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By John Grupp
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009

• A Big East-Big 12 bowl game at Yankee Stadium is official. The two conferences and the New York Yankees have reached an agreement to hold a bowl game at the $1.5 billion, 57,454-seat stadium beginning in December 2010. The game doesn't have a name or a sponsor yet, but it will be held sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The third- or fourth-place team from the Big East will play the seventh-place team from the Big 12. If the Big 12 does not have enough bowl-eligible teams, Notre Dame, if available, has agreed to take its place. The payout is expected to be about $2 million to each team. The agreement runs from 2010 through 2013. New Yankee Stadium, which opened last spring, has a handful of scheduled regular-season football games, including Army-Notre Dame in 2010 and Army-Rutgers in 2011. This is the first bowl game in the Northeast since the Garden State Bowl at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in the early 1980s. It is the first bowl game in the Bronx since the Gotham Bowl in 1962 at old Yankee Stadium. "We're excited about this," Pitt AD Steve Pederson said Wednesday afternoon from New York City. "It's a great fit for the Big East. It's really our home." Pederson said there wasn't a lot of concern for the weather. "We're used to playing football in cold weather," he said. "That doesn't faze us."

• Two weeks after landing one of the top quarterbacks in Pennsylvania, Pitt received an oral commitment from a rising star in Ohio. Mark Myers, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior quarterback from Cleveland St. Ignatius, has given a verbal commitment. Myers, a first-year starter, has thrown for 11 touchdowns for St. Ignatius (5-0), one of the top programs in Ohio. He also had offers to Toledo and Ball State, but interest in the strong-armed Myers had picked up in recent weeks. He is the 21st commitment in the Class of 2010. One longtime Ohio coach, Steve Trivisonno of Mentor, said Myers has the best high school arm he'd ever seen after Myers threw five touchdown passes two weeks ago against Mentor. Earlier this month, Pitt received a verbal commitment from Liberty's Anthony Gonzalez, a dual-threat quarterback. "When I got the offer from Pitt, I knew I wanted to go there," Myers said. "Since I didn't get much playing time (as a junior), I was kind of under the radar. I didn't think I would get anything until after the season. When they jumped in, I was excited."

• Senior middle linebacker Adam Gunn (ankle), who missed the past two games, practiced for the third consecutive day. Barring a late setback, he will play at Louisville on Friday night. "I'm optimistic that Adam Gunn is going to be able to do something," coach Dave Wannstedt said.

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