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West Virginia's Stewart: 'We are the neatest, tidiest, most courteous fans out there'

Here are a few remarks that stood out to me from West Virginia Coach Bill Stewart’s press conference on Tuesday:

Stewart praised both Maryland quarterbacks, saying one (Jamarr Robinson) is an effective runner while the other (Danny O’Brien) has a stronger arm. “They are doing a very nice job,” he said. “You look at the film and say, ‘Wow.’”

Regarding the Marshall game, in which West Virginia rallied from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in overtime, Stewart said: “What kind of team would fold? A team that isn’t tough, that doesn’t have resiliency, that doesn’t believe, that has not been through the school of hard knocks. We didn’t. That shows me something. We scored; knocked the ball loose, then went 96 and 98 yards with a two-point conversion and overtime. I’m not going to apologize for that.”

Stewart’s comments on his team’s fans and the atmosphere at the games really struck me as interesting. “Oh, we don’t do that here,” he said, referencing booing or heckling the opponents. “We’ve really cleaned up; we’re the neatest, tidiest, most courteous fans out there. Our fans will not get rambunctious; will not rock the bus like the old days and they will be very cordial. It’s a great place to play when you’re from here and a tough place to play when you’re not. I love our fans dearly. I love our faithful.”

Check out Tarik El-Bashir's story on West Virginia, which ran in Thursday's paper.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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Comments

And Sharron Angle is a liberal.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 16, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, everyone's civil until game-time and until someone loses.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 16, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

& Christine O'Donnell is sane

Posted by: mdrockjock | September 16, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I've been to MD away games - WVU fans are as courteous as the inbreds in Deliverance. Way back when MD played Penn State, the Penn State fans are truly the most hospitable to visiting fans.

Posted by: nativedc | September 17, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Rocks, Batteries, unintelligible English, Jack Daniels, no dental plans, straw hats, mountaineers...

Don't let anyone fool you, these are the same Hatfield/McCoy bunch, only a few generations removed.

Posted by: khornbeak | September 17, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Okay. We've established that Bill Stewart is a liar. Next subject.

Posted by: steven09 | September 17, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Right khornbeak, because Maryland is so cosmopolitan once you leave Montgomery County.... People in glass trailers shouldn't throw beer cans.
Personally, we have about 15 people from DC going and half went to UMD. We're going to have a great time drinking beer (not Jack Daniels), smiling with our full sets of teeth (owner of a dental plan), baseball hats (straw is itchy) and general American English.
If you don't want to come to the game, we'lll find someone to sit in your seat.

Posted by: ccastowvu@gmail.com | September 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

As a Penn Stater living in the DC area, I second nativedc's comments...

And as a "visiting fan" for many years at WVU, there's no way anyone could say with a straight face that WVU fans are "tidy" and "courteous" to opposing fans and players -- unless tidy and courteous includes hurling four-letter words and bottles at the opposing fans and players, of course...

I'm not a big fan of the Terps, but I am this week -- my three favorite teams for a long time have been Penn State, whoever plays Pitt, and whoever plays WVU. Go Terps!

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | September 17, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Stewart is hilarious. That tongue and cheek approach actually cracked me up. WVU is the worst place to play anywhere. That's one of the big reasons VT and WVU don't play anymore...because it just got too crazy and negative and that was that.

Posted by: bharn | September 17, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

No, VT and WVU don't play anymore because VT left the Big East to play in the ACC. That's literally the whole reason. It's the same reason we don't play Miami and Boston College.

Posted by: ccastowvu@gmail.com | September 17, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Yes, when I think of "the most hospitable to visiting fans" Penn State is the first school that comes to mind. Watch the video below please.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDiRPUiQZHc

Posted by: David1WVU | September 17, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

As a Penn Stater living in the DC area, I second nativedc's comments...

And as a "visiting fan" for many years at WVU, there's no way anyone could say with a straight face that WVU fans are "tidy" and "courteous" to opposing fans and players -- unless tidy and courteous includes hurling four-letter words and bottles at the opposing fans and players, of course...

I'm not a big fan of the Terps, but I am this week -- my three favorite teams for a long time have been Penn State, whoever plays Pitt, and whoever plays WVU. Go Terps!

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | September 17, 2010 10:41 AM
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Why do you care at all about Maryland, West Virginia, or Pittsburgh? It's been ten years since Penn State played Pittsburgh, and nearly 20 years since the Lions played either Maryland or WVU. I'm not sure why JoePa won't play Pittsburgh or WVU, but I know that the reason Maryland won't play the Lions is because of the ridiculous two-for-one that PSU wants. Why don't you start hating on the non-conference schools you've scheduled over the last five years: Central Michigan, Kent State, Florida International University, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Youngstown State (twice), Akron (twice), and Temple (four times).

Posted by: 74umgrad1 | September 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"Rocks, Batteries, unintelligible English, Jack Daniels, no dental plans, straw hats, mountaineers...

Don't let anyone fool you, these are the same Hatfield/McCoy bunch, only a few generations removed."

Ha, that comment is dripping in irony. Stay classy College Park.

It's no surprise Terp fans have to attack WVU fans on the internet, it's the only recourse after the last 4 games, which have all been embarrassing blowouts for a pretty awful program.

I think my favorite was 2007 when WVU won 31-14. Noel Devine ran for 136 yards on FIVE carries.......and wasn't the Mountaineers leading rusher.

Posted by: svonberg | September 17, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Noel for your viewing pleasure, long highlight reel for only 5 plays.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqPlAnYWTbY

Posted by: Stu27 | September 17, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Everything you have heard about WVU and the state of WV in general is true. All of it. So please stay as far away as possible, especially anyone who is a fan of the terps. Maryland is the most inferior state in the union. Thank you.

Posted by: WrongDog | September 17, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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