West Virginia, Virginia Tech to renew rivalry
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Virginia Tech Hokies will renew the Black Diamond Rivalry.
West Virginia and Virginia Tech will renew the rivalry beginning in 2021 with a home-and-home series, according to ESPN. The rivalry dates back many years, however, became the Black Diamond Rivalry in 1997 as an honor of the two states’ coal mining history.
The re-alignment of college football marked an end to the match-up when Virginia Tech moved to the ACC in 2004 and West Virginia left the Big East for the Big 12 in 2012. College football’s changing landscape has caused many rivalries to fall by the wayside in favor of monetary gain in the recent years, which includes the Black Diamond Rivalry.
In statements posted on the school respective athletic websites, the athletic directors weighed in on the deal. According to Hokiesports.com, AD Jim Weaver said, “I am pleased we are able to resume the rivalry between Virginia Tech and West Virginia and have every belief that this rivalry will flourish and be good for college football.”
West Virginia AD Oliver Luck echoed the sentiment on WVUsports.com, saying, “This game is great for college football.” He added, “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.”
The series has been played 51 times dating back to 1912, and currently West Virginia leads the series 28-22-1.