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Dana Holgorsen and Pat Narduzzi Trade Jabs Over Scheduling of Backyard Brawl

Dana Holgorsen

Dana Holgorsen

Rivalry games are a huge part of college football, but recent conference realignment has changed the outlook for some of these annual matchups. Missouri-Kansas and Texas-Texas A&M aren’t scheduled to play anytime soon, and Pittsburgh-West Virginia – known as the Backyard Brawl – is also in hiatus.

The Backyard Brawl is among the best rivalries in college football, but it’s future is up in the air.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen wants to play Pittsburgh and renew the annual rivalry, but is the feeling mutual?

New Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi was asked about the future of the rivalry when the ACC coaches visited ESPN this week: 

After Narduzzi’s comments were circulated, Holgorsen took to Twitter to issue a (rather perfect) response:

While the back-and-forth between the two coaches makes for excellent offseason discussion, there’s no reason for either program to avoid scheduling the other to renew the rivalry. After all, scheduling this game would meet two criteria: Better non-conference games and selling tickets.

Sounds like a win-win proposition doesn’t it?

Let’s get this game scheduled as soon as possible.