The Mountaineers, slated to face Virginia Tech in Landover, Md. on Sept 2 and East Carolina at Milan Puskar Stadium in Sept 9, have signed a one-game contract with Delaware State, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Shane Lyons announced Friday. The contest is scheduled for Sept. 16, filling out the third and final slot for nonconference foes and giving WVU the necessary six home games.
Lyons has noted his desire for West Virginia to not face FCS opponents, but the lateness of the still open slot was clearly a factor in the opponent. WVU still has one opening remaining on its nonconference schedule for each of the next seven years, through 2024. The Mountaineers are scheduled to play Tennessee in Charlotte, NC and at NC State in 2018. West Virginia also has upcoming series with Pitt, Penn State and Maryland, among others.
In the past, WVU has scheduled FCS powers like James Madison, Villanova and Eastern Washington. Delaware State, which has appeared on past WVU basketball schedules, went 1-10 last season, winning the final game of the year to snap a 15-game losing streak. Still, WVU is among the handful of schools which routinely schedules two Power Five out-of-conference opponents; the Mountaineers play two Power Five teams outside of Big 12 play in seven of the next eight seasons after 2017.