Football Schedule Formally Announced

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Ed Pastilong has announced today the 2009 football schedule, highlighted by seven home games, five national television dates and an attractive non-conference slate.

"We are pleased with this year's schedule," Pastilong said. "We have seven home games, which always is good for our fan base. We have five national television games, which gives our football program outstanding exposure. It will be a very challenging non-conference schedule once again, but gives our team a chance to compete against teams from the SEC, the Big 12 and Conference USA."

The Mountaineers open the 2009 schedule on Saturday, Sept. 5, at home against Liberty. Other home games are against East Carolina, Colorado, Marshall, Connecticut, Louisville and Pitt. The East Carolina game will be designated as the WVU Sports Hall of Fame game, Connecticut will be Homecoming on the WVU campus, while Louisville will be part of Mountaineer Week festivities.

Five games are already slated for national television. West Virginia's road games at USF, Cincinnati and Rutgers, along with homes games against Colorado and Pitt, are slated to be televised on the ESPN family of networks.

"I really like the way our schedule is put together," WVU Football Coach Bill Stewart said. "The mix of road and home games makes it an attractive schedule and gives our fans two home games in September, three in October and two in November. There are many challenges ahead of us with our schedule, but I think our fans and supporters will enjoy it."

West Virginia begins spring practice on Tuesday, March 24. The annual Gold-Blue Spring Game is set for Saturday, April 18 at Milan Puskar Stadium. All proceeds from the game will benefit the WVU Children's Hospital.

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