Mountaineer Myopia


West Virginia. What a place. Outsiders would never want to live there, residents don’t want to leave. Something about the winding roads, the mountains, the us-against-the-world mentality.

The love was visible in the face of Bill Stewart, tears flowing after waxing Oklahoma. Even the “runaway beer truck” of a fullback, Owen Schmitt, was unable to maintain his composure. The elusive Pat White took advantage of a TV microphone to announce his choice of Stewart as the next head football coach.

The only thing missing at the Fiesta Bowl was a good turnout of WVU fans, who must have assumed a trip to Arizona was a waste of time without Rich Rodriguez. The loss to Pittsburgh didn’t help help either. The university had returned 7,500 of its allotted 17,500 tickets.

Apparently the loyalty of WVU fans only goes so far. Fortunately for the fans, the team won without them.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.