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Some notes and tips from a West Virginia native

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

As a resident of West Virginia I always have compared West Virginia University to the University of Louisville. They both have the same type of fan base, more bad fans than good and questionable coaching decisions have been made in the past. However, I will say I have always looked at Louisville as rotten down to the core, whereas I can still find some good at West Virginia University.

Like Louisville’s fan base, it seems to be the younger ones who make the bunch look bad. Traveling to Morgantown for a game against Marshall with the marching band (yes, I know. I am a nerd) resulted in drunken fans attacking me, mooning me, and even throwing their beverages on me just for wearing the color green. Approach anyone in that gaudy yellow with caution if they look of a young age.

So if you are looking to start a warm and fuzzy friendship with a West Virginia fan while you are in Cleveland, look toward the older crowd, who might be friendlier.

With an Elite Eight on the line, I was not surprised to see trash talk from my WVU friends. However, what did surprise me is how neutral the W.Va media remains. There are three main papers in West Virginia — The Charleston Gazette, Daily Mail, and Herald Dispatch ­ — and each of them realize West Virginia’s place in this game  — The underdog.

(Most likely showing respect to the amount of West Virginia residing Kentucky fans) They each have applauded Kentucky’s success this season, and noted that WVU will need a perfect game with the Cats off their game to pull out the win. This is a fresh breath of air for me, as throughout the season it has just been media saying how overrated Kentucky is.

So for those of you who like to read what ‘the enemy’ is saying here is a little break down of who you should follow on social media and a few articles on what they are saying so far:
The Charleston GazetteMountaineers a different breed of underdog

Dave Hickman: @dphickman1
Mitch Vingle: @MitchVingle



The Charleston Daily MailWVU hopes ‘ugly’ game can translate to win against Kentucky

Mike Casazza: @MikeCasazza
Chuck McGill: @ChuckMcgill



The Herald-DispatchWVU gearing up for UK

The Dispatch doesn’t have a WVU beat writer, because Huntington is all about the Herd. However, you may remember Grant Traylor from the Wiggins announcement. Follow him at @Grant Traylor. You can also follow another Huntington great, @KeithMorehouse.



Article written by Courtney Hessler

Ashley Judd is my spirit animal. Follow me on twitter at: @Hessler_KSR

3 Comments for Some notes and tips from a West Virginia native

  1. BlueAndGreen
    7:32 pm March 24, 2015 Permalink

    As a Marshall grad and Louisville resident I totally agree with you! I’ve been comparing WVU to louisville since I moved here. That said, I’m looking forward to this one being over. Go Cats! 4 more to go!

  2. MHFaulkner
    8:02 pm March 24, 2015 Permalink

    I’m going to have to call a bit of Bravo Sierra on this one.

    As a Marshall and Kentucky alum, and a native of WV (and a WVU fan at times), I have to clarify. A MU grad and fan providing a view of WVU would be the equivalent of a UL grad providing a view of UK fans.

    WVU fans are NOTHING like UL fans. You won’t see line beards, but you’ll see large unkempt beards. You’ll see skoal, not crown royal. You’ll see pepperoni rolls. You will also find an extremely ridiculous fan base. They’re rabid, and borderline insufferable at times, but they’re still not Louisville fans. You can enjoy games with them.

    But, as a MU grad, I have no doubt you had beer thrown on you. That’s Morgantown, and that’s morgantown for Marshall games only. Is that an excuse? No. But, that’s the nature of the beast. LSU is the same way in the SEC for their large rivalry games.

    The WVU fan base absolutely has a lot of bad apples – products of a state with poor education, little chance of advancements, and nothing but WVU sports. But, that’s a minority.

  3. BanjoBeliever
    10:08 pm March 24, 2015 Permalink

    Our boys should not have to endure football type games in basketball. Yes, I personally feel that no matter who Kentucky plays or how well they play, IF THEY BRING THEIR A GAME, and the Wildcats play to their potential, they won’t lose.