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Updated: LSU fans victims of assault after WVU game

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After watching their team suffer a beatdown at the hands of LSU Saturday night, some West Virginia “fans” apparently decided to take out their anger over the loss on a group of Tiger fans attending the game.

Allegedly.

According to WBOY-TV, four LSU fans were assaulted — presumably by individuals with a heavy WVU loyalty lean — in a parking lot near Milan Puskar Stadium.  One victim suffered significant injuries in the alleged attack.

Here’s the TV station’s account of what transpired:

It happened in the Purple Lot as the fans were leaving in their vehicle headed toward Route 705, police said in a news release. That’s when an unidentified person threw a rock through the open window of the victim’s car. When the driver asked a group of people standing nearby if they threw the rock, police say the group approached the car and assaulted the driver.

The driver’s wife and two other people in the car got out and were also assaulted, according to police. They sustained minor injuries.

The driver was transported to Monongalia General Hospital for treatment and later transferred to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for surgery.

There were rumors bouncing around the Internet earlier today that the woman mentioned above was five months pregnant, although that’s not been confirmed by any reliable news source.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident, although an investigation by the Morgantown Police Department is ongoing.

This continues what’s been a weekend the WVU football program would rather forget.  In addition to the loss on the field and the alleged assault off it, WVU’s locker room was broken into and items stolen during the LSU game.

And, please, don’t even start on the “WVU fans are nothing but redneck thugs” BS.  Every fan base has their derelicts, and WVU is no different.  The picture of an entire fan base shouldn’t be painted with the same brush because of the actions of a handful.

Now, let the stereotyping commence in earnest in three… two… one…

UPDATED 8:28 P.m. ET: The Charleston Daily Mail has a report on the story as well, and provides some additional details.

The mother-in-law of the man who was injured confirmed that the four individuals who were assaulted were LSU fans, although there was nothing on the vehicle identifying it as being fans of the school. “It was just a random act of violence,” Helen Smith, the mother-in-law, told the paper.

Smith also confirmed that her daughter was in the car and is 22 weeks pregnant.  The rock that was thrown through the window to start the incident landed in the pregnant woman’s lap.  After three men dragged her husband from the vehicle, the beating didn’t stop until the woman began screaming that she’s pregnant.

The man suffered a broken nose, a crushed eye socket and a fractured frontal bone in the middle of his forehead.

The pregnant woman suffered bruising on her arms, legs and shoulders; fortunately, their unborn child was unharmed.

As of Monday evening, no arrests have been made.

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113 Responses to “Updated: LSU fans victims of assault after WVU game”
  1. furious67 says: Sep 26, 2011 5:32 PM

    Sounds like something the backwoods bumpkins in Blacksburg, VA would do

  2. auburntigers34 says: Sep 26, 2011 5:45 PM

    how many incidents like this have to happen at WVU before there’s justification for their very negative reputation?

    there’s no doubt that WVU has a lot of great fans. but there’s also no doubt that they have far, far more than their share of fans that carry on like this.

  3. mydixienormus says: Sep 26, 2011 5:45 PM

    That moon shine doesn’t drink itself….

    He is lucky they didn’t set his car/truck on fire. I hear they love to burn things in Morgantown.

  4. lesticles1983 says: Sep 26, 2011 5:54 PM

    Where’s J. Jefferson’s right leg when you need it?

  5. harbourimages says: Sep 26, 2011 6:04 PM

    We all remember how “charitable” WV fans were toward Rich Rod and his family when he left for Michigan. Yeah, they’re just swell folks….

  6. tigersgeaux says: Sep 26, 2011 6:06 PM

    INCONSONANCE: These are your people! What a wonderful reputation you and your family have. You act like a thug on CFT and your family acts like a thug in the Purple Lot at WVU. Congratulations to you and your family! Did you throw the rock or did your sibling paulbrownsrevenge?

    Paulbrowns would condemn a young and very talented player for LSU for razzing WVU players but would not condemn the WVU players and fans for starting the talk. Paulbrownsrevenge, are you just looking to talk smack and falsely accuse southernpatriots, a family which has served their fellow man all their lives and support this felony? Paulbrownsrevenge, you and INCONSONANCE deserve one another. You’re both joined at the hip.

  7. cowboysblowgoats says: Sep 26, 2011 6:10 PM

    Could have been worse, they could have thrown snowballs at Santa.

  8. bearcatfan05 says: Sep 26, 2011 6:15 PM

    No surprise hear. thats why they were voted worse fans. Go back to the coal mines you hillbillies.

  9. rajuncajun28 says: Sep 26, 2011 6:20 PM

    Does anyone really expect anything different from a bunch of backwoods, toothless, classless hillbillies? These are the idiots that watch Jerry Springer…and they wonder why people make fun of them…pretty said when Alabama has a state they can make fun of….hicks…..

  10. auburntigers34 says: Sep 26, 2011 6:37 PM

    rajuncajun,

    you’re aware that LSU’s reputation for being rude to visiting fans is almost as bad as WVU’s, right?

    if anything, i think that it’s pretty “said” that anyone can make LSU fans seem civil in comparison.

  11. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 26, 2011 6:38 PM

    I’m not a west virginia fan.

    The SEC is the best conference in the land.
    God loves the SEC, thats why they always win. It’s gods country geauxtigers, you know that.

    Tyrann Mathieu is an outstanding member of society. Everyone in SEC country knows this fine young man personally. He will be very successful in the NFL and be a humble family man with great morals. Why you ask? because he plays in the SEC. God’s conference.

    We all know what he said. He was simply encouraging the opposition to play harder. He’s a class act, a gentleman, and an outstanding scholar.

