Athletics at Pitt are impressive and exciting. Pitt's football team is often ranked in the top 25 in the nation and goes to a bowl game virtually every year. The program is expected to go nowhere but up at this point. With positive seasons last few years, the recruiting possibilities are promising. The men's basketball team has been nationally ranked over the past few seasons, reaching a school high of number one, and they look to have a bright future ahead of them. Other varsity sports don't have the same draw as these two teams, but Pitt athletics holds its own in nearly every area. The swimming and diving teams always do well but are largely overlooked. And the volleyball team has had great seasons, too.
For those who don't want to play on varsity teams, there are numerous IM and club sports at Pitt. Soccer, football, basketball, and volleyball are most popular among students. All of these are coed and run each semester with a final playoff session at the end of the season. Although there are a lot of IM sports, many students really aren't aware of them. In fact, compared to the number of students that attend the University, participation in IMs is remarkably low. If you're looking for something even less formal, there are often pick-up games of Frisbee or soccer on the Cathedral lawn, and it's never hard to find friends in the dorms looking to toss around a football or shoot some hoops.