College notebook: Pitt football team lands from commitment from Australian punter
The Pitt football team hopes it filled a looming hole on its roster Thursday after punter Kirk Christodoulou of Melbourne, Australia, said he made a verbal commitment to sign a letter of intent next February.
Junior Ryan Winslow has been Pitt’s regular punter for the past two seasons, averaging 40.6 yards on 113 attempts, but his eligibility is due to expire after the 2017 season.
Christodoulou, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, visited Pitt this week with members of the ProKick Australia team.
“I loved every part of Pitt,” he said. “I’m very excited to be part of the team led by coach (Pat) Narduzzi and coach (Andre) Powell (special teams).”
Pitt has 10 prospects in its Class of 2017. Christodoulou is the first specialist in the group.
WVU football picked seventh
The West Virginia football team was picked to finish seventh the Big 12 by media representatives who cover the league. Oklahoma is the Big 12 favorite, receiving 24 first-place votes. TCU was picked second and received two first-place votes.
WVU basketball to play on Thanksgiving
The West Virginia men’s basketball team will play the second game of a doubleheader at the NIT Season Tip-off on Thanksgiving at Barclays Center.
The Mountaineers play Illinois at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Temple plays Florida State in the 12:30 p.m. game.
Duquesne women schedule update
The Duquesne women will face George Washington, Dayton and St. Bonaventure as home-and-home opponents this season. They also will host Davidson, George Mason, Richmond, Saint Louis and VCU and will visit Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and St. Joseph’s.