MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced Wednesday tthe WVU-Virginia Tech football series will be renewed for a two-game series beginning in 2021.
"During my three years as Athletic Director at West Virginia University, I have heard from legions of Mountaineer fans, particularly those in the Southern part of the state, who have expressed their strong sentiments to renew the football rivalry with Virginia Tech," Luck said. "This game is great for college football. 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.
"I want to thank Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver and Coach Frank Beamer for their efforts in helping to get the two teams back on the football field. It will be a great day for all involved when the rivalry is renewed."
Both schools will battle for the Black Diamond Trophy once again, starting with the 2021 game being played in Morgantown on Sept. 18, with the second year of the deal taking place in 2022 in Blacksburg on Sept. 24. The Black Diamond Trophy, which was started in 1997, went to the winner of the annual game, and was used as a symbol of the Appalachian region's rich coal history.
WVU last played Virginia Tech in 2005.