Member's Press Release

Release Date: 01/05/2016
Contact: Senator Mike Woelfel 304-522-6249

Mike Woelfel

Senator Woelfel to Introduce Athletic Tradition Bill

Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, is introducing a bill to continue an athletic tradition between West Virginia University and Marshall University.

The bill would mandate the two universities play one regular season men’s basketball game. The venue, date and other details would be jointly determined by the schools.

“The annual basketball contest serves to promote goodwill among West Virginians,” Woelfel said. “It showcases the schools, the capital city and generates substantial revenue."

“The citizens of our state support the two universities with their hard earned tax dollars. West Virginians overwhelmingly support the game, watch it and deserve a continuation of the match-up.”

As an alum of the WVU College of Law and Marshall, Woelfel said he’s hopeful Dr. E. Gordon Gee and Dr. Jerome Gilbert can iron out relevant details in the near term and achieve renewal of the basketball series.

“Otherwise, I will advocate we follow Kentucky and other states and legislatively mandate the two men’s basketball teams play one another each season,” he added.

The proposed legislation states:

“During every school year, the men’s basketball team of West Virginia University and Marshall University shall play at least one regular season basketball game against each other. The venue, date, and all other pertinent details of the basketball game shall be determined jointly by the universities.”

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