Morning and night, Pitt goes nearly round the clock for is first two games |

Morning and night, Pitt goes nearly round the clock for is first two games

Jerry DiPaola
Quarterback Kenny Pickett and the Panthers will have an 11 a.m. kickoff this season when they face Ohio on Sept. 7. The game will be televised by ACC Network.

The ACC has announced start times for Pitt’s first two football games — one late, one early.

Pitt’s season opener against Coastal Division foe Virginia on Aug. 31 will be under the lights and will be one of the first games televised by the soon-to-be-launched ACC Network. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Field and is the last of three games. The tripleheader begins with East Carolina at N.C. State (noon, followed by Virginia Tech at Boston College (4 p.m.).

A week later on Sept. 7, Pitt and Ohio tangle in a nonconference game at Heinz Field in another ACC Network game, this one starting at 11 a.m. Payback for the high-profile night the previous week perhaps?

Pitt hasn’t started a game that early in the day since hosting Louisville in 2012. The game is the first of four that day on the ACC Network. The others are South Florida at Georgia Tech (2 p.m.), Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State (5 p.m.) and Miami at North Carolina (8 p.m.).

The Ohio game also will be Pitt’s annual Band Day, with youth marching band members participating in a pregame rehearsal and joining the Pitt Band on-field at halftime. Kickoffs for the remaining 10 games will be announced at a later date.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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