Pittsburgh Rumors & News

  • Pittsburgh gets 'five-star pickup' with NCAA waiver for All-ACC DL

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh has surged up into the top five of the ACC rankings, according to the 247Sports Composite, in the last week, but it also added a key piece for 2016 on National Signing Day thanks to a ruling from the NCAA. Defensive lineman Ejuan Price missed all of 2014 with a muscle strain in his..." February 03

  • Pitt linebacker Bradley has surgery, may miss spring practice

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitt outside linebacker Bam Bradley, who played in all 13 games last season, had shoulder surgery after the season and might miss spring practice, the Tribune-Review has learned. Bradley, a junior, is expected to recover in time for training camp in August. Last season, he started five of..." February 02

  • Report: Juwann Winfree decommits from Pitt

    The Score "Juwann Winfree's roller coaster collegiate career continues. After a season at Coffeyville Community College, the former four-star wide receiver found his way back into the FBS by committing to Pitt in December, only to decommit from the Panthers less than two months later, according to..." February 01

  • Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik says he wants to transfer

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik will leave the program and seek a transfer, he announced Monday. A redshirt junior, Voytik is slated to receive his undergraduate degree from Pitt in April. After that, he can transfer to a Football Bowl Subdivision school and play next season under the NCAA’s..." January 04

  • Pitt's Tyler Boyd declares for NFL draft

    The Score "Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd will forego his senior year to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. Boyd ended his college career with 22 touchdowns on 3,361 receiving yards and 520 rushing yards. He announced his intentions in an email to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, stating he would leave..." January 02

  • Pitt adds transfer wide receiver Juwann Winfree

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt added some receiver depth Sunday when former Maryland wideout Juwann Winfree announced that he will join the Panthers as a transfer. Winfree, a former four-star recruit, enrolled at Maryland in 2014 and caught 11 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman. He was suspended..." December 21

  • Georgia coach Kirby Smart makes key hire in Pitt OC Jim Chaney

    CBS Sports "New Georgia coach Kirby Smart has begun filling out the rest of his staff and has made two significant offensive hires. The Bulldogs will reportedly bring in Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney -- formerly at Arkansas and Tennessee -- to fill the same position in Athens Dawg Nation and..." December 12

  • Pitt will help pay for James Conner’s Hodgkin lymphoma treatment

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "As Pitt running back James Conner embarked on a chemotherapy regimen Tuesday to treat his recently diagnosed Hodgkin lymphoma, he knew he had a long fight ahead of him. But of all the things Conner and his family will have to worry about as he receives bi-weekly treatments over the next six..." December 11

  • Pitt football coach Narduzzi signs two-year contract extension

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi signed a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the school announced today. Two years were added to Narduzzi's original five-year contract, signed in December when he was hired as the Panthers' head coach. Financial terms of the deal were not..." December 10

  • Pitt's James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt standout running back James Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma this week, the junior announced at a news conference this afternoon. “It’s tough,” Conner said. “The whole city has my back. “We’re gonna beat this thing.” Conner, 20, was joined by his mother, Kelly Patterson,..." December 04

  • Conner 'not quite' ready to return, Pitt RB coach says

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitt running backs coach Andre Powell said James Conner is eager to return to practice, but doctors have not told him that the surgically repaired MCL in his right knee is sufficiently healed. “He is getting antsy,” Powell said. “My advice to him is, ‘Just do what the doctors tell you to do.'..." November 12

  • Did Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi just fire shots at Penn State?

