West Virginia, N.C. State announce series


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West Virginia's future schedules are coming together quickly.

Athletic director Oliver Luck announced Wednesday that the Mountaineers will play a home-and-home series with North Carolina State -- Sept. 15, 2018 in Raleigh, N.C., and Sept. 14, 2019 in Morgantown, W.Va.

"I am excited about this series, because it gives our football program and our fans an outstanding home-and-home series with a team from the ACC," Luck said in a statement. "WVU has a lot of alumni living in North Carolina, especially in the triangle region, so it gives our fans a game that is close. We have had a competitive games over the years with N.C. State, and this is a chance to restart the series."

Luck announced Tuesday that West Virginia will open the 2018 season against Tennessee at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

West Virginia and North Carolina State faced each other 10 times between 1914 and 2010, splitting the series evenly at five wins apiece. Three meetings have been in bowl games. The Wolfpack won the 1972 Peach Bowl, 49-13; the Mountaineers rebounded with a 13-10 win in the 1976 Peach Bowl; North Carolina State won the most recent meeting, a 23-7 victory in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl.


Pitt did not have any players selected to the 2014 All-ACC preseason team, which was voted on by the media at the ACC Football Kickoff Monday and released Wednesday.

The Panthers' most likely candidate was receiver Tyler Boyd, who caught 85 passes for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman. Boyd was named to the all-ACC second team at the end of the 2013 season, but was left off the 2014 preseason team in favor of Duke's Jamison Crowder, Florida State's Rashad Greene and Louisville's DeVante Parker.

Boyd will hope to replicate the season Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald had last year. After not making the league's preseason team, Donald went on to have one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory, taking home four major individual awards and becoming a consensus All-American.

Florida State led the way with nine players selected to the 2014 All-ACC preseason team, including preseason ACC player of the year quarterback Jameis Winston.

Syracuse tackle Sean Hickey, a Franklin Regional graduate, also made the team.

Pitt opens training camp Aug. 4.


Dave Wannstedt wasn't ready to retire, but when he started to consider opportunities to get back into coaching for the upcoming season, he realized it was time to consider a different career path. Pitt's former coach, however, wanted to stay connected to the game. So instead of calling plays and devising game plans, he will be offering his expert analysis on Fox Sports college football pregame studio shows, as well as co-host a weekly preview show on the Big Ten Network.

"I guess I am moving to the dark side, so to speak," Wannstedt said, then laughed. "Now it is my turn to comment on the work of coaches ... and athletic directors."

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