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While down in Greensboro, N.C. for ACC Media Day, Jared Shanker of ESPN sat down with sophomore receiver Tyler Boyd to discuss the impact that staying close to home has had on Tyler, as well as the impact that Tyler has had on his hometown of Clariton. 


Boyd is coming off a season in which he was the nation's most productive freshman wide receiver with 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns. Entering this season, Boyd was named to three preseason watch lists, including the Biletnikoff Award (nation's most outstanding receiver), the Maxwell Award (college player of the year) and the Paul Hornung Award (nation's most versatile player). 

Pitt opens camp next Monday, August 4. The 2014 home opener is set for August 30 at Heinz Field against Delaware.  
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Fan Vote - Greatest Freshman Season in Pitt History: RB Tony Dorsett (1973) (39% of the vote)

After the first day of scrimmaging at 1973 training camp, new Pitt head coach John Majors knew who his top ball carrier would be. Barely 175 pounds, Tony Dorsett seized the starting tailback job in August and then turned college football on its collective ear with a fabulous debut season. Dorsett became the first freshman to earn consensus All-America honors in 29 years after rushing for 1,686 yards and leading Pitt to a Cinderella Fiesta Bowl season. The '73 campaign, sparked by Dorsett's greatness, ushered in a Pitt football renaissance. It would be a springboard that four years later would produce a national championship for Pitt and a Heisman Trophy for Dorsett.

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Sophomore running back James Conner and redshirt junior center Artie Rowell were on the Starkey and Mueller Show on Thursday afternoon previewing the upcoming 2014 Pitt football season. If you missed any of the hour-long segment on 93.7 The Fan, we have the entire Pod Cast for you here. 


The Panthers begin training camp on August 4th in preparation for their season opener against Delaware on August 30th at Heinz Field. 

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Meet Season Ticket Renewal Winner #6

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SEASON TICKET RENEWAL WINNER #4: JESSICA BARCH

Number of years as a Pitt Football Season Ticket Holder: 2 years

Favorite former Pitt Panther: Dan Marino

Favorite Pitt Football Tradition: Sweet Caroline

Best place to eat at Heinz Field: Anywhere that sells the Deluxe Nachos!

Most memorable game at Heinz Field: Beating Notre Dame in 2013

Favorite tailgate food: Buffalo Chicken Dip

What are you looking forward to most about the 125th season of Pitt Football: The progress of Tyler Boyd, Terrish Webb and Titus Howard.

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VIDEO: Pitt Men's Basketball Open Practice

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In preparation for its 2014-15 season, the University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team will travel to the Bahamas for a four-game, seven-day foreign competition trip in early August. The Panthers will depart for Nassau, Bahamas on Friday, August 1 and return to Pittsburgh on Thursday, August 7. View release.

The Pitt Men's Basketball team hosted an open practice today, July 22. Check out some of the great coverage provided by Pitt LiveWire and @HailToPittHoops - Instagram.

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SEASON TICKET RENEWAL WINNER #4: TODD SEKELA

Number of years as a Pitt Football Season Ticket Holder: 18 years

Favorite former Pitt Panther: Curtis Martin

Favorite Pitt Football Tradition: Sweet Caroline

Best place to eat at Heinz Field: My family and I usually make a stop at Quaker Steak & Lube.

Most memorable game at Heinz Field: Anytime we beat Notre Dame at home it's pretty exciting.

Favorite tailgate food: Whatever you are serving. It's a long ride from NJ, so I am ready for anything.

What are you looking forward to most about the 125th season of Pitt Football: I'm looking forward to seeing all of the young players who are returning. They seem like good guys, on and off the field

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2014 ACC Football Kickoff

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There will be three opportunities to watch LIVE video coverage of the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff. The ACC Football Kickoff Commissioner's Forum, featuring a live question-and-answer session with the media, will be broadcast Sunday, July 20 at 12:30 p.m. Following that, a pair of players from each ACC school will participate in interview sessions on Sunday, July 20 from 1:30 until 6 p.m., while all 14 ACC head coaches will be featured in interviews on Monday, July 21 from 2 until 6 p.m. Archived footage will also be available online after each session. A live player will be available online.

