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Black Diamond Trophy between VT, WVU up for grabs again in 2021, ’22

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Assuming the series doesn’t get cancelled or otherwise modified before then, that is.

And here’s hoping it doesn’t. Thanks to conference realignment, several of the rivalries that made college football so great have become dormant. One of those was the battle for the Black Diamond Trophy between Virginia Tech and West Virginia. The last time the two teams played was in 2005, a 34-17 win for the Hokies. But Virginia Tech was already in the ACC by that point and the future of the series was doubtful at best.

That’s set set change — at least temporarily. WVU athletic director Oliver Luck and Hokies coach Frank Beamer announced on Wednesday that the two sides have agreed to a home-and-home series for 2012 and ’22. The Mountaineers are scheduled to host the Hokies on Sept. 18, 2021 before traveling to Blacksburg on Sept. 24, 2022.

“During my three years as Athletic Director at West Virginia University, I have heard from legions of Mountaineer fans, particularly those in the Southern part of the state, who have expressed their strong sentiments to renew the football rivalry with Virginia Tech,” Luck said. “This game is great for college football. We all know that the two schools have extraordinary fan bases, and both schools will be counting down the days until the Hokies and the Mountaineers meet again.”

It’s two great universities that have had some great competition,” added Beamer. “We’ve always had great respect for them, and I think they feel the same way about us. Where we’re located, it’s the right thing to do. We’ll take fans to Morgantown, and they’ll bring fans to Blacksburg.”

Luck emphasized that scheduling conflicts led to such a distant date for the renewal of the series, but given WVU’s geographical challenges in the Big 12 — the Mountaineers’ closest Big 12 opponent is Iowa State — he felt it was important to have a big game close to home.

And the battle for the Black Diamond Trophy was a big game, at least regionally. The schools played every year from 1973 through 2005. WVU leads the all-time series 28-22-1, but Beamer is 12-7 against the Mountaineers.

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20 Responses to “Black Diamond Trophy between VT, WVU up for grabs again in 2021, ’22”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jul 3, 2013 11:02 AM

    I realize WVU had no option but to join the Big 12. But the effect on recruiting has been devastating and their fan base cannot afford to travel to venues in the Big 12 area. It’s too bad because if the ACC allowed Louisville in, they sure as hell should have allowed WVU.

  2. drummerhoff says: Jul 3, 2013 11:05 AM

    Was Virginia Tech a 1aa school before 1973?

  3. urfinished says: Jul 3, 2013 11:06 AM

    This series wasn’t renewed because WVU fans were throwing freaking BATTERIES at VT players (amongst other things). There is evidently a statute of limitations on everything.
    Or engineers at VT have assured Beamer everything will work on LED or lithium-ion batteries in 2020 which are much lighter and less likely to crack someone’s face.

  4. sanduskyshowerboy says: Jul 3, 2013 11:18 AM

    Gamecocker:

    Not even true at all. The ACC is all about expanding to new, large TV markets even if they don’t watch college sports- did you see what they’re doing in NYC this week? Also, the ACC cares a lot (probably too much) about academic prestige and WVU wouldn’t make the grade- pun intended.

    Also, I remember a school who left the ACC in the early 70s for the SEC because it couldn’t meet academic standards for the ACC… *cough* south carolina *cough*

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 3, 2013 11:23 AM

    urfinished says: Jul 3, 2013 11:06 AM

    This series wasn’t renewed because WVU fans were throwing freaking BATTERIES at VT players

    ===========================

    Yeah WVU fans have that rep unfortunately. I have heard of several instances where they have thrown batteries at people on the field.

    Pretty soon they are going to start getting treated like people in south america and mexico and have to watch the game through plexiglass.

  6. thegamecocker says: Jul 3, 2013 12:10 PM

    @sanduskyshowerboy

    The reason South Carolina left the ACC was because the academic requirement for that conference were higher than the NCAA’s! Frank McGuire did not want to leave the ACC and neither did the majority of fans. But Paul Dietzel promised something he NEVER delivered: a National football program at Carolina! He was escorted out the door as in FIRED 3 years later because leaving turned out to be such a BLUNDER!!! SC joined the SEC 20 years later and and the ACC relaxed their academic requirement the year after we left! COUGH, COUGH that up!! Your screename is neither funny nor worthy of any more responses. In fact, I hope when your school plays Penn State, they kick your ass!!! Now get outta here.

  7. gamecockercockloverlilboyz says: Jul 3, 2013 12:45 PM

    Sanduskyshowerboy? what kind of name is that? that’s messed up, bro.

  8. wvuandsteelers says: Jul 3, 2013 12:54 PM

    First, Woo Hoo!

    Second, never heard about the batteries. I know they once hurled a huge trash can and hit a Miami coach. Then there was the Pitt punter incident…..

