PITTSBURGH (AP) Scott Barnes has been on the job less than two weeks, yet the new Pittsburgh athletic director already has a clear vision about what should be the top item of his "to do" list. It's the same as the second. And the third. And the fourth.
Football. More exactly: how to generate buzz for a program that has been listing for the better part of three decades. Winning consistently would help. So would a better fan experience at Heinz Field. Oh, and a schedule that includes Penn State on a consistent basis.
Barnes can't do much about winning than make sure head coach Pat Narduzzi has all the tools necessary to make inroads in the Atlantic Coast Conference. As for the rest of it, everything is on the table. Especially the idea of turning the rekindling of a dormant rivalry with the Nittany Lions into a semi-annual event.