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Jeff Capel Named Coach of the Week by ESPN



Pitt males’s basketball and head coach Jeff Capel had fairly the week to deliver January to a detailed. 

The Panthers secured two essential victories to their NCAA event hopes and broke away from a five-way tie for third place in ACC play. Pitt defeated Wake Forest and No. 20 Miami, each at house, to maneuver into sole possession of third place. 

Pitt is knocking on the door of the AP Prime 25, receiving 9 votes in Monday’s newest replace.

The workforce held off a surging Wake Forest workforce that outscored the Panthers 40-32 within the second half to win by two within the last seconds. The Miami win was much more spectacular. In entrance of a sold-out crowd of 12,508 contained in the Petersen Occasions Heart. Pitt erased an 86-60 deficit within the last two and a half minutes to shut on an 11-0 run in a recreation you needed to be there to consider. 

For his efforts in guiding this system to a 2-0 stretch, Capel was named by ESPN Employees Author Jeff Borzello as NCAA Coach of the Week

“Just a few months in the past, it appeared like Capel’s days at Pitt could be numbered. He was on the teaching scorching seat on the finish of final season – his fourth consecutive marketing campaign ending under .500. Pitt was picked 14th within the 2022-23 preseason ACC ballot in October, after which began the season with three losses in 4 video games. Quick-forward 2 ½ months, and the Panthers are 15-7 general, 8-3 within the ACC and third within the convention standings. They’re coming off arguably their most essential week of the season, too, beating fellow ACC bubble workforce Wake Forest on Wednesday, then gorgeous Miami with a game-ending 11-0 run to win by three within the last minute. In accordance with ESPN’s win likelihood, Pitt had a 4.9% probability to come back out with a victory when Miami led by eight with 2:05 left. The Panthers now personal wins over Virginia, Miami, North Carolina, NC State and Northwestern.” – Jeff Borzello, ESPN Employees Author

Capel has powered this system again to nationwide relevance and is held in excessive regard by former Pitt head coach Ben Howland, who was available Saturday because the Panthers honored the twentieth anniversary of the 2003 Massive East Championship workforce.  

“They’re very effectively coached,” Howland stated. “Coach is doing an excellent job when it comes to getting them to all mesh collectively. Nice schemes each offensively and defensively.”

Jamarius Burton pressured a turnover by Miami guard Isaiah Wong, stealing the ball and driving to the basket because the Panthers took a one-point lead. Blake Hinson tipped in Burton’s missed layup to go forward 69-68 with 26 seconds left. Burton recorded one other steal throughout Miami’s subsequent possession, however Greg Elliott stepped on the baseline whereas not in a position to run to provide the Hurricanes one other alternative. Elliott made up for it on the following inbound, stole the ball again, and related on two free throws to seal the three-point win. 

“You’ve simply gotta maintain preventing,” Capel stated after the Miami win. “In the event that they hit a troublesome shot, don’t drop your head and no matter, simply come again. There’s one other battle that can most likely occur throughout the subsequent 30 seconds, and we’ve got to win that one. If you happen to carry the earlier one over, then it’s going to have an effect on you. We should be current on a regular basis, each play.”

Pitt faces North Carolina (15-6, 7-3 ACC) Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill. The Panthers defeated UNC on the Pete earlier this season 76-74 on Dec. 30.


Pitt Gave New TE Commit Eric Ingwerson What He Actually Needed: A Faculty That Believed In Him



There’s been a number of curiosity, from the likes of Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska, however Eric Ingwerson needed greater than curiosity. He needed a sure stage belief and perception that resulted in an precise bond.

Ingwerson — a 6-foot-7, 235-pound three-star tight finish from Papillion-La Vista Excessive in Papillion, Nebraska — simply needed to discover a college that believed in him.

“I all the time simply thought the primary to imagine in me is the place I’ll go,” Ingwerson informed PSN. “And I used to be simply ready for that first Energy 5 provide. So, the primary Energy 5 provide I used to be gonna commit as a result of the primary to imagine in me, that’s the place I used to be gonna go.”

