West Virginia University fans have started an online petition to put the Schwartwalder trophy on the line as part of this year’s Pinstripe Bowl between WVU and Syracuse.
For those in need of a history lesson, the Schwartzwalder trophy is named for former Mountaineer player and former head coach of the Orange (known as the Orangemen in the pre-P.C. era).
As a player, Schwartzwalder played center for the Mountaineers in the early 1930s as well as wrestling for the Mountaineers. As a coach, Schwartzwalder led Syracuse to their only National Championship in 1959.
Since Schwartzwalder had a big impact at both schools, West Virginia and Syracuse decided to honor Schwartzwalder with a rivalry trophy in 1993. Since both teams were members of the Big East conference, the award was given annually to the winner of their regular season match-up. This season would have been the first time that the Schwartzwalder trophy was not awarded.
As fate would have it, the Mountaineers were paired with the Orange in the 2012 postseason, extending the streak of consecutive games between the two schools for at least one more season. Naturally, Mountaineers fans would like an opportunity for WVU to reclaim the Schwartzwalder trophy in the final scheduled meeting between the two schools.
Of course Syracuse is not in favor of putting up the trophy. They have won the trophy for the past two seasons and only 8 times total out of 19 meetings.
To attempt to sway Syracuse and the Pinstripe Bowl officials into offering up the rivalry trophy to the winner of the bowl game on December 29.
To be a part of the petition, go to change.org and add your voice to the Mountaineers seeking one last shot at the Schwartzwalder trophy.