PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pitt coach Paul Chryst and the Panthers are ready to put the focus back on football.
The beleaguered program has spent the last year going through yet another coaching change and an ugly divorce from the Big East. With the no-nonsense Chryst in place and the departure for the ACC finally set for next summer, the Panthers are hoping to leave the Big East on a high note.
Chryst has won over the players still smarting from former coach Todd Graham's abrupt departure with his straightforward approach. And he believes the Panthers, who went 6-7 last season, can compete right away.
The Panthers open the season on Sept. 1 against Youngstown State.