Pitt’s Conner named ACC Player of the Year (video)

   December 3, 2014 2:51 pm

The awards keep rolling in for Pitt sophomore running back James Conner, a McDowell graduate. Conner was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year today in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Conner was also named the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year. He is the first underclassman running back…

Jordano nears 500 wins with Pitt baseball

   June 12, 2014 1:21 am

Current Pitt baseball coach and former Mercyhurst baseball coach Joe Jordano recently wrapped up his 17th season as head coach of the Panthers. In 2015, Jordano likely will reach a milestone victory (No. 500) at Pitt. The Panthers finished 22-30 overall and were 11-19 in their first season in the ACC. Jordano’s career record at…

Michigan State, Pitt coaches give feedback on Erie football recruits

   February 7, 2013 8:58 am

Today’s Erie Times-News featured a story on Erie County’s four major-college football recruits. Michigan State Mark Dantonio talked about Cathedral Prep seniors Damion Terry and Delton Williams, both of whom will be Spartans in the fall. When talking about McDowell senior James Conner, Pitt coach Paul Chryst simply said, “There is a football player.” Read…

Duane Rankin’s Week 14 forecast

   November 29, 2012 11:29 pm

Here are three college football games worth watching in Week 14. Game of the week: No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC) vs. No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC), Saturday, 4 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta, WSEE (CBS). Pregame rant: Some would say this is the national championship game. The winner will likely be…

Duane Rankin’s Week 13 recap

   November 29, 2012 7:11 pm

Let’s recap Week 13, shall we? Game of the week: No. 1 Notre Dame at USC Final score: Irish 22, Trojans 13 Pregame rant: This is pretty simple. The Irish win, they’re playing for a national title. Notre Dame hasn’t won it all since the 1988 season, but hasn’t really contended for one since 1989…

Duane Rankin’s Week 13 forecast

   November 20, 2012 6:42 pm

Here are three college football games worth watching in Week 13. Game of the week: No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-0) at USC Trojans (7-4, 5-4 Pac-12), Saturday, 8 p.m., WJET (ABC). Pregame rant: This is pretty simple. The Irish win, they’re playing for a national title. Notre Dame hasn’t won it all since…

Duane Rankin’s Week 11 recap

   November 13, 2012 12:16 am

Let’s recap Week 11, shall we? Game of the week: No. 15 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama Final score: Aggies 29, Tide 24 Pregame rant: Texas A&M has won seven of its last eight games since losing its opener. The Aggies’ two conference losses are to Florida and LSU. Those defeats aside,  Texas A&M…

Duane Rankin’s Week 11 forecast

   November 7, 2012 12:03 am

Here are three college football games worth watching in Week 11. Game of the week: No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies (7-2, 4-2 SEC) at No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC), Saturday, 3:30 p.m., WSEE (CBS) Pregame rant: Texas A&M has won seven of its last eight games since losing its opener. The Aggies’…

Duane Rankin’s Week 4 recap

   September 24, 2012 8:25 pm

Let us recap Week 4, shall we? Game of the week: No. 10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State Final score: Seminoles 49, Tigers 37 Pregame rant: So much talent on both teams here, but if the Seminoles are a national title contender, they’ll handle the Tigers. Allowing just 103.33 yard a game and a…

Duane Rankin’s Week 6 recap, Week 7 forecast…

   October 11, 2011 6:25 pm

Let us recap Week 6, shall we? No. 3 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) vs. No. 22 Texas (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) Pregame rant: Oklahoma has dropped from No. 1 (in the AP poll) without losing a game. Maybe the Sooners will come out and show they should be No. 1, but Texas shouldn’t be…