Whether you are an avid Mountaineer Football fan, a West Virginia University student, sports-lover or just an everyday citizen, you more than likely have heard about the unfortunate way in which people are celebrating Morgantown's football success.
At first it seemed "couch burning" was a term people playfully used to describe WVU students and their ever-popular partying nature, but now it seems, this has gone too far. It is no longer playful, but detrimental to the University's reputation and possibly disastrous to this special city.
WVU Athletic Director, Oliver Luck, addresses this issue from a reputation standpoint when he says, "The Baylor game proved that we can cheer on the Mountaineers and continue to make the stadium one of the toughest places to play in America, while still showing the class and hospitality that makes West Virginia fans and this state the best in the nation."
We, at West Virginia Illustrated, have created an online petition to be proactive in resolving this issue. It is our goal to get people to sign up indicating they support positive fan behavior this weekend, win or lose.
" I think a petition to stop these acts is a wonderful idea, " Morgantown Mayor, Jim Manilla said. "We need to work hard to curb these actions. I put an emphasis on, if any person can provide any help at all with identifying the individuals behind the malicious burning, please report them immediately to the Morgantown Police."
All in all, this issue goes far beyond the game of football. This is an intentional act that could possibly devastate lives and property.
Director Luck sums it up best when saying, "Let's continue to welcome and greet our Big 12 visitors, and showcase West Virginia pride and hospitality, while showing our student-athletes the tremendous and raucous support they are accustomed to having. There is no place for destructive behavior at the stadium or in our great city after games. The best way to celebrate any Mountaineer victory is with class and respect for each other. Remember, we only have one chance to make a good first impression."
Please sign the petition by clicking here to help put WVU back on the positive side of the national spotlight.