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Holgorsen wants the Backyard Brawl (WVU vs. Pitt) back

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If there is one thing that has been taken away from fans trough the years of realignment, it is traditional rivalries. We have lost some good ones in recent years such as Nebraska-Oklahoma, Texas-Texas A&M, BYU-Utah and Pittsburgh-West Virginia. Fortunately, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is speaking out in favor of resurrecting The Backyard Brawl between the Panthers and Mountaineers.

“I would welcome back Pitt and the Backyard Brawl any time that they want it,” Holgorsen said Tuesday during Big 12 media days according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But scheduling is tricky. … Now that we’re not in the same conference we both had to drop non-conference games. That makes it challenging. There’s a reason why a lot of games are being announced for 2020 and 2021. … It’s got to be done in advance.”

West Virginia and Pittsburgh have each lined up future games against Penn State, another former regional rival for each for years before the Big East started up and Penn State joined the Big Ten. West Virginia also has some future games set against another former Big East foe, Virginia Tech. The Mountaineers also announced plans to play a neutral-site game against Tennessee in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2018 and West Virginia will open the 2014 season in Atlanta against Alabama. With an apparent interest in restoring some past rivalries at both schools, it would seem only natural to get something worked out for some future games.

West Virginia plays a nine-game conference schedule in the 10-team Big 12, which limits the Mountaineers to three non-conference games each season. Pittsburgh generally has some more flexibility with just eight conference games, but must satisfy a non-conference scheduling requirement for the ACC. Pittsburgh is required to schedule one opponent from another power conference (or Notre Dame when not on the rotating ACC schedule) each season.

Why not make that West Virginia on an annual basis and kill two birds with one stone? The more important question may be whether or not Holgorsen will even be around Morgantown by the time the two bitter rivals do get back on the field for a game. Holgorsen is largely considered to be one of the coaches on the hot seat entering the 2014 season.

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5 Responses to “Holgorsen wants the Backyard Brawl (WVU vs. Pitt) back”
  1. seminolez says: Jul 23, 2014 12:48 PM

    is there another big12 acc rivalry?

  2. cubano76 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:49 PM

    He should want someone to invent a hat that stays attached, covers up to that ugly head head of hair of his.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 4:58 PM

    Make. It. Happen.

  4. cranespy says: Jul 24, 2014 12:40 PM

    Eers should’ve hired Bud Foster back when they had the chance…..Holgs is an O coordinator NOT a Head Coach. The Mounties will be hard pressed to win five games this year…..the question in the Mountain State is not IF Holgs is fired…the question is WHO will be the next coach?

  5. cranespy says: Jul 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    Could get very interesting if Marshall runs the table and lands a big bowl game, while the Eeers stay home….again … We could hear that it’s time for a Doc (Holiday that is)

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