Sunday, July 21: Tyler Boyd and Ray Vinopal - 5:01 p.m.
Monday, July 22: Coach Paul Chryst - 4:25 p.m.

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Day One Coverage:
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Day Two Coverage:
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Artie Rowell was a guest with Ron Cook on the Cook and Poni Show. Artie talked to Ron about the Pitt offense as a whole, as well as the excitement of the upcoming 2014 football season. 

Top 10 Countdown - Week Four List

Fan Vote - Most Underrated Player in Pitt History: Jerry Olsavsky (1985-88) (24% of the vote)

Twenty-six years following his final college season, Jerry "O" still personifies what a Pitt middle linebacker should be: tough, tenacious, instinctive and intelligent. Lacking the prototypical measurables--Olsavsky was listed at 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds--he produced three consecutive 100-tackle seasons from 1986-88. He spearheaded a Pitt defense that ranked among the nation's top 10 in each of those seasons (ninth in 1986 and fourth in both 1987 and '88). A first team All-American as a senior, the NFL still wasn't convinced. He lasted until the 10th round of the 1989 draft when the Steelers selected him 258th overall. Defying his draft status, Olsavsky played a decade in the NFL, including nine seasons with Pittsburgh (1989-97) and his final year with the Baltimore Ravens (1998). He tenaciously overcame a severe knee injury to become a starter at inside linebacker for the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. (He remains with the Steelers organization on the defensive staff.) When discussions arise about Pitt's greatest defenders and competitors, Olsavsky should always be prominently mentioned.

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The University of Pittsburgh football freshmen spent Friday morning at the Mel Blount Youth Home putting on a football clinic for less fortunate youth. Release

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SEASON TICKET RENEWAL WINNER #4: MARK HARRIES

Number of years as a Pitt Football Season Ticket Holder: Last year was my first time. My son was a freshman at PITT

Favorite former Pitt Panther: Mike Ditka

Favorite Pitt Football Tradition: I'm too new to understand what is tradition and what is just plain fun!

Best place to eat at Heinz Field: Top deck facing the city, a view worth seeing every time we go.

Most memorable game at Heinz Field: Notre Dame 2013. We have close friends who live and die for the Irish. I enjoyed keeping them up to date from the stands.

Favorite tailgate food: Whatever you are serving. It's a long ride from NJ, so I am ready for anything.

What are you looking forward to most about the 125th season of Pitt Football: Watching the big screen to catch a glimpse of my son's smiling face. Autumn in Pittsburgh, does it get any better than that?

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VIDEO: Heinz Field Summer Workouts

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The Pitt Football team is hard at work this summer preparing for the 2014 season. Check out this great video of the team training at Heinz Field.

"This is your house. Defend it!"

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Pitt's four returning offensive line starters gathered today to talk about offseason preparations and their aspirations for the 2014 campaign. The Panthers welcome back this season starting tackles Adam Bisnowaty and T.J. Clemmings, guard Matt Rotheram and center Artie Rowell. 

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SEASON TICKET RENEWAL WINNER #2: JASON DILKS

Number of years as a Pitt Football Season Ticket Holder: More than 20 years

Favorite former Pitt Panther: Larry Fitzgerald

Favorite Pitt Football Tradition: I have a group of about eight family members who all have tickets in the same section at Heinz Field, as well as a number of my college roommates. It's a tradition every game day, getting together and seeing everyone for the game.

Favorite tailgate food: We come prepared to every game with a bottle of champagne at our tailgate. Then after a big win we are ready to celebrate.

Most memorable game at Heinz Field: The 2013 home opener against Florida State. Not the outcome I would have liked, but it was exciting to see the stadium packed and everyone cheering for our very first game in the ACC.

What are you looking forward to most about the 125th season of Pitt Football: hope to see James Conner continue to perform at a high level. Hey, he may win the Heisman as both an offensive and defensive player!

