Raise your glass: WVU allows beer sales at football games


Because if there was one thing some WVU fans weren’t already, it was drunk enough.

After a reported “lengthy discussion”, West Virginia’s Board of Governors has approved the sale of beer during football games. The BOG voted 10-5 in favor of amending BOG Policy 18 (Section 4.1), which prohibits the sale of alcohol during WVU sporting events.

In an interview following the decision, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said the beer will be sold in plastic cups away from the student section and fans will only be able to buy two beers per visit. Fans who appear to have “had enough” will not be served.

“By changing the re-entry procedure and smoking areas at the stadium, along with today’s change in policy, I believe we have taken a step forward toward our goal of a safer, friendlier and more civil game day experience,” Luck said in a statement released by WVU Sports Information.

The initial idea was proposed to WVU’s BOG in early April and a 30-day open comment period began shortly thereafter, ending in mid-May. The proposal to sell alcohol at games was, somewhat surprisingly, met with overwhelming opposition by fans.

At the time of the proposal Luck said the sale of beer, along with the elimination of halftime pass-outs, would, and I quote, “improve fan behavior”.

Luck also mentioned beer sales could provide around $500,000 in revenue for the program (that’s more like it).

Rutgers, who now is the only Big East football member not selling alcohol in some capacity during football games, has also begun tossing around the idea.

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.