Virginia Tech and West Virginia won’t meet on the football field again until 2021, but the rivalry appears to be heating up already based on some fan letters that are making the rounds on social media — and rising up in roanoke.com’s most-read story list.
But first, some background:
The schools announced last week that they’ll renew their football series in 2021 and 2022, rekindling an emotionally charged annual matchup that hasn’t been played since 2005.
The former Big East foes will play in Morgantown, W.Va., on Sept. 18, 2021, and in Blacksburg on Sept. 24, 2022.
Why did the football games end? The series was discontinued after the 2005 season when fan conduct and safety became concerns, according to Andy Bitter’s July 4 report.
On Saturday, our Sports section published a letter from a Hokie fan that begins:
“Recent news of Virginia Tech renewing the rivalry with West Virginia is alarming.
Hokie fans have experienced numerous violent acts, both physical and verbal, in the past from WVU. West Virginia University has done nothing to curb the violent behavior of their fans and Virginia Tech has been warned of the violence.”
Today, West Virginia fans respond with three letters of their own, including some tongue-in-cheek humor.
Have you witnessed any out-of-control behavior at either school? Do you think the emotional rivalry will cool down by 2021-22?
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