Any general college football fan will admit that they miss the yearly rivalry between the Pittsburgh Panthers and West Virginia Mountaineers, more commonly known as the “Backyard Brawl.” On Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen admitted that he misses it to, in a way, when he stated that he would be open to renewing the rivalry once again.
Dana Holgorsen: “I would welcome back Pitt and the Backyard Brawl anytime they wanted it.”
— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) July 22, 2014
Each and every year these two teams would duke it out with one another on the gridiron, and they were never short of excitement. Dating back to 1895, the two programs played each other 104 times, and all 104 of those meetings were fierce.
But 2011 was the last meeting between the two after West Virginia first made their move to the Big 12, while Pitt was still a member of the then Big East. But the Panthers wouldn’t be staying there long neither, as they would make the move to become a member of the ACC in 2013.
There would be a lot that needed to be figured out before they can put something on paper to bring back one of the sorely missed rivalries in college football, but at least we know that one half of the mix is on board with working something out.