WVU’s Pitt game uniforms are a nod to mine victims
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.