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Pat Kraft: Big Ten Football Schedule Will Be ‘Addressed’ Moving Forward

Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Pat Kraft is unhappy with Penn State’s 2023 football schedule.

The Nittany Lions’ 2023 schedule was released Wednesday, alongside their other Big Ten counterparts. As part of the announcement, it was revealed that Penn State will begin its conference slate on the road yet again.

Over the last 14 seasons, Penn State has played its first Big Ten opponent on the road all but once. In response, Kraft made a statement expressing his frustration.

“It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing Penn State will be starting our Big Ten football slate next year on the road for the eighth-straight season and for the 13th time in the last 14 years,” Kraft wrote. “When I arrived on campus, I shared with the conference staff my concerns and repeatedly referenced their failure to address this issue in the past. I have been in communication with Commissioner Warren and I am confident this issue will be addressed moving forward.”

This is not the first time Kraft has publicly spoken against the Big Ten’s scheduling. At the Big Ten’s media day for football in July, shortly after Kraft moved to Happy Valley, Penn State’s athletic director made his feelings known about Penn State’s road start against Purdue.

“It stinks. I called the conference up and said this is unacceptable,” Kraft said. “We’re addressing that right away. That shouldn’t happen at Penn State. We should be at home for our opener. I think it’s… seven years. That’s crazy. I did deal with that.”

In the past, head coach James Franklin has expressed similar sentiments. Though at his media availability after team practice Wednesday, Franklin punted on discussing 2023’s schedule.

“I’d prefer to talk about it later. Pat [Kraft]’s already addressed it,” Franklin said. “I could bring it up again and add another dramatic pause.”

Next season, Penn State football will kickoff its season against West Virginia, hosting the Mountaineers in Beaver Stadium on September 2. The Nittany Lions will begin their Big Ten slate against Illinois on September 16 — naturally, on the road.

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