Pederson Issues Statement

With West Virginia off to the Big 12, it sounds like Pitt is moving forward, planning to resume play in the Big East for at least the next school year. Steve Pederson issued a statement in response to West Virginia's move. The emphasis is on finding a home game to fill the void left by West Virginia's departure.

"Steve Pederson said in an interview last week that a lot of the conference shifting—West Virginia bidding to go to the Big 12, Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC. Pitt's future would become a little more clear once a settlement, or a decision was made on West Virginia.

Monday, West Virginia reached that settlement with West Virginia. Now the question remains on what exactly Pitt's stance—do they try a similar plan and sue the Big East? Do they put up the money for the buyout and just go to the ACC? Or, will the Panthers stick around the Big East for 2012.

It sounds like it's the latter—Pitt will be staying put for this upcoming 2012 football season. Pitt already was forced to buy out TCU when the Horned Frogs decided to join the Big 12 instead of the Big East. While Pitt was already scrambling to find a replacement opponent, now the Panthers must replace their big rivalry game with West Virginia. Pederson issued the following:

"Yesterday, the Big East communicated to us it had reached a settlement with West Virginia and would work to find us a replacement team for that home game. We will keep our fans informed as that develops."

"Given the conference transitions both schools are currently undergoing, it is difficult to speculate on the future of our series with WVU. Our more immediate focus is on finalizing our upcoming football schedule."

With the emphasis on finishing out the 2012 home schedule, and with the Big East aiming to help Pitt find that next opponent, it sounds like Pitt will be staying in the Big East for at least another year.

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