West Virginia president apologizes for rude fans

West Virginia University president Jim Clements apologized

Thursday to the University of Pittsburgh, saying he was “appalled

and embarrassed” by fans who threw objects onto the court during

Wednesday night’s basketball game.

Pittsburgh assistant coach Tom Herrion was hit under his right

eye with what appeared to be a coin.

Clements joined Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins in denouncing the

behavior.

Clements said the university plans to increase surveillance and

security during future games and vowed to prosecute violators “to

the fullest extent permitted by law.”

He also encouraged fans who observe dangerous or inappropriate

behavior to text AID to 94597.

“It is a shame that a terrific performance by our team was

overshadowed by the unfortunate actions of a few fans,” Clements

said.

No. 6 West Virginia beat the 22nd-ranked Panthers 70-51.

Unruly fans have become an embarrassment for WVU of late.

Last month, the profanity flying out of the West Virginia

student section was so loud it could be heard on national

television, prompting a university official to warn students to

tone down their language at basketball games.

Then during a game against the Louisville, students chanted the

name of a woman that Cardinals coach Rick Pitino admitted having

sex with outside his marriage.

Clements said WVU administrators are working with student

government officials to put procedures in place to remedy

inappropriate fan behavior.

“Boorish and unruly behavior by our fans will not be

tolerated,” he said.