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September 2012 Archives

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What's it going to be like when you receive your Pitt degree?

It will be better than any touchdown I've ever scored because this has been a long five years with a lot of hard work getting this degree. When I was in ninth grade I never expected to be on a Division I scholarship. I'll be able to tell my kids someday I played at Pitt and I have a degree from there.

 

What is your most memorable game at Pitt?

The Meineke Car Care Bowl we won in Charlotte. It was so fun the entire game. It was one that truly felt like a team-effort win.

 

It's been awhile since Pitt has returned a punt for a touchdown. Is that something you want to accomplish before you're done playing at Pitt?

It's not something I'm thinking about all the time but it's definitely in the back of my mind. I want to get it done before I leave.

 

Do you remember any returns where you thought you could have gone for a touchdown?

Oh yeah. There was one at Syracuse two years ago and one in that Meineke Car Care Bowl. And there was one on the opening kickoff against NC State that I really should have scored. I still go back and watch that one to this day, which is kind of ridiculous.

 

You've obviously got an athletic family. Your nephew DeJuan Blair is an NBA player while your other nephew Greg Blair plays college football at Cincinnati. What's that like?

It's really cool because I get to cheer for everybody. It was especially cool playing Greg earlier this season. He came out talking some trash, trying to get into my head right from the start. I was thinking 'I'm family dude,' but I figured out the game he was trying to play so about the third quarter we were kind of on the same page. It was fun.

 

You played running back at Gateway. Do you miss having the ball in your hands that often?

I do, but at the same time I'm a little guy and that would be a pounding. These guys are huge. In high school it was easy. The middle linebacker would be about 205 pounds. But now every week I'm going against huge guys. My body couldn't take that beating so I think I'm definitely in the right position.

 

What's it like to play at a school with some all-time great receivers like Larry Fitzgerald?

It's so cool. Their pictures are all over the walls here. Larry may be the best receiver in the game right now and to be able to say he went to Pitt is kind of like bragging rights. It's really weird to think these guys were in my shoes here at one point.

 

And your current receivers coach Bobby Engram was the first-ever Biletnikoff Award winner. Did that bring him instant respect to the players?

Definitely. It's funny because we didn't know it at first. He didn't really tell us. We knew who Coach Engram was of course, but he didn't really let us know what was up with the real Bobby Engram. When we found out he was the first-ever winner of that award we couldn't believe it. We couldn't believe he didn't tell us.

 

 


Pitt Football Interviews
Pitt Bullet Andrew Taglianetti
Pitt Bullet Devin Street
Pitt Bullet Mike Shanahan
Pitt Bullet Tino Sunseri

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The Oakland Zoo is teaming up with the Pitt basketball team this weekend for their first-ever 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament. Tipoff for the tournament is set for noon at the Petersen Events Center with all proceeds going to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club of Greater Pittsburgh.

Head Coach Jamie Dixon and current Panther players will be present for the tournament, which will consist of 32 teams in a double elimination bracket format. The two teams advancing to the championship game will play in the title during halftime of a Pitt men's basketball game with the date still to be determined.

Doors open to the public (students and non-students) at 11 a.m. on Sunday. General admission for the event is $1 per ticket. All collected admission fees will be donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. The Oakland Zoo will also be there to collect any other donations to the charity.

Come out and support your Oakland Zoo and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh in this fun event. Additional details to be released on PittsburghPanthers.com later today.

Dan Mason's Comeback

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If anyone were to ask, I've always said that September 23, 2010 may have been my worst day professionally.

 

There were quite a few other things that played into that being the case, but the only one I still remember vividly is when promising Pitt sophomore linebacker Dan Mason went down with a well-documented horrific knee injury.

 

Injuries are obviously a part of the game, and when you've been in the business a while you've seen more than your share of upsetting ones. Dan's was different though. Looking in the eyes of the athletic trainers and doctors postgame, this was more than just a season-ending injury. The concern was evident and your heart breaks - not just for lost success on the field, but for Dan, there was fear he wouldn't walk normally ever again.

