Marshall, WVU Differ On Football Series Extension

Charleston, W.Va. (Ap) -- Marshall and West Virginia Universities are interested in continuing their cross-state football rivalry, but both schools want to modify the terms of the annual series.

Marshall Athletic Director Bob Marcum recently contacted WVU A.D. Ed Pastilong about starting discussions for extending the series beyond 2012.

Marcum said Marshall is interested in rotating the games between Morgantown and Huntington as long as the Thundering Herd gets a home game every other year.

Pastilong said WVU is only interested in an extension that gives the Mountaineers a two-to-one home field advantage.

The football series was resumed in 2006 after Gov. Joe Manchin helped broker a deal the year before.

This year's game will be played on Oct. 17 in Morgantown.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by Brian Location: Indiana on Apr 20, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    Pastilong is the reason that I am starting to dread watching WVU sports. He is ruining the athletic department and giving us mountaineers a bad name. He needs to go for the sake of all of us. I will pick WVU over Marshall anyday, but fair is fair, rotate every other year. Besides like Robert said, either way it is a home game for WVU.
  • by SpartanFan Location: Michigan? on Apr 19, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    Geez I can see why Coach Rod left Morgantown. Wha Wha Whaa we want it 2:1 or we're gonna take our football and go home. Maybe it's because Marshall dang near beat the Mountain-billies in Huntington not so long ago. I like Coach Stewart but he doesn't make the schedule and Pastilong should have been gone a long time ago.
  • by Robert Location: Parkersburg on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    the thing is both being WV teams makes either location a home game. It doesn't matter the thing is Mountaineer field will hold a whole lot more fans. Why should Marshall, a Mac team who should be happy to get the chance to play WVU, get to demand anything? I say end the series, Marshall hasn't been competitive in it anyway.
  • by Mike Location: Parkersburg on Apr 17, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    Whats the problem, a big school like WVU cant play a little school like Marshall on even terms. Sheesh. what a bunch cry babies. We have to have home field advantage 2 to 1. WHAAA
  • by jim Location: PKB on Apr 17, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    MIGHT AS WELL KEEP MARSHALL ON THE SCHEDULE. THE MOUNTEES NEED A PRACTICE GAME....
  • by WVUFan Location: WV on Apr 17, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    WVU should never play marshall ... unless its in Morgantown
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