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Penn State, Pitt confident series can happen on regular basis

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As of today, Penn State and Pitt have scheduled four games over the next several years that will officially renew what used to be one of the great rivalries in college football.

More games could be on the way. Speaking to ESPN during the ACC’s spring meetings, Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said he felt “very optimistic” a series with the Nittany Lions occurring on a regular basis can happen.

“Whether it’s every single year or not, we’ll have to see how it works out,” Pederson said. “My hope is to try to make that work on a regular basis. I do feel like both sides would like to have it happen. I’m very optimistic.”

Penn State AD Dave Joyner echoed that sentiment during Big Ten meetings.

“We’d be interested in talking about that. It’s a great series,” Joyner said. “It’s been a great linchpin in Pennsylvania for everyone there. Steve and I will definitely talk about doing that. We’ve always threatened to meet halfway on the turnpike somewhere at one exit.”

The Panthers and Nittany Lions have played 96 times since 1893, including annual series from 1900-31, 1935-92 and 1997-2000. The teams are slated to play in a pair of home-and-homes from 2016-19.

Scheduling, as we say so many times on here, is a puzzle that can be difficult to put together. But if the two sides can make it work, we’d love to see them play as often as possible. However, it appears another dormant Pitt rivalry, the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia, has little signs of future life.

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6 Responses to “Penn State, Pitt confident series can happen on regular basis”
  1. dhlions says: May 14, 2013 8:06 PM

    This is great news for both schools, and for college football overall.

  2. bauman007 says: May 14, 2013 10:21 PM

    Nice! We only need to throw Temple in the mix for the PA state championship! Kidding aside, it’s nice to see this rivalry back, back to the “Screw Penn State” vs “Sh!t on Pitt!” Chants

  3. billobrienschindimple says: May 14, 2013 10:37 PM

    Knew that once Joe was no longer at the school this would happen.

  4. tommy57 says: May 14, 2013 11:58 PM

    For whatever reasons, the PITT-PSU ‘rivalry’ was/is fairly intense, more so than Steelers-Eagles, Penguins-Flyers. Pirates-Phillies.

  5. therealpittbull says: May 15, 2013 11:06 AM

    Why folks think Steelers/Eagles is a rivalry, is beyond me. Neither team thinks of the other, and hopes that each will when in their respective way. As for Pitt and PIG STATE. True rivalry. No one likes that racist city that houses Penn State. Only folks that were swayed by the lying JoePa had any affinity for that place.

  6. wvuandsteelers says: May 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    Penn State still sucks and Pitt still swallows.

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