Earlier today, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen stood in front of the media for another press conference. He spoke about the Bowling Green game, and the upcoming game with Connecticut this week. Another topic that he had plenty to say about was the poor attendance at the Bowling Green game last week.
“The funny part about it is we were all talking two weeks ago about how much of a difference the fans and the crowd make to the LSU people,” said Holgorsen. “Well, LSU played well in front of 62,000 of our people and they turned around and went home and played a 1-4 Kentucky team at noon and had 95,000 people there.”
“You want to talk about an elite program that’s one,” said Holgorsen. “I don’t know about this place.”
If you talk to West Virginia fans, they will all give you a number of different excuses, but Holgorsen isn’t buying any of them.
“You only get seven opportunities a year,” said an annoyed Holgorsen. “What’s so hard about it? Is it too cold? It wasn’t too cold for our players. It wasn’t too cold for our coaches, managers or trainers. They were out there. So why did we have 20,000 less people than we had last week?”
“All I heard about was how much this meant to everybody across the state of West Virginia and this was the NFL team here in town and we’re going to be there to support you. Having 40,000 people at a game isn’t doing that.”
Holgorsen says this is a problem that needs to be fixed, and I agree. We always talk about how passionate our fanbase is, but so many times we fail to prove it. It shouldn’t matter who we are playing, or what the weather is like. We go to the games to see our Mountaineers, not the opponent.
I’m challenging you, Mountaineer Nation. Students, get out of bed and go to the games! College years are some of the best years of your lives, and WVU football games are a big part of that! Season ticket holders, quit wasting your money. If you buy season tickets, either go to the game or give your tickets to someone else who can/wants to. Show the same enthusiasm for a conference matchup with UConn as you would for a primetime game with LSU. The coaches and players deserve it!
During all this conference expansion talk, one thing that always comes up about WVU is the die-hard fanbase. Let’s prove that we’re not all talk! Get out and support the Old Gold and Blue!
Video of the Dana Holgorsen Press Conference:
Check Part 2 to hear what he had to say about the lack of attendance last week