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Pitt Finishes Tied for Sixth in LEARFIELD Administrators’ Cup Fall Standings



Pitt completed tied for sixth place within the LEARFIELD Administrators’ Cup Fall Standings the Athletics division introduced on Thursday.

Pitt Athletics noticed nice performances from 5 of the six fall packages that propelled them to their excessive end.

Volleyball as soon as once more confirmed its dominance with head coach Dan Fisher in his tenth yr, making its third straight Elite Eight. They defeated No. 1 and reigning Nationwide Champions in Wisconsin in 5 units on the street within the Elite Eight, to make it to their second straight Remaining 4 look. They battled ACC rival No. 1 Louisville in that semifinal, however misplaced in 5 units.

Males’s soccer additionally proved that it may rebuild and construct one other strong group beneath seventh yr head coach Jay Vidovich. Regardless of a winless streak in the course of the season, Pitt managed to select up their recreation within the NCAA Event.

They defeated No. 1 Kentucky on the street, 2-1, in dramatic trend to make it to their third straight Elite Eight look and took down Portland in additional time, 1-0, to earn their second journey in three years to the School Cup. Pitt took on Indiana, however misplaced 2-0, ending their season within the prime 4 within the nation.

Girls’s soccer broke by way of in Randy Waldrum’s fifth yr as head coach, making their first ever ACC Event and NCAA Event. They defeated Buffalo, 1-0, on a late objective within the First Spherical after which defeated No. 5 Georgetown 2-1 within the Second Spherical, earlier than falling to No. 1 Florida State within the Candy 16. Waldrum has the expertise and data to maintain this group enhancing going ahead, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see this system go even additional within the NCAA Event in future years.

Soccer didn’t attain their objective of an ACC Championship as they did in 2021, however nonetheless completed ranked for the second yr in a row, one in all solely 9 packages to take action. After what appeared like a misplaced season, Pitt ended the 2022 season with 5 straight wins, together with a dramatic 37-35 victory over UCLA within the Solar Bowl.

Males’s cross nation noticed two runners in juniors Jack Miller and Luke Henseler make it to the NCAA Championships. Miller completed in seventh place at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, one of the best end in program historical past, whereas Henseler completed in thirteenth place.

Miller and Henseler grew to become the primary duo in Pitt historical past to make it to the NCAA Championships and the primary runners to make it since 1994.

Pitt completed with 309.00 complete factors. Volleyball had 83 factors, males’s soccer 73, ladies’s soccer 64, soccer 52 and males’s cross nation with 27. Pitt tied with rival Penn State with 309.00 for sixth place. North Carolina, Stanford, BYU, Ohio State and Syracuse completed within the prime 5 for the autumn.


Jason Capel upset with therapy from alma mater UNC; Jeff Capel responds



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Shortly after Nike Sibande blocked Caleb Davis’ shot to safe a win for Pitt on the Dean E. Smith Heart, the Panthers piled into the hallway and guests locker room to have fun their victory.

After which, after the cheering settled, Jason Capel began to yell. The Pitt assistant coach wasn’t screaming at anybody particularly, however his visceral selection phrases have been focused at his alma mater, the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Y’all gonna disrespect me? All I did for this program? Y’all gonna boo me? I held this sh*t collectively when Matt Doherty tore it aside,” Capel was overheard saying by a Pittsburgh Sports activities Now reporter. “F*ck that sh*t.”

After Jason Capel’s transient blowup, Pitt head coach Jeff Capel addressed it through the postgame press convention. The elder Capel known as his brother’s relationship with North Carolina, “sophisticated” and defended him.

“My brother loves this faculty, he dreamt of coming right here as a participant once we have been little,” Jeff Capel stated. “That is the place that he all the time dreamt of enjoying. He wore that jersey with numerous satisfaction, and since he’s left right here there was numerous disrespect in the direction of him.”

Jason Capel performed 4 seasons for UNC from 1998 to 2002, beginning in 114 of the 120 video games he performed for Carolina. As a sophomore, he had 10 rebounds and 9 factors in UNC’s nationwide semifinal loss to Florida. He was the captain and main scorer for the Tar Heels his senior season, however that crew went 8-20 and was one of many worst in Carolina historical past.

In attempting to pinpoint what sparked Jason’s outburst, Jeff Capel pointed to a “tweet” however wouldn’t specify which one. A supply acquainted with the scenario informed Pittsburgh Sports activities Now that the tweet that fired up the Capels was this one from UNC’s males’s basketball Twitter account that reveals walk-on Creighton Lebo sticking his tongue out whereas sporting the identical jersey quantity — 25 — worn by Jason Capel as a Tar Heel.

