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Steelers' Mike Tomlin says he's neutral in Penn State-Pitt rivalry

Penn State-Pittsburgh used to be one of the nation's best college football rivalries, but the schools haven't played annually since 1992 -- the season before the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten.

The schools are set to meet again in 2016, but their coaches got together -- with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin serving as a buffer -- on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers and Pitt share practice facilities (and a stadium), so Tomlin running into new Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi isn't that big a deal. But Penn State coach James Franklin being at the facility on the same day is a big deal, and it happened by circumstance; the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call reported that Penn State coaches are on the road visiting NFL teams and that Wednesday just happened to be the day they were in Pittsburgh.

Tomlin looks as if he is doing his best to remain neutral; still, since the Steelers and Panthers share facilities, you have to wonder if Narduzzi is hoping a few pictures of just him with Tomlin hit social media in the next few months.

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