    After contacting the LSU athletic department I was told Tyrann could not be reached because he was preforming Circumcisions for kids in a 3rd world country with Tim Tebow. This man is a legend.

  12. katanaguy says: Sep 26, 2011 6:41 PM

    What in the world is going on here?…. People attending a college football game and rooting for their favorite team aren’t safe anymore?
    This is a sign of the times we all now live in America. Anyone besides me fed up with this stuff? It’s going to get much more worse as time goes on. It is a shame and I hope they lock these scumbags away for years to come…..and throw away the prison key too. They will catch them. Bring back capital punishment too!!

  13. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 26, 2011 6:41 PM

    I never supported this crime. Quit making crap up. get over yourself.

    what has southernpatriots family done?

  14. rolltide510 says: Sep 26, 2011 6:43 PM

    auburntigers34 gets it. LSU fans need to get their own house in order before they start pointing fingers at how they’re treated at away games. No room to talk at all.

  15. materialman80 says: Sep 26, 2011 7:01 PM

    This kind of story just makes you sad.

  16. starsaber25 says: Sep 26, 2011 7:07 PM

    I understand some Colleges and Pro teams have their Good Fans and their “derelicts.” But it just seems that WVU is more often on the derelict side. Just watching College Gameday and looking at the WVU fans you can tell that they are just not firing on all cylinders.

    Its funny because people wonder why no conferences want WVU. No conference wants to deal with this type of uneducated student body. Conferences want to focus on academics as well and clearly this school is lacking.

  17. worldofwinning says: Sep 26, 2011 7:11 PM

    Wild and Wonderful indeed

  18. bigdinla says: Sep 26, 2011 7:18 PM

    Are we sure these people did not run into Jordan and his posse of curb stompers? JK

    This crap has got to stop! It is happening in baseball, football and basketball. People need to grow up and realize that this stuff is supposed to be for recreation. Your teams performance should not affect your self worth!

  19. jackdevaney says: Sep 26, 2011 7:25 PM

    John Taylor,
    Are you an enabler of bad wvu behavior because Florio allows you to wash his car?

    Job applications and toothpaste are the best mountaineer repellants when visitors need protection from wvu’s pill-zombie fans.

    The real crime is not wvu fan behavior, but Dana Holgorsen’s hair style. He’s the Big Ern McCracken of college sports.

  20. 1990tiger says: Sep 26, 2011 7:30 PM

    I just want to know if they were wearing those “West F#cking Virginia” t-shirts.

  21. thefiesty1 says: Sep 26, 2011 7:32 PM

    A similar incident occurred back in the ’70s to us leaving Fayetteville (transporting the UT cheerleaders) after beating the Pigs. We got over it and left the state quickly.

    It’s a situation in which no matter what you do at the time, your better off extricating yourself from the area as soon as possible.

  22. rajuncajun28 says: Sep 26, 2011 7:38 PM

    Hicks and Hillbillies Gone Wild….could be a new reality show filmed at WVU or in Tuskeylooser with the Rednecks….

  23. katanaguy says: Sep 26, 2011 7:39 PM

    I have noticed that many times when a story like this has been released on this site it degenerates quickly into a mouthy mud-slinging contest between fans of both schools. It just goes to show us all how rooting for schools by some fans can turn ugly real quick and lead to the horrible acts that this story is about in the first place.
    Come on some of you- please behave yourselves and let’s hope this kind of stuff is dealt with by the law with no sympathy for the perpetrators whatsoever.

  24. florida727 says: Sep 26, 2011 7:43 PM

    At the expense of being banned from posting for agreeing with JT :) (after all, what are blog sites for?) he’s right. Every fan base has it’s share of @$$holes. Look at the idiot that poisoned the Auburn trees, or the SF Giants fan that got beat up on the opening day of the MLB season and is STILL in the hospital, or the goons that rioted in Vancouver after they lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Every city/fan base has its share of morons. It’s a shame they make headlines, but news is news, even when it’s not the kind we prefer.

    I just hope they catch the idiots that did this, WVU fans or not, and prosecute them to the extent they deserve. If they were Gator fans, I’d feel the same way. It’s OK to be a rabid fan, just don’t take it so seriously that you endanger another human being’s life in the process. You got beat. So what? The sun’s still rising in the east tomorrow in case you haven’t figured it out yet.

  25. poe22222 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:02 PM

    katanaguy, way to blow this way out of proportion. A sign of the times we live in? Human beings have always been violent, insecure creatures, and we can only hope that morality and mindfulness/compassion will increase along with our technology and empirical knowledge. That was mild compared to the riots that happen over soccer games in many countries, including some that you can’t judge as undeveloped, like the UK. Woody Hayes proved that back in what you probably think of as “the good old days,” players weren’t even safe from being assaulted by the other team’s head coach – DURING A GAME.

    Also, I don’t know a bunch of WVU harassment stories, but if you don’t think fans of every major football school have at some point resorted to violence after a game, you’re delusional. An Alabama fan murdered an LSU fan last year (could be wrong on the teams but I’m pretty sure those are correct). He murdered him. And I’m a diehard Alabama fan, for the record.

  26. pabstman says: Sep 26, 2011 8:16 PM

    Ughhh, a few bad apples can ruin a great time. Many LSU fans are reporting they had a wonderful time. There were reports of a group of WVU and LSU fans working together, the entire week leading up to the game, and they had benefit breakfast everyday for the fallen miners at the Upper Big Branch.

    I hope for a speedy recover for all involved and i can only hope they catch who did this.