  9. cranespy says: Jul 3, 2013 12:55 PM

    facts……..(research it and you will see I speak truth)….. WVU played a major role in helping rescue VT from the Metro Conference and bringing them to the A10….. WVU played a major role in helping rescue VT from the A10 bringing them to the Big East…. VT screwed WVU over on taking BC and Miami to the ACC…. VT did nothing to pave the way for WVU to move to the ACC when it became clear the Big East ship was sinking……WVU owes VT nothing… VT on the other hand owes WVU everything

  10. helladonks says: Jul 3, 2013 12:59 PM

    thegamecocker is right about this one

    And obvious troll “gamecockercockloverlilboyz” is obvious.

    Let us be original and unique, people.

  11. billsboy88 says: Jul 3, 2013 1:10 PM

    You know it’s the offseason when we are talking about games that are scheduled 8 seasons from now

  12. thegamecocker says: Jul 3, 2013 3:18 PM

    @cranespy

    I agree with you but the majority of the blame should be placed on the Governor of Va. at that time. I forget his name but he pressed UVa. into extending an invite to Va Tech. That bastard screwed the Big East Conference as well. But its all about the TV money and Boston brings a nice size market to the ACC. But because BC is not so good, nobody is watching……The former AD at BS Gene DeFillipo, is a real scum bag for also leaving the Big East. BC has been drowning in debt with a very mediocre program ever since.

  13. tuscaloosaguy says: Jul 3, 2013 3:24 PM

    2012 ? I just wonder how many mattresses will be saved up and burned then ?

  14. urfinished says: Jul 3, 2013 3:59 PM

    Actually @cranespy has some truth mixed with evidently a God complex.
    WVU was definitely an ally in the metro days to the A10 and even the Big East but VT was the easy choice particularly for the big east. VT wanted WVU to join in the ACC but academics held them out. FSU is the only non top 100 school academically in the ACC and WVU just isn’t on their level in terms of football.
    In fairness I’d trade WVU for quite a few schools in the a ACC but it ain’t happening. The ACC came across as hypocrites letting in Lville over WVU but that certainly wasn’t VTs doing.

  15. wvugrad00 says: Jul 3, 2013 5:14 PM

    As a Mountaineer that was there for the end years of the actual rivalry (’97 – ’00) I say I love that this is being brought back. I would love for this to become a yearly game.

    I say bring it you hokie bastards

  16. cranespy says: Jul 3, 2013 7:26 PM

    No god complex here……just stating fact. I agree BC made a terrible move…..and yes I do recall the involvement of the VA Gov. What is stuck in the craw of myself and many other true Eer fans is VTs silence on speaking on behalf of WV when they had opportunity TWO TIMES with the ACC. The sad thing about VT is while they appear to be totally committed to the ACC…they would jump at the chance to move to the SEC. At least they would’ve BEFORE the golden domers decided to cherry pick the ACC like they did the Big East.

  17. cranespy says: Jul 3, 2013 7:32 PM

    ….one more fact……(check the record on this one too!). At least when the Eers make it to a BCS Bowl they usually win it……not the case with the Fighting Gobblers.

    To the original point…..I for one am very happy the rivalry is being renewed….being in the Big 12 (10) may have been our only choice but it sucks for fans……we have NO rivalry game. At least we can dream of one 8 years from now.

  18. urfinished says: Jul 3, 2013 7:51 PM

    It’s a fun rivalry for sure.
    VT had a SEC invite on the table but because of an evident pact with UVA they did not accept.
    SEC wanted VT over mizzou last year. That’s a 100% fact. They want a team in Virginia bad and VT is just a much better fit.
    Some say the offer is still on the table but the powers that be at VT are missing a golden opp staying loyal to a conference that is clearly focused on UNC’s interest above all.

  19. thegamecocker says: Jul 4, 2013 8:28 AM

    @unfinished

    My friend, truer words were never spoken! The ACC is clearly focused on UNC’s interest as well as Duke. Wake Forest is merely a sheep in the heard while NC State could be headed to the SEC someday. And who runs the ACC……none other than former UNC basketball player, John Swofford. I hope the contract all the ACC schools signed regarding TV rights is challenged in court. Never heard final outcome of Maryland case. That too could stimulate more movement if Maryland wins.

  20. gnorules says: Jul 5, 2013 8:57 AM

    Very disappointed to see this happen. While the VT/WVU game is usually always a really good game, it’s the abuse from the WVU fans that completely took away the focus from the game. Every one of my friends who went up to Morgantown for a game never came back without saying that they were assaulted in some sort of way in and outside the stadium. Whether it was throwing batteries or nickles, or having drinks poored on them, or just starting fights. None of it is an acceptable way to treat visiting fans.

    Beamer and Jim Weaver always said that they would not restart this rivalry if there was a concern about the safety of the VT fans, so I’m waiting to see what they say about why it’s suddenly ok again.

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