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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Coach Would Like to Play Pitt on Annual Basis, Report Says

on May 05, 2012 10:00 AM

Penn State and Pitt are scheduled to resume their historic in-state football rivalry with a two-game series in 2016 and ’17.

But if first-year Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien has his way, the teams will play more often than that – just like the old days.

Penn State and Pitt last played Sept. 16, 2000, when the Panthers beat the Nittany Lions, 12-0, at Three Rivers Stadium.

“I would love to see that game played on an annual basis,” O’Brien told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a story published Saturday. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for (Pitt coach) Paul Chryst and their program, and that’s a great rivalry.

“For the fans of Pennsylvania to be able to see that game every year, I think that’s pretty neat.”

Penn State and Pitt have a limited number of open dates on their future non-conference schedules, plus the Panthers move to the ACC next season, so that could complicate matters when it comes to scheduling future matchups.

As it stands now, Pitt will play host to Penn State Sept. 10, 2016 and the game at Beaver Stadium will be held Sept. 16, 2017.

Penn State holds a 50-42-4 advantage in the series that began in 1893.

The heated rivalry gained national attention during the 1970s and '80s when the teams regularly met with both supremacy in the East and national championship implications on the line.

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