He had acquired presents from Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois, two nice faculties, however he dreamed of enjoying faculty soccer on the highest stage. Ingwerson dreamed of enjoying on the Energy 5 stage, so when Pitt got here calling, he listened. He made it out to Pittsburgh for a go to over the weekend, his first expertise in Pittsburgh, and he beloved it.  

He was ready to take a look at a fantastic metropolis, watch how tight ends coach Tim Salem — a very good man — ran observe and even picked up an official provide from head coach Pat Narduzzi. All of it felt like house, it checked all of the bins that Ingwerson had, so? He dedicated.

“I positively did my analysis, I appeared up the whole lot and I simply beloved the whole lot I noticed,” Ingwerson stated. 

Nonetheless, it additionally wasn’t his first expertise with Pitt both. Regardless of residing throughout the nation, an entire time zone away, he’s been watching Pitt soccer all season. When your first expertise is watching the Yard Brawl on TV, it’s arduous to beat.

“I used to be simply watching like, ‘Wow, that is superb. That is positively a workforce I’d wish to play for,’” Ingwerson stated. And as he acquired to see Pitt up shut and private over the weekend, attending to expertise the primary padded observe of the spring, he realized that he discovered the workforce he needed to hitch. 

“Simply watching them in observe, they appeared like they have been having enjoyable,” Ingwerson stated. “And I simply felt like I might actually slot in there with the playstyle and their route working and blocking. And I really feel like the way in which coach Salem coaches, he’s extra of a trainer coach, and I like that, in order that’s additionally an enormous cause why I dedicated as a result of I really feel like I match within the tight ends room.”

With unteachable dimension, a 6-foot-7 body that has loads of room to fill out, Ingwerson embraces blocking. The truth is, he prides himself on his blocking at Papillion-La Vista, however he’s additionally a novel purple zone menace. Throw it up, and he’s gonna have an opportunity to haul it in. And he’s a menace with the ball in his palms, too.

Ingwerson is happy for the possibility to showcase precisely the type of participant that he’s, a ferociously fierce blocking tight finish with the power to go up and win bounce balls, however he’s additionally prepared to point out Pitt — and the entire Pitt followers — that he’s a tough employee whose devoted to his craft. Pitt believed in him, and he’s wanting to reward that belief.

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**2024 Bishop Canevin 3-star athlete Jason Cross might be making an unofficial go to right now to Penn State. Cross (6’2″, 170-pounds) holds presents from Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Iowa State, Kent State, Akron and UConn.


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2024 TE Eric Ingwerson Picks Up First Energy 5 Provide From Pitt On Go to



A current customer to Pitt picked up a suggestion from the Panthers.

Over the weekend, 2024 tight finish Eric Ingwerson traveled to Pittsburgh from Papillion, Nebraska and left along with his first Energy 5 provide. Papillion (6-foot-7, 240 kilos) holds different presents from Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois.

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“Coach Narduzzi provided me himself. My dad was there with me and it was a terrific feeling getting my first Energy 5 provide,” mentioned Ingwerson. “We had been actually excited and grateful for Coach Narduzzi for believing in me.

“It was my first time in Pittsburgh and I cherished the gorgeous metropolis. Everybody says it’s a soccer city, driving by the bridge we noticed the stadium on our left adopted by all the gorgeous buildings. Speaking with the coaches made me really feel like I used to be wished.”

Though Pitt was the primary to formally provide him a scholarship, Ingwerson says that he’s presently listening to rather a lot from Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Iowa State.

Pitt clearly made a good first impression on Ingwerson and down the highway when it’s time to make his resolution, I requested him the potential significance of Pitt being the primary main program to supply him?

“Being first is nice, however I’m a relationship individual and feeling wished and at house is an enormous factor for me,” mentioned Ingwerson.

Presently, Ingwerson has no timetable to decide.

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