    ESPN "The jab was subtle, but the message was received loud and clear in Happy Valley. Without using names or universities, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi implied Monday that Penn State's play-calling has negatively impacted quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Narduzzi offered this interesting aside during a..." October 20

  • Pittsburgh RB James Conner (knee) out for season, set for surgery

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh running back James Conner will miss the rest of the 2015 season after suffering a torn MCL in the Panthers season opener against Youngstown State on Saturday. The school confirmed that Conner will need surgery to repair the damage, and the recovery process is expected to keep him out..." September 07

  • Injured DT Render missing from Pitt depth chart

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi released the first depth chart of the season Monday without mention of injured senior defensive tackle Darryl Render, putting in question his participation in the season opener . Also, wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive end Rori Blair, who will each serve a one-game..." August 31

  • Pittsburgh's Rachid Ibrahim likely out for season with Achilles injury

    The Score "Pittsburgh has suffered a major blow to its running back corps. Rachid Ibrahim will likely miss the entire 2015 season because of an Achilles injury suffered in a team practice earlier this week, Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said Wednesday, as reported by Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh..." August 28

  • Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd suspended for season opener

    NFL.com "Ohio State's Joey Bosa isn't the only top talent who will be sitting out the first week of the college football season. Tyler Boyd, one of the top wide receivers in college football, will be suspended for Pittsburgh's first game of the season following a DUI charge. New Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi..." August 04

  • Pitt WR Tyler Boyd given probation following DUI arrest

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd was sentenced to one year of probation Friday after a June arrest for DUI. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Boyd will take safe driving classes, have his license suspended for 90 days and pay court costs in addition to his probation. If he successfully..." July 27

  • Former Pitt secondary coach sues over firing

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Former University of Pittsburgh secondary coach Troy Douglas said in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that the university violated his two-year football coaching contract when it fired him a year into the contract. Former head football coach Paul Chryst recruited him from Iowa State in 2014. His..." July 23

  • Pitt’s Rori Blair charged with DUI after being clocked doing 117 mph

    College Football Talk "There’s dangerous, and then there’s what Pittsburgh’s Rori Blair is accused of doing. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Blair was charged March 15 with, among other things, driving under the influence. Blair was stopped by a Pennsylvania state trooper after he was clocked traveling..." July 21

  • Suspended Maryland wide receiver eyeing Pitt

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Juwann Winfree, one of the most prized wide receiver prospects in the Class of 2014, will look to Pitt first in an attempt to re-start his career after he was suspended twice at Maryland. Winfree, a sophomore who plans to transfer after one season at Maryland, said he will visit the Pitt campus..." July 09

  • The Pitts: T.J. Clemmings’ replacement out for all of 2015

    College Football Talk "Pittsburgh already knew that they would have to replace All-ACC offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings. Now, the Panthers will have to find a replacement for the replacement. According to a school press release. Jaryd Jones-Smith will miss the entire 2015 season with a significant injury to his..." July 02

  • Police expect to file DUI charges Tuesday against Pitt’s Tyler Boyd

    College Football Talk "Late last week, star Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd was arrested on a suspicion of driving under the influence charge. Tomorrow, that charge is expected to be formalized — and at least a couple of others thrown in for good measure. The chief of the Jefferson Hills (Pa.) police department,..." June 16

  • Pitt Wide Receiver Tyler Boyd Facing DUI Charges After Being Pulled Over

    CBS Pittsburgh "University of Pittsburgh football star Tyler Boyd is reportedly facing DUI charges after he was pulled over early Friday morning in Jefferson Hills. KDKA has learned the Pitt wide receiver was taken into custody and is facing charges of driving under the influence after he was pulled over on..." June 14

  • Michigan State's Mark Scarpinato transfers to Pitt

    The Score "Mark Scarpinato has come out of retirement to continue his education at Pitt. Following the 2013 season, the Michigan State defensive lineman didn't suit up in order to focus on medical school. But it appears he had a change of heart, as he'll play one more season, but this time for the..." April 30

  • Tennessee Transfer Dewayne Hendrix commits to Pitt

    Cardiac Hill "A clear focus for Pat Narduzzi and his staff so far on the recruiting trail has been to replenish the talent on the defensive side of the ball. While he made an impact in the 2015 class, he's looked to add even more. Tennessee defensive end transfer Dewayne Hendrix will be a part of that new..." April 28

