Who Cares, Put Us On SportsCenter

If you caught last night’s SportsCenter, you would have noticed a story about WVU. The story, reported by George Smith, focused on the basketball team as a distraction from the Rich Rodriguez fiasco.

Most WVU fans would tell you that both downplays the basketball team’s accomplishments and overplays the impact of Rodriguez on day-to-day Mountaineer culture. Right now, one of the last things on our mind is Rodriguez. Sure, we took a little pleasure on the Terrelle Pryor circus, but the world would not have ended had he picked Michigan. Still, we’re focused on basketball, Xavier, and 2008 football.

So, when we’re featured on SportsCenter for a story with Rodriguez in the background, the natural inclination is to become angry. I say nay! Embrace it. Everytime we are on SportsCenter, the profile of WVU is raised. While it wasn’t the perfect story, it certainly wasn’t the worst. The interviews with the players, boosters, and coaches all made WVU look good, if not great.

As these stories continue to run, there will be more and more WVU and less and less Rodriguez. Until then, just know that we’re a big enough story to send George Smith to campus in the middle of March. It’s all happening for WVU, but it’s not like all the kinks will be worked out immediately. Just be patient, drink a lot, and watch us on ESPN.

Because remember, we’re on our way to becoming a fixture.

12 Responses

  1. Any link to a youtube version of this story?

  2. The one night I don’t watch sports center…..

  3. Wait, isn’t this hump day?

  4. Any publicity is good publicity.

  5. Any pub IS good pub. (With the possible exception of the kind alleging that a certain segment of your fan base wants to kill/maim your kicker and/or former coach and/or their families at one time or another.) Exactly what I was thinking as a watched SportsCenter last night. Also, you guys should look up Leslie Visser’s piece on CBS Sportsline, urging fans without a team in the tourney to adopt WVU.

  6. Anybody got a link to the Visser article? I’ve looked and can’t find it.

  7. A story with a positive view of WVU on ESPN? Are you sure you didn’t drop some peyote last night and dream this, because I don’t believe you for a second.

    A good story about WVU on sportscenter is a sure sign that the Apocolypse is coming.

  8. Wow, they buried that story pretty quickly. Luckily, I printed it and the printout had the url:

    http://www.sportsline.com/collegebasketball/story/10734925

    Mentions everything from Jerry West to Fred Shaus to The Two Joes to Spruce Knob to Beijing to Country Roads to John Beilein to Bob Huggins and more. Short, but nice.

  9. Mountaineer fans might have the biggest collective inferiority complex of any group of fans in the nation.

  10. It’s not an inferiority complex. We’re just amazed when anyone from outside our borders manages to temporarily nudge their WV IQ into the upper-double or even triple-digit range. It’s sort of like watching a dog do something really clever, right before it goes back to licking itself.

  11. I read the Visser article, she mentions Jerry West’s home town. I’m from Chelyan too!!! Chelyan Wildcats baby!

  12. I agree, I think we do have an inferiority complex, but it isn’t unjustified and I think it drives all of us to be better at what we do. We’re one of the most successful programs in the last 5 years even though our football stadium is larger than any town in the state and our basketball stadium would rank in the top ten. I currently live about 6 hours outside the state and the only time I hear WV mentioned positively is if its a discussion about WVU.

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