School embraces nickname and history

Updated: April 14, 2005, 4:22 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Pitt is back.

The University of Pittsburgh is once again embracing its more informal name, unveiling a new logo Thursday that includes the block-letter, navy blue and gold "Pitt" that is reminiscent of the logo the Panthers wore as early as the 1920s.

The school's 19 teams had a script-letter Pitt logo from 1973 to 1996. In 1997, the school began using "Pittsburgh" on its uniforms and logos.

"Even when it was de-emphasized, the Pitt moniker never left the consciousness of our fans," athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. "I recall saying upon my appointment as athletic director that I believe there are appropriate times to be recognized as 'University of Pittsburgh' and other times when we want to be recognized as 'Pitt."'

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