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Pitt Students Return Torn Turf

November 22, 1999

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pitt can practice in its own stadium again this week after several students who tore up small strips of Pitt Stadium’s artificial turf returned them to university officials.

After the fans ripped up the turf following Pitt’s 37-27 upset victory over Notre Dame on Nov. 13, coach Walt Harris questioned if repairs could be made in time for practice this week.

The Panthers play Saturday at rival West Virginia.

As school officials pondered how to temporarily repair the field, practices were moved last week to Pitt’s new South Side practice facility.

Athletic director Steve Pederson on Monday commended the students for returning the turf and said pieces of the turf will be made available to all students once Pitt Stadium is torn down.

The 74-year-old stadium is being leveled to make room for a new basketball arena. Pitt will play next season in Three Rivers Stadium before moving into the new Steelers stadium in 2001.

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