The Times West Virginian

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June 21, 2014

WVU adds Youngstown State to 2016 schedule

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia has added Football Championship Subdivision opponent Youngstown State to its 2016 schedule.

The game will be played on Sept. 10, 2016, at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The Mountaineers are also schedule to face BYU on Sept. 24, 2016, at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.

WVU has seven home games in 2016, plus the game in nearby D.C.

This carries along with what is now a trend in WVU scheduling, playing at least one game as season “down” to BCS competition.

This season WVU plays last year’s FCS losing national finalist Towson and next season will face Liberty at home.

WVU will have played an FCS opponent for nine consecutive seasons when it faces Youngstown.

The Youngstown Penguins, like Towson, are strong FCS foes. A member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Youngstown is the alma matter of quarterback Ron Jaworski, who not only was a Super Bowl quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles but has become one of the top television commentators.

The Penguins won four FCS national titles when coached by Jim Tressel, who went on to win a national championship at Ohio State and will become president of Youngstown State on July 1.

The Mountaineers open this year’s schedule on Aug. 30 in Atlanta against college football power Alabama in the Chic-fil-A Kickoff Classic.

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West Virginia University has announced a partnership with IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions to enhance tickets sales for the school’s athletics events.

Now with 30 school partners, IMGTS sells more tickets to university athletic events than any other outbound ticket sales company.

The operation will handle ticket sales for all WVU sports, managed onsite by General Manager Robert Kristiniak, who joins IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions from a post as assistant athletics director for sales and service at University of California-Berkeley.

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