In today's news and notes: Pitt/WVU recap, Keisel shaves his beard, Bettis makes a Hall of Fame, Ike Taylor talking with Steelers, and an interesting quote from a Pitt Panther entering the NFL draft:
PITT 71, WVU 58 - Someone give a Sad Trombone to Bob Huggins, because his Mountaineers just dropped their season series to the Panthers in front of a national ESPN audience. Too bad.
After going into the half down 31-30, Pitt (25-3, 13-2) shot 65% in the second half en route to their 10th win in their last 11 home games against WVU. Nasir Robinson led the way with 15 points, followed closely by Brad Wanamaker and Lamar Patterson with 11 each. The 11 points was a career-high for Patterson.
Of course, there was some bad news to go along with the good. Freshman forward Talib Zanna fractured his thumb during some pregame horseplay and will miss 3-6 weeks. I'm sure Jamie Dixon was thrilled with that turn of events.
The Panthers pick things up on Sunday at Louisville (21-7, 10-5 Big East), which is led by senior Preston "Don't Call Me Beyonce" Knowles (14.5 PPG). [PG]
BRETT KEISEL shaved his beard for the benefit of the cancer treatment center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh last night, with the help of Hines Ward and the support of a bar full of onlookers. Check out the before and after...he looks like he just lost 50 pounds! [Kiss Morning Freak Show]
HENRY HYNOSKI was profiled recently by PFT, and told them that he plays “with disregard for my body." Sounds like he's in for a fun life after football. [Pro Football Talk]
IKE TAYLOR and the Steelers are talking about a new deal, so much to the point that the Steelers didn't use the transition tag on Mr. Face Me. [Trib]
JEROME BETTIS and DICK LEBEAU were selected into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, which is nice but probably not the Hall of Fame that Bettis hoped to be inducted into this year. That being said, if anyone is known for being from Michigan/Detroit, it's Jerome Bettis. [PG]