West Virginia’s first-year football coach, Dan Holgorsen, inexplicably took a few shots at Mountaineer fans Tuesday for their weak turnout at home against Bowling Green (listed attendance was 46k, but one columnist said it was closer to 38k) over the weekend:
“You only get seven opportunities a year. What’s so hard about it? Is it too cold? It wasn’t too cold for our players, it wasn’t too cold for our coaches, our managers and our trainers.”
Holgorsen said he couldn’t understand why the crowd at the LSU game two weeks ago (well over 62,000) didn’t come back for last week’s non-conference game with Bowling Green.
“So why did we have 20,000 less people out there for this one than that one?” Holgorsen asked. “The funny part of it was we all were talking about it two weeks ago how much difference the fans and the crowds are going to make to the LSU people.
“LSU played well in front of 62,000 of our people and then turned around and went home and played a 1-4 Kentucky team at noon and had 95,000 fans. You want talk about an elite program, that’s one. I don’t know about this place.”
Hey Dana, this one’s easy: It’s Bowling Green. It was cold. It was rainy. How come you weren’t bitching when only 51k showed up for Norfolk State earlier this year? Don’t be spoiled by the incredible atmosphere for the visit from LSU. Night game, national TV audience, Top 5 opponent – that’s a perfect storm. But the way the Mountaineers schedule, that’s a once-every-five-years scenario (at best). Want the crowds and the national audience? Talk to your AD/President about the future schedule. (And yes, I’m aware the 2011 schedule was set well before Holgorsen arrived.)
Holgorsen even wondered if fans would show up for Saturday’s game at noon against Connecticut.
Is the weather going to be 85 degrees and sunny, or will it be 25 degrees and snowy? It doesn’t matter, because coaches and players and trainers and everyone else will be there. That’s what our job is, so what’s the support people’s job?”
No rain in the forecast and it’ll get into the 70s. I’ll guess 52,000 show up. Can someone familiarize me with the definition of “support people’s job?” Gosh, if I was a fan of a team and the coach said it was my “job” to show up for games …