Pitt's football spring practice starts Tuesday at 2 p.m. After another practice on Thursday,
the Panthers take a week off to coincide with the school's spring break.
The basketball team will be playing in the Big East Tournament in New York City during spring break week.
"Ready or not, here it comes," Pitt head coach Paul Chryst said about the start of spring practice. "We're looking forward for that first opportunity to hit the field. It’s a fun time of year."
Pitt's annual Pro Timing Day is on Wednesday, sandwiched between the first two practices. After a closed practice on St. Patrick's Day, the Panthers will practice on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for the next three weeks.
All the practices are in the afternoon from approximately 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and are closed to the public.
"We have lot of work to do," Chryst said. "I'm looking forward to [spring practice] and I've talked to our kids, they are too."
The spring session will conclude on Friday, April 12 at Bethel Park Stadium at 7 p.m. which is open to the public.
"We went north last year (North Hills High School)," Chryst said, "so we decided to go south [Bethel Park High School] this year."
On defense, the focal point this spring will be any changes due to the promotion of Matt House from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator. Look for new twists to last year's defense, although, many intricacies are not installed until the fall camp.
On offense, this will be the first spring without a returning starter at quarterback in years.
Chryst feels the players need to prepare so they can be competitive on the field and do their part to enter the ACC on a positive note.
"Our job is to play well. We have to do our part to create the atmosphere and the environment," Chryst said. "That’s what the whole college football scene is all about."
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