    All that good press, now this…

  27. sixsixny says: Sep 26, 2011 8:22 PM

    Funny enough I was in Huntington, WV for the Marshall vs VT game on the same day and people could not have been nicer. I’m pretty sure most of the folks were from WV and not a hint of trouble. I think it’s narrow minded and unfair to paint a picture that all fans in WV are what has been described in these posts. I’m from NY and one of the reasons my daughter goes to Marshall is because she loves the refreshing honesty of the people there. I’ve been to plenty of games in the NY area and have been embarassed by my fellow NYer’s.

  28. nofunleague says: Sep 26, 2011 8:35 PM

    I’m from W.Va and I will say that living in Florida now, there are as many “redneck”(google that word please you idiots) living in this state as there are W.Va. All schools have fans that are there for the wrong reason, but look at your own school and neighborhood before calling out W.Va. Just a little hint “redneck” has nothing to do with having a red neck. and you are college educated? Hardly.

  29. inconsonance says: Sep 26, 2011 8:36 PM

    Oh fuck. Here we go.

    tigersgeaux, neither I, nor any members of my family were at the game, so your whole theory just got shot down and pissed on. And for the record, I’m not a thug. I’m a horrible, misanthropic bastard that has no use for anyone whose opinion differs from my own, but I’m no thug. I stick to attacking people with words, primarily because people are assault charge filing pussies. Anyway, I don’t care about anyone on either side of this supposed attack, so it boggles my mind why you even pulled me into this.

    John Taylor, I really hope that you don’t consider yourself a journalist. You “presume” that these were WVU fans. Fine. I presume that they were LSU fans. What if the alleged attackers were just some guys out on a Saturday night and decided to tear shit up? Since neither of us have any facts to prove the other wrong, neither of us should comment. Especially you, since you’re a “writer.” Rule of thumb for journalist types: If you can’t speak with certainty, shut the fuck up. By the way, you’ve got this bad habit of posting as much anti-WVU news as possible. What’s your damage?

    starsaber25, take a good, hard look at some of those LSU fans before you start talking smack about other fan bases. Never before have I seen so many filthy slatterns dressed like common street whores and their pimps/boyfriends standing there, beaming with pride because all the guys walking by stare at her. It’s not because she’s attractive; it’s because we didn’t know you could stack shit that high. Also, if you believe we’re so academically lackadaisacal, why not enroll and breeze your way to a Ph.D.? If it’s as easy as you think, you could probaby get your BA in, what, two or three semesters? Do it, man.

    To the rest of you who’ve taken time out of your busy schedules to chime in with your inutile twaddle, consider this: WVU fans and WV residents have chips on their shoulders because people like you see fit to stereotype, denigrate, and otherwise malign them at every turn. Do you honestly expect them to just go, “This guy on the internet said I’m a redneck and a cousin fucker. Goddammit. Guess I’d better get on that. Don’t want to make a liar out of him.”? No, they’re going to get more and more pissed until really bad things happen. If you’d like us to settle a bit, keep your ignorant, faulty assumptions to yourself. It’s not difficult to remain quiet.

  30. manhorse69 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:13 PM

    As a wvu alum I hate to hear about stories like this. There will always be bad apples and most people in Morgantown and the state as a whole are wonderful, friendly people. In my experience there I was witness to people who just want to fight with anyone and use a loss on the football field as an excuse. I also found that many of the people who give the school, and by extension, the state a bad rep are the out of staters who don’t have any personal investment other than to spend their parents’ money on booze.

    I’ve also visited other teams stadiums and been treated to intimidation, foul language and generally lousy behavior. One place was lsu, but Pitt and Maryland aren’t far behind in the poor behavior. Really it’s just a general lack of respect toward other people that is disguised as being a passionate fan. I will say that fans at auburn were very hospitable and it was a treat to attend a game there.

    All this is to say that it would be great if people would simply adhere to the adage of do unto others…

  31. cubano76 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:14 PM

    @inconsonance

    Only took you about three hours to write that reply. Nice going genius.

  32. auburntigers34 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:17 PM

    i hate to tell you but JT was actually taking up for WVU with his comments about “letting the stereotypes commence in 3….2…1″

    it’s not a stereotype. WVU has had this reputation for fan behavior for years and they’ve clearly earned it. forget the burning couches, thefts from locker rooms, etc. just do something about your rowdy red neck fans making visiting fans feel like they should be worried about getting out of Morgantown in one piece.

    but that’s probably asking too much from a university that is well aware of their fans behavior and decides that selling beer in the stadium would be a great idea.

    if you don’t like the reputation that your fan base has, do something about it…..besides crying about how everyone’s just singling WVU.

  33. auburntigers34 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:19 PM

    btw, my post was directed towards inconsonance’s rant.

  34. Deb says: Sep 26, 2011 9:23 PM

    thefiesty1 mentioned a similar incident happened to him following a game at Arkansas. My family witnessed a frightening attack on rival fans when leaving a game at another school. No state has a monopoly on thugs and idiots.

    It’s ridiculous to blame the West Virginia fanbase for the behavior of a couple of unidentified lunatics in a parking lot. Even the woman involved characterized the incident as a random act of violence. Sadly, those are common throughout our society. It may make the rest of us feel better to pretend all the bad guys are West Virginians or Oakland Raiders fans. But it’s not true.

  35. kevink441 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:27 PM

    You folks who come on here and talk about how stupid WV people are do realize this site was started by a West Virginian, right? That’s right, the site you come on and depend on for your information and talk your shit was started by a redneck from the hills. Thank you.

  36. lakesidegator says: Sep 26, 2011 9:29 PM

    @lesticles1983 — Jefferson’s leg WAS there. Take a close look on the injuries that were incurred: ALL to the face and head. If the shoe fits…..

