WVU, Pitt Should Bring Back the ‘Brawl’

Athletic conference changes and other factors involved in high-stakes college football ended one of the most eagerly anticipated events in West Virginia – the annual “Backyard Brawl” between West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh.

Anything could happen during a WVU-Pitt game, adding to the charm of what had been one of college football’s oldest rivalries until it ended with the 2011 game, when both schools joined new conferences.

But WVU Athletics Director Oliver Luck, in revealing the Mountaineers will resume playing Penn State in 2023, added he would like to renew some other old rivalries, including that against Pitt.

Yes! Let’s bring back the Backyard Brawl, and the sooner the better. For decades it was a highlight of the WVU season – and it should be again.