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Virginia Tech and West Virginia Enter Scheduling Agreement

The Hokies and Mountaineers will play in common sports including football and basketball.

Virginia Tech and West Virginia have long been rivals but due to conference re-alignment in recent years, the two schools don't always play each other.

Now, due in part to the convenience of the location of both schools they will make a significant effort to play one another in common varsity sports as scheduling allows. Many sports already had games scheduled including a number of big match ups.

The Hokies and Mountaineers began playing for the Black Diamond Trophy in football in 1997. the Hokies won the last meeting between the two teams 34-17 in 2005. The teams are scheduled to renew the series with a neutral site game in Landover, Maryland, Sept. 2, 2017. Football also has a home-and-home series beginning in 2021.

The football series dates back to 1912 with West Virginia holding a 28-22-1 edge. One of many classic moments in both the series and Tech history is the finish to the 1999 game when Michael Vick and Shayne Graham teamed up to lead a final drive to keep the Hokies undefeated en route to the national championship game.

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Men's basketball has agreed to a home-and-home series all the way up through 2017-18 season. That rivalry goes back to 1920. WVU holds a 47-30 lead on the hardcourt.

Baseball, women's cross country/track, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, women's tennis volleyball and wrestling all have scheduled meetings as well.

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Of note: Ben Emelogu who was instrumental in the above win over WVU was just granted a waiver to play immediately at SMU. Emelogu averaged 10.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Hokies as a freshman despite battling concussion issues. He transferred to SMU to be closer to his home in Texas.