Known simply as the Backyard Brawl, this set of non-conference matches will evoke certain memories when both schools were in the Big East
With West Virginia in the Big 12 and Pitt in the ACC, both schools decided on Thursday, September 29 to renew a once-hot rivalry.
The last times both schools locked horns was in 2011-2012. Pittsburgh will host the Mountaineers in December 2017 and 2019, with West Virginia doing the favors come late 2018 and 2020.
Best to close this blog post with thoughts from both athletic directors, culled from NBCSports.com:
“We are extremely excited to announce the renewal of this great rivalry. Coach Stallings and his staff did an outstanding job working with their counterparts at West Virginia to help make this happen. The Pitt-West Virginia games will serve as marquee non-conference matchups that will garner heavy interest in the area and on the national stage.”
Pittsburgh Athletic Director Scott Barnes
“One of my first goals as athletic director was to reach out to Scott Barnes about renewing the football and basketball series with Pitt because I knew it would be good for both schools. I want to thank Scott and coach Stallings as well as [West Virginia] coach [Bob] Huggins and his staff for their efforts in getting the basketball series renewed. The fans are the real winners because whether the game is in the WVU Coliseum or the Petersen Events Center, it will be great for college basketball.”
West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons