Toward the end of Dana Holgorsen's press conference on Tuesday the coach rightfully voiced his displeasure concerning the poor attendance of Mountaineer fans at Milan Puskar Stadium during the Bowling Green game on Saturday.
The official records show that the attendance for the game was only 46,603 a week after we packed the stands at over 62,000 against No. 2 ranked LSU.
I am also more than positive that more fans left the stands throughout the game due to the poor weather that day. The temperature was in the 40 degree range, it was raining and WVU was blowing out its opponent to an eventual 55-10 final score.
So the big question is why there was such a huge contrast from the LSU game and the Bowling Green game? I would have to say the top two reasons are we lost the LSU game and the rain.
If we would have defeated LSU there would be even more buzz around Morgantown. I am sure the stands would have had at least 5,000-10,000 more fans in them.
Rain always has an affect on sporting events. If the weather is perfect you will always have more fans at an event. If you have cold mixed with rain then you have to expect that attendance will be lower than it would be otherwise.
Are WVU fans less passionate because of the low attendance last Saturday? Of course not, but Holgorsen is absolutely justified in his remarks during his press conference.
We as Mountaineer fans should not care about the weather. Have a few extra drinks to keep you dry (or make you not care), walk your happy "back side" to the stadium, be loud and enjoy the game.
I conducted a brief study on Holgorsen's home game attendance from the last five seasons at Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma State that, if nothing else, should be interesting to look at.
Just remember that he was only an offensive coordinator at these schools so in my opinion he is holding West Virginia to a higher standard since this is his first head coaching position.