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April 10, 2008

   PITTSBURGH--The Pitt football team's annual Blue-Gold Game, which concludes spring drills on April 19 at Heinz Field, will receive exceptional television coverage both locally and nationally.


   The game will be simulcast live to national and local audiences via the NFL Network and WPCW, Pittsburgh's CW, at 6 p.m. Bob Pompeani will call the action, while Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt will provide color analysis.


   "We are excited to announce that our spring football game will receive unprecedented television coverage this year," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. "For those who can't make it to Heinz Field, the NFL Network and CW will provide our fans with a great sneak preview of the Panthers before training camp."


   The Blue-Gold Game will be a two-hour scrimmage (6 to 8 p.m.) between the Panthers' offense and defense, utilizing a modified scoring format. In addition to the action on the field, fans in attendance will be treated to a pregame FanFest event on the Gate A plaza. Highlights include:


   * A team autograph session from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

   *  Live music and entertainment

   *  Games, prizes and face painting

   *  The Pitt Pep Band and cheerleaders

   *  Official Panthers merchandise and season tickets on sale


   Admission for the Blue-Gold Game is free. Parking is available for $5 in Gold lots 1 and 2.


   Seventeen starters return for the Panthers, who are being touted as a team to watch both in the Big East and nationally this year. Pitt opens the 2008 season on Aug. 30 against Bowling Green at Heinz Field. For ticket information, log on to or call (800) 643-PITT.     



Pitt Spring Game to Air on NFL Network, Pittsburgh's CW

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