Temple added to Pitt's schedule

March 8, 2012 12:01 am

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Pitt completed its 2012 football schedule Wednesday but needed some help from the Big East in order to do so. The Panthers will replace departing West Virginia with new member Temple.

The Owls will join the league as a football member for '12 then will become a full member in all sports in '13.

That filled one of the two open spots that Pitt had in its '12 schedule, the other spot filled by the addition of Division I-AA Gardner-Webb.

The Panthers' non-conference schedule for '12 will be Youngstown State (Sept. 1), Virginia Tech (Sept. 15) and Gardner-Webb (Sept. 22) at home, and Buffalo (Oct. 6) and Notre Dame (Nov. 3) on the road. Pitt's Big East schedule, with dates yet to be determined, has the Panthers playing Louisville, Rutgers and Temple at home, and Cincinnati, Connecticut, Syracuse and South Florida away.

Temple played in the Mid-American Conference last season, while all other Temple programs, including men's basketball, are in the Atlantic 10.

The MAC confirmed the move Wednesday and said the Owls will pay an exit fee of $6 million.

Temple played in the Big East in football only from 1991-2004, but was forced out of the league because the program was one of the worst in major college football. The Owls failed to meet minimum requirements for membership, most notably in attendance, facilities and fielding a competitive team.

More college football

Michigan's football program might have violated an NCAA rule. Spokesman Justin Dickens confirmed that the school's compliance department has been notified a rule may have been broken by receiver Roy Roundtree and linebacker Kenny Demens. The two posted messages on their Twitter accounts to congratulate a recruit. NCAA rules prohibit messages being sent to recruits through social media from accounts affiliated with someone from the school.

• California wide receiver and Pac-12 Conference first-team selection Keenan Allen is scheduled to have ankle surgery that will sideline him for all of spring practice.

Soccer

Alex Morgan scored her first career hat trick and Abby Wambach added her 134th goal, leading the United States against Sweden, 4-0, in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup. Morgan scored in the fourth, 33rd and 72nd minutes, and Wambach scored in the 36th in Parchal, Portugal. Germany won the title for the second time, beating world champion Japan, 4-3, in a wild finish. Germany converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute, Japan tied it 3-3 in the 90th and Germany scored in stoppage time.

High schools

Mike Melnyk is expected to be Mt. Lebanon High School's new football coach, pending approval by the Mt. Lebanon school board in two weeks. Melnyk has been the coach at Manheim Township in Eastern Pennsylvania the past 13 seasons.

Boxing

The Western Pennsylvania Athletic League will stage Golden Glove fights beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the 3 Lakes Golf Course (formerly Alcoma Country Club) in Penn Hills. For tickets, call 412-298-7373.


First Published 2012-03-07 23:26:46

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