WVU FB – Dana Wants Pitt on the Schedule!
Dallas, TX (July 22nd, 2014) Today, at the Big 12 Media Days, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen made a point to comment on his desire to see the return of Pitt to the WVU schedule and a restart of the “Backyard Brawl”.
Head Coach Dana Holgorsen at 2014 Big 12 Media Days.
Holgorsen stated that he would welcome the Panthers and the Backyard Brawl Rivalry back on the schedule whenever they are willing and able to schedule with WVU. The two teams have played each other over 100 times since 1895 and had played every year since 1942 until WVU joined the Big 12 conference in 2012 after Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they would join the ACC. The rival teams last played in 2011 when both were still members of the old Big East Conference.
But Mountaineer Fans…..don’t hold your breath……..
Pitt AD Steve Pedersen
At the ACC meetings in Florida, Pittsburgh AD Steve Pederson sounded excited about renewing the rivalry with Penn State, but the Panthers’ biggest rivalry, vs. WVU in the Backyard Brawl, is still on hold for awhile. While Pitt has sought and arranged a series with Penn State, the Panthers were not able to reinstate the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia on an annual basis. Pederson has recently spoken with West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck about scheduling some future games between the Panthers and Mountaineers. He has stated previously that “We’re both trying to figure out when we can do it,” Pederson said. “We’re both in favor if it’s in the best interest of both schools”. WVU had openings, but apparently Pitt does not have any dates in the immediate future.
WVU recently announced upcoming neutral site games with Virginia Tech (at FedEx in 2017) and Tennessee (in Charlotte in 2018). WVU and VT also recently announced home and away games are scheduled in out years down the road. Recently, rumors are circulating that WVU and NC State are looking at a home and away series and could announce a contract soon. WVU kicks this season off in Atlanta vs. Alabama (in the Georgia Dome), and will start next season vs. BYU (at FedEx).
As much as Dana Holgorsen and Oliver Luck are willing to schedule the Panthers and welcome them back on the schedule, Pitt is just not as interested in making anything happen anytime soon.
The WVU fan base is somewhat indifferent in that it is split about 50-50 on the need to get the backyard brawl back on schedule. By the time it might actually happen, both student bodies may be to young to even remember the fierce rivalry.
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By Dave Ackermann – Senior Staff Writer – Football and Basketball
(Holgorsen Photo credit to Big 12 Conference)
(Pedersen Photo credit Pitt Official Athletic Site)