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Live Wire Field Pass -- Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

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James Conner on Trib Live Radio

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Fresh off his MVP honors at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, freshman RB James Conner spoke with Trib Live Radio's Kevin Gorman. James talked about his record-breaking performance, his physicality and cutting off his long hair.

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Highlights

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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Coverage

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Happy Holidays from Pitt Athletics!

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Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from Pitt Athletics. The Pitt football team received a special visit from Santa at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl during the team and staff's holiday dinner. 

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Bowl Practice Coverage

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Pitt Football Season Highlights

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Your Pitt Panthers hit the road later today to travel to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Mich., where they will take on the Falcons of Bowling Green on Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. on ESPN. We'll have updates for you throughout the week on Pitt Live Wire, @GoPittFootball on Twitter and the Pitt Facebook page, but until then take a look at a compilation of highlights from the 2013 season.


Penny Semaia Receives Unsung Hero Award

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The University of Pittsburgh's Division of Student Affairs' honored Assistant Athletic Director of Student Affairs and former Pitt student-athlete, Penny Semaia, with the Art Ramicone Unsung Hero Award. The award is to recognize Semaia's inspirational leadership and steadfast commitment to supporting the Division of Student Affairs in their ongoing efforts to provide students with the best collegiate experience in the world.

Football Meets with the Media

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Aaron Donald Looks to be Unanimous All-American

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Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named a first team All-American by the Associated Press.

The NCAA uses five All-America squads to determine consensus and unanimous status: AP, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers (FWAA), Sporting News and Walter Camp. Aaron has already been named to three of these squads (first-team selection by AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp.) The other two teams will be announced this week.

The last Pitt player to be a unanimous first-team All-American was wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.

The last Pitt defensive player to be a unanimous first-team All-American was defensive end Hugh Green in 1980. (Green was also unanimous in 1979. 

Pitt players have earned unanimous status 13 times (11 different players - Green and Bill Fralic [1983-84] were two-time unanimous picks).

The Sporting News All-America Team

The Walter Camp All-America Team

The complete 2013 AP All-America Team:

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, Florida State.
Running backs -- Andre Williams, senior, 6-0, 227, Boston College; Ka'Deem Carey, junior, 5-10, 196, Arizona.
Tackles -- Jake Matthews, senior, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama.
Guards -- Cyril Richardson, senior, 6-5, 340, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, 6-5, 313, Stanford.
Center -- Bryan Stork, senior, 6-4, 300, Florida State.
Wide receivers -- Brandin Cooks, junior, 5-10, 186, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, 6-5, 225, Texas A&M.
Tight end -- Jace Amaro, junior, 6-5, 260, Texas Tech.
All-purpose player -- Jordan Lynch, senior, 6-0, 216, Northern Illinois.
Kicker -- Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 203, Florida State.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Michael Sam, senior, 6-2, 255, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, 6-5, 250, Texas.
Tackles -- Aaron Donald, senior, 6-0, 285, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, 6-1, 288, Arizona State.
Linebackers -- Anthony Barr, senior, 6-4, 248, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, 6-2, 238, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, 6-2, 230, Ohio State.
Cornerbacks -- Darqueze Dennard, senior, 5-11, 197, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, 5-8, 190, Florida State.
Safeties -- Cody Prewitt, junior, 6-2, 220, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, 6-1, 198, Washington State.
Punter -- Tom Hornsey, senior, 6-3, 210, Memphis.

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M.
Running backs -- Tre' Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington.
Tackles -- Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan.
Guards -- Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su'a-Filo, junior, UCLA.
Center -- Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma.
Wide receivers -- Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State.
Tight end -- Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina.
All-purpose player -- Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford.
Kicker -- Anthony Fera, senior, Texas.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State.
Tackles -- Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina.
Linebackers -- Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin.
Cornerbacks -- Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU.
Safeties -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor.
Punter -- Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M.

THIRD TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback -- A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama.
Running backs -- Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska.
Tackles -- Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn.
Guards -- John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin.
Center -- Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn.
Wide receivers -- Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt.
Tight end -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington.
All-purpose player -- Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU.
Kicker -- Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech.
Tackles -- Ra'Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, Southern California.
Linebackers --Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State.
Cornerbacks -- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida.
Safeties -- Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State.
Punter -- Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho.

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Continuing to add to his tally of honors and awards, on Tuesday senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team selection

CBSSports.com will run a live online show at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the team. Included in the broadcast will be an interview with Donald. 

Men's Basketball Postgame Coverage: Youngstown State

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Aaron Donald -- ESPN College Football Awards Show

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Tonight marks the end of Aaron Donald's whirlwind tour as it comes to a close at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. We're all hoping for a sweep of awards tonight as Aaron has already taken home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award. Tonight he is a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, both given out on the awards show which airs live on ESPN from 7-9 p.m. 

