November 6, 2013

So this is a nice addition to the future football schedule.

Pitt and Oklahoma State will play a home-and-home football series during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the schools announced today.

On Sept. 17, 2016, the Panthers will play at Oklahoma State in Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Cowboys will visit Heinz Field in Pittsburgh the following season on Sept. 16, 2017.

I do like that the dates of the games are 9/17/16 and 9/16/17. But then I’m a little tired and at this point easily bemused.


That means Pitt’s non-con for 2016 already has Oklahoma St., Penn St. and Villanova. There’s one more game to add, but two major conference opponents on the non-con is already more than most programs do in a season.

Hope that by 2016 Coach Paul Chryst has the O-line in place to do what he wants to do on offense. Otherwise it could be a scary time with the Cowboys.

As for that other team in the Big XII

Meanwhile, there has been little movement toward a resumption of the 104-game Pitt/West Virginia series that ended in 2011 when the schools announced they were leaving the Big East.

Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson, speaking Wednesday on TribLive Radio, said talks with West Virginia are not dead.

“Oliver (Luck, WVU athletic director) and I are friends,” Pederson said, “and we will keep talking about these things. If there is a way to engineer these things, we will try to do that.”

Of course. Naturally. No, there’s no foot-dragging.

You know, seeing his personality and what he hasn’t accomplished, I could just picture SSS for those first couple years when dinocat and Pittsburgh were installed.

I say this without one iota of kidding in my blood.

I would bet, those first couple years, if an announcer slipped, and said “Pitt’s ball, 2nd and 8 at the 30”, SSS was on the phone to ESPN, ABC etc. etc.

“hey, “Bob So and So” was calling the Pitt-UCONN game and he called us Pitt, please handle that”.

Watch ESPN 2 Saturday night for Pitt vs. Iowa.

Guaranteed he was on the horn to the powers to be, “you put a graphic up that said Pitt”!!!!!

I know guys and old bosses like him, I’ll guarantee he did that. I don’t need prove, the more I think about him, I know he called the networks anytime anyone said “Pitt” on the air.

I don’t need proof, I know it. Bet it.

Comment by Dan 11.08.13 @ 9:01 am

You can’t protect or enhance a brand you never had. Pittsburgh was/is taken. Pitt is not. Pitt can be a brand.

Pederson is a brand associated with program failure. C’mon upitt, spill da beans.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 11.08.13 @ 9:35 pm

You boys still reading this one??? Nordy has a agreement that Smug is guaranteed employment for 5 years and the new chancellor has to approve upon being hired. It is in addition to buyout. He locked him up for 5 years and Board is on the same team. I will share my source if we make it to Shreveport but im very close to this person and they are in the know. High up the foodchain source.

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.09.13 @ 11:20 am

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