As I sit here watching West Virginia and Pittsburgh play in the 104th “Backyard Brawl,”  the ESPN announcer crew keeps mentioning that tonight’s matchup might be the last for the foreseeable future of a great rivalry.  Both Pittsburgh and West Virginia are soon to be leaving the Big East for the ACC and the Big 12, respectively. 

With schools continuing to position themselves for success in current or new conferences, one thing should come to mind for athletic directors.  If they really are doing what is best for their program and institution, maybe keeping a nonconference rivalry alive would be a good thing. …