Wannstedt: Pitt to Big Ten "a lot of rumors"

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt shrugged off questions Wednesday about the Panthers possibly becoming part of the expanded Big Ten Conference.

"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."

Wannstedt, who agreed to a two-year contract extension in March that will keep him at the school through 2014, said he has had "zero" involvement in any discussions pertaining to the Big Ten.

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.

The Big Ten has been exploring expansion since December. Paterno favors going from 11 to 14 teams and has said in the past he would like to see Pitt, Rutgers or Syracuse join the conference. All three teams play in the Big East.

Wannstedt and Paterno talked to reporters Wednesday at the Lasch Football Building after meeting with the representatives from the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association's executive board. They both pledged their support for a plan to petition the PIAA to allow spring football practice in Pennsylvania.


Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com .


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