1. Pitt plans on making a statement in its final season in the Big East by resuming its traditional role under Jamie Dixon as a title contender after last season’s NCAA miss. To tipoff the campaign, the Panthers are doing something out of the box for the more maligned Panthers by hosting a Midnight Madness event --- outside. The unique event will be a part of the school’s 225-year anniversary celebration. The men’s and women’s teams will play on a wooden outdoor floor, near the Pitt Union. Lights, bleachers and a video board will be brought in for the free event that should begin after a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. If the weather doesn’t cooperate then the teams will go inside at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers return guard Tray Woodall and add two big-time newcomers in James Robinson and Central Michigan transfer Trey Zeigler.
"It starts now," ... "I have to prove myself every day. I have to improve every day. I have to work hard every day. All of the awards and stuff was high school; that's over now. It is time to take this next step."
Freshman running back Rushel Shell
"The ultimate goal is a national championship. I will do whatever I can to make that happen. Whoever wants to win a national championship should join me. I am looking to help bring in whoever Coach Dixon thinks we need."
2013 Recruit Mike Young
"It’s gonna be back to simple football," he said. "We’re not gonna be running trick plays, we’re not gonna be trying to pull magic out of our hat. We’re really just gonna line up. People are gonna know what’s coming and they’re gonna have to try and stop us."
Pitt tight end Hubie Graham doing his best not to punk Todd Graham
"The worst thing in the world for Pitt could have been Tyler Boyd going down there and catching passes from Hackenberg," Farrell said. "They worked together like they had been a pass-catching combination for years. It was an instantaneous connection."
"Actually, I haven’t heard it from my opponents. They either didn’t know my last name or didn’t pay attention," [Blewitt] said. "It’s just my teammates. Nobody else has tried to get inside my head. I’ve been through it all. I’ll just hear my name again. I won’t think anything of it."
"Back then if you would have asked me, I would have told you I was going to Pitt," ... "Being able to play on this team now, it’s amazing."
Pitt guard Trey Zeigler
"Personally, I think the notion that two conferences agreeing to play each other in one bowl game is going to change intercollegiate athletics forever is a little bit preposterous, a little bit of an overreaction. But that’s the business we’re in.
Big East Senior Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli
"The plan is he will be ready," Chryst said. "We’ll have him practice. He needs it. They all need it. I’m not going to project too much until it’s time. But we’re planning on it. We’re going full steam ahead."
Paul Chryst on Ray Graham