You might need more than a tough ticket to get into the second Coal Bowl. A wakeup call may be in order, too.The second game in the seven-year state football series between West Virginia and Marshall moves to Edwards Stadium, and the Sept. 8 kickoff is at 11:10a.m.
Herd Athletic Director Bob Marcum confirmed the planned pre-noon kickoff time Tuesday, and also remembered that it’s not a first for in Huntington.
“The kickoff was set to accommodate national television,”Marcum said.”It’s fine with us. The only thing still in discussion is whether the game will be on ESPN or ESPN2 .”
With an 11 a.m. airtime, it would seem ESPN2 is more likely. How probable is it that ESPN will back up its popular”College Gameday”show (to 9:30) on ESPN for the Mountain State rivalry?
The word is that ESPN programmers are hoping to stack four college football games onto a network that day.
While it might not seem that a pre-noon kickoff is optimum of a showcase situation like the Herd will have with a rare Mountaineer visit, a morning start isn’t new for a big game at Marshall.
When Kansas State became the first Bowl Championship Series conference team to visit Joan C. Edwards Stadium in September 2005, the game had a 10:40 a.m. kickoff on ESPN2 . Marcum recalled the early start surely didn’t affect attendance.
The largest crowd in MU history turned out36,914. That number will be eclipsed at the 38,019-seat stadium for WVU ’s first trip to Huntington since 1915.
The WVU -Marshall telecast is one of 10 Conference USA home dates on ESPN or ESPN2 . As the home team, the Herd has the final say on the kickoff time, but these days, if TV wants a game moved, it usually does.
West Virginia Athletic Director Ed Pastilong said the Mountaineers are OK with the early kickoff for one of five WVU games already scheduled by ESPN or ESPN2 .
“We’ll get with (Coach) Rich (Rodriguez) and get with Marshall and work with them as best we can,”Pastilong said.”You’ve got to kick it off sometime.”