 

I can't remember Dan feeling sorry for himself, or ever believing his career was over. He just went about his rehabilitation, probably doing his best to brush off the people he passed in the hall or on campus that felt pity for him. There wasn't time for pity in his world. With surgery after surgery, that's not how you get back on the field.

 

Instead, the light was still in his eyes and a smile on his face as he hobbled around on crutches or with an obtrusive brace on his right knee. He knew something we didn't.

 

I'm sure no one told Dan what his real prognosis was. Why crush his spirit when that was all he had to keep himself going? He would figure it out eventually anyway. Everyone involved in his rehabilitation just continued working as if Dan were the one that was right.

 

It's funny what happens when you have faith and believe in yourself though, isn't it?


Just one day shy of the two-year anniversary of his devastating injury, Dan Mason made it back on the field for the Panthers. What a fun day for all of us that witnessed the grueling two-year comeback. I can't begin to imagine how it felt for Dan and his family.


September 22, 2012, what a great day.


Hail To Pitt!

 


Pitt Football Interviews
Pitt Bullet Coach Chryst
Pitt Bullet Coach Huxtable
Pitt Bullet Coach Bollinger
Pitt Bullet Dan Mason
Pitt Bullet Ray Graham
Pitt Bullet Shane Gordon

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Senior QB Tino Sunseri discusses his athletic family and his ties to Pittsburgh in today's Two Minute Drill.
Pitt Panthers Television brings you pre- and postgame shows on every Pitt home football gameday on Comcast (188/210). Below are broadcasts from Saturday's win over Gardner-Webb.

Pitt Football Intro Video

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Simply because kickoff is less than 24 hours away, Pitt Live Wire again brings you the Pitt football intro video to get you ready for the game. Hail to Pitt!


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Pittsburgh native, and senior DB Andrew Taglianetti discusses his pride for his hometown and his knack for blocking punts in the Two Minute Drill.  


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Below are events and details leading up to Saturday's 3:30 p.m. kickoff with Gardner-Webb and a list of exciting activities surrounding the game.

 

Description: Pitt Bullet Gameday activities will include:

Stage AE: 12:30 p.m.
Great Lawn Tailgate: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
World's Largest Family Tailgate: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Panthers Pregame Headquarters (Hosted by the Pitt Young Alumni Council and the Pitt Alumni Association at Stage AE) - All Fans Welcome: 1 p.m.
Panthers Prowl: 1:15 p.m.
Pitt Band Pregame Concert (Gate A): 1:30 p.m.
March To Victory Parade: 2:30 p.m.
Pitt Panthers Television Pregame Show (Great Hall): 3 p.m. 

Description: Pitt Bullet Pitt introduced a simple to use new digital ticketing system this year with a multitude of capabilities. One important component is that fans are able to share their tickets if they are unable to attend a game. Fans can share tickets with friends and family, sell their tickets online, or donate to a charity. For more information, visit the ticket center.

Description: Pitt Bullet Be sure to visit the Let's Go Pitt Program for deals on dining, shopping and much more while you're in town for the game.

Description: Pitt Bullet Check links here for directions to Heinz Field, information on parking and the student shuttle. Parking lots will open five hours prior to kickoff. Also, check back for traffic updates on gameday.

Description: Pitt Bullet Will Call will open three hours prior to kickoff this season at Gate A. Walk-up ticket sales will take place at Gate B.

Description: Pitt Bullet Pitt fans are asked to arrive early to the stadium due to enhanced security measures, which includes a handheld metal detector. The detector will replace pat-downs. Express lanes will be available for fans that are not carrying in additional permitted items into Heinz Field.

Description: Pitt Bullet Your gameday experience will be heightened this year once inside the stadium as well. Upgrades to Heinz Field's scoreboard capabilities allow us to provide a better fan experience including enhanced camera angles, more complete coverage and more information to those in attendance. The upgrades make Heinz Field one of the top technologically advanced stadiums in college athletics.

