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Encyclopedia > Friends of Coal Bowl
Logo of the annual Friends of Coal Bowl.

The Friends of Coal Bowl is an annual college football game played between the West Virginia University Mountaineers and the Marshall University Thundering Herd. The game is sponsored by the Friends of Coal, a coal industry trade group. Planned to be a seven year series, the Friends of Coal Bowl was organized by the West Virginia Coal Association at the urging of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin. Image File history File links FOCbowl. ... Image File history File links FOCbowl. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... West Virginia University Mountaineers is the name used by the athletic teams of West Virginia University. ... Marshall University is a public university based in Huntington, West Virginia. ... This is a list of Governors of West Virginia Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of West Virginia ... Joseph (Joe) Manchin III (born August 24, 1947 in Farmington, West Virginia) was elected Governor of West Virginia in the 2004 election and took office on January 17, 2005. ...


The first game of the series was played in Morgantown, West Virginia at Mountaineer Field on September 2, 2006 and was won by the Mountaineers 42-10. The location for the game will alternate every year between Morgantown and Huntington, West Virginia where Marshall plays at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ... Milan Puskar Stadium, in Morgantown, West Virginia, is the football stadium for West Virginia University. ... September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Huntington is a city located in the U.S. State of West Virginia along the Ohio River. ... Joan C. Edwards Stadium, sometimes called The Joan is the home football stadium of Marshall University. ...


The trophy awarded to the winning team is called the Governor's Cup. It will be presented by the West Virginia Governor and housed at the university which wins the annual matchup. Made completely in West Virginia, the trophy is made of a carbon base, a glass pedestal, and football-shaped piece of coal enclosed in glass. It was designed by Rick Mogielski.


History

Despite both teams being from the state of West Virginia, hard feelings and politics kept the teams from playing for the most part. Teams from West Virginia University and Marshall University had only played 5 previous times before the beginning of this series in 2006. Those previous matchups had been in 1911, 1914, 1915, 1923, and 1997. WVU won all five previous games with scores of 17-15, 20-0, 92-6, 81-0, and 42-31 respectively. Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday[1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ...


The '97 match-up is often thought of as the start of "hard feelings" between the two schools. When Marshall moved to Division 1A in 1997 their first game was against WVU. Marshall led that game 31-28 going to the fourth quarter with Randy Moss leading the show. However, two touchdowns in the final quarter gave WVU the victory. At that point, bad blood arose between the two administrations, and the schools couldn't come to an agreement to play again. Former Marshall head coach Bobby Pruett tried to get the WVU Administration to agree to a rivalry series, but WVU stood by their stance of wanting 3 out of 4 games to be played in Morgantown, while Marshall demanded 1 out of every 3 be played in Huntington. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin got the schools together and hashed out the current format which includes 3 games in Morgantown, two in Huntington, and the remaining two will be decided by who wins the other games. The fair settlement finally got the only two Division 1A schools in the state playing together. Randy Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ... Huntington is a city located in the U.S. State of West Virginia along the Ohio River. ... Joseph (Joe) Manchin III (born August 24, 1947 in Farmington, West Virginia) was elected Governor of West Virginia in the 2004 election and took office on January 17, 2005. ...


West Virginia won the first match-up of the new series 42-10 in 2006. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
September 2, 2006 WVU 42 Marshall 10
September 8, 2007
September 13, 2008
October 3, 2009
September 11, 2010
September 3, 2011
September 1, 2012

September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, and a clinical campus for... Marshall University is a public university based in Huntington, West Virginia. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2011 (MMXI) will be a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2012 (MMXII) will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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