The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 27, 2007

West Virginia pleased with new Colorado series

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University feels fortunate in being able to schedule a new two-game football series with the University of Colorado.

The Mountaineers will visit Boulder, Colo., Sept. 27, 2008, and the Buffaloes will come to Morgantown for a rematch Sept. 26, 2009.

“We are very pleased that this series is coming about,” Athletic Director Ed Pastilong said Wednesday. “It will be good competition and enjoyable games for our fans.”

ESPN helped arrange the home-and-home series. As a result, both contests likely will be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.

The Mountaineers and the Buffaloes have never met on the gridiron. Both schools had the same dates vacant on their schedules.

Colorado is a replacement for Maryland, which wanted a two-year hiatus in its border-state rivalry with WVU. The Mountaineers are replacing North Carolina on UC’s slate.

“It has been 18 months since we worked out the two-year layoff with Maryland,” Pastilong said. “So we wanted to fill those two dates with a good Division I-A, BCS opponent.”

WVU and UC have agreed to terms which are being put into written contracts. They will exchange $200,000 guarantees, but Pastilong noted that “the buyout clauses are more significant.”

He said, “I think it is good to play a Big 12 team. We’ve been in the ACC, the SEC and the Mid-America conferences.

“Now it’s the Big 12. I think it’s good to play teams from various conferences. And when you have networks involved, you get your games on TV.”

“In addition, it’s always good to work with them because there may be other occasions in the future when they can help in scheduling.

“When you cooperate with people like that, it pays off.”

As for the Maryland series, which dates back to 1919, it is slated to resume with games in 2010 and 2011. WVU definitely wants to continue playing the Terrapins on a regular basis.

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