Marshall Inks 1 for 1 with ACC School

Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick announced today that the Thundering Herd Football program had signed a home and home contract with the University of Pittsburgh. The two game set will add to future Marshall schedules and shows that the Thundering Herd intends to pick up the quality in regards to out of conference scheduling.

The Herd Football team is off to a 5 – 0 start this season but experts are not pleased with the strength of schedule. Marshall has played three MAC opponents and Rhode Island outside of CUSA play. Marshall was set to host Louisville this season but the Cardinals bought out of the game due to their move to the ACC which caused the need for them to play Notre Dame. The home contest with Louisville has been rescheduled for 2016.

Today, Hamrick announced the two game set with the Panthers. Marshall will visit Pittsburgh, and play at Heinz Field in 2016.

With the addition of Pittsburgh to the 2016 schedule, the slate for that season will now include a road game at Pittsburgh, and home contests against Akron and Louisville. This would mean the Herd would be playing two games against Power 5 conference schools.

See what other Marshall fans are saying about the new series Marshall fans talking about the recent signing of a Home and Home against Pittsburgh.

This will mark the first time Marshall has ever met up against the Panthers . Hamrick has said multiple times that his goal was to schedule good regional games so the fan base would be able to travel and watch the Herd play.

Pittsburgh shares Heinz Field with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers are now members of the ACC. They had recently been in the Big East where they had won two conference championships in 2004 and 2006. The 2004 team made the Fiesta Bowl which was one of the BCS bowls at that time. They lost to Utah 35 to 7.

Pittsburgh is a nationally known program. They have won 9 national championships. The most recent one came in 1976 under legendary Head Coach Johnny Majors. The first three came in the early part of the century, when Pittsburgh won three straight in 1915, 16 and 17. They were led by Head Coach Glenn “Pop” Warner.

Pittsburgh has been to 30 bowls in their schools’ history, winning 13 and losing 17. Their first bowl came in 1927 when they lost 7 to 6 to Standford in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Their most recent bowl was last year when they knocked off Bowling Green 30 to 27 in the Little Ceasers Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit.

To further show the level of the Panther program, their retired number list includes many nationally known stars. That list includes Arizona Cardinal star Larry Fitzgerald, Miami Dolphin Dan Marino, Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett, ESPN personality Mark May, Chicago Bear coach Mike Ditka, Hugh Green and Bill Fralic.

Pittsburgh will return the game to Marshall in 2020. With the addition of the Panthers to the schedule in 2020, Marshall will now have three of their four out of conference games filled. Marshall will also play on the road against East Carolina and Ohio.

Adding Pittsburgh to the schedule shows that Hamrick is meeting his goal of getting regional Power 5 teams to come to Huntington. Below is a list of future opponents

September 5th – Purdue
September 12th – at Ohio
Kent State
Norfolk State

September 17th Akron
September 24th – Louisville
October 1st – at Pittsburgh

September 2nd – Miami of Ohio
September 9th – At NC State
Kent State

September 1st – at Miami of Ohio
September 22nd – North Carolina State

September 14th – Ohio

September 5th – at ECU
September 19th – at Ohio
September 26th Pittsburgh

September 4th – at Navy
September 11th – ECU

September 3rd – Navy

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