Pitt Contacts Penn State About Future Football Games

AD Heather Lyke says they’ve proposed another series starting in 2026

Jeff Hathhorn
April 25, 2018 - 2:27 pm
Pitt vs Penn State

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said on Wednesday there is a proposal in front of Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour to have another four game series between the schools.

“We have an agreement before them which has not been signed,” Lyke said.  “We have asked to extend the games for four years in 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.”

Currently the teams will play game three of a four game series that will expire after next year’s game at University Park.

Lyke says she has tremendous respect for Barbour as a leader and mentor for her, but even though its eight years in the future, the clock is ticking.

“We are going to wait a tad more patiently, but not much,” Lyke said.  “We can’t.  We have people that want to play us and good opportunities to play what I think would be a very attractive game.”

That presumably could include playing former Big East rival West Virginia.  The Mountaineers and Panthers will play a four game series starting in 2022.

“I think out of the respect for Penn State and the opportunity within the Commonwealth, we want to play Penn State.  But if they don’t, then we will obviously shift gears and bring in an opponent that you would be excited about too.”