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The Steelers need cornerbacks, and the upcoming NFL Draft has some. The team may have to be willing to think outside the box a bit, however.

Michigan State's Trae Waynes has graded out as the consensus top corner in the draft, and as such, he'll be long gone by the time Pittsburgh picks 22nd.

03/03/2015 - 16:07
Tony DeFazio
This has been a rough basketball season for fans of Division 1 hoops in this part of the state. Usually tough Robert Morris is struggling to stay at .500. Big Ten losses continue to pile up in State College. Even NCAA tourney staple Pitt is under .500 in the ACC.

And Duquesne, of course, is still Duquesne.

02/03/2015 - 22:52
Tony DeFazio
The only surprising thing about Pitt’s ouster of Steve Pederson as athletic director is the fact that it’s seen as a surprise.

Actually, the fact that the university is willing to eat four years and $2 million of Pederson’s remaining contract is surprising.

12/17/2014 - 22:45
Tony DeFazio
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has had a wild 15 months. One year ago, Hackenberg earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors after leading the Nittany Lions to a 7-5 record.

He earned the adoration of Penn State fans after a season in which he showed poise beyond his years, highlighted by an improbable comeback win over Michigan.

12/08/2014 - 13:40
Tony DeFazio
This is not a great time for the National Football League. America's richest and most successful sports league is being taken to task by everyone from media to protest groups to longtime fans.

Writers for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Deadspin have called for a boycott of the NFL.

11/03/2014 - 22:18
Tony DeFazio
Domestic violence is awful. That’s something most of us can agree on, in black and white terms. Right? Wrong. Domestic violence, like so many problematic subjects, has shades of gray.

We may not think it does, but a simple finger on the pulse of Steelers fans tells us that the issue is digested in different ways by different people.

09/12/2014 - 19:57
Tony DeFazio
I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.

The preparation I did for the 2014 high school football season obviously pales in comparison to what the players, coaches, cheerleaders, bands, administrators, boosters and parents have to do.

09/05/2014 - 14:58
Tony DeFazio
Paul Chryst sat at a table in Greensboro, North Carolina, answering questions from the media. The third-year Pitt head coach was certainly anxious to wrap up the interview session and catch his plane back to Pittsburgh, but he was also at ease.

Chryst answered the questions thoughtfully, cracking self-deprecating jokes and even peppering his comments with some colorful language.

08/05/2014 - 14:57
Tony DeFazio
I was in a minor league press box in Charlotte, NC, last month, taking in one of Gregory Polanco’s final triple-A games. A colleague, upon learning I was from Pittsburgh, approached me with a question.

“Why can’t Sidney Crosby ever win anything?” he asked. “Does he fail so miserably all the time because he’s just too soft?”

06/26/2014 - 16:57
Tony DeFazio
Another day, another lawsuit. Life in today’s NFL. More than 600 former players are part of a class-action lawsuit that says the league administered addictive pain killers to players without proper prescriptions or medical supervision, and with little or no explanation of the risks and dangers.

A portion of the complaint reads, “the NFL has intentionally, recklessly, and negligently developed a culture of drug misuse, substituting players’ health for profit.”

06/06/2014 - 11:17
Tony DeFazio
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