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    Pitt OT TJ Clemmings had a stress fracture in his foot discovered on a team visit, sources says. He didn’t feel pain, didn’t know it existed

  • Alex Bookser hopes versatility earns him starting job on Pitt line

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt offensive lineman Alex Bookser isn’t picky about what position he plays. Tackle, guard, even center, Bookser is just trying to prove he belongs on the field. A week into spring practice, Bookser likely is one of the favorites to start at right guard this fall, a position vacant because..." March 25

  • Tennessee, Pitt to meet in 2021, 2022 home-and-home series

    CBS Sports "A frequent criticism of the SEC's nonconference scheduling habits is that its teams rarely venture outside the league footprint until bowl season -- and thanks to its many Southern bowl tie-ins (New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa, etc.), often not even then. But the one school that's always been exempt..." March 18

  • Clairton's Titus Howard dismissed from Pitt football team

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Titus Howard's once-promising Pitt career ended Monday when coach Pat Narduzzi dismissed him for violation of team policy, school officials announced. Howard, a sophomore from Clairton, was suspended for the entire 2014 season by former coach Paul Chryst for disciplinary reasons. He remained..." February 25

  • Report: Tennessee QB Nathan Peterman will transfer to Pitt

    Yahoo! Sports "Pitt will reportedly add an SEC transfer to its quarterback depth chart. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, former Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will join the Panthers as a graduate transfer and begin taking classes in May. Peterman spent the past three seasons with the Vols..." February 05

  • Tennessee QB considers transfer to Pitt

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When former Pitt player Chris McKillop learned his alma mater was entertaining Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman on Saturday, he immediately called his brother, Scott, a coaching assistant with the Panthers. “I told Scott, ‘If you guys get Nate Peterman, it would be a great add,' ” said..." February 01

  • ‘It’s either gonna be Rutgers or Temple’ for transferring Pitt WR

    College Football Talk "It appears a transferring Pittsburgh wide receiver has narrowed his choices for potential landing spots down to two. Just when he’ll whittle them down to one, though, remains to be seen. Late last week, Adonis Jennings announced via social media that he had decided to take his leave of the..." January 17

  • Sources: MSU coordinator Pat Narduzzi in talks to become next Pitt coach

    Yahoo! Sports "Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next head coach at Pittsburgh, sources told Yahoo Sports on Monday. Narduzzi had interviewed with both Pittsburgh and Colorado State within the last week, sources said. Narduzzi was the leading..." December 23

  • Pitt targeting Greg Schiano, per report

    Cardiac Hill "With news of Paul Chryst heading to Wisconsin to take the Badgers' job, we're quickly going to be moving into the land of coaching candidates for Pitt. First up? Greg Schiano, apparently. I don't fully know where I stand on this, but there are certainly worse candidates. I remember being..." December 17

  • Report: Paul Chryst to Wisconsin

    ESPN "Former Wisconsin assistant and current Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst is poised to become the Badgers' new head coach, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday night, citing a source. Chryst would replace Gary Andersen, who left the Badgers earlier this week after two seasons to take the..." December 12

  • Pitt’s James Conner: from leading rusher to… pass-rusher?

    College Football Talk "If James Conner rushes for 199 yards in Week 8, he’ll surpass the legendary Tony Dorsett for the most rushing yards through seven games (1,072 in 1976) in the history of Pittsburgh football. It’s a different kind of rushing, though, that the running back continues to have his eye on. During..." October 14

  • Tyler Boyd sits out second half

    ESPN "Pittsburgh receiver Tyler Boyd dislocated a finger on his left hand against Delaware on Saturday and will not play in the second half, the school announced. Boyd, the team's leading receiver and punt returner, was hurt returning a punt in the second quarter." August 30

