The Black Diamond Trophy has been held by Virginia Tech since 2004 but the last time these two rivals faced off was in 2005 when the Hokies went to Morgantown and beat West Virginia before departing the Big East after the season. Not too long ago, Virginia Tech and West Virginia worked out an agreement to play two football games against each other with the first one in Morgantown in 2021 followed by the second one in Blacksburg in 2022.
However, Virginia Tech and West Virginia might just end playing each other before that date as reported by the Charleston Gazette and this excerpt from the Washington Times and CSN Washington’s J.J. Regan.
According to the Charleston Gazette, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is seeking non-conference opponents for neutral-site games in order to boost the team’s strength of schedule. The school reduced a six-year agreement with East Carolina to two years in order to accommodate other teams and has reached out to Virginia Tech.
This would be big for both teams and the rumors have it that this game would also be at a neutral site in Washington D.C. which most likely means at FedEx Field in nearby Landover, Maryland. This would be a big time matchup for both programs and a game that would be a headline game for the Hokies on their 2017 schedule, especially since this would be the year following the Battle in Bristol.
Whit Babcock has been doing what he can to put Virginia Tech in a bigger national spotlight so it wouldn’t surprise me if something happens and the Battle for the Black Diamond Trophy returns in 2017. The Hokies also have the room on their schedule to add another game in 2017 unless the ACC decides to add a ninth conference game but the Hokies could still move a game against Delaware or Old Dominion back a year or more. However, this is only rumors for now but that could change quite quickly.
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