Big 12 football: West Virginia trying to make good impression in first Big 12 action

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm •  Published: September 28, 2012

photo - A West Virginia football fan looks on in the crowd during a Sept. 22 game against Maryland in Morgantown, W.Va., With the Mountaineers joining the Big 12, WVU officials have asked fans to tone down their behavior and make Morgantown more hospitable for visitors. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)
A West Virginia football fan looks on in the crowd during a Sept. 22 game against Maryland in Morgantown, W.Va., With the Mountaineers joining the Big 12, WVU officials have asked fans to tone down their behavior and make Morgantown more hospitable for visitors. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)

"I hope we'll create on-field rivalries but that over the years, the fans will stay a little bit more friendly than we were in the past,” said Northrup, a senior.

Northrup and Luck met with students at the beginning of the school year, asking for better behavior, and that the students were receptive. Northrup told the Mail that he's seen more self-policing from the Maniacs. Northrup has sent invitations to his counterparts at other Big 12 schools to tailgate with the student group before games, and the group has emphasized sportsmanship more this season than in any since his arrival in Morgantown.

"You only get one chance to make a first impression," he said.

Retired postmaster Tommy White is coordinator of a new group called the Goodwill City ambassadors, who try to assist visiting fans on game days.

“I want those people to see the beauty that we have up here,” White said. “I want them to see that ‘Almost Heaven' portion.”

Visiting fans would settle for anything this side of “not quite Hell.”


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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