James Franklin Addresses Potential Pitt Rivalry Renewal

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first_img “It’s hard to predict the future… I think we’ve got to be creative in the ways that we look at it.”Franklin pointed out the different non-conference schedules affecting their outlook when it comes to their “scheduling philosophy.”Penn State plays nine in-conference games while Pitt plays eight.Franklin concluded that Penn State is open to continuing discussions with Pitt. But the deal must make sense for both sides.“We’re open to having discussions,” Franklin added. “But it’s got to equally make sense for both parties. It’s got to make sense for Pitt. It’s got to make sense for Penn State. I think this game will be sold out, but we had 104,000 last week, so we’re talking about probably an increase of 5,000 or 6,000. So it needs to be consistent for both parties.”The Nittany Lions have won back-to-back games against the Panthers, and own a 52-43-4 edge in the series.The game will be played on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. EST and will air on ABC.[Lions247] Shot of Penn State coach James Franklin.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs onto the field with his team before taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)This Saturday will mark the 100th meeting between Penn State and in-state rival Pittsburgh. It will mark the fourth and final year of The Keystone Classic under the current four-year scheduling agreement, but the rivalry might not be going away forever.Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Penn State head coach James Franklin gave his thoughts on the rivalry. He said that he’s enjoyed the games and the fans have too.Via Lions247:“The games have been awesome… That first game (Pitt won at home, 42-39, in 2016) was an unbelievable game. The environment, I think we had the largest crowd in Heinz Field history for any sporting event, isn’t that correct? I mean, that’s pretty cool. We’ve had environments and crowds here that we have probably two or three times a year, but good, really good.”But while Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi all but dismissed the possibility of The Keystone Classic continuing, Franklin was not quite as convinced.last_img

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