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Coaches at Penn State and Pitt trying to reignite the rivalry

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Penn State and Pittsburgh used to play every season, but once the two programs went their separate ways by joining the Big East (Pitt) and Big Ten (Penn State), it has been a struggle to get the two programs to see eye-to-eye when it came to scheduling any future games. Much of the tension stemmed from the days of Joe Paterno leading the Penn State program and demanding an extra home game in any scheduling arrangement with Pittsburgh, but that is best left for historians to dig deeper into today. Penn State and Pittsburgh have a four-game series lined up for 2016 through 2019. If it was up to the head coaches of both programs today, the series would continue on an annual basis.

The topic of power conference opponents scheduling other power conference opponents has become an increasingly relevant topic with the emphasis shifting on strength of schedule in the College Football Playoff era. With Pitt also needing to fulfill a non-conference scheduling requirement to schedule an opponent from another power conference opponent each season under the ACC’s new guidelines, it would seem only natural for the Panthers to explore the revival of past annual rivalries against either West Virginia or Penn State.

Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst was asked about historic and regional rivals Penn State and West Virginia this week while moving through the ESPN car wash. In what may come as a bit of a surprise, Chryst told Brett McMurphy of ESPN he would prefer to see an annual match-up with Penn State instead of West Virginia if he had to choose between the two. Penn State head coach James Franklin appears to be on the same page, telling McMurphy today on his run through the ESPN media gauntlet he would support seeing an annual series with the Panthers.

What needs to happen before this can actually become an annual tradition in the Keystone State? There may not be a whole lot that needs to fall into place, although Penn State playign a nine-game schedule in the Big Ten moving forward while the ACC sticks to an eight-game schedule will present many of the same problems faced with reviving the Backyard Brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia. In the end, Penn State’s desire to assure an extra home game on the schedule could resurface in a different capacity by ensuring Penn State has seven home games at a minimum for years to come.

With new leadership in place at both schools compared to the late 1980s and early 1990s, perhaps getting these two in-state rivals back together for the long term could be a more realistic possibility.

Penn State and Pittsburgh last played in 2000. The two schools agreed to a two-game series in 2016 and 2017 and later agreed to extend the series by two more games through 2019. Penn State leads the all-time series, 44-41-4.

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26 Responses to “Coaches at Penn State and Pitt trying to reignite the rivalry”
  1. derekgorgonstar says: Jul 30, 2014 6:37 PM

    You Are!
    Ped State.

    And always will be.

  2. musketmaniac says: Jul 30, 2014 6:45 PM

    two of the most irrelevant programs in America. The pederass paterno wanted an all eastern conference. when he couldn’t get it, he went to the big ten. Sadly that would have been the ideal locale for Wvu, Syracuse, Boston college, Rutgers etc.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2014 6:49 PM

    Duh… duh-duh. duh. duh… Penn State Sucks.

    My wife went to Pitt and taught me this cheer.

  4. ematusko says: Jul 30, 2014 6:51 PM


  5. jec332 says: Jul 30, 2014 6:55 PM

    Keep on hating, trolls! Penn State is looking yet again like a dominant program under Coach Franklin. Amazing academics, amazing athletics…Yeah, even with the passed scandal, we’d rather be Penn Staters than go to the dump schools you haters attended. I hope our success continues to make you angry, as it wil be nice knowing how furious you all are every time we succeed on and off the field.

  6. eidolon21 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:11 PM

    more useless crap from Derek Hater and Moron Maniac
    And your school team is????? No BxLLs these haters have ….they are true internet cowards

  7. spydey629 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:13 PM

    Friends don’t let friends go to Pitt.

  8. jrs45 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:26 PM

    “Ped State” wow cool comment dude. Gotta love these online bullies.

  9. musketmaniac says: Jul 30, 2014 9:00 PM

    ema, pederass is in the urban dictionary god forbid I didn’t use Webster’s.

  10. musketmaniac says: Jul 30, 2014 9:01 PM

    eid, musket duh

  11. eidolon21 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:12 PM

    west virginia that is not a university that’s a community college

  12. jec332 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:08 PM

    Eidolon21, that’s an insult to community colleges. WVU is a burning couch in the woods with a bunch of inbreds standing around watching.

  13. musketmaniac says: Jul 30, 2014 10:34 PM

    jec, I totally agree. However most of the inbreds are from New Jersey, .New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

  14. 6superbowls says: Jul 30, 2014 11:00 PM

    September 16, 2000. Pitt 12 Penn State 0. Angry Joe Paterno took his ball and went home. Vowed to never be embarrassed by Pitt again. All part of Joe Pa’s legacy.

  15. eidolon21 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:08 PM

    I’ll take Paterno’s overall record against Pitt any day including beating the hell out of Dan Marino and Pitt one year.

  16. musketmaniac says: Jul 31, 2014 1:14 AM

    I wonder eididiot what else did you you take from jopa as a young man.

  17. jec332 says: Jul 31, 2014 5:40 AM

    Musketmaniac, that makes absolutely no sense. Just stop. You’re trying too hard.

  18. tommy57 says: Jul 31, 2014 6:28 AM

    Pennsylvania is very close to being two separate states – east and west. Pitt/Penn State is only a small part. It’s also Steelers/Eagles, Phillies/Pirates, Flyers/Penguins, Philadelphia/Pittsburgh.

  19. jkulha86 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:44 AM

    Why not have a rotating schedule between all three? Penn State already has future games scheduled with both Pitt and WVU. One season Pitt vs Penn State, the next Pitt vs WVU, then Penn State vs WVU.

  20. tigersfandan says: Jul 31, 2014 10:56 AM

    @musketmanic, you’ve turned into a pretty good troll. At least, I hope you’re a troll. It would be sad if you really mean some of the things you write.

  21. musketmaniac says: Jul 31, 2014 12:38 PM

    Trying to hard, what is that submissive talk. there are over 6,000 kids from New Jersey enrolled at wvu. all those inbreds you were cutting are not from West Virginia.

  22. sprintfan1 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:55 PM

    “48-14” Does she know that cheer?

  23. sprintfan1 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:57 PM

    Or how about “Puck Fitt”?

  24. musketmaniac says: Aug 1, 2014 1:28 PM

    Favorite wvu fraternity t-shirt from the 1970s

  25. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 6, 2014 2:45 PM

    sprintfan1 says:
    Jul 31, 2014 9:55 PM

    “48-14″ Does she know that cheer?

    I guess that references a score from a game? Looks like one that happened 30+ years ago….

    She did go to the last one…. Maybe you know that cheer… “12-0”

  26. eidolon21 says: Aug 6, 2014 6:59 PM

    Did She go to that recent game in 2012
    Youngstown State 31 Pitt 17

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