  37. lakesidegator says: Sep 26, 2011 9:30 PM

    …and pulled-from-the-car? Sound familiar, too?

  38. andymcdandy says: Sep 26, 2011 9:38 PM

    That woman should’ve had her baby a long time ago…

  39. rajuncajun28 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:41 PM

    I guess Jethro had too much moonshine over the loss and took it out on some unfortunate LSU fans…do you really expect any different behavior from toothless, classless, in-breeders? You would only think this kind of behavior is possible from rednecks in Alabammy….way to represent your state, hillbillies….POS….

  40. marabiton says: Sep 26, 2011 9:41 PM

    “Smith also confirmed that her daughter was in the car and is 22 months pregnant.”

    22 months pregnant!? Wow! They show do gestate a lonng time down in da bayou. Reckon she was having an elephant?

  41. georgeanderson2 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:46 PM

    Don’t forget this incident from the friendly fans of WVU back in 1996:

    “An ambulance that took running back Danyell Ferguson to the hospital after he was injured Saturday during Miami’s game at West Virginia was nearly tipped over by rowdy fans, Hurricanes officials said today.

    Miami’s sports information director, Bob Burda, said the driver called for the police, but was told no one was available.

    As Miami left the field after its 10-7 victory, the linebackers coach, Randy Shannon, was hit on the head and knocked down by a trash can thrown from the second level of Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, W.Va.”

  42. burntorangehorn says: Sep 26, 2011 10:19 PM

    I went to a Baltimore Ravens game recently, and a young man behind me in line for the metal detectors was calling out old, hobbled senior citizens in the nearby lines. One guy who looked like he’d been a Steelers fan since the 30’s was told, “Hey faggot, why don’t you go home and suck a d!ck? What a c*cksucker!” I heard many similar jeers from other fans, and I hadn’t seen the middle finger used that much since the 90’s. Ravens fans are truly an embarrassment to all football fans.

    That said, all that pales in comparison to this, or the Dodgers/Giants beatings.

    Seriously, why do fans have such emotional investments that they’re willing to resort to verbal or physical assaults? Fans are not part of the team. They do not help the team win or lose. They play no part in the fate of the team, except indirectly through funding by ticket sales or alumni contributions. Yet so many fans pretend they’re part of the action, and take it to these extreme levels.

    Hey, fans, cheer for your team, but don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re part of it, and that the team’s success or failures reflects upon you. Furthermore, don’t gang up on visiting fans and act like an a$$hole that you wouldn’t be able to be in visiting fans’ shoes.

  43. Deb says: Sep 26, 2011 10:36 PM

    @burntorangehorn …

    Being a fan doesn’t make these people asses. They are asses who use fandom as an excuse to abuse others. If it weren’t about sports, they’d be abusing people about something else because that’s who they are.

  44. starsaber25 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:37 PM

    inconsonance:

    It appears you are mistaking me for a LSU fan. I have no affiliation with that school or with your school. It just always seems like this stuff happens at WVU often.

    And I did go to College and get my BA in the normal 4 years at an ACC school. Which are all ranked in the top 101 in Reuters College rankings. WVU? #164. That is why they don’t fit in with the ACC. They demand more. Thats all I was saying.

  45. burntorangehorn says: Sep 26, 2011 10:44 PM

    Deb, I think you’re right.

  46. cburmester85 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:45 PM

    Let me assure all of you most WVU fans are not like this, most of them are happy just getting to go home a night and cuddle with their sister or cousin (depending on how many brothers they have)

  47. soonerrlater says: Sep 26, 2011 11:29 PM

    Oh, man…the kind of crap you see when you don’t have gun.

  48. kcrobert10 says: Sep 26, 2011 11:39 PM

    Classy west Virginia fans classy. My guess is not only will u never get the invite to the sec u may never ever see college gameday in morgantown again. I agree fans need to be fans this stuff is uncalled for in all sports pro or not.

  49. mm276 says: Sep 26, 2011 11:44 PM

    I am not a WV native and have only been here in Morgantown for 2 years but I have to say that overall Morgantown has some of the friendliest people I have ever met across the US. Since I am not from here I have loyalties to other teams and have never had anything more than friendly banter & joking from these “toothless, backwoods hillbillies & hicks”. I can bet my life savings it wasnt a local. WVU students make up a nice percentage of the population when school is in session and they come from all over the world. The perpetrators in this case could have been from ANYWHERE. And there are ridiculous, ignorant, violent people EVERYWHERE! Not just WVU. My condolences to the victims. I wish these incidents were nonexistent!

  50. mostlybogies says: Sep 26, 2011 11:50 PM

    The NCAA is a coconspirator in the violence at WVU. The commentators were talking pre game about how the WVU “fans” thrown rocks and do other violence to opposing teams on arrival. The answer is simple. Take away their home games and any allow no bowl appearances. I wanted them to beat LSU on the field. They didnt and they should have taken the loss with some class. NCAA do something!!! Your inaction endorses that behavior.

  51. elm0helmet says: Sep 27, 2011 12:33 AM

    Sucks how this only happens in Morgantown, or…? http://goo.gl/geRxw

    @mostlybogies…really? There wouldn’t be any games left if the NCAA enacted your rules.

    Hopefully the idiots who did this are caught and treated accordingly. Either way, it provides more cannon fodder for those looking to smear WVU, and that’s unfortunate because the gameday atmosphere looked great Saturday.

