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Pitt, West Virginia to resume Backyard Brawl in 2022

The Backyard Brawl is coming back, as Pitt and West Virginia announced Thursday a four-game series from 2022 to 2025.

The Mountaineers are set to visit Pittsburgh's Heinz Field on Sept. 17, 2022 and Sept. 14, 2024, while the Panthers are scheduled at Morgantown on Sept. 16, 2023 and Sept. 13, 2025.

"Pitt and West Virginia have a long and storied rivalry that dates back to the 19th century," Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes said in a release. "I've learned there is a lot of passion surrounding this game, and we're pleased to be able to rekindle that history."

The schools played 104 times from 1895 to 2011, with Pitt holding a 61-40-3 advantage. But WVU's move from the Big East to the Big 12 in 2012, coupled with Pitt's move from the Big East to the ACC in 2013, forced the series to be put on hold.

Barnes and his counterpart, West Virginia AD Shane Lyons, are both in their first years at each school.

Pitt's other big rival, Penn State, returns to the schedule starting next season for four games, but Barnes said the Panthers are hoping to extend that in-state series as well.

"We also continue to have productive conversations with Penn State," Barnes said. "Although Penn State's scheduling opportunities are limited in the early part of the 2020s, we are hopeful we will be able to expand upon our current four-year agreement that begins next year.

"An unfortunate byproduct of conference realignment has been the interruption of numerous traditional rivalries across the country. Everyone wins when two great series like Pitt-Penn State and Pitt-West Virginia are renewed, especially the student-athletes and fans of college football."