Description: Pitt Bullet For additional information on the game this weekend, visit Game Day Central.


Pitt Football Interviews
Pitt Bullet Coach Huxtable
Pitt Bullet Jason Hendricks
Pitt Bullet Ray Graham
Pitt Bullet Rushel Shell
Pitt Bullet Tino Sunseri

ACC Commissioner John Swofford gives Pitt Live Wire a look at what Panther fans can expect next year when Pitt enters the league. 

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Pitt sixth-year senior Chris Jacobson sat down for a few minutes to talk about his experiences at Pitt and how he's the veteran in the lockerroom. 

Gardner-Webb Preparation

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Pat Bostick takes Pitt Live Wire inside the film room for a breakdown of Pitt's key fourth down stop of Virginia Tech in the third quarter.


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Pitt's men's soccer team is off to one of the program's best starts in school history. The Panthers earned a NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I NCAA Northeast Region ranking of No. 10 on Tuesday, their first ranking since the 2000 season.

The Panthers, unbeaten with a 5-0-2 mark, are winners of four-straight matches. Pitt, which is off to its best seven-game start since 1986, boasts a squad of 17 underclassmen.

Several players have grabbed individual honors this season with midfielder Nick Wysong the last to earn an accolade. The freshman was named the Big East Rookie of the Week on Monday after a hat trick - the first for a Pitt player in nine seasons - against Northern Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 14.

Junior Nico Wrobel was tabbed Big East Offensive Player of the Week and received the ECAC's weekly nod on Sept. 10 and 11, respectively.

The Panthers host rival Robert Morris on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., before entering conference play on Sat., Sept. 22 versus Cincinnati at home. 

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On Pitt Panthers Television's Pregame Show, broadcast 30 minutes prior to every home football game on Comcast 188 or 210, they highlight a former Pitt great. This week's featured player is Bobby Grier -- the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl (1956).


Football Intro Video

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This should get you ready for this weekend's matchup with future ACC foe Virginia Tech...



Pitt Football Interviews
Pitt Bullet Isaac Bennett
Pitt Bullet Aaron Donald
Pitt Bullet Jarred Holley
Pitt Bullet Tino Sunseri

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Below are some gameday reminders for Saturday's noon kickoff with Virginia Tech and a list of exciting activities surrounding the game. Prior to the game, make sure to visit legendary former Pitt lineman Hugh Green, who will be signing autographs at Stage AE. Also, come out and meet the 2012-13 men's and women's basketball teams on Art Rooney Ave.

Description: Pitt Bullet Gameday activities will include:

Great Lawn Student Tailgate: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

World's Largest Family Tailgate: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Panthers Prowl: 9:45 a.m.
Pitt Band Pregame Concert (Gate A): 10 a.m.
Men's Basketball Team Autograph Signing: 10:15-11:30 a.m. 
Interactive Games with the Women's Basketball Team
Hugh Green Autograph Signing at Stage AE:
10:20-11:15 a.m.
March To Victory Parade: 11 a.m.

Description: Pitt Bullet Pitt's wrestling team and head coach Rande Stottlemyer will be recognized during the game for their third consecutive Eastern Wrestling League title and second consecutive EWL Tournament championship.

Description: Pitt Bullet Pitt introduced a new digital ticketing system this year with a multitude of capabilities. One important component is that fans are able to share their tickets if they are unable to attend a game. Fans can share tickets with friends and family, sell their tickets online, or donate to a charity. For more information, visit the ticket center.

Description: Pitt Bullet Check links here for directions to Heinz Field, information on parking and the student shuttle. Parking lots will open five hours prior to kickoff. Also, check back for traffic updates on gameday.

Description: Pitt Bullet Will Call will open three hours prior to kickoff this season at Gate A. Walk-up ticket sales will take place at Gate B.

