March 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH--In an effort to embrace and celebrate the traditions of Western Pennsylvania football, Pitt head coach Paul Chryst announced today he will be taking the annual Pitt Spring Football Festival and Blue-Gold Scrimmage on the road to North Hills High School on April 14.
"I may be new to Pittsburgh, but I've respected and known about the traditions of Western Pennsylvania high school football for a long time," Chryst said. "As a first-year coaching staff, we feel it is important to get out and engage the people and communities who have built that tradition. The spring game is a perfect opportunity to do this and we're really looking forward to visiting North Hills in April."
The gates at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium will open at 11 a.m. The Panthers will host a youth clinic at 11:30 a.m., followed by the playing of the Blue-Gold Scrimmage at 1 p.m.
"Pitt football is opening a new and exciting era under Coach Chryst and we're honored to be part of the program's first spring game under his leadership," North Hills High athletic director Dan Cardone said. "This is another stellar example of how Pittsburgh's highest-profile football teams, the Panthers and the Steelers, are invested in the communities of Western Pennsylvania. It is a winning equation for everyone involved and we're excited about hosting Pitt next month."
Chryst is in his first year as Pitt's head coach following an exceptional eight-year tenure at the University of Wisconsin (2002, 2005-11), where he gained acclaim as one of the country's finest offensive teachers and strategists. He was a finalist for the prestigious Broyles Award, annually presented to college football's top assistant, each of the past two seasons.
Pitt, which played in the BBVA Compass Bowl last year, returns 14 starters in 2012.
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