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Pitt joins trend of stadium-wide beer sales for football games


Ohio State announced earlier this month that it would be offering cold beers to all of-age fans during football games this fall in The ‘Shoe.  A couple of weeks later, a fellow FBS member to the east has followed suit.

As part of its press release on new fan initiatives for the 2016 season, Pittsburgh announced that beer will be sold stadium-wide throughout Heinz Field this upcoming football season.  Prior to this season, alcohol sales were only permitted to those ticket holders in the club and suite sections of the stadium.

The first opportunity for fans to take advantage of the new policy is the home opener against Villanova Sept. 3.  The ACC opener Oct. 8 against Georgia Tech.

From the press release:

The expansion of this amenity will coincide with the implementation of appropriate safety measures for Pitt game days, ensuring the continuation of a fan and family friendly environment for all. (Such measures are already in place for Steelers home games. Aramark, Heinz Field’s official food and beverage concessionaire, provides comprehensive staff training in the sale of alcohol.) A portion of the funds from beer sales proceeds will be dedicated to drug and alcohol education programs for the overall student body through Pitt’s Division of Student Affairs.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there are now nine Power Five members with a similar beer policy for football games.  One of the nine is West Virginia, with the Post-Gazette writing that athletic director Scott Barnes cited data from WVU “suggesting that beer sales in the stadium could actually cut down on alcohol-related incidents.”

Pitt’s James Conner helping fight against cancer

James Conner
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Pittsburgh running back James Conner beat cancer, and he wants to help others follow his lead.

The Pittsburgh Tribune reports Conner helped raise $400,000 for cancer research through a dinner hosted by the man who helped save his life, oncologist Dr. Stanley Marks.

Marks is impressed with Conner’s efforts to rebuild his body after enduring chemotherapy to defeat Hodgkin lymphoma.

“He’s been working out like an animal,” Marks said, noting Conner also is watching his diet. “He hardly ate anything at the dinner. His arms are just enormous, rock solid. He has really put on so much muscle since he started working out (after being declared cancer-free last month).”

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year, Conner suffered a knee injury early last season and was later diagnosed with cancer.

He announced in May he was cancer-free, and Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi has said he expects Conner to take the field with the Panthers this fall.

Pitt flips 4-star RB from Ohio who was committed to Ohio State

Pat Narduzzi, James Conner
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Pittsburgh’s recruiting class grew while Ohio State’s shrank Wednesday when four-star running back Todd Sibley announced he intends to be a Panther in 2017.

Sibley, a top 20 running back nationally and the 12th-best prospect in Ohio according to 247Sports.com Composite rankings, shared the news on Twitter.

The Akron Hoban High standout was an early Ohio State commit, but in May he told 247Sports he was considering more than half a dozen schools after being asked to delay his enrollment if he wished to remain a future Buckeye.

After an unofficial visit to Pitt, he said the chance to regularly rub shoulders with NFL players was a draw to him.

“It was a one day visit,” Sibley said. “A lot of things stood out. One thing that really got my attention was all the NFL access they have. They share the field with the Steelers and eat with the players and stuff.”

With eight members, Pitt’s class checks in at No. 41 after adding Sibley, who joins Homestead, Pa., safety Paris Ford to give coach Pat Narduzzi a pair of four-star commits so far.

Last year, Narduzzi signed the No. 30 class in the country, a group that included five prospects from Ohio and seven from Pennsylvania.

Despite losing Sibley, Ohio State’s class is No. 1 in the country midway through June.

Its 13 members include four-star running back J.K. Dobbins of La Grange, Texas.

In his announcement Wednesday, Sibley did not express any ill will toward Ohio State coach Urban Meyer or his staff but rather thanked them for “ultimately just giving me a shot.”

Pitt’s Freshman All-American safety undergoes knee surgery

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Jordan Whitehead #9 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts after scoring a touchdown in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The bad news for Pittsburgh is that one of the most talented young defensive backs in the country recently underwent a medical procedure.  The good news?  It should have no impact whatsoever on the upcoming season.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jordan Whitehead underwent arthroscopic surgery late this past week to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee.  As a result, he’ll be sidelined from football activities for a period of 4-6 weeks.

That timeline, though, means that, barring a setback, the safety will be 100-percent healthy for the start of summer camp in early August.

Last season, Whitehead led the Panthers with a true freshman school-record 109 tackles.  He also carried the ball 12 times for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

For that, he was named the ACC’s Freshman of the Year and Defensive Freshman of the Year.

VIDEO: Pitt QB Nate Peterman gives ‘trick shots’ the ol’ college try

SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 24:  Nathan Peterman #4 of the Pittsburgh Panthers passes the ball during the second half against the Syracuse Orange on October 24, 2015 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.  Pittsburgh defeats Syracuse 23-20.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Around the Memorial Day weekend, trick shot videos featuring a pair of Big 12 quarterbacks and jet skis were all the rage.  This weekend, an ACC signal-caller is giving one-half of that a shot.

Pittsburgh starting quarterback Nate Peterman, who transferred to Pitt from Tennessee in February of last year, is featured in a video sent out by the school’s sports information department late this past week.  In the video, Peterman is shown successfully completing an array of “trick shots,” throwing a football into garbage cans and basketball hoops from various platforms, including off the top of a building, from a bridge and across a fountain, among others.

Enjoy the video below that also feature’s Peterman’s wife helping him with a couple of the shots.

And, on a completely unrelated note, the 2016 college football season kicks off Down Under in exactly 82 days.