HUNTINGTON – Marshall and Appalachian State have agreed to play a home-and-h0me series starting this season, filling one of the holes in Marshall’s 2020 football schedule. Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick announced on Twitter Monday, the Mountaineers will come to Huntington on Sept. 19 and Marshall will make the return trip to Boone, NC in 2029.
Football schedule update: Marshall will host Appalachian State on September 19 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. We’re excited to bring a team that finished 2019 in the Top 25 to Huntington next month. #WeAreMarshall pic.twitter.com/CA8QIEBj0h
— Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD) August 17, 2020
Marshall will also face Appalachian State in Boone, NC on Sept. 15, 2021 and in Huntington on Sept. 17, 2022 in a series that was announced back in 2015.
Conference USA is planning proceed with playing football this fall, even as other conference’s have opted to postpone their seasons. Marshall lost games with Boise State and Ohio University when the Mountain West Conference and Mid-American Conference announced the cancellation of all fall sports in 2020. A scheduled home game versus Pitt was also cancelled due to travel restrictions in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“We’re disappointed that Pittsburgh and Boise State are not able to come to Marshall this season, but we’re excited to secure, at this late date, a Top 25 team in Appalachian State that will visit Huntington,” said Hamrick in a release on Monday.
Marshall must also find a replacement for conference Old Dominion University, which also announced it will suspend fall sports this year amid the pandemic.
Last week, during an interview on Metronews Talkline, Hamrick indicated that Marshall will replace ODU with division opponent and play a home-and-home series this season.
Marshall is scheduled to kickoff the season on Sept. 12 at East Carolina.