At halftime of West Virginia’s final men’s basketball win of the season, the life of Lewisburg native Colson Glover was changed forever.
The four candidates to replace Timmy Eads, the 66th Mountaineer mascot, lined up on the court at WVU Coliseum with Glover ultimately hearing his name over the loudspeaker. A lifelong WVU fan, the neuroscience major says that was something he dreamed of when he was a kid.
“I’m not superstitious, but I never thought what it would feel like to be the Mountaineer, just because I didn’t want to jinx it,” he said. “When I heard my name called, it was just an indescribable feeling. Like, a rush went over me and it’s a dream come true.”
While Glover had his moment of excitement, it was a bittersweet time for Eads, who unbeknownst to him, would be at his final game in buckskins.
“That whole day to wrap up — if you’re going to go out abruptly, that’s the best way in my opinion,” Eads said. “A win against a highly-ranked team, storming the court, that was the icing on the cake. Of course, I would have liked to finish out the last month, month-and-a-half or so, but looking back on it now, I can’t be disappointed.”
Within a week of the announcement, sports shut down across America, leaving both Mountaineer mascots without any Mountaineer games to cheer for — but the life of the mascot goes well beyond the field of play. Besides the typical workload for a college student, Glover has made appearances on Zoom calls and the like, getting to know Mountaineer fans across the state from a distance. He even says that he’s posted “80-something times” on YouTube in the past week, despite never posting on the platform before.
“I’m making the best of the situation and still having a lot of fun,” he said. “It hasn’t started the way I planned, but it’s going and I’m loving every second of it.”
This busy schedule is indicative of both the mascot’s uniqueness and importance to the state as a whole, something that Eads experienced firsthand. As
“It’s important to remember that the buckskins only magnify the person that you are, and I think that was pretty much [former Mountaineer] Trevor [Kiess]’s exact words,” he said. “And what I mean by that is when we put on the buckskins, you’re still Timmy, or you’re still Colson. Not to down other mascots, by any means…but when they get into costume, then they become that character. Whereas, the Mountaineer, they’re still the person wearing the buckskins, and I think that’s one of the most important things to remember throughout the year.”
Glover says that this has been in his mind ever since he made the decision to try out for the mascot position. That task, he says, is something he is up for.
“Yeah, I’m up for the challenge, that’s why I’m trying out,” he said. “I want to be the face, I want to be on 24/7 because I want to share my passion. I want to talk, I don’t want to have a mask over my face and not talk to anybody. I want to share my love for the state and University to as many people as possible so I’m up for the challenge and ready and excited to do it.”
You can catch the full chat with Eads and Glover on this week’s episode of the WVU Coaches Show.