Pitt renews ties with one of its oldest eastern rivals when it travels to Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 16, for a noon kickoff. The two teams have met 65 times with the Panthers holding a 32-30-3 edge in the historic series. The Syracuse game marks the Big East Conference opener for the Panthers. Pitt has gone 10-4 in Big East play the past two seasons, finishing tied for second in both 2008 and 2009.
TV: The Pitt-Syracuse game is the Big East Network Game of the Week and will be aired on WTAE-TV, Channel 4, in Pittsburgh. Mike Gleason (play-by-play), former Pitt quarterback John Congemi (color) and Eamon McAnaney (sideline) form the broadcast crew.
PITT RADIO: The new radio home for Pitt football is 50,000-watt flagship KDKA-FM, Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan. Games are also carried on the Pitt Sports Radio Network. Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), three-time Pitt All-American Bill Fralic (color) and John Seibel (sideline) will call the action.
SIRIUS XM RADIO: The Pitt-Syracuse game will be aired on SIRIUS channel 91 (Pitt broadcast).
INTERNET: “Panthers All-Access” at PittsburghPanthers.com.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to State College, Pa. on Friday, Oct. 15 to participate in the Penn State Nationals held on the campus of Penn State University.
The Pitt women’s soccer team returns home from a four-game road trip for two Big East contests this week. The Panthers host Georgetown at Founders Field on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. and then Villanova on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.
The Pitt men’s soccer team plays at West Virginia on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., then hosts Rutgers at Founders Field on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. Pitt (5-4-2, 0-1-2 Big East) tied Marquette 2-2 in double overtime on Saturday. Alex Grayson and Sam Luffy both provided goals for the Panthers against Marquette.
The Pitt women’s volleyball team travels to Morgantown to play West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The Panthers (9-12, 4-2 Big East) have won eight of their last 10 matches and are coming off a 3-1 win over Georgetown. Pitt has never lost to West Virginia and improved its mark to 37-0 after beating the Mountaineers 3-0 last season.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams open the season with a pair of meets this week at Trees Pool. The Panthers host Buffalo on Friday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. and then St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m.