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Conference Realignment: Pittsburgh Panthers Reportedly Cancel 2012 Game Vs. UCF

The Pittsburgh Panthers have asked out of their agreement to play the UCF Knights in 2012, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The Panthers were set to host UCF at Heinz Field on Sept. 8, 2012, but "asked to be released from the agreement," according to Knights athletic director Keith Tribble.

UCF was one of Pittsburgh's four non-conference games for 2012; it's also scheduled to play the Virginia Tech Hokies, Buffalo Bulls, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Perhaps the decision to call off the UCF game means Pittsburgh could be set to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2012, which would make the Virginia Tech game a conference game. Perhaps Pitt looked at UCF's 2011 season--the Knights are 4-4, including losses to the Florida International Golden Panthers and UAB Blazers--and decided it'd rather face a tougher opponent.

Whatever the case is, it's clear that plenty of teams will have to juggle their 2012 schedules as conference realignment continues.

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