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Postgame Response from Pitt’s Capel, Cummings, Sibande and Virginia HC Bennett



PITTSBURGH — Late Tuesday evening on the Petersen Occasions Heart, Pitt took down No. 11 for its second-straight win over a ranked opponent, taking dwelling the ‘W’ by a rating of 68-65.

Hear from Pitt’s Jeff Capel, Nelly Cummings, and Blake Hinson, in addition to Virginia head coach Tony Bennett on the hyperlinks beneath.

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Incoming Pitt Freshman WR Kenny Johnson Wins Huge 33 Sport MVP




A handful of gifted freshman broad receivers can be becoming a member of the 2023 Pitt soccer group and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr. will want a few them to step as much as play an necessary function within the offense.

A type of younger gamers placed on fairly a present, as he formally completed his highschool profession by taking part within the annual Huge 33 All-Star Sport.

Pitt incoming freshman broad receiver Kenny Johnson (Dallastown Excessive Faculty-York, Pa.) earned Sport MVP honors as Pennsylvania beat Maryland, 31-27.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Johnson completed the sport with 9 catches for 161 yards and a landing. That landing got here with 1:15 left within the recreation and proved to be the game-winning rating for Workforce Pennsylvania.

Johnson can be joined by fellow freshman Zion Fowler (Jersey Metropolis, N.J.), Israel Polk (Bellflower, Calif.) and Lamar Seymore (Miami, Fla.) in Pitt’s 2023 depth chart and can pushing for taking part in time as Pitt wants broad receivers to develop and be counted upon.

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Pitt Lands UMass Decommit Class of 2023 Guard Aaryn Battle




Pitt landed a gifted class of 2023 guard in Aaryn Battle Saturday evening, as she introduced her dedication to this system on her Twitter.

Battle initially dedicated to UMass and in addition signed her Nationwide Letter of Intent (NLI) to this system. She ultimately requested UMass to launch her from her NLI in early Might, a couple of month after former UMass head coach Tory Verdi left and joined in the identical place at Pitt.

Verdi, together with his new employees in assistant coaches Candice Farley, Ty Margenthaler and Lakale Malone, have been placing in work this previous month. They land a gifted guard, who Verdi initially signed at UMass and who will now play a big function in rebuilding this Pitt program.

Battle stands at 5-foot-10 and performed for Camden Catholic Excessive College in Cherry Hill, N.J. She averaged a profession excessive 16.9 factors per recreation as a senior, together with 5.42 rebounds and 4.04 assists per recreation, respectively. Battle completed her highschool profession with 1,218 factors, 446 rebounds, 352 assists and 239 steals in 85 video games, which is nice for a median of 14.3 factors, 5.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a couple of.8 steals per recreation, respectively.

She additionally performed for New Heights NYC for her AAU crew and is a gifted shooter, capable of pull up from anyplace on the ground. Battle additionally excels driving into the paint and utilizing her dimension to attain down low.

Battle arrives because the eleventh participant on Pitt’s roster for the upcoming 2023-24 season and is the third participant incoming within the Class of 2023, together with North Allegheny guard Jasmine Timmerson and ahead Lauren Rust.

Battle is available in at an important time for the Panthers, as Verdi is making an attempt to construct his crew up with simply 4 returning gamers. 9 gamers have left this system this offseason following the dismissal of head coach Lance White and Class of 2023 recruit Hannah Mills-Watson decommitted, making it 10.

Right here is the Pitt Roster listed for the upcoming 2023-24 season and in addition the departures from this system beneath it.

2023-24 Pitt Roster + eligibility 

Junior Mia Simpson: two years (Morton School (JUCO))
Junior Bella Perkins: two years (USC)
Sophomore Marley Washenitz: three years
Sophomore Aislin Malcolm: three years
First-year Aaryn Battle: 4 years (UMass)
First-year Jasmine Timmerson: 4 years

Graduate Jala Jordan: one yr (Seton Corridor)
Senior Gabby Hutcherson: two years
Senior Liatu King: two years
Junior Rapuluchi Ayodele: two years (Jap Florida State/Indian River State (JUCO))
First-year Lauren Rust: 4 years

Pitt Transfers/Decommits 

Graduate Dayshanette Harris: one yr (Clemson)
Graduate Emy Hayford: one yr (Fordham)
Graduate Future Strother: one yr (Niagara)
Senior Sandrine Clesca: two years (Monmouth)
Senior Taisha Exanor: two years (Monmouth)
Sophomore Avery “Ace” Strickland: three years (Tennessee)

Graduate ahead Amber Brown: one yr (St. John’s)
Redshirt senior Cynthia Ezeja: two years (Loyola Marymount)
Junior Maliyah Johnson: two years (Houston)
First-year Hannah Watson: 4 years (Toronto Metropolitan)

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ACC to Reward Members for Athletic Accomplishments




The Atlantic Coast Convention introduced Wednesday plans to reward its member faculties for athletic accomplishments. Starting within the 2024-25 educational yr, “success incentives” can be in place based on the “efficiency of groups in income producing postseason competitors.” Different kinds of generated income will stay shared as presently in place.

The Board of Administrators developed the choice on the ACC spring conferences and can announce extra data within the coming months with many plans nonetheless within the works.

“The ACC Board of Administrators continues to be dedicated to exploring all potential alternatives that can end in extra revenues and assets for the convention,” ACC Board of Administrators Chair and Duke College President Vincent E. Worth stated. “Immediately’s choice supplies a path to reward athletic success whereas additionally distributing extra income to the complete membership.”

Manufacturers with the ability to revenue off their picture and success comes days after the “Magnificent 7” emerged. Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech teamed as much as discover choices to doubtlessly depart the ACC. The seven consider they’re the most respected of the member establishments and proceed to search for methods to extend their earnings additional. 

A major impediment of their plan was the ACC’s Grant of Rights deal, in impact by way of 2036. Soccer income is break up 14 methods from the ACC TV deal, and an all-in contract with ESPN additional extends the issue of a convention shakeup. 

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips has taken main strides to maintain the convention collectively and forestall additional issues. 

“Immediately’s endorsement follows vital and significant conversations by the ACC Board of Administrators,” Phillips stated Wednesday. “To make sure, I applaud their thoughtfulness and continues dedication o working collectively. As we’ve communicated constantly, we stay devoted to exploring all choices to boost assist for our member establishments and their student-athletes.”

Pitt left the Huge East to hitch the ACC on September 18, 2011. The convention was based on Might 8, 1953, and holds its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, the positioning of the 2023 ACC Match and the Panthers’ first and second-round NCAA Match video games. Led by Kenny Pickett, Pitt soccer received the 2021 ACC title and secured a spot within the Peach Bowl. Pitt volleyball, males’s and girls’s soccer, and wrestling have additionally skilled supreme NCAA Match success.

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