In 1878, a feud broke out between West Virginia and Kentucky involving two neighboring families. There are a few different theories about what spawned the feud between the two sides. The most widely accepted is that the fight started over the ownership rights of a pig.
In the end, Floyd Hattfield lost a court decision to Randolph McCoy after a testimony from Bill Stanton who claimed the pig belonged to McCoy. Incidentally, Stanton was a relative two both families. Regardless of that fact two Hattfield brothers killed Stanton for his testimony.
What ensued was 13 years of bloodshed which resulted in more than 10 deaths. Finally in 1891 the families agreed to stop the fighting. Yet, an actual treaty between the families was not signed until 2003.
Had the families waited another five to ten years before they began killing each other; they could have formed football teams and settled all disputes on the gridiron.
College football has produced its fair share of great rivalries. None of course have been as violent as the Hattfields and McCoys but a few come close.
Here is part I in a two part series of the greatest college football rivalries of all-time.