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Game-tape delivery puts foes at odds

The question of trading game videotape came up again as Pittsburgh and Penn State prepared for Saturday's game at Three Rivers Stadium.

After last week's victory over Louisiana Tech, Lions coach Joe Paterno was asked about the Panthers. He said he hadn't seen any tapes.

"We weren't able to get tapes from Pitt," Paterno said.

Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris was ready for questions about Paterno's comment.

"The University of Pittsburgh has met all of its obligations of the exchange to Penn State fully and on time," Harris said.

He said if "Paterno wants to throw around some inaccurate charges and mislead the public, so be it. But we have met our obligations to them, and on time."

Pittsburgh said it sent tapes of both its games to Penn State by US Airways flights.

Penn State officials said the school received both tapes.

At a weekly news conference Tuesday, Paterno said that when he spoke about not receiving tapes, he was referring to tapes he usually would inspect over the summer. A Pittsburgh spokesman said he did not know what tapes Paterno was referring to.

"I'm not angry," Paterno said.

In 1997, Paterno complained that Pitt did not send tape of its win over Southwestern Louisiana.

Saturday's game will be the last between the longtime intrastate rivals for the foreseeable future because of disagreements over home-game scheduling.

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