Description: Pitt Bullet Pitt fans are asked to arrive early to the stadium due to enhanced security measures, which includes a handheld metal detector. The detector will replace pat-downs. Express lanes will be available for fans that are not carrying in additional permitted items into Heinz Field.

Description: Pitt Bullet Your gameday experience will be heightened this year once inside the stadium as well. Upgrades to Heinz Field's scoreboard capabilities allow us to provide a better fan experience including enhanced camera angles, more complete coverage and more information to those in attendance. The upgrades make Heinz Field one of the top technologically advanced stadiums in college athletics.

Description: Pitt Bullet For additional information on the game this weekend, visit Game Day Central.



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Previewing the ACC

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Pitt Panthers Television and Pitt Live Wire Extra preview the Panthers' move to the ACC.

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Pitt Football Postgame Interviews
Pitt Bullet Coach Chryst
Pitt Bullet Ray Graham
Pitt Bullet Tino Sunseri
Pitt Bullet Jarred Holley
Pitt Bullet Shane Gordon

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The game has just begun here in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, students at the Petersen Events Center lawn are showing their support back home in Pittsburgh at the student game watch. Hail to Pitt!

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Pitt women's basketball released their 2012-13 schedule today, which includes 14 contests against opponents who reached the postseason last year.

The women will join the men on Oct. 12 for an outdoor Midnight Madness to tipoff the season. The event will take place on a floor constructed on Bigelow Boulevard, located between the Cathedral of Learning and the William Pitt Union.

For more information and a complete 2012-13 Pitt women's basketball schedule, visit http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/090612aaa.html
Kickoff for Pitt vs. Cincinnati is just hours away and Pitt Live Wire wants to get you ready. If you loved the new Pitt football intro last weekend on the video board at Heinz Field, see how it all came together.


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Pitt's 2012-13 men's basketball schedule has been released and will feature home games against Connecticut, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Villanova in the program's final season in the Big East Conference.

The Panthers are also looking forward to tipping off the season with an outdoor Midnight Madness on Friday, Oct. 12 on an outdoor floor constructed on Bigelow Boulevard, located between the Cathedral of Learning and the William Pitt Union. 

For additional information and the complete 2012-13 schedule, visit http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/090512aaa.html
As the Pitt football team prepares to travel to Cincinnati for its Thursday night conference matchup, Pat Bostick looks at the mentality and outlook of the squad.

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2010 Utah Game Watch

Pitt will host a student game watch on Thursday night for the nationally-televised Cincinnati contest at the Petersen Events Center lawn.

In addition to being with a few thousand of your closest friends to watch your Panthers' football team on ESPN, the athletic department, in conjunction with its sponsors, will offer free soft drinks from Pepsi, Silverstar hotdogs, Baconators and Frostys from Wendy's and subs from Jimmy John's.

The Panthers Team Store will be open for students only from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening and will offer a buy one, get one half off special*. 

Students will be allowed entry to the area beginning at 7 p.m., with the game starting at 8 p.m. You must show a valid Pitt I.D. to attend.


*The discount will apply to the lesser price of the two items selected. A coupon cannot be combined with any other offer or used on previously purchased merchandise. The offer is not valid towards the purchase of gift cards or special order jerseys. The offer expires at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.


Head coach Paul Chryst met with the media today at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex to discuss Pitt's upcoming game at Cincinnati. Pitt Panthers Television presents the Paul Chryst Press Conference Show:




Pitt Football Postgame Interviews
Pitt Bullet Andrew Taglianetti
Pitt Bullet Aaron Donald
Pitt Bullet Tino Sunseri

It's Gameday!

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If you are unable to make it to Heinz Field this evening for Pitt's season-opener against Youngstown State, you can watch online and follow the Panthers through Twitter.


Pitt Panthers Television introduces episode 1 of Pitt Live Wire Extra, which runs weekly on Comcast (188/210). Check PittsburghPanthers.com for a complete listing.


 
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