E.J. Borghetti, Pitt's fine senior associate AD for media relations, expounded further in a somewhat personal fashion.
"Everyone loves neighborhood rivalries," Borghetti said. "But the neighborhood, in this case Eastern football, is changing - quickly and dramatically. What is that going to mean for the future of the Backyard Brawl?
"As a kid, I never thought I'd see the day when Pitt and Penn State didn't play every November. Penn State's move to the Big Ten had a significant hand in changing that. Certainly there is a desire to keep age-old traditions alive, but ultimately both schools will need to see what opportunities are available once future conference schedules are set."
Since 1919, the only interruption of the WVU-Pitt series came during World War II (1940-42), and after the Panthers had won 11 in a row and 15 of 16.
The only foes the Panthers and WVU have played every season since 1955 are each other, and ACC-bound Syracuse.
Conference realignment seems certain to curb the Mountaineer-Orange series when WVU moves to the Big 12. Pitt-SU will remain a conference game, albeit in a different league.
Penn State and Pitt have played 96 times and are scheduled again in 2016 and '17, and I think Pitt would obviously choose to face the Nittany Lions over WVU if it came down to one or the other.
If West Virginia gets the move it wants soon - Luck said the Mountaineers "are talking about 12 in '12; the Big 12 in 2012" - WVU has to drop one of four non-conference games next season.
Luck said discussions on how to potentially proceed there have been held in-house, but no final decision has been made (and likely won't until WVU is firmly in or out of the Big East for 2012-13).
He also said the future with Pitt will be considered in conjunction with a nine-game Big 12 schedule that will test WVU more than the current seven-game Big East schedule.
"We need to decide what do we do with our three non-conference games, when in the Big 12, we're going to be playing four, if not five, top 25 teams, in the conference every year," Luck said. "We need to be smart with what we do non-conference.
"Steve Pederson and I have spoken and we've emphasized we want to find a way to continue (the WVU-Pitt series). The question of when, we don't quite have an answer for that yet, and might not have for a while.
"But if you're looking, historically, at all the teams close by that West Virginia has played on a regular basis recently, if you're talking about Maryland, Marshall, even East Carolina, which has been on-again, off-again, Pitt obviously has a special place among those."
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