I’ll try to post over the weekend — here’s hoping that there won’t be any bad news necessitating it.
But heading into the weekend, let’s check in with West Virginia football scheduling plans.
The move to the Big 12 costs West Virginia its rivalry game with Pittsburgh, and the Mountaineers only have Maryland remaining as a natural non-league rival, and that could end when the Terrapins may the questionable move to the Big 10.
“I would love to get Pitt back on the schedule, I would love to get (Virginia) Tech back on the schedule, I would to get UVa back on the schedule, another school that we used to play a lot, and even Penn State,” [WVU AD Oliver] Luck said. “Is that possible? Well, it takes two to tango, but I think the good news is we will see some stronger non-conference schedules as we go forward.”
The wonderful thing about the article is how it is completely couched in trying to build a schedule for the future college football playoff. Getting the right strength of schedule and all that. Oliver Luck — and of course the writer of the piece — doesn’t even mention the travel costs for WVU as an issue. No not that. That isn’t at all the point.
I mean, I’m sure it was just a coincidence that all of the teams that Luck rattles off happen to be within a driving distance for the Hoopies. So, you know, travel costs for a home-and-home road game would be reasonable.
And good luck with that. Or as our VT counterparts at The Key Play noted.
It isn’t even malice that results in VT, Pitt and others having no interest in playing WVU. It’s that there is little to be gained. No help for recruiting. Fanbases seem at best lukewarm to the idea.
I’m not against playing the Hoopies. I think good hated rivals are part of what makes college sports special. But they are still a weak second in my hate list behind Penn State. And with the Nitters looking more and more like they want to resume the series full time, WVU will at best be the occasional nostalgia act.