Mountaineer Nation, it’s Time to Come Together Again

Morgantown, West Virginia – One of the greatest parts of being a fan of the West Virginia Mountaineers is that you’re born into a family of 1.8 million people.  Win or lose, good or bad, nothing comes between Mountaineer Nation.

With only three days remaining until the Mountaineers take the field at Milan Puskar Stadium again, we must remember what brought us all together and get back to that.  For the first time in perhaps program history, the West Virginia fanbase is officially split, fractured, at odds.

Over a decal.  A sticker.  A call for all human beings to be treated fairly and equally.

Fellow West Virginians, we must look past the politics, the ugliness and focus on these young men who are playing for our state, our people…for us.  West Virginians have enough going against us, enough people beating us up on the outside, that cohesion within the state is absolutely necessary.

Many of these athletes could have played anywhere in the country, but they chose Morgantown, West Virginia as their home.  Like the players so powerfully said in their message to the fans on social media today, they need us to “love them when they’re on the field, but also when they’re off the field too.”  These outstanding young men are human beings, all with their own hopes and dreams and thoughts and beliefs, and it’s our duty as West Virginians and as Mountaineers to cheer them on no matter where they are.

The unbelievable pride in our state and our unity has made us the very best fans in the country.  It’s time to put differences aside and get back to cheering on our Mountaineers, on the field and off it.


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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.