Penn State and Pitt are currently scheduled to keep their football series going for 2 more seasons, but there’s talk of extending the series between the in-state rivals.
Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said earlier this week that the two schools are “ very close” on a contract that would extend the series. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour issued a statement Thursday about the possibility of scheduling more games with Pitt. Barbour did not say the two sides were as close as Lyke did, but she said the two schools have “had conversations about the series.”
“As I’ve said many times before, I have strong appreciation for the history and tradition of the Penn State-Pitt series,” Barbour said in a statement, according to the Centre Daily Times. “Since Heather’s arrival at Pitt we’ve had conversations about the series. We (Penn State) have to determine how any possible future games might fit with our other scheduling requirements and objectives.”
The Nittany Lions and Panthers began a scheduled, 4-year home-and-home series in 2016 that will run through the 2019 season. Pitt was a 42-39 winner at Heinz Field in 2016, the first meeting between the teams since 1999. Penn State defended its home turf with a 33-14 win at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 9 this season.
Penn State currently has nonconference games scheduled with Virginia Tech in 2020 and Auburn and Ball State in 2021.
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