The Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pitt was one of the most intense rivalries in college football before it became a realignment casualty. But like the similarly situated Texas and Texas A&M, the two sides sure seem to enjoy doing a little bit of talking about whether the game should be put back on the schedule.
The latest salvo came on Tuesday, when Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi responded to WVU's Dana Holgorsen saying the Mountaineers are "begging 'em" to play the game again.
Pat Narduzzi responding to Dana Holgorsen’s "we’re begging to play Pitt" comment: "I never beg"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 28, 2015
Pat Narduzzi on WVU series: "I’d love to play WVU someday but our instate rivalry (Penn State) is bigger than an out-of-state rivalry"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 28, 2015
Nice. A double helping of condescension. But that did not go unanswered for long.
Mountaineers don't back out of a Brawl! #SweetCaroline...— Dana Holgorsen (@Holgorsendana) July 28, 2015
Sweet Caroline? Like the song? Yeah buddy, like the song, but a touch different than the way Neil Diamond wrote it. Skip to the 20-second mark, if you'd like.
It doesn't matter who backed out of what. I don't care. Play the damn game.