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WVU, Pitt ink deal to extend basketball ‘Backyard Brawl’ for 2 more seasons

June 18th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia coach and alumnus Bob Huggins called Pitt “our biggest rival.”  Pitt coach Jeff Capel said Panthers-Mountaineers is “one of the best (rivalries) in the country.” Shane Lyons reiterated that a primary objective he embarked on when hired as WVU athletic director was to get Pitt and West Virginia playing again. Soon, despite now playing in different conferences, “Backyard Brawls” will be staged months apart in both football and basketball again. Pitt and West Virginia announced Thursday they reached an agreement to stage the men’s basketball version of the Brawl during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The programs meet in November for the fourth and final game of a series announced in 2016, after a period of dormancy for the Brawl following the breakup of the Big East.

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