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Beginning his third season at the helm of the Pitt football program, Paul Chryst has given the Panthers a trustworthy leader, writes Sam Warner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

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SEASON TICKET RENEWAL WINNER #2: JEFF HARRISON

Number of years as a Pitt Football Season Ticket Holder: It's been at least 14 seasons. It's been quite a while.

Favorite former Pitt Panther: It's hard to pick just one - I would say my top two are Bill Fralic and Tony Dorsett.

Favorite Heinz Field food: Primanti's - a Pittsburgh classic.

Most memorable Pitt game: Pitt's victory over Penn State in 2000. Looking forward to seeing them again in 2016.

What are you looking forward to most about the 125th season of Pitt Football: It's exciting to be in the ACC. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the same teams we saw last year, but we have a lot of exciting teams coming to Pittsburgh. I'll even be on the road to see a game or two.

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Pitt safety Ray Vinopal joined The Fan Morning Show Friday after a conditioning workout at Heinz Field. Gregg Giannotti asked Vinopal if he has noticed a difference as Defensive Coordinator Matt House enters his second season.

"I believe in our scheme, and I think all our guys believe in our scheme. It's just up to execution," Vinopal said. "In terms of spring ball, we executed much better than we did in the past season, and that's going to be exciting for us this year."

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Top 10 Countdown - Week Three List

Fan Vote - Greatest Combo in Pitt History: Hugh Green and Rickey Jackson (34% of the vote)
Honorable Mention: Jeff Delaney and Bob Jury (33% of the vote)

Arguably the most devastating defensive end tandem in college football history, Hugh Green and Rickey Jackson ran roughshod over opponents during the 1979 and 1980 seasons. In Hollywood movie terms, this was the equivalent of having Darth Vader and the Predator on the same defense--there was simply no escape. As seniors in '80, the pair spearheaded the nation's No. 1 defense and combined for an incredible 260 tackles, 29 sacks and eight fumble recoveries.

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SEASON TICKET RENEWAL WINNER #1: CHRIS MILLER

Number of years as a Pitt Football Season Ticket Holder: 10 (including years as a student)

Favorite former Pitt Panther: Dan Marino

Favorite Pitt Football tradition: Tailgating in the lots around Heinz Field with my friends, many of whom are Pitt alums. They come from all over the place and it's great to be able to get together with them.

Favorite tailgate food: Southern BBQ

Most memorable game at Heinz Field: 2008 victory over Notre Dame

What are you looking forward to most about the 125th season of Pitt Football: It's the second season in the ACC. There are some more new teams coming to Heinz Field, and it's exciting to be part of this conference.

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VIDEO: Chelsea Welch #SummerSelfieSeries

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At last, Pitt freshman finds a home - Tribune-Review

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By Jerry DiPaola

Pitt freshman Patrick Amara was homeless, hungry and forced to live with so many different families that he lost count.

Football might have saved him.

Amara, an all-state safety at West Catholic High in Philadelphia, finally has the structured life he always wanted. He has a scholarship, a schedule of classes for Pitt's summer semester and the hope that one day he will help carry the Panthers to the top of the ACC.

Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/-topstories/6299970-74/amara-pitt-patrick#ixzz36hSyHyiP 

Top 10 Countdown - Week Two List

Fan Vote - Greatest TD in Pitt History: Running Back Tony Dorsett, 1976 (53% of the vote)

Tony Dorsett's senior season is the gold standard for Pitt running backs. In 12 games, Dorsett rushed for 2,150 yards and 22 touchdowns. Over the final seven games of the 1976 season, as Pitt was charging toward the national championship, he averaged 215 yards rushing per game. Having finished fourth in the Heisman balloting as a junior in 1975, Dorsett became Pitt's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1976. He earned 701 of a possible 842 first-place votes for an overall total of 2,357 points, finishing far ahead of second-place finisher Ricky Bell of USC (1,346 points).

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VIDEO: James Robinson #SummerSelfieSeries

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