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MORGANTOWN -

You never know what you'll find on eBay.

Longtime West Virginia sports fan, and Clarksburg resident, Jim Malfregeot just happened to come across an item while perusing the online auction site that is about to become a game day staple in Morgantown.

"When I heard that they were calling the Mountaineers offense 'Air Raid Attack,' I immediately went online to try to find one," says Malfregeot. "I got on eBay and I was bidding on one, but I didn't get it and I kind of gave up on it."

After losing the first auction he bid on, Malfregeot was frustrated. He truly wanted to spruce up his own tailgate and add a little something to the environment not only in the light blue lot where he parks, but across the entire landscape of the pregame scene for the Mountaineers fans.

So the next time he sat himself in front of his computer, he was in it to win it. And he did. With a final bid of $300, Malfregeot had purchased what he hoped would be a fun new ritual of sorts for his tailgate.

"[My wife] said, '$300?' And I said, 'Well, Brenda, there's a German one on there for $700,'" Malfregeot says with a laugh.

When the air raid siren arrived, Jim and Brenda began working on a base to hold it up. He did the handy work and she hand painted the design, gold and blue with "West Virginia Mountaineers" lining its sides.

On Monday of this week, Malfregeot was playing a charity golf event at Pete Dye in Bridgeport when WVU athletic director Oliver Luck pulled up beside him.

The two were putting on their golf shoes and having a little chat and Malfregeot decided it was the right time to bring up his recent purchase. Luck was intrigued. So intrigued, in fact, that he took the news to his assistant athletic director of marketing and sales, Matt Wells, to figure out how to place this siren in the events surrounding game day.

"Oliver gave me Jim's info and asked me to follow up with him and see if it made sense and we thought it was worth giving it a shot to draw a little bit more attention to the Mantrip," Wells says. "I think with the Air Raid and our offense and all that, there's enough of a tie there to see if it helps the game day atmosphere."

The plan is to get the siren going about 10 minutes prior to the start of the Mantrip when the players and coaches will walk along the path of fans and into the stadium before taking on Marshall, or whichever opponent is scheduled for that day.

Now, rather than using his prized eBay item at random, Malfregeot has a strict schedule to abide by.

"We leave at 8 o'clock, we'll get in Morgantown around 9 and usually that would've been one of the first things out of the van and cranked up to get everybody fired up," he says. "But now, I'm going to leave it in the van until 9:30 and then I'll walk it to the edge of the light blue lot and fire it up."

And what happens if this Air Raid offense somehow turns its focus to the run game and the constant bomb-dropping is no longer the theme of WVU's attack?

"You always have to adjust and adapt, so that could be something that if that type of change happens, we reevaluate," Well says.

For now, Geno Smith and company will do all they can to ensure that each of the 300 dollars Malfregeot spent on his siren is put to good use, beginning this Saturday in Morgantown.

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