West Virginia, Virginia Tech to renew rivalry
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne collège football non-conference rivalry that went dormant due to conference realignment is coming back — at least temporarily.
West Virginia and Virginia Tech, who last met in 2005, announced Wednesday that the schools have agreed to a two-game series beginning in 2021.
The 2021 game will be played in Morgantown on Sept. 18, with the second game taking place the following season in Blacksburg on Sept. 24.
“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,” WVU athletics director Oliver 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,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer added. “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.”
The series has been played 51 times, including every year from 1973 until 2005, with West Virginia owning a 28-22-1 advantage overall.
The teams compete for the Black Diamond Trophy, referring to the region’s coal mining roots.
Virginia Tech has won six of nine games since the Black Diamond Trophy was initiated in 1997.