New Pitt coach Chryst ends first spring season



PITTSBURGH (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh football team concluded spring practice with its Blue-Gold scrimmage Saturday, the Panthers’ first under new head coach Paul Chryst.

The Panthers showed the potential for a tough running game, a staple for Chryst at his last job as offensive coordinator at Wisconsin.

Sophomore Isaac Bennett rushed for 121 yards on 23 carries. Bennet, redshirt junior E.J. Banks and sophomore Corey Davis each averaged more than five yards a carry.

Chryst, hired at Pitt following former head coach Todd Graham’s exit after one season, said the spring was a good start for his tenure and that the players’ anxiety that comes with a change in leadership has dissipated.