Neil Walker is, by all accounts, a hell of a guy. He's a very good baseball player too. And now he'll play for the New York Mets. And that’s not a big deal. It's not a reason to feel bad for Neil. It's certainly not a tragedy.
Nor is it a reason for Pirates' fans—or Walker, for that matter—to feel somehow “betrayed” by an act of treachery.
The 2015 Pitt Panthers were an improved football team, but hardly a great one. Much of the praise heaped upon Pat Narduzzi and his staff for Pitt’s 8-4 regular season comes in light of extremely low expectations given the program's recent past.
On the other end of the state, the Temple Owls have earned a No. 20 AP ranking and an East Division title in the American Athletic Conference with a 10-2 record.
The Backyard Brawl is back, even if it’s not for another seven years. When the West Virginia Mountaineers take the field in Pittsburgh in the fall of 2022, the players that will be freshmen on those teams are mere sixth-graders now.
Many probably haven’t even started to play organized football yet. Nevertheless, it’s a good thing that the rivalry will continue, at least for four season from 2022-2025.
The Steelers started the offseason by signing franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a significant contact extension. A day before training camp opened, they capped the offseason by extending the contract of general manger Kevin Colbert.
In between those two moves, they signed defensive lineman Cameron Heyward to a six-year contract and extended head coach Mike Tomlin's deal another two seasons.
The Steve Pederson era at Pitt is over. After the University of Pittsburgh’s athletic director position sat vacant for more than three months, Pitt plucked Scott Barnes from Utah State to replace Pederson.
Barnes takes over a solid department that for decades has never been able to rise above mediocrity. What needs to be done to get Pitt Athletics to that coveted “next level?”
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The local class of 2017 boasts some of the top players in the state, and Pittsburgh Central Catholic leads with way with several exciting prospects. North Allegheny, Steel Valley and Clairton once again have top-tier talent.