Everyone's radar goes up when the words "Pitt" and "Big 10" are mentioned in the same sentence, yet I can't recall ever reading anything about Dave Wannstedt's thoughts on the long-rumored move.
On Wednesday, the Wannstache was at Penn State's Lasch Football Building, meeting with the representatives from the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association's executive board, and he gave a rare comment on the persistent topic that refuses to go away:
"There are a lot of rumors out there as far as I'm concerned," he said. "I don't have any comment on that. That is for the chancellor [Mark Nordenberg] and the higher ups to discuss."
That basically boils down to a whole lot of nothing, which is pretty much all that's out there these days on the topic. Wannstedt may have some input as to the football-centric issues involved in jumping conferences, but as the coach implied, this is going to be a decision made by the bean counters, not the guys who are paid to win football games. So if you're waiting for some new news, I'm sorry to have disappointed you.
Moving on, it was mentioned later in the PG story that Joe Paterno happened to be at this same conference, and therefore in the same room as Wanny. Any talk of renewing the rivalry? If there was (which I'm sure there wasn't), both coaches were showing their finest poker faces:
Wannstedt and Penn State coach Joe Paterno declined to answer questions about whether there have been any talks about reviving the Pitt-Penn State series, which has been idle since 2000.
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