HUNTINGTON -- The West Virginia-Marshall football series will continue after the current seven-year contract expires with the 2012 game.
Gov. Joe Manchin said Friday at the Friends of Coal Brunch here that the series between the state's two major college programs would continue.
However, multiple sources from both schools told the Daily Mail on Friday afternoon that while a continuation of the series is a done deal -- albeit unsigned -- athletic directors Oliver Luck of WVU and Mike Hamrick of Marshall have not agreed to any particulars or the shape a series would take after the current seven-year deal is completed.
Luck and Hamrick met here Friday morning to try and work out the future of the series, but could not strike a formal agreement. Manchin, a source said, wantsthe teams to continue to meet every season, but that does not seem likely at this point.
Sources said the teams would not play every season consecutively beyond 2012, and that no game is likely in 2013.
One source said the series could continue with five games from 2014 through 2020. Another source said five games would be played from 2014 through 2022.
Multiple sources said Marshall would play a third game at Mountaineer Field in a five-game series, if the series goes home-and-home before that game.
Sources said no future WVU-Marshall series longer than five games was seriously on the table. Both sides are said to be amenable to skipping years between games.
There is neither a future meeting scheduled nor a timetable for Luck and Hamrick to meet again.
The schools play a 10th game in 100 seasons here Friday night.
It is WVU's second trip to Huntington in four seasons. The other three games in the current contract (2006, '08, '09) were played in Morgantown, which will be the site of the 2011 and 2012 games.
At the Friends of Coal event, retired coaches Bob Pruett of Marshall and Don Nehlen of WVU spoke about the value of the state series continuing. Manchin emphasized the economic impact on the state when the two schools meet.