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
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
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.