Pitt will play in ACC’s Coastal



PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh will join the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division in football, the league announced on Friday.

When the Panthers actually begin playing in the ACC remains unknown, but athletic director Steve Pederson isn’t ready to shut the door on 2012.

The ACC announced Friday that Pitt will join the Coastal with Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Duke and North Carolina. Pitt also would play Syracuse, another Big East program leaving for the ACC, every year, even though the Orange will join the Atlantic Division.

Pitt would like to leave the Big East before the 27 months notice required in the conference bylaws. Pederson said he’s keeping an eye on West Virginia’s lawsuit against the Big East, as the Mountaineers are suing to play in the Big 12 in 2012.