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Pitt, Penn State Football Should Play Every Year, Bill O'Brien Says

The Pitt and Penn State football teams will play one another in 2016 and 2017 after not having faced off since 2000, and new Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien says he wants the schools' rivalry to go well beyond the two games that are currently planned.

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"I would love to see that game played on an annual basis," O’Brien told the Tribune-Review on Friday. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for (Pitt coach) Paul Chryst and their program, and that’s a great rivalry. For the fans of Pennsylvania to be able to see that game every year, I think that’s pretty neat."

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This topic comes up every so often. Of course, the two schools haven't made any kind of long-term commitment, and it may be difficult for them to do so in the near future. Bryan from Pitt Script:

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Pitt-PSU won't be annual. Both teams only have 3 games to work with. Doesn't make sense for Pitt to give ND or PSU sched flexibility

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A move toward more a more regular rivalry isn't imminent, which is too bad for Pennsylvania college football fans.

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For more on Pitt football, check out Cardiac Hill. For more on Penn State, there's Black Shoe Diaries.

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