Terry Smith grew up near Pittsburgh, but he chose to go to Penn State.
As a star wide receiver, he helped the Nittany Lions go 3-1 in his four years against the Panthers. Now, he’s part of a Penn State coaching staff getting a team ready to face the in-state foe for the first time in 16 years.
Smith has every reason to consider Pitt a rival of Penn State. But on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, he downplayed the idea.
Smith grew up in Pittsburgh, played against Pitt four times. Still not a "rivalry" game for him, he said. "Next game up."
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 8, 2016
Smith was brought on as the cornerbacks coach/defensive recruiting coordinator by James Franklin in 2014.
He had 1,825 career receiving yards at Penn State from 1988-1991, and mentioned that Pitt also recruited him hard out of high school. But he chose to go to the “best university in the United States.”
Penn State corners coach Terry Smith on his Pitt-PSU recruiting experience: pic.twitter.com/1wnLLSXUTk
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) September 8, 2016