Friday, October 10, 2008

UNC-Penn State series? Not a deal yet

On his weekly radio show, Penn State coach Joe Paterno referenced playing North Carolina in football in the future, according to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.

But UNC associate athletics director Larry Gallo said Friday morning nothing has been scheduled yet.

"We have been talking over the years, and trying to work out something,'' Gallo said. "Certainly, if something like that could be consummated, it could be a very good series."

In the meantime, Gallo continues to look for an opponent to fill out UNC's schedule for next season. That has been tricky, he said, because the Tar Heels would rather play a home game, don't want to schedule a second I-AA team in one season, and would prefer a "one-shot deal" instead of scheduling a home-and-home, especially considering they don't have another open slot to fill until 2012. At this point, he added Tuesday, they haven't rule out playing another road game next season.

-- Robbi Pickeral