Pitt Men‚Äôs Basketball coach Jamie Dixon is expected to sign a¬†three year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2015-2016 season. Dixon entering his 6th season as head coach had led the Panthers to 5 consecutive NCAA tournaments. The Panthers have called a press conference this morning to announce the extension. Post-Gazette
PITT v. Buffalo Wrap Up Pitt had an lackluster performance until the 4th Quarter when they opened up the offense and utilized their deep receiving corp. It was great to see T.J. Porter, Oderick Turner and Cedric McGee make some plays. Bill Stull did a great job of spreading the ball around. The defense played solidly and LeSean McCoy had 3 touchdowns. It all added up to a 27-16 Panthers victory.
Pitt senior middle linebacker Scott McKillop has been named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week. McKillop had 15 tackles and 1 tackle for loss against the Buffalo Bulls Saturday night. The university of Pittsburgh Athletic Department has announced The Pitt-Iowa game on Sept. 20 will be a noon kickoff and be nationally televised by either ESPN or ESPN2. Pitt is 2-1 all-time against Iowa. Erie‚Äôs A.J. Fenton is scheduled to make an official visit to Pitt on Saturday September 20th. Fenton has a written offer on the table from Pitt. Fenton visited Wisconsin this past Saturday.
West Virginia remains in the hunt for Florida’s finest. Is Pitt no longer the favorite to land Erie‚Äôs A.J. Fenton? Why did Devon Smith postpone his visit to Penn State? Is Alex Kenney close to committing to a Big Ten school? Inside Pittsburgh Sports gives you the latest and also takes a look at a few under the radar local players that are starting to gain consideration nationwide.
The Buffalo Bulls gave the Pitt Panthers a bit of a scare at Heinz Field Saturday evening. The Bulls got out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter and went to the locker room down 10-9. The Bulls kept it close until the fourth quarter when Panthers running back LeSean McCoy scored a 2 yard touchdown on a 10 play ‚Äì 74 yard drive that took up 4:40. It was McCoy‚Äôs third touchdown of the game and the score put the Panthers up 24-16 midway through the 4th quarter. Kicker Connor Lee put the game away on the Panthers next drive converting a 42 yard field goal to put the Panthers up by 11.
PITT v. Bowling Green Wrap Up Pitt was more talented than Bowling Green, but they did not play 4 quarters of football. Bowling Green‚Äôs Spread Offensive Attack led by Junior Tyler Sheehan played efficiently and did not turn the ball over. The Bowling Green defense was opportunistic and made plays when they had too. In the end, Bowling Green defeated Pitt 27-17.
Pitt released the men’s basketball schedule today. Pitt goes into the 2008-09 season with high expectations. Early indications are Pitt will be ranked #9 in the preseason polls. Nov. 4, SETON HILL (Exh.) Nov. 9, LA ROCHE COLLEGE (Exh.) Nov. 14 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON Nov. 17 MIAMI, Ohio Nov. 21 Legends Classic vs. AKRON Nov. 22 Legends Classic vs. IUP Nov. 25 BELMONT Nov. 28, Semifinal Game, Legends Classic (Newark, N.J.) vs. (Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Washington State) Nov. 29, Consolation/Championship, Legends Classic (Newark, N.J.) vs. (Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Washington State) Dec. 3, DUQUESNE Dec. 6, VERMONT Dec. 13, UM-BALTIMORE COUNTY Dec. 17, SIENA (ESPN2) Dec. 21, at Florida State (FSN National) Dec. 31, at Rutgers Jan. 3, at Georgetown (ESPN) Jan. 11, ST. JOHN’S Jan. 14, SOUTH FLORIDA Jan. 17, at Louisville Jan. 19, SYRACUSE (ESPN) Jan. 25, at West Virginia Jan. 28, at Villanova Jan. 31, NOTRE DAMERead More »
Special Teams Field Goals: 1. Connor Lee 1 ‚Äì 4 2. Dan Hutchins 2 ‚Äì 3 3. Kevin Harper 1 – 1 I was told tonight Kevin Harper kicked a 63 yard field goal in high school and holds the record for the longest field goal in Ohio histor.All three kickers were solid on kickoffs and on average their kicks reached the 10 yard line. LaRod Stephens ‚Äì Howling and Aundre Wright remain the teams #1 kick returners Chris Burns was the primary kick returner with the second team 7 on 7‚Äôs The 7 on 7‚Äôs saw a lot of checkdowns from Bill Stull, Pat Bostick and Kevan Smith.Stull didn‚Äôt have a great practice. He made a lot of completions but he wasn‚Äôt hitting his receivers in stride. Pat Bostick worked primarily with the second team. Jonathan Baldwin was the go to guy on the outside and Bostick made aRead More »