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Pitt : Pitt and Tennessee to Play Home-and-home Series in 2021-22

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sp...031815aaa.html
"Pitt and Tennessee to play home-and-home series in 2021-22
The Panthers and Vols have met only twice before on the football field.
March 18, 2015
PITTSBURGH--Pitt and Tennessee have agreed to a home-and-home football series for the 2021 and 2022 seasons, the schools announced today.
The initial game of the agreement will be played at Tennessee on September 11, 2021. The Panthers will host the Volunteers at Heinz Field on September 10, 2022.
Pitt and Tennessee have played just twice before. The Panthers won both meetings--30-6 in 1980 and 13-3 in 1983--with each of those games taking place at the Vols' Neyland Stadium.
The 1980 game was memorable for being Pitt's first encounter with its former head coach, Johnny Majors, who returned home to Tennessee after leading the Panthers to the 1976 national championship. Majors' former top lieutenant at Pitt, Jackie Sherrill, succeeded him as the Panthers' head coach. Sherrill's 1980 squad, considered one of the finest in Pitt history, finished 11-1, including the victory at Tennessee.
The 1983 game served as the season opener for both teams. Pitt, under the direction of head coach Foge Fazio, defeated the host Volunteers, who were picked by Beano Cook in Sport magazine to win the national title that year. (In response to that prediction, Majors said that Cook, Pitt's former sports information director, told him "he did it to get back at me for leaving Pittsburgh...Beano likes to kid around and play jokes.")
The Panthers' finished the '83 campaign with an 8-3-1 record and Fiesta Bowl berth. Tennessee did not win the national championship but did go 9-3, the Vols' finest mark in 11 years.
Season tickets and mini-plans for the 2015 Pitt football season are now on sale. Call the Pitt Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT (7488) or log on to PittsburghPanthers.com.
For the latest Pitt football news, follow the Panthers on Twitter and Instagram at @GoPittFootball.
Pitt's future non-conference football opponents:
2016
Sept. 3,Villanova
Sept. 10,Penn State
Sept. 17,at Oklahoma State
Oct. 1,Marshall
2017
Sept. 2,Youngstown State
Sept. 9,at Penn State
Sept. 16,Oklahoma State
2018
Sept. 8,Penn State
Oct. 20,at Notre Dame
2019
Aug. 31,Delaware
Sept. 14,at Penn State
2020
Sept. 5,Richmond
Sept. 26,at Marshall
TBA,Notre Dame
2021
Sept. 11,at Tennessee
2022
Sept. 10,Tennessee
--PITT--"
I just saw this. Would be a great road trip to take.
I'm a big fan of the series. Two reasons. One, I love the fact Pitt is reaching out to play an SEC school. Tennessee has struggled the last several years, but looking like they are going to turn the corner in 2015 or 2016 and get back to being competitive. So by 2021, the Vols should be a solid team. I would also expect Pitt to be good, too, as Narduzzi would have time for his players to come in and his system to be installed. Second, I hope Pitt continues to want to play the traditional powers of college football. If we win one of these games, it would be GREAT for recruiting and national attention.
This should be a good game to attend at Heinz Field - shame it's so long away. Who knows what I'll be doing then?

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