Palko, Blades determined to spark Panther revival

The bitter taste of a 5-6 season has the Panthers embracing a rigorous spring practice regimen.

Updated: April 7, 2006, 10:23 AM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to
The way Pitt's two senior leaders see it, the first step to getting their football program back on track is admitting just how bad things were in 2005.

Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesPitt's Dave Wannstedt wants his players to be accountable for their actions in 2006.
When last seen, the Panthers were curled into a group fetal position, victims of a hit-and-run-and-run-some-more on a cold Thanksgiving night in Morgantown. That is where West Virginia's Mountaineers rushed for a ridiculous 451 yards in a 45-13 rout that left Pitt at 5-6 and out of a bowl game for the first time in six years.