The University of Pittsburgh's traveling party (football players, band, cheerleaders and at least 17 alumni) will spend the first week of spring classes in Birmingham, Alabama, participating in an ESPN-confected spectacle, the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Compass Bowl.
Pitt and its affected students find themselves in this position because (1) neither the Meineke Car Care Bowl nor the Pinstripe Bowl wanted the conference co-champion Panthers and (2) the Pitt hierarchy appears to be unaware that bowl bids are not mandatory.
We have commissioned the InfiSports Desk to provide an explanation of Pitt's predicament for publication later this week.
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