Beginning in 2021, the West Virginia Mountaineers will be seeing a familiar rival on the gridiron.
That's right -- the Black Diamond Trophy will be making a comeback. WVU and the Virginia Tech Hokies will be renewing their rivalry in a home-and-home series beginning in 2021.
The Mountaineers will host Virginia Tech in 2021. The following season, West Virginia will be making the trip to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Hokies in 2022.
The Black Diamond Trophy was introduced in 1997 when the two schools were members of the Big East Conference. Virginia Tech would move to the ACC in 2004, while West Virginia left for the Big 12 Conference in 2012.
WVU leads the all-time series 28-22-1, but the Black Diamond Trophy remains in Blacksburg as the Hokies won the last meeting in 2005, 34-17. The rivals met in 33 consecutive seasons from 1973 to 2005. During those 33 years, WVU had the 17-16 series advantage.
“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,” said West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck in a release. “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.”