Pitt Athletics

What's online?

Athletic Media Guides were developed to provide the print and broadcast media basic information about the Pitt basketball and football team for the current year. Recent issues of the Guides, however, contain a great deal more information and history about individual players, coaches, the University and the City of Pittsburgh. The Pitt Basketball Media Guides provide details about the history of basketball at Pitt including achievements, records, and scores of previous seasons. This collection includes all of the basketball media guides, with the exception of the following seasons: 1961-1962, 1962-1963, 1963-1964, 1965-1966, 1967-1968, and 1997-1998.

The Pitt Football Media Guides provide details about the history of football at Pitt including records, the NFL draft, lettermen, award winners, and Bowl history. This collection includes all of the football media guides, with the exception of the following seasons: 1951, 1954 and 1955. Also included is the “Annual Football Yearbook” which was only published in 1910.

This collection also includes University of Pittsburgh and other Archives Service Center collection images depicting Pitt athletes and sports teams.

What's in the entire collection?

In addition to media guides and photographs, the University Archives also contains game programs, administrative records and other materials documenting several varsity and club sports, including football, basketball, hockey, and others. Additional information about various sports teams can also be found in the Owl yearbooks.

About the Pitt Athletic

Pitt’s renowned football program began in 1890 when the school was known as the Western University. Since that time Pitt football has had eight undefeated seasons, including the 1910 season in which they did not allow their opponents to score a single point. The Panthers have also won the national championship nine times under legendary coaches Pop Warner (1915, 1916, 1918), Jock Sutherland (1929, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937) and John Majors (1976). Pitt football also has the distinction of being the first football team to wear numbers on their uniforms, playing in the first college football game to be broadcast live on the radio, and playing in the first nationally telecast sporting event.

The Pitt basketball program began in 1905 and earned national championship recognition in 1928 and 1930. Under charismatic coach Henry Clifford “Doc” Carlson, the Panthers became the first team to run the Figure 8 offense and were also the first eastern team to travel west for games.

Pitt is also the alma mater for several Olympians, including Herb Douglas (bronze, long jump, 1948), Richard Rydze (silver, 10 meter platform diving, 1972), Roger Kingdom (gold, 110 meter hurdles, 1984 and 1988), and John Woodruff (gold, 800 meters, 1936).

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