Kevin Stallings On Renewing Backyard Brawl: ‘Obvious That People Wanted This’

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Pitt and West Virginia have announced the renewal of The Backyard Brawl from 2017 to 2020.

Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stalling joined The Starkey and Mueller Show and told us how excited he is to have this rivalry back on Pitt’s schedule.

“When I got here, it was obvious that people wanted to see this series come back,” Stallings said. “We said on the front-end that we were going to try to do some things with the non-conference schedule to make it appealing for our fans, and that’s what we’re trying to do by scheduling a game and a series like this.”

Stallings also talked about how easy it was to work with WVU head coach Bob Huggins and his staff to make this a reality.

“It was a very easy game to schedule, a very easy series. Bob and his staff were easy to work with, as we were. We lined up dates quickly. We called them and they said they wanted to play, too, and so we figured out dates,” Stallings said.

Pitt will host the games in 2017 and 2019, with the games in 2018 and 2020 being played in Morgantown.

Click the full link below to hear Stallings talk about his son’s walkoff hit for the Pirates and why he has chosen Jamel Artis:

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  1. I don’t know if it was ex-AD Peterman or ex-Coach Dixon who was resistant to resuming the OOC series with WVU. I know there was an attitude within the Pitt Athletic Dept to completely ignore WVU and hope that would make them less relevant in SW PA , especially in recruiting WPIAL athletes. That notion made no sense since PA students, including a majority from Western PA, account for nearly 20% of the WVU student body and many attended the same high schools are friends and neighbors. There are as many WVU car stickers and sweatshirts, as there are Pitt’s, in Washington, Fayette and Greene counties. Every morning ,Pittsburgh TV stations even announce the weather and news-worthy stories from Morgantown. ROOT Sports covers WVU sports with a coach’s show and occasional live games. Bringing back the rivalry is a win/win for area sports’ fans as well as businesses along the 70 miles stretch that separates the two schools.

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