  52. paulydefense says: Sep 27, 2011 12:39 AM

    As Miami left the field after its 10-7 victory, the linebackers coach, Randy Shannon, was hit on the head and knocked down by a trash can thrown from the second level of Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, W.Va.”
    ———————————————–

    SO THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM

  53. fordhamrams says: Sep 27, 2011 1:21 AM

    I attended Saturday’s game with my 12 year old son, and we were wearing LSU shirts throughout the day.
    It was my first time in West Va and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
    At least two dozen people–strangers–either “Welcomed me to Morgantown” or asked me if we were having a good time.
    The atmosphere was noticeably friendly, and I’m surprised and saddened by this story as I can say that we were treated, as LSU fans, with nothing but respect all weekend.

  54. csuxrr says: Sep 27, 2011 1:23 AM

    WVU to the SEC announcement friday by a vote of 10-2 only needing 9 votes.
    True or False ? I dunno

  55. mostlybogies says: Sep 27, 2011 1:37 AM

    elm0helmet nice article about the Cal attack. The difference is other responsible fans pointed out the attacker(s). The attacker manned up and admitted being in the fight. He can argue his side of it later, but at least he manned up early on. What’s wrong with these people. These loyal types often times claim to love their school and country, yet disgrace their school with their barbarous acts against their countrymen. Start Doing wants right WVU fans. Its contagious

  56. jfinn5 says: Sep 27, 2011 1:48 AM

    I think it was 93 when a Miami player was in a ambulance leaving the stadium and fans jumped on the ambulance and rocked it back and forth. WV fans are a bunch of moonshine drinking hillbillies.

  57. juniorsplace88 says: Sep 27, 2011 2:00 AM

    i want to start by saying i am a mountaineer. no i didnt go to school there but i was born amd raised in west virginia. yes what happened was horrible but to bad mouth all people from west virginia just shows how juvenile some of you guys and gals are. sec doesnt have to worry about there fans because all the criminals are on the feild. how can u of all people bad mouth fans from west virginia when your starting qb is awaiting trial for beating someone up. the scumbags that did this probably arent even from west virginia. grow up and get a life.

  58. southernpatriots says: Sep 27, 2011 5:31 AM

    Coach Les Miles is taking the high road in this matter with the parking lot assault of LSU fans leaving the game, locker room thefts, and now with LSU ranked #1 in AP. As with the QB and other players involved in the melee when he gave Baton Rouge police time and respect to conduct their investigation, he is doing the same with Morgantown Police.

    Before the game all LSU fans who traveled to Morgantown report that they were welcomed and treated well. They all enjoyed themselves. After the game, it was different for some. Two groups report that their members were followed by obvious WVU fans who were in the stadium and received cat calls, abusive language and mild threats. They were concerned for their safety so they went quickly to their cars and left the campus and city and drove until they were out of the area.

    One other group of fans reported they were followed by a group of young men from the stadium who obviously had too much to drink. Abusive language was heard as these young men were speaking profanely and loudly about what they wanted to do to the LSU fans walking in front of them. This group of LSU fans felt very vulnerable as they walked the distance to their car. As they neared their car, they came upon other fans and then they looked behind them and the young men who had followed them from the stadium were no longer there.

    It has been suggested by others, and we agree, that after any game in which WVU is beaten by a visiting team at WVU, the visting team fans should vacate the premises with all due haste. The incidences of physical violence are repeated over the years as can be noted from the posters on this thread or a Google search.

    We are in touch with friends of the family which was assaulted in the parking lot leaving the game. The driver is stabilized and may require additional surgeries. If JT and Ben do not post updates on this, we will as we receive them. Relatives of the family assauted are flying to Pittsburgh to be with the family and we should have reports later today or tomorrow. Needless to say, our prayers are with the driver and his family and the family members who are traveling there.

  59. jackdevaney says: Sep 27, 2011 5:57 AM

    Junior,
    You are not a mountaineer because you didn’t go to school at wvu. Thus, you’re just another hick in a wvu shirt purchased from Wal-Mart.

  60. jackdevaney says: Sep 27, 2011 6:03 AM

    After losing to LSU and the subsequent inbred beatdown of innocent visiting fans, there’s much wailing and gnashing of tooth among wvu’s fans.

  61. rajuncajun28 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:37 AM

    @Junior – first, admitting that you are from WV and not a Mountaineer is something a sidewalk redneck alumnus does from Alabama..what an idiot…Second, there is no correlation between JJ’s incident and what you toothless hicks did to our fans Saturday night…so, stick with what you know – how to serve fries with hamburgers…

  62. mhalt99 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:11 AM

    so its dumb hicks vs poor rednecks…..wait is WVU or LSU the dumb hicks. wait no…is it dumb rednecks vs poor hicks….hmmmmmm

  63. latrobe21 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:12 AM

    @ Inconsonance,

    I really believe a short stay in a mental institution would help you, tremendously. It could really turn your life around for the good. Please consider it.

  64. southernpatriots says: Sep 27, 2011 8:31 AM

    We already posted this on another thread moment ago but for all posters on this thread:

    Mason’s family members have communicated with our friends:

    Swelling was so bad on Marcus that needed emergency surgeries could not be done. Surgeons are hoping that swelling will be reduced later today so that at least some surgery can be done. His eye socket must be replaced with a plastic one. His nose requires surgery.

    Reports are that Hannah, Marcus’ wife pregnant 20 – 22 weeks (not 20 months as mistakenly typoed on a story and at least one CFT blogger ridicules Hannah as being an elephant) was at the wheel, while all traffic was completely stopped as exiting the parking lot. It was bumper to bumper traffic exiting the stadium.

    A rock came through the window hitting Hannah. Marcus saw the rock and looked around, seeing a group of people nearby. He asked them who threw the rock. They quickly attacked the car, trying to drag out the passengers in the back seat first, not being successful they went after Marcus. Marcus’ friends and family say it had to be a gang because Marcus is not someone that one person would want to attack.

