Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Busy Bowl Experience Is on Tap for Panthers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Busy Bowl Experience Is on Tap for Panthers

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In the run-up to Pitt's appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl this month at Yankee Stadium, the Panthers and Northwestern Wildcats will have plenty to do.

There will be - deep breath - a "chalk talk" for Bronx youth as way to give back to the local community, a trip to Radio City Music Hall, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and One World Observatory, a chance to see "The Today Show" and a ceremony in which select players will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Oh, and eventually, they'll play some football, too, on Dec. 28. Maybe have some time to sleep in a city that never does.

In a news conference Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes and coach Pat Narduzzi watched and listened as New York Yankees president Randy Levine and Pinstripe Bowl executive director Mark Holtzman extolled the virtues of the experience that awaits the Panthers and Wildcats later this month.

"It's been mentioned by others. As we think about our goal in moving forward with a bowl experience, it's about how can we provide the very best experience? Knowing and talking to the Pinstripe Bowl, and talking to others who have participated, this is one of the very best experiences," Barnes said.

With Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips and coach Pat Fitzgerald also in attendance, much was made of the Wildcats' connections to this particular bowl. Former Yankees owner and dynasty overseer George Steinbrenner was an assistant coach at Northwestern in 1955, and current Yankees manager Joe Girardi played his college ball there.

But Barnes provided a reminder that Pitt has its own ties to the venue.

"Although we don't have the family connections to this bowl, we certainly have connections to this city," Barnes said. "Having been in the Big East, our fans love this city. …

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