“I don’t assume it’s coming from inside the basketball program. I don’t know who controls their social media… I hoped he didn’t see it… I believed it was them trolling him,” Jeff Capel stated. “It’s a sophisticated relationship with him and North Carolina. He loves it, however I believe at occasions he doesn’t really feel that again.”

Jeff Capel additionally shared an alleged incident from the 2009 Elite Eight. Capel was teaching Oklahoma and so they have been set to play Carolina for a shot to go to the Closing 4. Jason — to assist his brother — was sporting an Oklahoma shirt on the recreation and was subsequently jeered by Carolina followers, Jeff stated, and former Carolina participant intervened and cooled the scenario.

“And the Carolina followers have been fairly shitty in the direction of him. Excuse my language, however fairly, fairly nasty,” Jeff Capel stated. “For me, it’s simply actually attention-grabbing man, as a result of I grew up within the state, and this is likely one of the most tradition-laden applications within the historical past of school athletics. Not simply school basketball. You hear in regards to the Carolina household, and it’s simply superb to me that their social media individuals would do this… Clearly the sport was emotional.”

George Michalowski contributed to this report.

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Ludwig: Pitt’s 2023 Schedule Offers Thrilling Alternative



It appears like simply yesterday that Pitt’s 2022 schedule was launched. The place has the time gone?

By some means, 2022 is already previous information. A 9-4 season, capped by a ranked win within the Solar Bowl, was an excellent follow-up to an ACC title, and but it’s only a web page within the storybooks now. The world of faculty soccer waits for nobody.

The 2023 season remains to be, like, seven months away. Pitt hasn’t even kicked off spring practices but however having a bodily schedule to have a look at makes all the things really feel a lot extra actual. We all know when and the place Pitt is taking part in subsequent season. Effectively, virtually when.

It’s a schedule that, admittedly, is harder than final seasons. The non-conference schedule is unforgiving. I imply, who of their proper thoughts willingly schedules Wofford?

Pitt travels to Morgantown for the Yard Brawl. And to South Bend to face off towards Notre Dame on the finish of October. And this season’s “Group of 5” opponent is Huge 12 newcomer Cincinnati. It’s not precisely simple, however it’s additionally a extremely good check.

What’s the full schedule? Let’s check out the 2023 schedule as a complete:

2023 Pitt Schedule

Week 1: Saturday, Sept. 2 – Wofford at Acrisure Stadium

Week 2: Saturday, Sept. 9 – Cincinnati at Acrisure Stadium

Week 3: Saturday, Sept. 16 — West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium

Week 4: Saturday, Sept. 23 – North Carolina at Acrisure Stadium

Week 5: Saturday, Sept. 30 — Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium

Week 6: Saturday, Oct. 7 – Bye Week

Week 7: Saturday, Oct. 14 – Louisville at Acrisure Stadium

Week 8: Saturday, Oct. 21 – Wake Forest at Truist Stadium

Week 9: Saturday, Oct. 28 – Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium

Week 10: Saturday, Nov. 4 – Florida State at Acrisure Stadium

Week 11: Saturday, Nov. 11 – Syracuse at Yankee Stadium

Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 16 – Boston School at Acrisure Stadium

Week 13: Saturday, Nov. 25 – Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium

So, let’s recap first. That’s 4 house video games, two away video games and a bye week earlier than the majority of ACC play. Will probably be key to renew play with file.

West Virginia and Virginia Tech on the street are robust — it’s all the time robust to play in Morgantown, and Lane Stadium is not any joke — however it may actually be worse. It’s not precisely grueling journey to succeed in both college.

Cincinnati is a Energy 5 program now, in order that’s one other huge win up for grabs early within the season. These Bearcats aren’t precisely the playoff contenders they have been two seasons in the past both.

It appears to be like like Drake Maye and North Carolina shall be Pitt’s hardest check earlier than the bye week, however not like final season, it can happen at Acrisure Stadium. I believe a 4-1 stretch earlier than the bye week is actually doable.

The massive storyline from the 2023 season although doesn’t arrive till October. Pitt’s October struggles have been on full show in 2022, and the 2023 schedule shall be harder.

However with Notre Dame and Florida State on the schedule, it’s a chance to attain a few signature wins and garner the nationwide respect that the aforementioned faculties obtain on an annual foundation — no matter whether or not or not that respect is deserved.

Pitt comes off the bye week with a house sport towards Louisville, because the Cardinals work in a brand new quarterback below new head coach Jeff Brohm, after which hits the street to play a Sam Hartman-less Wake Forest squad down in Winston-Salem.

After Pitt leaves Winston-Salem, that’s when the enjoyable begins.

