WVU Student Section: Crazy...and Classless? Solution Inside.

Major KelchnerCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2010

MORGANTOWN, WV - OCTOBER 26:  A fan of the West Virginia University Mountaineers cheers on his team during a Big East game against the University of Miami Hurricanes on October 26, 2002 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia . Miami won 40-23.  (Photo By Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Recent events have brought much criticism to the WVU student section, especially at home basketball games at the Coliseum in Morgantown.

The Mountaineers have had a handful of nationally televised games in the last few weeks and things came to a head after the Ohio State game when chants such as "F@#$ The Buckeyes" could be heard on national television.

The mayor of Morgantown, Bill Byrne, told the Daily Athenaeum , "I speak for all adults that think it’s time for the immature behavior to be spoken to and not tolerated, it is a concern that should be addressed by the administration."

The battle over whether this is appropriate or not has been boiling in the blogosphere and on message boards for the last couple of weeks.

All of the fuss prompted Bob Huggins to address the students before the game, reportedly encouraging them to stay passionate but keep the profanity to a minimum.

Only one chant apparently contained profanity throughout the game, but the passion continued to be evident.  

Some students even donned tuxedo-type shirts that said "Keeping it classy since 1863", which was the year West Virginia received statehood.

During all of the big games, the student section has looked loud, raucous, and distracting. The problem are with the chants and the profanity contained therein. The debate over which words are taboo and which words are acceptable consistently leads to grey areas and the definition of lines to be crossed.

It is rare to find a student section that doesn't use profanity at some point during the game, but the defining characteristic between a good student sections and a difference making one is organization and planning.

In their heyday, the Cameron Crazies at Duke were the best in the nation. Based on their proximity to the court and their creative chants, they were the student section most-modeled by other schools.

The key? Organization.

While it seems to not be happening now, they used to pass out dirt sheets with personal information about opposing players. This information led to very personal chants and added to organization.  

These chants are far more effective than the regular vulgar chants. Anyone can put a player's name and a curse word together and yell or chant it. It takes special creativity to get into the heads of opposing players and make Morgantown a true nightmare for them. 

What the student section needs is a leader, or a group of leaders: someone to research the players, come up with creative chants, and find a way to communicate them to the other students. With technology the way it is, this should be simple. Whether it is via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, or some other crafty way of communication in this digital age. 

Most would look to the Mountaineer Maniacs to organize this, but any group of creative leaders will do.

Until some sort of leadership in the student section of the Coliseum is set in stone, ignorant offensive chants built on vulgarity instead of creativity will continue.