    The assault/beating on Marcus was violent and Hannah rushed to assist Marcus and was attacked. She screamed for the attackers not to kill her husband, which they appeared to be doing. Bumper to bumper traffic and no one responded to come to his aid. Hannah then screamed at the attackers and toward those in vehicles bumper to bumper that she was pregnant, please help. Finally, some WVU fans exiting the stadium came to their assistance.

    Marcus and Hannah have family in Louisiana, and Natchez, MS and have recently moved to Pittsburg, PA which could be the reason for transferring to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

    Hannah Mason’s unborn child in her womb appears to be okay. She is being monitored closely. Her injuries were not major as were her husband’s.

    Reports are that to this point the many WVU fans in cars nearby have not come forward to identify or describe the attackers to the police. Those who finally came to aid Marcus and Hannah have not yet described the attackers to the police. May those who saw this assault have courage and honesty and please come forth and tell the police what you saw.

    Local Morgantown media are broadcasting the plea of the Morgantown Police for those with any information to please contact them.

    “No suspects have been identified”, Morgantown Police Lt. Harold Sperringer said.

    “We’re asking for help if anybody saw it, please call us,” he said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Morgantown Police Department at 304-284-7454 or 304-284-7522.

  65. latrobe21 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:39 AM

    @ sopats.

    Morgantown is only 65 miles from Pittsburgh, so it was best that the EMS took your friend there. UPMC is second to none for medical care, and has many world-renowned physicians working there. My best wishes for a good outcome. Please don’t forget the “h” at the end of Piuttsburgh.

  66. latrobe21 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:50 AM

    My mistake, Pittsburgh

  67. 1stvolfaninga2011 says: Sep 27, 2011 9:23 AM

    One more reason why Mike Slive and others
    were so against WVU into SEC.
    Go Neers. Take the heat off of an SEC team
    fan base for a change. Sorry for the Tiger Fans.
    This makes even a UT fan not want to attend
    a night game. I have been in Athens, Ga. before
    and had to fight my way home because of the
    Peyton Manning freshman thing. It was only a
    8-10 point victory thank God. Dooley, then AD
    declined all espn 7.30pm games for years after
    that. Since then I have seen UGA students tossed
    just because the aroma of alcohol was near.
    Good Job. Campus Security. !!
    I plan on attending knoxville OCT. 8th for a 7.30pm KO, wearing orange but I will be considerate of my neighbors in RED!! I hope the
    fan base their can hold their liquor like gentlemen.
    I see this being an intense opportunity for both teams!!

    GBO!!

  68. southernpatriots says: Sep 27, 2011 9:56 AM

    latrobe21: Truly we apologize to you and all. I know better but did not type better. I am one of only two typists in the family and I did not learn until I was 62! And I am not good. JT says it best when he says sometimes my brain does not communicate well with my fingers. I have campaigned for an edit button or feature and JT graciously contacted the NBC techs and they said this was on their list. (It might be #879 on their list, but it is on their list…ha.)

    You are funny, you can even type regional pronunciations!

    We are really hoping that the swelling goes down so they can perform the needed surgery today. The surgeons are monitoring his skull and brain activity. They think his skull will heal by itself, not requiring surgery, which is very good. Family from around here should be there within the next hour. Thank you for letting us know the excellence of UPMC. We are passing that info along to his friends and family.

    1stvolfaninga2011: Thank you for your kindness. Thank you also for relating your experiences. We wish you well. May you be safe. We don’t mind words as some seem to mind. It is when the expressions of fandom reach a point of agression and violence that is no fun, no fun at all, and can be devastating, even deadly.

  69. manhorse69 says: Sep 27, 2011 10:14 AM

    I would hope we can all agree (although many want to use this incident to represent WVU and residents of an entire state) that any person who is capable of doing this to another person is really not a representation of a good human being, let alone a representation of a university or a state.

    As some have stated this is really just an outright act of violence by a group of thugs that were looking to fight anybody. This is evidenced by one of the passengers in the car saying that there was nothing identifying them as LSU fans. Kudos to the WVU, yes WVU, fans who finally came to the aid of Marcus.

    Unfortunately the backlash for an away team winning a game like this can be worse than if they had lost. I attended the game in Baton Rouge last year and I certainly felt that had the outcome been different ( 66K angy LSU fans as opposed to 66K happy ones) that it would have been a rather harrowing experience. As it was, I was witness to profanity, catcalls and the familiar “Tiger bait” which actually came from a pair of children who felt the need to storm up to me and yell it at close range. The good in BR far outweighed the bad though and I was also invited in to several tailgates and experienced some great hospitality from LSU fans. I was sad WVU lost last year in BR but I’ll remember it as a unique experience and be glad that I’ll never have to go there wearing the colors of Alabama, UF, or Auburn

  70. blastfurnaceknows says: Sep 27, 2011 10:54 AM

    First, this is another in a long line of ugly stories to come out of a WVU home game.

    Second, this should further cement WVU’s “place in the wilderness” of collegiate athletics and academics. The one conference that “may” have eventually taken you in, the SEC, now knows first hand how things go at your athletic events. Revolting, as always, WVU – you never “disappoint.”

    Finally, Inconsonance, blame who you’d like – this website, its posters, the world economy, the movie Deliverance, Barack Obama, the book: The Catcher in the Rye, Pittsburgh, Syracuse or LSU coeds – but, know this – this is an EPIDEMIC at WVU and it is not just stupid, dumbass behavior like lighting your furniture on fire – it is and has been incidents just like this one. Man, do I ever hope, that this same group of gutless WVU cowards tries this on one of your new annual football rivals – Navy, Army or Air Force. And note, I said “tries,” because those cowards won’t make it to the car door. Good riddance to complete trash – goodbye WVU.

