Pitt football has finalized its 2020 schedule by adding a home date with Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, according to a report by FBSchedules.com, which obtained a copy of the game contract through an open records request.
The Panthers will host the RedHawks at Heinz Field on Sept. 5, 2020. The moved closes out Pitt’s non-conference schedule for the season. The Panthers will also play at Marshall on Sept. 26, Notre Dame on Oct. 17 and host Richmond on a date yet to be determined.
The 2020 season will be the first year that Pitt and Penn State will not play each other after the expiration of the current contract between those schools.
Pitt’s ACC opponents in 2020 will be Duke, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Virginia Tech at home and Florida State, North Carolina, Miami (Florida) and Virginia on the road.
After 2020, Pitt has a two-year contract with Tennessee (2021-22), a four-year contract with West Virginia (2022-24) and a two-year contract with Cincinnati (2023-24). Additionally, Pitt will play Notre Dame in 2023, 2025, 2028, 2033, 2034 and 2036 as part of Notre Dame’s contract with the ACC.
For the date in 2020, Pitt will pay Miami $1.1m as part of the contract in order to avoid a return date at the school, which plays in the Mid American Conference. Pitt and Miami have played just twice and not since 1949. Pitt won both meetings.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi got his start coaching as a graduate assistant at Miami in 1990 and 1991. He coached receivers there in 1992 and was the defensive coordinator in 2003.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one of Miami’s most famous alumni. He is one of six Miami grads currently playing in the NFL.
The RedHawks and Panthers both went 5-7 in the 2017 season.
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