Pittsburgh Panthers Logo

Pittsburgh Panthers Logo

The athletic teams competing for the University of Pittsburgh are called the Pittsburgh Panthers or just Pitt Panthers. The logo of the athletic program has gone through at least eight updates over the previous 70 years.

Meaning and history

Pittsburgh Panthers logo history

One of the earliest Pittsburgh Panthers logo, which was introduced around 1947, featured a panther in dark blue. You could see the side view of the crawling body on the white background.

In 1955, the panther turned forward. Now, it was given in gold with black nuances. In 1966, only the panther’s head was left. The following three modifications (1973, 1980, and 1997) also featured a panther, while in the 2005 version it disappeared leaving only the word “Pitt” in a slab serif font. Eventually, in 2016, the current Pittsburgh Panthers logo was adopted.

Pittsburgh Panthers football

Pittsburgh Panthers football logo

In 1890, the intercollegiate football team of the University of Pittsburgh had its first season. Today, they play their home games at Heinz Field, which was built in 2001. The head coach is Pat Narduzzi.

The Panthers claim nine National Championships. The Official NCAA Division 1 Football Records Book claims the Panthers have been named a national champion by a “Major Selector” in 11 separate seasons. College Football Data Warehouse states there have been nine national championship seasons in which the team was named a National Champion.

As of 2019, the university has two conference championships and one division championship.

Pittsburgh Panthers basketball

Pittsburgh Panthers basketball logo

The men’s basketball team has had 26 NCAA Tournament appearances. They reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 1941. They have competed in the National Invitation Tournament nine times and in the College Basketball Invitational on one occasion.

The women’s team has played in the NCAA Tournament four times and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2008 and 2009.