Despite losing 47-21 to LSU — who, as we and the AP voters agree, is playing the best football right now — West Virginia had plenty of reasons for optimism after its first ever appearance on College GameDay and Saturday Night Football. A crowd of over 13,000 fans and students packed into the Mountainlair plaza and fraternity row for GameDay filming, and a sellout of over 60,000 filled Milan Puskar Stadium.
But, as many of us know, it only takes the actions of a few to garner a poor reputation, and generally, we tend to remember trashy behavior over congeniality. So when word began circulating on Sunday that someone (or multiple thefts) broke into the lockers rooms during the game, even Chris Berman rumbled “C’mon, man!”
Okay, not really, but you get what we’re sayin’.
WVU officials have confirmed to the Charleston Daily Mail has that an unidentified number of items were stolen from the locker rooms during the game. Assistant athletic director for communications Mike Fragale wouldn’t specify what was taken or from whom, but did acknowledge there was an incident.
Police are currently investigating the matter.
West Virginia’s tight end/inside receiver Tyler Urban tweeted after the game that his phone had been taken, although those tweets appear to have been removed.
Coach Dana Holgorsen said that the matter was being handled internally and had no other comment to the Daily Mail.
Details of the investigation are very sparse. In fairness, we don’t know if this was a West Virginia fan, an LSU fan or even a fan at all — although a very reliable source close to the situation has informed us that the whoever was involved is, indeed, a knucklehead.
This isn’t just a West Virginia problem; it can happen anywhere. It’s a small hiccup in what was otherwise a great showing by both schools, but it’s juvenile, and unfortunately, gathering negative attention.