Rumors have been swirling over the last couple of days that the Friends of Coal Bowl could make a return in 2020. With both WVU and Marshall’s schedule shaping up to have correlating open dates, this has many in the Mountain State excited.

Yesterday, the C-USA announced their plans for the 2020 season — leaving open the possibility for WVU and Marshall to meet on the gridiron this season.

According to Brett McMurphy of Stadium, Conference USA will play an 8-game league schedule, but will leave the door open for conference members to schedule as many non-conference games as they want. They will also allow some in-conference games to count as non-conference.

What this does is give Marshall the ability to reach out to West Virginia if they want. While it will take cooperation from both sides, the deal would likely have to include that the game is played in Morgantown; not Huntington.


All of this relies on the Big 12’s decision. According to multiple sources, the decision is expected to come Monday when the league is presented three model options.

WVU leads the all-time series with Marshall 12-0.