Stop Trying So Hard, Pitt. You Don't Need Penn State

Enough with trying to force the continuation of the rivalry

The Fan Morning Show
May 09, 2018 - 11:01 am
PSU's James Franklin & Pitt's Pat Narduzzi

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It feels like talks of an extension to the rivalry series between Pitt and Penn State has been going on since they agreed to their original four-year, home and home deal that they are in the middle of right now.

Things certainly haven't progressed. Reports are now that Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said, after talking with Pitt and athletic director Heather Lyke, the two schools probably won't play until at least after the 2030 season. 

This news comes as a disappointment to many, and Pitt has shown to be the school that's more aggressively worked to get a deal done to continue this series. Penn State, meanwhiel, has dragged its feet and has stifled things.

The Fan Morning Show said on Wednesday that enough is enough. It's time to give up the dream of a seamless transition into another agreement to play beyond the next two years. It's not going to happen until way down the road.

Co-host for the day Eric Hagman likened the situation to a boy chasing after a girl in high school, trying to get her to go out with him and she just keeps refusing him because she's not interested. When is it time to just give up? 

Colin Dunlap said that Pitt would be fine without Penn State on their schedule every year. They don't need them. What Pitt needs to do is realize that they don't Penn State and move on. 

Several callers weighed in and most said that Pitt-Penn State is a generational rivalry and that they would rather see Pitt play West Virginia every year in the Backyard Brawl. For many younger fans, that's Pitt's true rival, anyway.

So enough with this cat and mouse game. If Penn State doesn't want it, don't have it. If you're Pitt, put West Virginia on the schedule every year and move forward. You just don't need Penn State to survive. 

You can listen to The Fan Morning Show's discussion about this below.