  • Pittsburgh names Chad Voytik starting quarterback

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst has named Chad Voytik the team's starting QB heading into the 2014 season, a source told CBSSports.com. The 6-1, 205-pound Voytik played in four games as a backup to Tom Savage last season, completing 6 of 11 passes for 116 yards. He played the second half of..." August 21

  • Pitt sophomore Coles leaves football team

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When sophomore cornerback Trenton Coles left the Pitt team Wednesday, it wasn't the first time the thought crossed his mind. Clairton coach Wayne Wade, who was an assistant there when Coles was in high school, said his former player was thinking about leaving this year after spring drills when..." August 21

  • 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 09

  • Pitt cornerback Titus Howard suspended for 2014 season

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt sophomore cornerback Titus Howard was suspended for the entire 2014 season for disciplinary reasons, Panthers coach Paul Chryst announced today. Howard, a Clairton graduate, played in 11 games as a freshman last season, totaling 21 tackles and two pass breakups. He was projected as a..." August 03

  • Dana Holgorsen would like to see WVU, Pitt renew 'Backyard Brawl'

    CBS Sports "Pitt 's in the ACC and playing eight conference games a year. West Virginia 's in the Big 12 and playing nine conference games a year. So the Panthers and Mountaineers agreeing to bring back the "Backyard Brawl" might not happen anytime soon no matter how much support the idea generates. But at..." July 23

  • Poteat comes full circle, will join Pitt as walk-on running back

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When running back Jameel Poteat visited Pitt with his Cincinnati teammates in 2011, something felt weird. “It felt like I was at home and I’m (playing) on the other side,” he said. Weirdness will be replaced by a familiar feel this year after Poteat said he will transfer to Pitt. He will sit..." April 30

  • Pitt cornerback Pitts sets tone during spring drills

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitt defensive coordinator Matt House called it a “pursuit drill,” with all 11 players chasing the ball carrier over 50 yards of turf. The objective: never give up, even when the task appears hopeless. During the second day of spring drills Tuesday — still without pads — rising junior..." March 19

  • Two Panthers happy to be out from under suspensions

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Before Pitt’s first spring practice Sunday, a somewhat unlikely pair of players high-fived and embraced. “Let ’em know, man,” wide receiver Ronald Jones said to defensive lineman Khaynin (K.K.) Mosley-Smith. “We’re back.” The pair, both redshirt juniors, spent all of 2013 on a season-long..." March 19

  • Shell quietly runs new objective at West Virginia

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It has been 11 months since Rushel Shell left Pitt's spring camp and seven months since he transferred across the Backyard Brawl battlefront to West Virginia, but Shell has yet to speak publicly on either event. That's unlikely to change soon, as West Virginia has kept this redshirt sophomore..." March 07

  • Former Pitt players meet NFL scouts, coaches at pro day

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Aaron Donald said he doesn't know if he will get invited to the NFL Draft on May 8 when he is expected to be among the first defensive players selected. But just like all other times in his life, he won't be caught unprepared. “I got a couple of suits ready,” he said. Donald concluded..." March 04

  • Ten former Pitt Panthers players participate in pro day workout

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt All-American defensive lineman Aaron Donald, one of the breakout stars at the recent NFL Scouting Combine, chose not to run the 40-yard dash at Pitt’s pro day workout Monday for NFL coaches and scouts in attendance. “I retired my 40 cleats,” Donald joked. After being timed at 4.68 in..." March 04

  • Pitt football cancels spring game

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitt coach Paul Chryst admits canceling the spring football game might seem “a little bit selfish.” But he values practice time over tradition, and the result this year is that Pitt won't conclude spring drills with an intrasquad game for the first time since the 1940s. “I never remember a..." February 28

  • ACC football championship game to stay in Charlotte through 2019

    Charlotte Observer "The ACC’s football championship game will stay at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium at least through 2019, the league announced Monday. The six-year extension means Charlotte will host the game for 10 consecutive years. The ACC has played its title game in Charlotte the past four years,..." February 26

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