September 10th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Penn State coach James Franklin remained optimistic Tuesday when addressing the the potential for a future Penn State-Pitt meeting, saying the Nittany Lions are “open” to talks about the schedule. Saturday’s noon contest between the Nittany Lions and Panthers is the final game of a four-year series that started in 2016. Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said last spring that PSU would likely not resume playing Pitt until at least 2030. Franklin said Tuesday it’s trickier for the Nittany Lions to schedule nonconference opponents because they have nine mandated conference games by the Big Ten — while Pitt and the ACC have just eight. Franklin has gone on record several times, saying he prefers to schedule as many home games as possible and, obviously, Pitt would prefer a home-and-home arrangement. “I could see us possibly maybe doing a neutral-site game with them,” Franklin said. “I think that’s a possibility. We could have discussions. But we’ve got to be creative about it. We’re open to talking a bout all different concepts and options.” – Josh Moyer, Centre Daily, Read More

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