Pat Chambers and Penn State will visit Pitt as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge next season. (Abby Drew/Centre Daily Times/AP file photo)
ESPN released the pairings for next season's ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and the series will feature an all-Pennsylvania showdown between Penn State and Pittsburgh.
Pat Chambers' Nittany Lions will visit the Panthers in what should be one of Pitt's first marquee games as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It will be the 145th all-time meeting between the schools, but the first since 2005.
The biggest national games in the series are Indiana at Syracuse, Michigan at Duke and North Carolina at Michigan State.
I did some live-tweeting during the announcement that the state of Pennsylvania is suing the NCAA to overturn the punishments against Penn State imposed from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Here's a summary of what was said. I've also added a few highlights of reactions from across Twitter.
Whatever happens to the Big East could affect the Big 5 beyond just Villanova and Temple. (Not that the Palestra will really be involved that much, but this photo has the old Big 5 banners in it.)
UPDATE: When I originally wrote this post Tuesday morning, I did not mean it to be entirely serious. It was just an idea to kick around.
But now ESPN.com's Andy Katz is reporting that the Atlantic 10 is in fact open to welcoming the Big East's Catholic contingent. As such, this idea becomes a lot more real, with the possibility of a 21-team league once Temple and Charlotte leave the A-10. I've added another potential division alignment to reflect the news.
What has Bill O'Brien proven in his first season as Penn State's head coach? Mike Kern of the Daily News offers his view on the Nittany Lions, another wild week of conference realignment and the upcoming BCS title game in a video chat with Cinesport's Noah Coslov.
Mike Kern of the Daily News chats with Noah Coslov of Cinesport about the significance of Notre Dame's move to the ACC, as well as Penn State's chances of grabbing its first win of the season against Navy.
If you have been around the Penn campus for any amount of time, you have probably seen one of those t-shirts that says "NOT PENN STATE" across the front.
The t-shirts are a pretty old joke at the point, even though they still pop up every now and again. Whether because of Penn's rise in academic prominence or because people have just figured it out, the schools in Philadelphia and State College don't get mixed up all that often anymore.
Or at least not as much as they used to be. A few weeks after Joe Paterno was fired, I remember chatting with one of the people on Penn's sports information staff. The person was surprised at how few phone calls the department had received from people angry about the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
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