Series Details Announced

Governor Joe Manchin, speaking at a news conference Tuesday morning at the State Capitol, provided the details of the deal for the resumption of the WVU-Marshall football series, which includes seven games from 2006-2012.

"I felt it was important to bring our two universities together on the football field," Manchin said. "The desire by so many of us has now become a reality. I believe will benefit all involved. The schools will today sign a contract to ensure the two schools will play each other for the next seven years."

Manchin then ran down the schedule, and more importantly, the payments to visiting teams for the schedule. For the 2009 game, Marshall will receive $50,000 more for the game if it is the visitor.

Date Site Payment to Visitor
Sept. 2, 2006 WVU $150,000
Sept. 8, 2007 MU $150,000
Sept. 13, 2008 WVU $200,000
Oct. 3, 2009 TBD MU $250,000 WVU $200,000
Sept. 11, 2010 MU $150,000
Sept, 3, 2011 WVU $150,000
Sept. 1, 2012 WVU $250,000

Visiting schools will get 5,000 tickets for the game, while the home teams will name the officiating crews and retain television rights, if any.

The deal was hammered out in the Governor's Mansion on Friday, May 13. Manchin brought together the athletic directors of the two schools there and intimated that they would remain there until a deal was done.

"The got through lunch and they still hadn't come to an agreement, so I told them we would provide dinner, and that we had beds for the also," Manchin said.

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