  71. Deb says: Sep 27, 2011 11:06 AM

    @southernpatriots …

    Excellent posts. This whole episode has just left me heartsick. My brother wanted to take the children to an away game for the Steelers last season and I pleaded with him not to go because I was concerned about some crowd issues the NFL has been having. They didn’t, but they’ll be at the Florida game this weekend. We still want to think of college crowds as safe.

    This is insanity and some of the blame falls on the universities who make billions on the sport but can’t provide adequate security?

  72. blastfurnaceknows says: Sep 27, 2011 11:06 AM

    In short, WVU’s revolting reputation is no one’s fault but its own.

  73. blh316 says: Sep 27, 2011 11:09 AM

    Im a senior at WVU , and I must say that overall there is a lot of trash in Morgantown….not all of our fans are classless assholes but overall our fan base is obnoxious and embarrassing….However I witnessed plenty of disrespectful LSU fan behavior. LSU fans were arrested for running through our downtown campus and walking in classrooms screaming “tiger bait” and other LSU chants. Some LSU fans entered bars chanting and talking trash; so why are people surprised that they got a lot of “F-you’s” from our fans.

    As for WVU joining the SEC conference…. Our fans are delusional in thinking that our school is on the same level as any school in that conference.

  74. steelcitystud says: Sep 27, 2011 11:15 AM

    @burntorangehorn:
    Ravens fans make Eagles fans look like choirboys! That is the most hoteful fanbase I have ever seen.
    @mostlybogies:
    Coconspirator? From the dept. of redundency dept.! No such thing. It is inherent in the term. I can not conspire with one’s self!
    @jackdevaney:
    You’re a dick!

    Why don’t we just wait & see who is arrested for the incident. Then, you can vent your anger & disgust at that specific group, be it students, WV natives or other! I was born in WV, grew up in Pa. ( I jokingly say because my parents loved me enough to get me out of there before I could think or talk) & now live in Va. I have WVU fans throughout both sides of my family & friends. I have never met one that would fight over a stupid football game. They love their ‘eers, but are not a violent bunch. I’ve never known them to set fire to furniture or throw rocks at people. There are a lot of students that are from out of state. Just sayin’…

  75. juniorsplace88 says: Sep 27, 2011 11:21 AM

    that makes perfect sense. so if you have lived in west virginia your entire life then you are not a moutaineer but if you are a student who has been in west virginia for less then 4 years you are a mountaineer. that makes total sense. i cant see how i missed that. must be that redneck education. other states have just as many rednecks as west virginia and to state that all people from west virginia are hicks then u are just showing how immature you really are. i cant help this is the only place u have left to voice your opinon because everyone u know wont listen to u anymore.

  76. steelcitystud says: Sep 27, 2011 11:36 AM

    In the words of the immortal Rodney King– “Why can’t we all just get along?”

  77. jackdevaney says: Sep 27, 2011 12:20 PM

    Junior,
    Those students are mountaineers because they attend school at wvu. Whereas, you are nothing more than another welfare-addicted, bean-gummer groupie that tries to swim in their slip stream. You say one doesn’t have to attend wvu to be a mountaineer. By that logic, Heather Manchin (Sen. Joe Manchin’s daughter) didn’t have to attend wvu classes to earn her MBA either. Oh wait…that’s what she did…maybe, you’re on to something.

    WV, the only state with a dental school, but no teeth.

  78. jackdevaney says: Sep 27, 2011 12:27 PM

    Were those yellow shirts in the stands or were the wvu fans just smiling? Bleeding gums take me home, to the place, where I belong…

  79. katanaguy says: Sep 27, 2011 1:35 PM

    Isn’t college football fun?….it brings out the worst in us. What a paradox.

    The one way space continuam for Terra Nova is boarding now….all mud slingers please report immediately.

  80. parkcityute says: Sep 27, 2011 2:28 PM

    JT/Ben: Sep 26, 2011 8:36 PMT

  81. Ben Kercheval says: Sep 27, 2011 2:44 PM

    parkcityute: saw that comment. We’ll keep an eye out.

  82. manhorse69 says: Sep 27, 2011 3:35 PM

    Wow, this Jack Devaney character is a real piece of work. Only some self loathing West Virginian could post those things. He realizes that the SEC includes Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas right? Not exactly a glowing reputation for some of the people in those states y’know

  83. CBFAN says: Sep 27, 2011 4:18 PM

    Paddle faster, I hear banjos

  84. pistolpete23 says: Sep 27, 2011 11:54 PM

    I am a life long resident of West Virginia and I can tell you that we get tired of the portrayal of our state in the media, TV shows, and movies. The false stereotypes are sickening and to come on here and read it more from people who know nothing about our state or have never been here.
    Now for the matter at hand. West Virginia University fans are horrible. I am a graduate of Marshall University as is my sister and my brother. We would never go there to watch a game with them. What most of you don’t realize is most of their students are from Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey– so don’t down WV residents with students from the school up north. Another poster told the truth about how he was at the Marshall – VaTech and how great the fans were. People from our state are the best people that you could ever meet. We say if you see someone wearing a Marshall T-shirt you naturally assume they are a graduate of Marshall or a student there but if you see someone wearing a WV T-shirt you know Walmart has a sale on T-shirts.

  85. pabstman says: Sep 28, 2011 6:57 AM

    http://dailymail.com/policebrfs/201109273190?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Wife says football not motive for beating
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The wife of a Pennsylvania man attacked after Saturday’s football game in Morgantown says the assault was random and had nothing to do with a school rivalry.

