It’s Football Time in West Virginia. Brought to You by Friends of Coal.
Quote of the day:
“We hope the promotion will stay on that course and avoid the topics such as mountaintop removal that can divide supporters.” An opinion piece in the Herald-Dispatch.
Friends of Coal is an organization sponsored by the West Virginia Coal Association. They are the official sponsor of a much anticipated, unprecendented seven-year series of games between rival neighbors Marshall University and West Virginia University. The series will be known as the Friends of Coal Bowl. In a no-bid coup, Friends of Coal were given the sponsorship with a stated purpose to “inform and educate citizens about the coal industry and its vital role in the state’s future and the nation’s future.”
Appalachian Voices’ Front Porch Blog has a long, informative post on the history of the rivalry between the schools and a culmination of events leading to the sponsorship.
Entry filed under: News stories.