Pat Narduzzi just can’t stop talking about Penn State Football.
On Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, in the wake of opening week of the college football season, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi once again returned to one of his favorite topics; the Nittany Lions.
Pat Narduzzi on if we’ll ever see Pitt vs Penn State again. 👀
— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) August 29, 2023
Of course Pitt has called and asked to schedule Penn State Football.
Pitt has been begging to re-up the series after the last four game series ended in 2019. The Pitt football program used their two home games in the last four game series to fund the Pitt football program, requiring visiting fans to purchase three game tickets on the way to setting a then program record 69,983 fans at the 2018 contest.
Moreover, Pitt saw a 15 percent increase in overall attendance in 2018 with the addition of Penn State on the schedule, with the Penn State game bringing in over 20,000 more fans than Pitt’s average that season.
After 2016, the other year that Pitt had Penn State on the schedule, Pitt saw almost a 5,000 fan drop in average attendance in 2017 without Penn State on the schedule.
For Pitt’s bottom line, renewing a series with Penn State Football is incredibly important and would be a huge revenue driver for their program.
The recent comments from Narduzzi follow a long trend of Narduzzi and Pitt focusing on Penn State almost as much as the Panther’s program.
Earlier this summer, Narduzzi took a veiled shot at Penn State’s offense when Christian Veilleux transferred to Pitt, calling it a “one-word” offense compared to Pitt’s “real offense”. In January, Narduzzi ranked Penn State lowest among all voters in the Coaches Poll after Penn State’s Rose Bowl win over Utah.
Of course Pat Narduzzi ranked Penn State the lowest out of all coaches. Gotta love CFB 😂😂😂 https://t.co/lan6uNbIIW
— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman81) January 12, 2023
In 2022, before week one of the season, Narduzzi again reiterated Pitt’s strong interest in playing Penn State noting “we’ll play Penn State anytime they want to.”
Narduzzi-“we’ll play Penn State anytime they want to”
— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) September 2, 2022
In 2019, Pitt withheld media availability from all its players leading up to the Penn State game, treating the game like a Super Bowl for the program.
In 2017, Pitt Football head coach Pat Narduzzi tweeted “Hail to Pitt” immediately after No. 2 Penn State lost to No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus.
At the time of this “trolling” Pitt football was 4-5 and begging for relevance and bowl eligibility.
Why Penn State Football vs. Pitt May be a Relic of the Past
The reality for Penn State is that no matter how much Narduzzi and Pitt beg, it does not make sense for Penn State to renew the series with Pitt with a home and home schedule.
Renewing the “rivalry” significantly drives revenue for Pitt but does not bring much of a benefit, if any, for Penn State compared to West Virginia or Auburn.
If Penn State was to give in to Narduzzi’s begging, the Lions would need to secure at least two home games for every away game to make the benefits of the series more even for Penn State.
Would Narduzzi let that happen? Or would he just prefer to keep yammering about Penn State?