The night before, our cross country teams ran the scenic Youthtowne course.
Volleyballs were again flying around Fitzgerald Field House as our three-time ACC champions began preparations for another title.
But know this.
Even though you, our most loyal and passionate fans, aren’t physically present for these games, our teams can still feel your presence and support. They know each time they step into the competitive arena, they are playing not only for themselves but also for the entire Panther Nation.
That’s why it was so moving to see Coach Pat Narduzzi lead our football team to the north end zone—where the Pitt Band and famed “Panther Pitt” normally reside—for a postgame victory tribute.
Never underestimate your impact on the young men and women who proudly wear Pitt’s Blue and Gold. Your effect is real—even when you can’t be there in person!
For more than 230 years, Pitt has helped make the world a better, stronger and safer place. Those aspirations won’t change in the face of this pandemic.
Great adversities can only be overcome by working together. I’ve been so proud and inspired by the University of Pittsburgh’s communal effort to keep all facets of this institution moving forward over the past seven months and into the future.
It is an extraordinary testament to Pitt’s many extraordinary people that we have been able to safely launch six of our fall competition seasons—football, volleyball as well as men’s and women’s soccer and cross country.
I want to enthusiastically commend our outstanding sports medicine teams, coaches, athletic department staff members and, last but certainly not least, our student-athletes. Their collective commitment—especially our student-athletes—is why our teams have been able to not only play, but play and stay overwhelmingly healthy this fall.