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Luck to talk with Pitt about future tilts saved

February 16, 2012

MORGANTOWN - There won't be a Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pitt in football this year.

But WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said he's willing to try to work out future non-conference games with Steve Pederson, the Panthers' AD.

As the world now knows, the Mountaineers will become an official member of the Big 12 on July 1.

And Pittsburgh will be bolting the Big East eventually for a berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The two universities have met on the gridiron for 104 years, and it certainly has been a great rivalry. It's one in which they are just 75 miles apart.

It hasn't been a problem for fans of each school to attend every game - both home and away. That's a luxury the Big 12 hardly can offer.

Asked about the possibility of resuming the Backyard Brawl in 2013, Luck said earlier this week:

"It's been a tremendous rivalry with Pitt in all sports, football and all of the other sports.

"Pitt is going through a bit of change and obviously with more change imminent. But joining the ACC, Pitt will be giving up some non-conference games as we will in joining the Big 12 Conference.

"So it will be difficult to schedule (Pitt). But I certainly would welcome a conversation with Steve Pederson, my counterpart at Pitt (in regard to non-conference scheduling)"

But Luck added that "certainly this coming season there will be no Backyard Brawl."

He hopes the two schools can keep open a line of communication, though.

Hopefully, they will agree to preserve that relationship eventually.

It certainly would please most Mountaineer fans, if not all.

As for basketball, Luck thinks that's something the head coaches could discuss and decide.

Huggins said he'll discuss future scheduling at a later date.

Both Bob Huggins and Pitt's Jamie Dixon are plotting game plans for their teams' rematch tonight in Pittsburgh.

The Panthers won the earlier contest 72-66 on Jan. 30.



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