Prior to the show, there will be a Red Carpet Special on ESPNU beginning at 6 p.m. and Aaron will be interviewed live during that hour. Additionally, following the show, turn back to ESPNU for the awards postgame show. 

Continue to come back to Pitt Live Wire throughout the night and into tomorrow for rolling coverage from our Pitt Live Wire staff on the scene in Orlando. Good luck to Aaron and Hail to Pitt!

 

Aaron Donald -- Rotary Lombardi Award Winner

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Video compliments of CBS Sports Network.

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On Monday night, senior DT Aaron Donald became the first Pitt player since 1980 to win a national defensive award when he took home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defensive player in the country. Aaron won trophy No. 2 on Wednesday night when he traveled to Houston for the Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony. The ceremony, which honors the nation's top lineman or linebacker, was broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network and featured finalists Donald, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.



To talk about his Nagurski Trophy win and his week full of travel, Aaron appeared on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan's morning show with hosts Gregg Giannotti and Jim Colony and guest, Steeler Larry Foote. The conversation ranged from his approach on the field, to how it felt to win the Nagurski Trophy, to the quality of food at the banquets and advice for Aaron as he looks to his NFL career. Listen to the entire podcast here.  

Aaron also spoke with Trib Live Radio's Dejan Kovacevic on Wednesday live from Houston prior to his appearance at the Rotary Lombardi Award Banquet and spoke about his awards, the team's upcoming Little Caesars Pizza Bowl appearance and his thoughts on the NFL. Listen to the entire podcast here. 

Aaron Donald -- Bronko Nagurski Trophy Winner

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One down, three to go! Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald is your 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. Congratulations, Aaron!

This week, Aaron is going to be traveling the country as he is a finalist for four national awards. Monday night's stop was Charlotte, N.C., for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, handed out to the top defensive player in all of college football. Check out some behind the scenes interviews with not only the man of the hour, AD, but hear from his parents as well. The emotion and excitement is real and I hope you come along with us for this journey! 






Men's Basketball Postgame Coverage: Loyola Marymount

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Panthers Push the Tempo

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Personality Test: Paul Chryst

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Head football coach Paul Chryst was featured Thursday in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Personality Test and gives us insight into more than just his coaching philosophy. Take a look into the life of Coach Chryst in Personality Test: Paul Chryst.

Men's Basketball Postgame Coverage: Penn State

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Big Ten/ACC Challenge -- Pitt vs. Penn State

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Pitt men's basketball is set to host Penn State in the squad's first Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. Learn everything you need to know about the Panthers before ever entering the Petersen Events Center with this digital game program. To get you ready for the game, we have highlights from the Panthers' win over Duquesne on Saturday in the City Game.

The game will be broadcast on ESPNU or you can listen online at SportsRadio 93.7 FM The Fan or follow along online.

Fans are reminded that you are able to pass along your tickets to friends and family, sell them online or donate to a charity if you are unable to attend through the Panthers' digital ticketing system. The Panthers Ticket Office opens 2 hours prior to tipoff of the Pitt vs. Penn State game and will call and game day ticket sales (if available) are located at the outside windows at the front of the building.

Gates to the Petersen Events Center arena will open 2 hours prior to tipoff for the Penn State game and a free shuttle service begins operating three hours prior to game time.

For all men's basketball contests, the Campus View Club opens 90 minutes prior to tip-off during the regular season. For ACC games with a tip-off of 6 p.m. or later, the Club will open two hours prior to tip-off. For ACC games with a tip-off earlier than 6 p.m., the club will open 90 minutes prior.

Download the official Pitt Athletics app on your iPhone, iPad or Android for free, and follow along with the game on gametracker, check out rosters and the upcoming schedule, or browse the numerous other features. Fans can also access live audio and video with a paid, in-application upgrade.

For additional information on all men's basketball game day reminders, visit Game Day Central

Vote Tyler Boyd for ACC Must See Moment

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Pitt freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd and his spectacular diving catch against North Carolina this season is up for the ACC's Must See Moment of the 2013 season. Voting is going on now through Friday. 

Boyd 
became the Pitt all-time freshman receptions leader on Friday against Miami. Entering the game needing just two catches to surpass Larry Fitzgerald's record of 69 catches in 2002, Boyd finished with nine catches for 98 yards and one touchdown. Boyd now has 77 catches on the season. He also reached the 1,000-yard milestone when he caught his seventh touchdown of the season in the game's final seconds. With 1,001 receiving yards this season, Boyd is the first Panther to achieve that feat since Jon Baldwin in 2009.

Live Wire Field Pass -- Miami

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Aaron Donald Season Highlights

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You've asked for them so here they are -- Aaron Donald's 2013 season highlights. It was tough to cut down, but here are the best in 11 minutes and 30 seconds of the Pitt senior star DT. 

 
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