West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck wants the Mountaineers to play an “NFL-like schedule,” and to that end he is finalizing a neutral-site game vs. Tennessee in Charlotte and may also play Virginia Tech in Washington, DC.
Luck also told The Charleston Gazette that they have reduced a six-game series against East Carolina down to two games. West Virginia will now host East Carolina in Morgantown in 2017 and will travel to face the Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville in 2020.
“Currently, that [WVU-ECU series] is now home-and-home,” said Alex Hammond, WVU’s director of football operations. “Moving the six-year deal to two provides us the opportunity to schedule neutral-site games.”
As previously mentioned, one of those neutral-site games is against the Tennessee Volunteers. Hammond said that they are “…close to finalizing a deal to play Tennessee in Charlotte in 2018.”
West Virginia is also in conversations about playing Virginia Tech in Washington, DC. That game would be played at FedEx Field, the home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. West Virginia faces BYU there in 2016.
With the East Carolina series pared down to just two games, the Mountaineers now have more openings on their future schedules. One of those has been filled by Georgia Southern in 2015, according to the Gazette.
The Mountaineers have been busy the last few months with their football scheduling. WVU has added home-and-home series vs. Penn State and Virginia Tech and still remain close to to renewing the Backyard Brawl.
WVU also recently swapped home-and-home dates against Maryland. The two schools were scheduled to meet in 2016 and 2017, but will now play in 2020 and 2021.