Penn State and Pitt are reigniting their rivalry this season when they play on Sept. 10 for the first time since the 2000 season.
The 2016 season will be Penn State’s fifth in the post-Joe Paterno era. The longtime coach was fired by the school in November 2011 amid the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Paterno’s legacy has been clouded by the scandal and the information that has surfaced in its wake. Paterno’s role in the scandal has been a major talking point both inside the Penn State fan base and far outside it in the last five years.
A Pitt blog, The Point 412, appears to be selling a new piece of Paterno-related merchandise leading up to the Nittany Lions and Panthers tilt at Heinz Field. The blog tweeted it’s selling t-shirts with the phrase “Joe Knew” on them for $20 each.
— The Point 412 (@The_Point_412) August 24, 2016
Paterno and the scandal have followed Penn State on the road in the last four seasons, so it’s not too much of a surprise this is getting stirred up by an in-state rival.
Pitt announced the game was a sellout last week and there’s no doubt a large portion of Penn State fans will make the trip to the Steel City for the game. The atmosphere promises to be intense – both on the field and off.