Can someone other than MooU's Athletic Director give me a good reason why this is scheduled like it is? It never really occurred to me or bothered me before, until I saw where Huggs had this to say about the timing of the game every year:
"I think playing the Marshall game in the middle of the conference season is a disaster," Huggins said. "It doesn't help either team. They won last year and went out and just got drilled the next game out. It ought to be in the preseason. It should not be where it is." - Charleston Daily Mail
Huggs is right. Name any other "rivalry" or "in-state" game (that isn't already a conference game) among the major conference members that is played in the middle of conference play on a regular basis. Go ahead. I'll wait.
Here is a list of as many rivalry or in-state games among "major" players that I could come up with and the dates they were played this season:
|Georgia/Georgia Tech||Dec 7|
|Villanova/St. Joseph's||Dec 17|
|Florida/Florida St||Dec 22|
|Tennessee/Memphis||Nov 22 & Jan 4|
|Boston College/UMass||Nov 21|
Notice anything? All but one is played before the end of December and that one was still before (SEC) conference play. Hamrick uses the example of "but that's when the legislature is in session." Give me a break. You honestly think the game wouldn't sell out when they are on break? No other major conference school plays a game like this in the middle of their conference slate and WVU shouldn't have to either.