Get Set: Football Season Is Just 1 Week Away

The Pitt football team reports Aug. 9 with the opening game against Youngstown State about one month away, but the first official function for some Panthers is the Big East Conference's Media Day Tuesday in Newport, R.I.

Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt will be joined by senior tight end Nate Byham, senior offensive guard John Malecki and redshirt junior defensive end Greg Romeus for the festivities at the Hotel Viking there.

Wannstedt, along with Pitt's media relations staff in attendance, will be cover the festivities over Twitter. Their tweets and twittering actually begins with the Big East's annual clambake Monday night.

The Media Day for Pitt is Monday, Aug. 10, and the first official training camp practice is the next day at the Panthers training facility. Practices are closed to the public, but all the news from camp can be gleaned by subscribing to Panther Digest. You can access here to securely order your subscription on-line.

Pitt players are scheduled to report Sunday, Aug. 9, and the Panthers are expected to unveil their new Nike uniforms at Media Day. There are two, two-hour practice sessions Aug. 11 and 12 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 3-5 p.m., as the Pitt football team will be divided into two squads with each working once per day. This will allow the coaches to work with the starters and key backups in one session and the younger players in another.

Pitt practices those opening two days are with shells and shorts. Shoulder pads will be added the next two days, as the Panthers come together for just one practice each day. All practices are closed to the public, but the best way to get information on everything that happens during camp and throughout the season is with a subscription to Panther Digest.

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The first workout with full gear is Saturday, Aug 15, from 2-4:30 p.m., the same time as the previous two practices. There will be two practices Tuesday, Aug. 18; Thursday, Aug. 20; Monday, Aug. 24; and Thursday, Aug. 26.

The three scrimmages, also held at Pitt's practice facility, are Aug. 18, 22 and 26. Scrimmages on Aug. 18 and 26 begin at 3 p.m., while the Aug. 22 one gets under way at 10:15 a.m. The annual FanFest at Heinz Field, which basically closes camp, is Aug. 27 at 6 p.m.

The Panthers go into their regular-season schedule beginning Aug. 30 with the season-opener against Youngstown State Saturday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field.

The Panthers are coming off a 9-4 season in which they finished second in the Big East and received a bid to the Sun Bowl.

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