WVU to Honor Mine Victims During Backyard Brawl

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- For one game only, the West Virginia Mountaineers will forgo blue and gold.

For the long-running rivalry known as the Backyard Brawl, the Nov. 26 game at Pitt, the Mountaineers will suit up in black and white uniforms that pay tribute to the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion.

Nike is footing the bill for the gear, dubbed Pro Combat.

The white is a shade that appears as if it's covered in a fine layer of coal dust. The numbers are in smudged black.

Accents and footwear are brilliant gold, which doubles as a reference to the canaries miners used generations ago to signal trouble in the underground atmosphere.

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