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Survey Shows WVU Fans' Views of Coaches, Conference Change

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A survey of WVU supporters sheds some light on where the fan bases stands on key issues and key names in Mountaineer sports.

The Mark Blankenship Enterprises Voter Opinion Poll asks fans to rate their favorability of four West Virginia coaches, past and present. Fans are asked if they have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of former football coaches Don Nehlen and Rich Rodriguez as well as current coaches Dana Holgorsen and Bob Huggins.

Both Nehlen and Huggins received over 50 percent very favorable with under five percent giving each a very unfavorable opinion.

Holgorsen had over 50 percent give a favorable opinion, but also had the highest to vote that they do not know, showing that many WVU fans have not yet formed an opinion on the first-year coach.

Rodriguez, as expected, had 45 percent unfavorable opinion from fans, with just eight percent giving the former coach a very favorable vote. It's clear that despite the four years that have passed since Rodriguez left his alma mater for a coaching opportunity at Michigan, the fan base he left behind has not yet forgiven him for the move.

Another part of the polling asked fans what they think of WVU's move to the Big 12 Conference and about half of those who responded were in favor of the change. Nearly one-third of the voters (29 percent) were opposed to it.

The initial question asked to these fans was whether they support WVU, Marshall University or both. Of those polled, 56 percent said they are a Mountaineer fan only, while another 24 percent claimed to support both schools.

The questions about conference change and favorability of coaches were only posed to those who responded that they supported only WVU or both WVU and Marshall.

MBE conducted 400 phone interviews, which yielded a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.

MBE is a national communications and opinion research firm located in Charleston, W.Va.

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