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Football is not a state issue

West Virginia University and Marshall University should meet each year on the football field.

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

West Virginia University and Marshall University should meet each year on the football field.

After all, these are the two largest universities in the Mountain State and a classic rivalry could develop. WVU, however, has balked at Marshall’s "best offer" – a four-year series with three games in Morgantown and one game in Huntington.

The talk of legislation demanding these two universities play every year, however, is ludicrous.

The chairman of the state senate’s finance committee, Democratic Sen. Oshel Craigo, said he plans to introduce a bill that would make it mandatory the two schools play each year. Gov. Bob Wise, though, states while he agrees West Virginia and Marshall should play, it is not something the Legislature should get involved with.

We agree with Gov. Wise. Lawmakers have much more important things to focus time and energy on than football. Even though a WVU/Marshall series would be a good thing for the state, the time consumed researching and drafting such legislation could be time well spent on more pressing issues.