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Chuck Landon on WVU's fans

Oct. 09, 2012 @ 08:42 PM

West Virginia University is facing a burning crossroads.

Pun intended.

Since the Mountaineers have joined a new league — the much more prestigious Big 12 — WVU leaders are trying to get the notoriously raucous, unruly faction of the fan base to embrace a new decorum.

Even for Morgantown and its infamous steep streets, this is an uphill fight.

But give president Jim Clements and athletic director Oliver Luck credit for at least trying.

They are weary of WVU fans’ seamy reputation. They are tired of apologizing to visiting teams, parents and fans after they’ve been victimized by boorish behavior at the hands of Mountaineer fans. They are fed up with WVU having a black eye nationally because of obnoxious, obscene fans.

As well they should be.

The classlessness has grown old.

For more of this column check Wednesday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch in print and online.