Coal Bowl Marks Rivalry, History, and Philanthropy

Posted on 10/14/2011 3:04:14 PM

Coal Bowl, IUP v. CalU, Presented by the Pennsylvania Coal AssociationIUP will host the third annual “Coal Bowl” football game on October 29, 2011, presented by the Pennsylvania Coal Association.

The annual game, when IUP plays California University of Pennsylvania, falls this year on IUP's Family Weekend. Veterans will be honored during a halftime ceremony.

Alumni of both universities who cannot travel to IUP for the game are invited to a watch party at McFadden's on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

About the Coal Bowl:  

The winning team will receive a coal miner’s pail trophy, donated by Barry “Buck” Lippencott, a 1967 IUP Geography Education graduate, and his brother, Bob Lippencott, a 1966 California University of Pennsylvania graduate.

The Lippencotts have each made a donation to their universities to establish a named scholarship for a student-athlete in football at each university.

Bob, a linebacker, and Buck, an offensive tackle, played against each other in 1963 and 1964 California and IUP football games.

“This trophy is to honor the coal miner,” Buck Lippencott said. “Coal miners are a special breed: Every day they face danger, routine hardships and difficult work. They work underground in a dangerous environment doing a job that many do not envy.”

The brothers created the scholarships as a thank-you to their universities for helping them to achieve success in their personal and professional lives, he said.

The Pennsylvania Coal Association is the game's Presenting Sponsor. Alpha Natural Resources, CONSOL Energy, F.O.R.C.E. (Families for PA Coal), Joy Mining, P & N Coal, Rosebud Mining Company, United Mine Workers of America District 2, and Valier Coal/Original Fuels are Participating Sponsors. Electro-Mec and FMC Technologies are Silver Bucket sponsors.

The Pennsylvania Coal Association is a trade organization representing surface and underground coal operators that produce bituminous coal mined in the commonwealth.

Its membership produces more than 80 percent of the bituminous coal mined each year in Western Pennsylvania to generate affordable and reliable electricity.

“The Pennsylvania Coal Association is honored to sponsor the Coal Bowl between two of the commonwealth’s finest universities that are located in the heart of the coalfields,” Pennsylvania Coal Association President George Ellis said.

See the Coal Bowl's history.