Pitt center Rowell on Rimington Trophy watch list

PITTSBURGH – Pitt junior center Artie Rowell, one of the key building blocks for the Panthers’ 2014 offensive line, has been named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, annually presented to the “most outstanding center in college football.”

One of four returning starters on Pitt’s offensive front, Rowell is considered the glue of the unit. He started all 13 games last season and earned postseason media praise for his performance in the Panthers’ 30-27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl win over Bowling Green.

In that game, Pitt churned out 487 yards despite playing with an injury-plagued offensive line. Rowell garnered All-Bowl Team recognition from NFL.com and CollegeFootballNews.com for his performance in the victory.

A native of Harrisburg, Rowell was a four-year starter on both sides of the ball at Central Dauphin High School. He was selected first team All-State Class AAAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers and Pennsylvania Football News first team All-Class AAAA as a senior.

Panthers release schedule

Eight home games at the Petersen Events Center, its first-ever Maui Invitational appearance and a road game at Indiana highlight the University of Pittsburgh’s 14-game 2014-15 non-conference basketball schedule released on Tuesday.

Pitt’s entire schedule, ACC regular season dates, television appearances and tipoff times will be announced at a later date.

Eleven of Pitt’s potential non-conference opponents were ranked among the nation’s top-150 in Ratings Percentage Index last season. Over the last 13 seasons, Pitt has ranked among the nation’s best programs in RPI and has played a variety of top teams in its non-conference schedules.

That includes Duke, Wisconsin (twice), Oklahoma State (twice), Florida State (three times), Washington (twice), Ohio State (twice), Texas (twice), Tennessee (twice), South Carolina (twice), Georgia (twice), Auburn (twice), Alabama, Memphis, Maryland and Michigan.

As part of the Maui Invitational, the Panthers will play three games from Nov. 24-26 at the Lahaina Center in Maui, Hawaii. Potential opponents include Arizona, San Diego State, Kansas State, Missouri, BYU, Purdue and host Chaminade. Matchups and ESPN tipoff times will be announced at a later date. For more information on tickets and travel packages, visit www.pittpantherssportstravel.com/.

Pitt will play four total games on its trip to Hawaii as it has also scheduled a road game against the University of Hawaii on Friday, Nov. 21 at Wailuku, Hawaii’s War Memorial Gym. Due to NCAA rules, programs that schedule a road contest against a team in Hawaii are granted an extra game. That is why the Panthers will play 14 contests instead of the typical 13-game non-conference schedule.

Pitt will also travel to Indiana on Tuesday, Dec. 2 as part of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Basketball Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The contest will be televised nationally on one of the ESPN family of networks: ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

The Panthers will open their season against Niagara on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Petersen Events Center. The contest is the first of eight non-conference home games including Samford (Maui Invitational game, Nov. 16), St. Bonaventure (Dec. 13), Manhattan (Dec. 17), Oakland (Dec. 20), Holy Cross (Dec. 23), Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 30) and Bryant (Feb. 2).

Pitt will play Duquesne in the 83rd annual City Game at the Consol Energy Center on Friday, Dec. 5. Ticket information for the City Game will be released at a later date.