Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference, Panthers.
The University of Pittsburgh will make its Atlantic Coast Conference debut by hosting defending conference champion Florida State on Labor Day at Heinz Field and then close out its regular season with a home game against Miami.
“Season openers don’t get any bigger than facing the defending ACC champion, Florida State, on national television,” said second-year Pitt coach Paul Chryst, who guided the Panthers to a 6-7 record in his first season.
The Panthers will entertain the Seminoles, coming off a win over Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl, on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
It will be the first meeting between the schools since 1983 when the Panthers defeated Florida State, 17-16, in Pitt Stadium.
There is a history between the two programs.
Pitt lost at Florida State in its 1972 season opener and won there to start the 1974 season. In 1980, Pitt’s lone loss was a 36-22 setback at Florida State.
The Miami game will be on national television Nov. 29 at Heinz Field.
“To start and end our inaugural ACC season at Heinz Field with two of the most storied brands in college football is spectacular,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said in a statement.
Pitt’s other home games in the conference include Virginia (Sept. 28) and North Carolina (Nov. 16).
The Panthers’ road ACC games are Duke (Sept. 21), Virginia Tech (Oct. 12), Georgia Tech (Nov. 2) and Syracuse (Nov. 23).
The non-conference schedule includes a Nov. 9 home date with Notre Dame, which played in the 2013 BCS national championship game. The Panthers will also host New Mexico (Sept. 14) and travel to Navy (Oct. 26).
To accommodate the Florida State opener, Old Dominion replaces Villanova on the schedule. The Panthers will host ODU on Oct. 19. Villanova will now play at Boston College.
Pitt will be in the ACC’s Coastal Division along with Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
The Atlantic Division includes Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Syracuse will serve as the Panthers’ annual primary divisional crossover opponent.
Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference, Panthers.
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Richland wrestler reaches PIAA title match
Nico Pecora gave the area its second state finalist at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships tonight.
Bedford wrestler reaches state championship match
Bedford will have a state finalist for the second consecutive season, but it will not be the same one.
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Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
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For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
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