seeded Virginia (27-6), which will play Duke in..." March 16

  • Pitt defeats North Carolina to advance to ACC semifinals

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With a 20-point lead late in the second half, Pitt was preparing to put its John Hancock on North Carolina. Before the ink could dry on Pitt's first signature win of the season, the Tar Heels used a frantic full-court press and Marcus Paige's hot hand to put the Panthers in a familiar..." March 15

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