March 6, 2013 |
The voluminous archives of the late U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter are heading west. Philadelphia University, which has custody, has struck a deal with the University of Pittsburgh to process, preserve, and digitize significant portions of Specter's material, officials announced Monday. The job is huge. Imagine 2,700 boxes of papers, photographs, audio and video materials, and memorabilia. That's enough to fill 337 four-drawer filing cabinets, notes Michael Dabrishus, Pitt's assistant university librarian.
March 4, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - As bad as the inexplicable last-second loss at Seton Hall 6 days earlier was, this one actually might sting even more. On Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center, Villanova wasted a chance to beat a nationally ranked team for the second straight weekend. If the Wildcats - who bracketologists seem to agree are about as on-the-bubble as you can get - don't hear their name called on Selection Sunday, they could well look back at their 73-64 overtime loss to Pitt as the game that proved to be the difference.
February 6, 2013 |
The Saturday morning nudge from his father, James Jones, would awaken 8-year-old Jaryd Jones-Smith about the time the sun was rising over his South Jersey home. Along with Jones-Smith's younger sister, Alicia, father and son would leave the Woodstown house for a weekly jog around a 3.3-mile route. "At first, it felt like torture," Jones-Smith said. "But after a while, you got used to it and it became natural. " Now a hulking, 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle at West Catholic, Jones-Smith will sign a letter of intent on Wednesday, national signing day, to accept a football scholarship to Pittsburgh.
January 18, 2013 |
AND NOW, in other non-Chip Kelly news . . . This was one of those games that Villanova probably needed to get, if it wants to make something out of the season: against Pittsburgh, which also went 5-13 last season in the Big East, Wednesday night at the Pavilion, a place the Wildcats rarely used to lose. And with just over 5 minutes to go, it was there for the taking. James Bell had just tied the game on a breakaway dunk off a steal. Unfortunately, that would turn out to be his team's last points.
January 17, 2013 |
Villanova had played some promising basketball through its first three Big East games, overcoming inconsistent shooting and turnovers with strong rebounding and gritty defense. But with Pittsburgh at the Pavilion on Wednesday night, the Wildcats weren't able to do what they had been doing well and shut down offensively in the final five-plus minutes, going scoreless and dropping a 58-43 decision to the Panthers. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-2 Big East), who lost their second in a row after a seven-game winning streak, scored their fewest points ever in the Pavilion, which opened in 1986.
January 16, 2013 |
SOME PROSPECTS milk the recruiting process for all it's worth. And then there's Jaryd "Burger" Jones-Smith, star football lineman at West Catholic High. He's rather reserved and the last thing he craves is nonstop attention. So, while 11 schools made offers, only two received visits. Final verdict: Pitt beat Virginia. "My family and I thought Pitt was the best place for me," said Jones-Smith, who announced his decision Tuesday afternoon in West's auditorium. "I'll get the best of both worlds there - sports and academics.
January 16, 2013 |
Jaryd Jones-Smith, West Catholic's 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive lineman, flipped a few pages in his spiral notebook on Tuesday afternoon before he found his place. Somewhere in his physics book was the short speech he wrote before he would announce his oral commitment to Pittsburgh, a school he officially visited in December with his mother. "I have a free eighth period," Jones-Smith said. "So I had a little bit of time to write it. " Jones-Smith projects to be an offensive tackle at Pittsburgh.
January 9, 2013 |
George Washington defensive end Justin Moody gave an oral commitment Tuesday to the University of Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-3, 279-pounder unofficially visited Pitt in early December. He also weighed offers from Temple and Purdue. The commitment is nonbinding, and Washington coach Ron Cohen said he was unsure whether Moody would visit other schools. "He's a great athlete and a young man that has a great passion for the game of football," said Cohen, who traveled with Moody to Pittsburgh.
January 1, 2013 |
Cashmere Wright scored 18 points, Sean Kilpatrick added 16, and No. 14 Cincinnati surged past No. 24 Pittsburgh, 70-61, on Monday in Pittsburgh. The Bearcats (13-1, 1-0 Big East) bounced back from a loss to New Mexico on Thursday by dominating the Panthers over the final 20 minutes. Cincinnati trailed by as many as eight points early but used a 14-2 run midway through the second half to take control. Talib Zanna led Pitt (12-2, 0-1) with 16 points and Lamar Patterson had 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists, but the Panthers missed all 10 of their three-point shots as their eight-game winning streak ended with a thud.