When the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 it was mostly good news, but there was one glaring downside; college football lost the “Backyard Brawl”.
Thankfully, not for long.
West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons and Scott Barnes, Pittsburgh’s athletic director, are both in their first year as AD, and have been vocal about getting the rivalry back on the schedule
“Pitt and West Virginia have a long and storied rivalry that dates back to the 19th century,” Barnes said in a statement “I’ve learned there is a lot of passion surrounding this game and we’re pleased to be able to rekindle that history.
“An unfortunate byproduct of conference realignment has been the interruption of numerous traditional rivalries across the country. Everyone wins when two great series like Pitt-Penn State and Pitt-West Virginia are renewed, especially the student-athletes and fans of college football.”
Barnes is right, everybody wins. Even if you aren’t a fan of either school, you can’t complain about the renewal of storied and fiercely fought rivalry.
Unfortunately for everyone though, we have to wait a little bit to see the two line back up against each other. The first meeting isn’t scheduled until 2022.
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Non-conference games are typically scheduled a few years in advance, but seven years out seems like an eternity. The Mountaineers probably didn’t have much option though as they already have games with Maryland, Missouri, BYU, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, NC State, Missouri, and East Carolina monopolizing the foreseeable schedule.
The Mountaineers are down in the series overall, but have won the last three mathups with the last win back in 2011. A game West Virginia won by just one point. In fact, four of the last five games between the two have been decided by four points are fewer. Yep, college football needs more of that!