Gov. Manchin announces Friends of Coal Bowl extension
HUNTINGTON — West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin lived up to his promise to extend the Marshall University-West Virginia University football series on Friday.
Manchin made the announcement at the Friends of Coal brunch in the Marshall Alumni Center at about 12:45 p.m. Friday.
“An agreement has been reached to continue the series,” he told the audience.
Manchin didn’t reveal the terms of the extension, however.
“We’re still working out the particulars,” he said.
According to sources, the delay is because Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick and WVU athletic director Oliver Luck still are working out some dates. Hamrick and Luck met Friday morning.
The extension is believed to be for 10 years, running the series through 2022. The current agreement ends in 2012.
Although the configuration of games in the 10-year extension hasn’t been announced, sources with knowledge of the negotiations say it will be a pair of one-for-ones followed by a pair of two-for-ones.
The 2013 game is set to be played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington. Then, WVU will host the 2014 game at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown.
The same scenario will occur in 2015 with the game in Huntington and 2016 with it moving back to Morgantown.
Then, WVU will host four of the next six games with two of the Marshall-WVU games being played in Huntington.
Overall, six of the games are expected to be played at WVU with four at Marshall.