Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 13, 2019 (Pt. 1)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 13, 2019 (Pt. 1)


COMPUTER, PHONE, OR TABLET ONLINE PEER TONIGHT, IT IS THE SPORTS CALL. RIGHT NOW, PITTSBURGH’S BEST SPORTS SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. CALL US, WE HAVE THINGS TO TALK ABOUT ON THE ISLAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN TONIGHT. WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT TONIGHT, THE FINAL GAME THAT WE WILL SEE FOR A VERY LONG TIME. IT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE THEY WILL RENEW THE RIVALRY ANYTIME SOON. HOPEFULLY I GET TO SEE ANOTHER ONE OF THESE GAMES AT SOME POINT IN MY CAREER, OR IN MY LIFETIME. IS UP IN THE AIR. THEY RESUME THE RIVALRY WITH WEST VIRGINIA IN A COUPLE OF YEARS. PENN STATE SAYS THEY DON’T HAVE ANY ROOM ON THEIR SCHEDULE. THEY DON’T WANT TO PLAY A HOME IN HOME WITH PIT. MAYBE I TRY TO OFFER THEM A 3 AND 2. TRY TO DO A 10 YEAR SERIES WITH 6 AND 4. THE GAME SHOULD BE PLAYED. IT IS SO DISAPPOINTING. IT IS A SHAME THAT THE GAME IS NOT BEING PLAYED AFTER TOMORROW. TOMORROW WILL BE THE LAST ONE. YOU WILL HEAR FROM US LATER ON IN THE PROGRAM. WE HAVE THE REACTIONS TO THE RIVALRY COMING TO AN END. I KNOW MANY FANS ARE UPSET ABOUT IT. I DO KNOW A LOT OF PENN STATE FANS ARE UPSET ABOUT IT, DESPITE NOT ADMITTING TO US SOMETIMES. I DO THINK IT IS A SHAME. IT IS A SHAME THAT THE RIVALRY IS COMING TO AN END. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT BOTH FAN BASES COULD TALK ABOUT FOR A YEAR. THIS WAS SOMETHING YOU COULD GET EXCITED ABOUT. IT WAS B1G 10. THERE ARE MANY MEMORIES THERE. I KNOW THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. ATTENDANCE IS DECLINING. PEOPLE WANT TO WATCH GAMES ON TV. WHY NOT PLAY THE RIVALRY? WHY DON’T YOU LOCALIZE GAMES? WHY DON’T THEY REVAMP COLLEGE FOOTBALL ALTOGETHER? THEY CAN MAKE CONFERENCES WHERE WE ARE REGIONALLY ALIGNED. I WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT WE PLAY WEST VIRGINIA, AND PITT. IT MAKES SENSE. KEEP THE TEAMS TOGETHER. EVEN IF YOU WANT TO THROW OHIO STATE IN THE CONFERENCE, THEN GO TO MARYLAND. YOU COULD GO TO SYRACUSE OR TEMPLE. YOU CAN TRY TO DEVELOP 16 TEAM CONFERENCES, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. YOU CAN REGIONALIZED THIS. THAT IS WHAT I THINK THAT COLLEGE FOOTBALL SHOULD GO TO. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU WOULD DO THAT, TO KEEP IT A POWER FIVE. MAYBE YOU COULD REGIONALIZED THE POWER FIVE CONFERENCES SOMEHOW. THERE IS SO MUCH INVOLVED. LOOK AT WEST VIRGINIA. THEIR NEAREST OPPONENT IS 800 MILES AWAY. THE FOOTBALL TEAM IS TRAVELING BACK AND FORTH ON CHARTERS. NOW YOU HAVE THE TRACK TEAM, AND WEST VIRGINIA DOESN’T HAVE MEN’S TRACK, BUT YOU HAVE THE BASEBALL TEAMS, THEY TRAVEL ALL THE WAY TO IOWA. TO GO TO IOWA STATE AND TEXAS, AND THESE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT ARE SO FAR AWAY. I DON’T SEE HOW THAT MAKES ANY SENSE AT ALL. UNDERSTAND BEING IN THE 12 MAKE SENSE FOR THEM. BEING IN THE BIG TEN MAKE SENSE FOR PENN STATE MONETARILY. IF PITT DID NOT JOHN THE ACC, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT. THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN. THEY HAD TO DO SOMETHING. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE CONFERENCES BEING MORE REGIONAL. THEY TAKE TEAMS TO FILL UP SPOTS. THAT’S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. UNDERSTAND, PITT DOESN’T FIT IN THE ACC. THIS IS CLOSE TO THE EAST COAST. IT IS CLOSE ENOUGH. PENN STATE IS IN THE BIG TEN. YOU KNOW, THEY ARE IN THE BIG TEN, THEY ARE MORE THE BIG TEN TEAM BECAUSE THEY’RE CLOSER TO THESE TEAMS. WHAT I’M GETTING AT, THE SCHOOL SHOULD BE IN THE SAME CONFERENCE, SAME WITH WEST VIRGINIA. THE SCHOOL SHOULD BE PLAYING EVERY YEAR. IMAGINE HOW EXCITING IT WOULD BE IF PENN STATE PLAYED WITH THEM EVERY YEAR. THEY GOT NOTRE DAME INTO THE MIX , WHATEVER. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. I DON’T KNOW THE FUTURE OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. IT WILL PROBABLY STAY LIKE IT IS AS LONG AS IT MAKES A TON OF MONEY. I KNOW I’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS WITH PAUL. HE WILL BE ON THE SHOW TONIGHT. WE WOULD RATHER PLAY IN AKRON OHIO, OR RUTGERS, OR TEAMS LIKE THAT, THEN GETTING A WEST COAST TEAM OVER HERE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH. THE FACT THAT PENN STATE PLAYS TEAMS LIKE IDAHO AND GEORGIA STATE, THAT IS A SHAME. IT IS A SHAME THEY ARE ON THE SCHEDULE. I THOUGHT OF YOU ARE A POWER FIVE TEAM, YOU SHOULD BE PLAYING THE CONFERENCE GAMES, AND YOU SHOULD HAVE TO PLAY THE POWER FIVE CONCERT — CONFERENCE TEAMS OUT OF CONFERENCE. UNDERSTAND IT IS TOUGH. MAYBE REDO THE LANDSCAPE FOR THE PLAYOFFS AS WELL. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR OPINION AND HEAR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS COMING TO AN END. IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PITT AND WEST VIRGINIA RIVALRY? ARE YOU SAD TO SEE IT GO? YOU WILL HEAR FROM PAUL COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK. WE WILL BE BACK IN 2 MINUTES.

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