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Pitt Goes Into Media Blackout Again Ahead Of Penn State Clash

Ahead of Pitt’s clash with the Nittany Lions, coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers will once again shut out the media — keeping practice closed and denying all player interview requests.

Despite promising a different situation to Pitt beat writers after last year’s media blackout debacle, the school announced via email that Narduzzi “will be the lone spokesperson for the program this week.”

Narduzzi, who tried to laud his team by saying “we don’t try to hide anything” last Thursday in response to other teams’ gamesmanship, explained the decision last season as wanting “to be the only voice” to his players.

In a congested market where the team continually struggles to draw fans, it’s a curious decision to shut out the opportunity for increased relevance from the media exposure that comes with playing a highly-ranked opponent that you claim to be your rival.

It’s an even stranger decision to sour a relationship with the local media considering Pitt Athletics’ history of complaining about its coverage.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.


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