Penn State and Pittsburgh haven't played since the 2000 season, cooling off a spicy in-state rivalry.
Thanks to the (relatively) new coaching staff, namely Penn State assistant Herb Hand -- he of "Chopped" fame -- things are getting stirred up again.
New Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi, never one to back down from a challenge -- just ask Michigan -- started the chirping shortly after his hiring. Asked in late December about the pledge from Penn State coach James Franklin to "dominate the state," Narduzzi told a local radio station, "We had a school like that down the road in Michigan that maybe had the same attitude."
Things are spilling into social media now. Franklin and his staff are extremely active, and Pitt's new staff has joined the fun, as colleague Andrea Adelson writes.
The teams' offensive line coaches -- Penn State's Hand and Pitt's John Peterson -- entered the Twitter ring Wednesday night.
Peterson got things started with this graphic, proclaiming Pitt as the state's premier program.Pitt's bowl collapse a shot below the belt? Ouch.
Hand then proceeded to drop the mic, SNL style.
Win bowl game✔️ Better record vs common opponents✔️ More seats full on game days✔️ Higher academic ranking (US News&W/R)✔️ (#PssstOurState)— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) January 22, 2015
Your move, Pitt coaches. By the way, Penn State and Pitt resume their series Sept. 10, 2016 in the Steel City. The game can't get here soon enough.
We have got a lot of work to do to get where we want to/will be but it sure was nice WINNING two trophies this year. pic.twitter.com/VWxbSDWgDQ— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) January 22, 2015