Panthers lose two future meetings with Irish



Pitt released partial schedules Friday for its 2014-16 seasons, coinciding with the Atlantic Coast Conference's announcement that Notre Dame begins its rotation through the conference in 2014.

The Panthers will play host to the Irish in 2015 as part of the new agreement, but previously scheduled games between the teams in South Bend in 2014 and 2016 have been canceled.

Notre Dame joins the ACC in all sports except football next season and will play five football games against ACC teams annually starting in 2014. The Irish agreed to play all 14 member schools once every three years, making it impossible to maintain the annual series with the Panthers.

The games against Notre Dame will not count towards Pitt's eight regular ACC games or in the conference standings.

In December, Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said he hoped to honor the original contract with Notre Dame, which ran through 2016, but was willing to work with the Panthers' new conference and join the ACC rotation whenever it had to.

Pitt and Notre Dame play Nov. 9 at Heinz Field this season.

With the Irish off the schedule in 2014, Pitt will have home non-conference games against Iowa, Akron and Delaware.

The Panthers will travel to play at Florida International.

In 2015, the Panthers will play road games at Iowa and Akron, and play host to Notre Dame and a to-be-announced non-conference game.

Penn State comes on the schedule in 2016, giving the Panthers a marquee name to replace the biennial visit from Notre Dame.

Pitt opponents: 2014-16

2014

Home: Iowa, Akron, Delaware, Duke• , Georgia Tech• , Syracuse• , Virginia Tech•

Away: Florida International, Miami• , North Carolina• , Virginia• , TBA Atlantic Division opp.•

2015

Home: Notre Dame, TBA, Miami• , North Carolina• , Virginia• , TBA Atlantic Division opponent•

Away: Iowa, Akron, Duke• , Georgia Tech• , Syracuse• , Virginia Tech•

2016

Home: Penn State, TBA, TBA, Duke• , Georgia Tech• , Syracuse• , Virginia Tech•

Away: TBA, Miami• , North Carolina• , Virginia• , TBA Atlantic Division opp.•

• -Atlantic Coast Conference game

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Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com and Twitter @SWernerPG. First Published April 20, 2013 4:00 AM


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