Carolina's last football trip to Pittsburgh will be remembered for the eight-yard touchdown Willie Parker scored on a "rooskie" trick play and the fact the game was played two months before Three Rivers Stadium was imploded after three decades of serving as home to the Panthers, Steelers and Pirates.
The Tar Heels beat Pitt 20-17 in early November of the 2000 season, ending a four-game losing streak on the way to a 6-5 campaign that cost head coach Carl Torbush his job. The highlight was the gadget play installed by offensive coaches Mike O'Cain and Gunter Brewer that had quarterback Ronald Curry handing the ball off to Parker between the tailback's legs, then Curry and nine more players swarming to the right as if to run an option play. Parker held his position for two counts, then slipped out the back side for what proved to be the winning score.
Now with Pitt entering the ACC for the 2013 football season, the Tar Heels will have the opportunity to travel to western Pennsylvania every other year, now to play in the ultra-modern Heinz Field, which opened in 2001. The ACC on Friday announced the teams that each league school will play in 2013, though dates have yet to be set.
The Tar Heels will travel in 2013 to Pitt, which will join the Coastal Division of the ACC, as well as to Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and N.C. State.
They will entertain Boston College, Miami, Duke and Virginia in Kenan Stadium.
Non-conference games will be played at South Carolina and at home against Middle Tennessee State, Old Dominion and East Carolina.
In other news of interest to Tar Heel Lettermen:
Kelvin Bryant (tailback 1979-82) has been named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Bryant was one of the most explosive runners in Tar Heel history, running for 3,267 yards and earning All-America honors three years. Also noteworthy to the Tar Heel football family is the induction of the late Hugh Morton, whose photos of Carolina games, Kenan Stadium and in particular the Charlie Justice era are much-cherished. They and nine others will be enshrined in ceremonies May 2 in Raleigh.
Allen Mogridge, a Tar Heel offensive lineman (1996-99) and later a tight ends coach under Butch Davis, has moved from Central Florida to Temple. Mogridge coached one year at UCF before joining the staff of new head coach Matt Rhule.
Stuart Holt (1994-95) has moved from the staff at Western Kentucky to South Florida along with head coach Willie Taggart. Holt, a native of Hamptonville, played four years at Carolina and was on teams that went to four straight bowl games.
Zack Pianalto, a tight end from 2007-2010, has signed a reserve/future contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pianalto was released by Tampa Bay during the final preseason roster cut last summer. He played 13 games for the Bucs in 2011, making four catches for 40 yards. He originally signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent.