West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said today he will speak with Pitt coach Jamie Dixon about continuing the popular basketball series between the two schools after the season. The Mountaineers are moving to the Big 12 in the fall and there are no scheduled games in the future.
Basketball schedules are put together during the summer, but Pitt also has to want to continue the series. Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said he would have to "evaluate his options" concerning the football series with the Mountaineers. Dixon does the basketball schedule on his own. He was noncommital on the WVu series when asked about it in October. He will speak with reporters later today after practice.
Huggins said he would be surprised if the two schools did not find a way to continue the series.
"I'd be shocked," Huggins said. "We've been playing since 1904. We're all looking for good non-conference games."
I propsoed a tournament in November or December involving Pitt, WVU, Duquesne and Robert Morris. Huggins was not closed to the idea. WVU and Duquesne already play a regular series.
"It depends on the financial situation," he said. "We need to generate money in basketball as does Pitt. It depends on what the finances of something like that might be."
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