Don’t let the Capital Classic slip away

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — College sports is big business, and school athletic officials understandably look after their own interests.

But too often the interests of the public and school supporters get lost in the shuffle. That happened this week with the discontinuation of the annual Capital Classic men’s basketball game between Marshall University and West Virginia University.

Although Marshall and WVU first played each other in basketball in 1929, the annual series did not get underway until the late 1970s. The teams played in Morgantown for several years, then began to alternate games in Huntington and Charleston. In 1992, the “classic” began its 25-year run in Charleston, featuring both men’s and women’s games.

The Capital Classic was a great chance for the people of West Virginia to get together…

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