Posted by Jerry Hinnen
One of college football's classic rivalries is back.
Well, it'll be back five years from now. But whatever the timeframe, that old archrivals Pitt and Penn State have reached an agreement to renew their series with a home-and-home arrangement in 2016 and 2017 is welcome news indeed.
Because it wasn't that long ago that the Panthers and Nittany Lions were playing one of the biggest annual games in Division I, as both Joe Paterno's Penn State teams and Johnny Majors' Pitt squads ranked among the best teams in the country in the late '70s and early '80s. But with both formerly-independent teams finding conferences and Pitt's fortunes (in particular) on the national level in decline, the rivalry waned, and was last played in 2000 when Pitt won a 12-0 slugfest.
The Panthers are scheduled play host to the first game of the home-and-home Sept. 10, 2016, at Heinz Field. The return date in Happy Valley is set for Sept. 16 of the following year.
For a taste of what the rivalry used to be like, enjoy this report on the 1976 meeting, featuring a Sugar Bowl-bound Pitt squad featuring Tony Dorsett ...
... or this bounty of highlights from the Nittany Lions' 1981 48-14 demolition of undefeated, No. 1 Pitt: