Monday, April 23, 2012
In the weeks leading up to TCU's official move to the Big 12, on July 1, we'll be introducing you to each of the Frogs new (and old/new) conference rivals by dedicating a week to each of them. Over the course of the week, we'll bring you up to date on many aspects of each university- including their athletic teams, their fanbase and anything else we feel like you'll need to know before the Frogs begin playing them on an annual basis.
We start with the other newcomer to the conference, the West Fuckin' Virginia Mountaineers. WVU, unlike many of the other flagship state universities in the Big 12 that have "U" said last in conversational references to the school, is correct. West Virginia University was founded in 1867 and has always been located in Morgantown, WV. It has a student body of about 29,000 and has an endowment of $405 million. It has produced 25 Rhodes Scholars and ranks #164 on the US News & World Report list of best colleges in America.
Athletically, the Mountaineers ranked 40th in last year's NACDA Directors' Cup standings, and have placed as high as #37 (in 2009-10). The Big 12 will be their fourth conference home, having previously been a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the 1920s, the Southern Conference in the 1950s and '60s and the Big East since 1991. They have spent much of their existence, at least on the football side, as independents.
As a fan base, Mountaineer fans have quite the reputation of being wild, crazy and inhospitable to outsiders. Their most notable traditions include their human Mountaineer mascot, the carpet roll to introduce their basketball team to the court, and of course- burning couches.
Stick around for plenty more about West Virginia as the week goes on, but first a video to give you a first impression:
Posted by Lyle Lanley at Monday, April 23, 2012