The Duquesne Dukes and West Virginia Mountaineers will play a charity exhibition game in men’s basketball to benefit the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund, the schools announced Friday.
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The game will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.
Duquesne’s athletic director, Dave Harper, is a 1992 Wright State graduate and Bellbrook native who served as the vice president for advancement at the University of Dayton from 2012 to 2015 when he was hired at Duquesne.
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The game matches two former Akron Zips head coaches: Duquesne’s Keith Dambrot and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins. Both teams have players with ties to Dayton. Former UD forward Xeyrius Williams, a Wayne High School graduate, is a fifth-year senior at Akron. West Virginia sophomore Sean McNeil played at Sinclair Community College last season.
"We're proud to team with Coach Huggins and the Mountaineers to help the people of Dayton," Dambrot said in a press release. "Coach Huggins and I both have many ties to the state of Ohio, and this is a small way to help those directly affected by the events of August 4. I hope we can fill the Coliseum for a worthy cause."
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Division I schools do not normally play preseason exhibition games against each other except in the so-called “secret scrimmages,” which are not allowed to be publicized, but in recent years, the NCAA has allowed programs to play charity games.
According to NCAA.com, “Schools can utilize an existing preseason exhibition game against a non-Division I opponent to raise funds for charity or can seek a waiver to allow a previously scheduled practice scrimmage against a Division I opponent to be played as a fundraising exhibition game.”
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