Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard suspended indefinitely


Pitt Panthers senior starting defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been suspended indefinitely, the school announced Sunday evening. Sheard was involved in an altercation in the Southside early Sunday morning and was arrested and charged with various misdemeanor and summary offenses. “We are in the midst of gathering information on a weekend incident involving Jabaal Sheard,” said Pitt athletic department spokesman E.J. Borghetti. “While we conduct our own investigation Jabaal has been indefinitely suspended from the team.” In his junior season, Sheard had 42 tackles, 101/2 for loss and five sacks.

NCAA: Hofstra seeks permission to speak to Pitt’s Tom Herrion


University of Pittsburgh Mens’ basketball assistant coach Tom Herrion is on the radar of Hofstra University, according to sources in the Pitt program. According to sources, Hofstra AD Jack Hayes is seeking permission to speak to Tom Herrion about Hofstra’s head coaching position. An interview could happen by the end of the week. Herrion joined Jamie Dixon’s staff in 2007 after previously being the head coach at the College of Charleston from 2002-06.

NCAA: IUP’s Joe Lombardi on RMU’s radar? Jamie Dixon buzz


College Basketball Coaching buzz Andy Katz of ESPN is reporting that Oregon is shooting large by going after Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Pitt’s Jamie Dixon and Florida’s Billy Donovan. Oregon officials have approached Dixon through back channels to gauge interest, according to a source in the Pitt program, but Dixon has expressed zero interest in Oregon and is fully committed to Pitt, according to the source. With a strong recruiting class coming in 2010 and 2011, sources indicate Dixon envisions Pitt being a potential final four team in the 2011-2012 season. Dixon is already on the recruiting trail, currently in Ohio tonight scouting the state playoffs. For Dixon to consider leaving Pitt, a perfect opportunity will have to present itself and to this point there hasn’t been one. Dixon didn’t have any interest in Arizona last spring and the same goes for Oregon this season. Pitt moving to the Big 10Read More »

NCAA Tournament: Xavier ends Pitt’s season; Butler leads No.2 West Virginia into the Sweet 16


Crawford leads No. 6 Xavier past No. 3 Pitt The Pittsburgh Panthers season came to an end on a disappointing note today as Xavier’s Jordan Crawford scored 27 points, including a breakaway dunk with less than two minutes remaining to lead No. 6 Xavier past No. 3 Pitt 71-68 in the West Regional. History has shown during Pitt previous eight appearances in the NCAA tournament that on most occasions Pitt loses to a team that has a player who can take over a game and history repeated itself in Milwaukee Sunday evening. Crawford who became a known name during the summer after dunking on NBA star Lebron James, was 9-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 from three point range in the win.

Consistency from Gilbert Brown a key to Pitt advancing to the Round of 16


Brown stars in First Round win Unlike some of their Big East rivals, the No. 3 Pittsburgh Panthers took care of business in their first round matchup with No. 14 Oakland. The Panthers shook off a slow start to rout No. 14 seed Oakland 89-66 in the West Regional. Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown led the Panthers with 17 points each, as the Panthers had a total of six Panthers players who scored in double figures. I liked the balanced scoring,” head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Once we were able to get going, we could find some guys for open shots, and things started rolling.” A key to Pitt’s victory was a strong performance off the bench from Gilbert Brown.

NCAA Tournament: WVU earns a No. 2 seed, Pitt No. 3 seed


The Pittsburgh Panthers (24-8) have earned a No. 3 seed out of the West Region. The Panthers will head to Milwaukee to begin the tournament and face Summit League champion Oakland (26-8). The Panthers begin play on Friday and would face the winner of No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Minnesota. The No. 1 seed in the West Region is Syracuse and Kansas State has earned a No. 2 seed in the West Region. The Panthers quarterfinals exit in the Big East Tournament did not hurt their seeding. The committee continues to downplay the importance of conference tournaments. Meanwhile, West Virginia earned a No. 2 seed, just a day after winning their first Big East title. The Mountaineers earned a No. 2 seed out of the East Region and will face No. 15 Morgan State on Friday. The Mountaineers who were in the running for a No. 1 seed, gotRead More »

No. 6 West Virginia routs No. 21 Pittsburgh 70-51


West Virginia 70 – Pittsburgh 51 Da’Sean Butler scored 18 points and Devin Ebanks added a game-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 6 West Virginia (18-3) to a 70-51 victory over No. 21 Pittsburgh (16-6) Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in what was the 179th Backyard Brawl. Pittsburgh shot a woeful 30 percent from the field and made only 6 field goals in the second half. Pittsburgh has lost four of five games after an eight game winning streak and all of sudden Pitt is starting to resemble the young inconsistent team, that many thought we would see most nights this season. Pittsburgh scored 23 points in the second half, their second-lowest scoring total of the season but their ability to score points in the paint (26-14 advantage) kept them in the game through the first 27 minutes of the game, until West Virginia pulled away, outscoring Pitt 27-10Read More »

Scouting Report: No. 17 Pittsburgh @ No. 6 West Virginia; Dixon expected to play


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pitt men’s basketball team could get a boost for its game against No. 6 West Virginia Wednesday night at 7 at the Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va., as senior guard Jermaine Dixon is expected to return after a one-game absence. Jermaine Dixon practiced Tuesday, the first time since he sprained his right ankle — the same foot he broke twice before the season began — early in the second half against St. John’s at home. Pittsburgh played without Dixon Sunday and lost at South Florida, the Panthers’ third in four games. Jermaine Dixon practiced Tuesday and is expected to play at WVU Wednesday night at 7 at the WVU Coliseum. “In our Conference, you have to play well every night, and you’ve got to play even better on the road to get a win,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “So, that’s what we’ve got toRead More »