On the street at Notre Dame after which proper again house to host Florida State. Pitt has some familiarity Hartman, who’s now at Notre Dame. Simply suppose again to Hartman’s career-worst efficiency towards Pitt within the 2021 ACC championship.

Notre Dame will nonetheless, seemingly, be good. Florida State can have a whole lot of hype, with some nationwide writers already projecting the Seminoles as a high 5 crew coming into the 2023 season. And Pitt can have a crack at each.

I do know there’s some dialogue about scheduling simpler opponents going ahead, however isn’t this what it’s all about? Pitt will get to face off towards among the high (preseason) groups within the nation, proceed one of many greatest rivalries in school soccer and play some significant soccer throughout the season.

The place is the enjoyable in scheduling Youngstown State and Duquesne?

So, after the gauntlet of Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Florida State, Pitt will head to New York — Yankee Stadium within the Bronx, to be particular — for a matchup towards Syracuse. Senior Evening comes on a Thursday evening towards Boston School, and the rivalry week opponent is a strong Duke squad in Durham.

That’s the 2023 schedule. It’s a enjoyable one. I can see eight or 9 wins, personally.

It could be a bit too early to take a position on particular person wins proper now, let’s see how the spring unfolds first, however it’s a schedule that provides Pitt an opportunity to make some noise. West Virginia, Cincinnati and Notre Dame are a pleasant non-conference schedule, and Florida State, North Carolina and Duke aren’t a foul in-conference slate both.

I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the 2023 season. Pitt has some issues to determine, what crew doesn’t as spring practices close to, however it’s a crew coming off its greatest two-season stretch in 40 years.

Not one however two — high quality — quarterbacks have transferred into the system, together with a few former WPIAL stars at positions of want and a possible beginning broad receiver. There are younger gamers bursting on the seams at mainly each place, too.

I wouldn’t rule out one other addition or two within the spring switch portal window both.

Spring practices will kick off in a few month, the spring sport is on April 15 and the switch portal opens again up on Might 1. There’s a whole lot of work to be accomplished even earlier than the summer season begins. However the 2023 season is approaching quicker and quicker.

You gotta win, and also you gotta win towards everybody, so now’s the prospect.

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Pitt Named Considered one of Seth Greenberg’s Groups of the Week, Blake Hinson Gamers of the Week



The Pitt Panthers put the ACC on discover this previous week and garnered the eye of nationwide retailers. 

On Monday, the pinnacle coach Jeff Capel was named Coach of the Week by ESPN’s Jeff Bozello. ESPN School Basketball Analyst Seth Greenberg named the Panthers one in all his 5 groups of the week. Greenberg positioned Pitt alongside Creighton (13-8, 7-3 Huge East), and three Huge 12 groups in Baylor (16-5, 5-3 Huge 12), Oklahoma (12-9, 2-6 Huge 12) and West Virginia (13-8, 2-6 Huge 12). 

Pitt completed the week 2-0, breaking a five-way tie for third place within the ACC. The Panthers defeated Wake Forest 81-79 and shot 18-of-27 (49%) from three-point land. Capel’s squad totaled 22 assists and three blocks, as soon as main by 15 earlier than holding on in opposition to the Demon Deacons within the closing possessions. 

Saturday’s Miami recreation in entrance of 12,508 followers was the Panthers’ first sellout since 2019 – when Zion Williamson and Duke performed on the Pete – as Pitt rallied from eight factors all the way down to defeat the Hurricanes 71-68. Trailing 68-60, the Panthers closed on an 11-0 run and went forward following a Jamarius Burton steal and Blake Hinson tip-in basket by way of site visitors that bounced the Panthers’ manner. 

Greenberg named Hinson as a member of his five-member Gamers of the Week after posting 24 factors on 8-of-14 subject targets, all from behind the arc, in 33 minutes in opposition to Wake Forest. Hinson’s eight triples tied for probably the most in program historical past. 

Hinson began within the Panthers’ win over Miami, scoring a game-high 21 factors together with the game-winning tip, and grabbing eight rebounds in 36 minutes. He particularly carried out nicely within the second half, scoring two-thirds of his factors (14) and posting 5 rebounds and two blocks. Hinson knocked down a essential three to chop the deficit to a few, 68-65, with a hand in his face and supply the chance to clinch the comeback.

The junior ahead is averaging 16.2 factors and 6.5 rebounds this season, beginning all 22 of Pitt’s video games. Greenberg chosen Hinson, NC State ahead D.J. Burns, Gonzaga guard Julian Strawther, Tennessee guard Zakai Zeigler, and potential Participant of the 12 months ahead Zach Edy of Purdue as his Gamers of the Week.

The Panthers battle North Carolina (15-6, 7-3 ACC) Wednesday from Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. UNC sits immediately behind Pitt in fourth place.

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