Tag:Steve Pederson
Posted on: June 14, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Revived Pitt-Penn State series took about a week

The Pittsburgh-Penn State football rivalry began in 1893 and was actually televised on ESPN-BC (Before Corso). OK, so maybe the inaugural game wasn’t televised, but the schools played every season from 1900-31 and 1935-92.

In the 1970s and 1980s it was one of the nation’s top games and frequently had national title implications.

There was a four-year break before the series resumed for four games from 1997-2000.

Then the series went into the deep freeze because Penn State didn’t exactly want the series to continue.

However, on Tuesday, the schools announced the series would continue – at least for two years – in 2016 and 2017. After nearly a 20-year hiatus the rivals will meet Sept. 10, 2016 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field and then Sept. 16, 2017 at Penn State's Beaver Stadium.

So how many years/decades were negotiations ongoing to revive the Penn State-Pitt series? Well actually it took a little more than a week for the series to get revived.

That’s right. According to Pittsburgh senior associate AD E.J. Borghetti, Penn State had an opening on its future schedule and approached Pittsburgh. Discussions between Pitt AD Steve Pederson and Penn State AD Tim Curley started the beginning of last week and voila’ an agreement was reached less than a week-and-a-half later.

Very, very impressive. Major kudos to Pederson and Curley - and Penn State for not seeking out, say, Utah State to fill out its future schedule.

Pittsburgh and Penn State playing again is terrific news for college football fans.

Now if we can just get figure out a way to revive the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry.

Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Big East AD meeting update

PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. - Here’s an update from the Big East cancelled athletic director-gate, for those who care:

On Tuesday night after meeting with the league’s coaches and athletic directors all day, Big East commissioner John Marinatto told the attending media that the league’s athletic directors would reconvene Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. The Wednesday AD's meeting was scheduled to end by noon – as the AD’s Wednesday meeting has for the past several years that the spring meetings have been held at the Ponte Verda Inn.

On Wednesday morning, though, I was contacted by a Big East spokesperson, who told me that the athletic directors’ meeting had been cancelled because some of the ADs, including West Virginia’s Oliver Luck, had to return to their schools earlier than expected.

A West Virginia spokesman said that Luck had always been planning to return to Morgantown, WVa., early Wednesday to attend the school’s rifle team fund-raiser Wednesday night. The fact Luck was returning the night after news of the Dana Holgorsen casino incident broke was purely coincidental, the WVU spokesperson said.

Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson and Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti also left Ponte Verda Beach early Wednesday and apparently did not plan to attend Wednesday’s AD meeting.

So the athletic directors’ meeting was cancelled – unless, of course, perhaps there never was a meeting scheduled? But then why would Marinatto indicate Tuesday night the agenda the ADs would be discussing on Wednesday, including the league’s bowl payout situation, scheduling, television and BCS matters if there was no meeting?

So there you go: the only thing more confusing than the meeting/cancelled meeting is which football schools the league will add for expansion. Don’t worry, I’ll get to that one soon enough. As soon as I come down from the grassy knoll.

 

 
 
 
 
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