NCAA FOOTBALL: WVU, PSU to renew rivalry
West Virginia and Penn State are renewing their football rivalry.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said Thursday the teams will meet in State College on Sept. 2, 2023, and in Morgantown on Aug. 31, 2024. They last met in 1992. The series ended when PSU moved to the Big Ten.
“I know how exciting it was to play in Beaver Stadium and to have the Nittany Lions come to Morgantown,” said Luck, who played quarterback at WVU from 1978-81. “I think the renewal of this series will be great for the fan bases of the two schools as both locations provide an easy drive.
“Both universities have rich traditions and history, and to be able to revive the memories and the fun is what makes college football so special.”
Penn State leads the series 48-9-2 that dates back to 1904. It’s the third-longest series for the Mountaineers, behind rivalries with Pittsburgh (104 times) and Syracuse (60).
SABAN TO TEXAS? A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban’s agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, The Associated Press has learned.
Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas told the AP he spoke by telephone with agent Jimmy Sexton a few days after the Jan. 7 game. Tom Hicks, a former regent who is the brother of current Regent Steve Hicks, also was on the call.
On his weekly radio show Thursday night, Saban said he didn’t know anything about the meeting and said he’s too old to start over someplace else.