Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said he doesn’t believe there will be another game in the Penn State series after the schools’ four-year contract expires in 2019.
“It’s sad to even think about it,” he said. “It’s a huge part of the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Pittsburgh.”
Narduzzi said it can’t be scheduled “unless there are two sides that want to do it and are committed to a big game and an in-state rivalry.”
Pitt has offered to schedule more games after the two teams meet next year in State College, but Penn State officials have not agreed to another contract. Next year’s game will be the 100th in the series.
Meanwhile, both schools have scheduled other non-conference opponents. Pitt has four non-conference openings per year; Penn State only three.
Penn State recently scheduled Temple, a non-Power 5 school from the American Athletic Conference, for a home-and-home series in 2026 and 2027. It also will play home games against Villanova in 2021 and 2025 and Delaware in 2023 and 2027.
“I might be old coming back here talking to a future team here, like Mike Ditka, if it ever happens,” said Narduzzi, 52.
The teams will meet Saturday night at Heinz Field in the last scheduled game in the series in Pittsburgh. It will be televised nationally by ABC in front of a sellout crowd of nearly 70,000 people.
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at [email protected] or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.