    Mason’s wife Hannah, 32, said neither she nor her husband was wearing anything that would have identified them as Louisiana State University fans. They were in a white car with Pennsylvania plates with no LSU stickers or flags.

    “I was wearing a baby blue jacket. The only guy that had on any LSU paraphernalia was sitting in the back seat of my car, which has black tinted windows. And it was night,” she said.

    She said she’s disturbed some are blaming her husband’s attack on WVU’s rivalry with LSU.

    “These guys were looking for a fight. It didn’t matter who we were,” she said.

  86. southernpatriots says: Sep 28, 2011 7:29 AM

    Marcus Mason and his pregnant wife Hannah, along with two friends were LSU fans leaving the parking lot from the WVU and LSU game. They were stopped in bumper to bumper traffic on the road when thugs threw a rock through the open window hitting Hannah. Within the next few moments Marcus was close to death and Hannah and their friends were injured. The thugs so far have gotten away, though numerous people in the motionless cars in traffic saw at least some of what transpired. Several came to help when Hannah screamed that she was pregnant.

    Tuesday, Marcus was released from the hospital. He has much healing to do and family members related that further surgeries will be needed, but he is home tonight. The swelling that so concerned the surgeons finally went down so they could begin the surgeries. According to family members, Marcus will need additional surgeries and close monitoring as the process of healing and restoration continues. The family has asked for your prayers.

    Morgantown Police remain in need of the eyewitnesses who were stuck in unmoving traffic, as were the Masons, as well as those who came forward to assist the Masons, or anyone with any information to telephone the Morgantown Police at 304-284-7454 or 304-284-7522.

  87. joerevs300 says: Sep 28, 2011 8:50 AM

    This is a very hard story to comment on when so many of the facts (mostly the motive behind the attack) are unknown. It’s not wise to rush to an “assumption” it was all about opposite fans being pissed at one another (and most slants have it WVU fan ticked at LSU fan, even though in the last couple of posts you can see there were no “identifiers” on the people who were attacked, so it seems random to me).

    We’re off in a bad way in our country right now, 12M out of work and probably 50-60M more struggling week to week just to make ends meet.

    Sports used to be one of those things where you could escape reality for a few hours and just enjoy the spectacle, now, with MONEY being such a huge factor driving all sports, especially college football, fans have become even more obsessed with how their teams play, and (the key point of my post here), taking all things together, people are attaching THEIR SELF WORTH to their sporting team.

    So, if this WAS related to the game, I am not shocked in the least that someone would react and cause all kinds of bodily harm to an opposite fan. This **** has been going on in the SF/LA series for years in MLB. Soccer has had this kind of violence for what, decades?

    Truth is, just because we live in the greatest country in the world doesn’t mean we don’t have people capable of committing atrocities. One of the reasons I decided not to go to the PIT/HOU game this weekend (even though I’m only 180 miles from Houston) is because of the fear my wife and I could get hurt by Texans fans, especially if the Steelers win and the whole “here we go again” mentality sets in with Houston.

    Bottom line: You’re better off staying in the safety of your own home and watching the game on your HDTV where you’re save vs. taking the risk going as a visiting fan to a stadium where you end up exposing yourself to the worst parts that our society has to offer.

  88. southernpatriots says: Sep 28, 2011 11:27 AM

    UPDATE:

    The Morgantown Police just released this information:

    The alleged assailants are described as white men driving a light-colored sport utility vehicle.

    Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Morgantown Police Department at
    304-284-7454 or 304-284-7522.

  89. joerevs300 says: Sep 28, 2011 1:16 PM

    @southernpatriots: TY for the update, hopefully they will catch these guys responsible and put them behind bars so they can cool their heels a little bit, along with getting some damages to offset the injuries, which very well could affect the driver the rest of his life (not a doctor, but I know all that damage around the eye is not good).

  90. southernpatriots says: Sep 28, 2011 2:26 PM

    joerevs300:

    Thank you. With the Morgantown Police now revealing the thugs are white, a blogger from Utah suggested this may well be a hate crime, perpetrated on Marcus, his wife Hannah, and their two friends because they are African American. Whew! The news media is staying away from this area a mile. This does not look good for the perpetrators, nor should it.

    We hope too that they catch these guys and soon!

  91. ericjlsu says: Sep 28, 2011 5:40 PM

    I went to the game last Sat (section 204 row 34 seats 128 129) which was the “visitor section”. I arrived on Friday and I was out and about from 9:ooam till 12:30pm which was right after the game. My wife and I were about the only purple shirts standing in the Game Day crowd when Corso put on the the tiger head and of course I screamed GEAUX TIGAHS! to crickets chirping….This being said, I was treated respectfully all day even asked by WVU tailgaters if I needed a beer and welcomed repeatedly by WVU fans. Even when the isolated ice hole would say something inappropriate other WVU fans would immediately apologize. After the game quite a few WVU fans told me good game…and we all know it wasn’t for them. Its unfortunate and it makes my blood boil that this happened, and if I had not witnessed the hospitality with my own eyes I would probably be bashing WVU…but it just aint so!!! Good game E’ers & good luck the rest of the year!

  92. waynefontes says: Sep 29, 2011 6:47 AM

    “The man suffered a broken nose, a crushed eye socket and a fractured frontal bone in the middle of his forehead.”

    “The pregnant woman suffered bruising on her arms, legs and shoulders; fortunately, their unborn child was unharmed.”
    ————————————————–
    I don’t even know what to say when somebody gets dragged out of their car and is almost killed for no reason.

    A broken nose, fractured frontal bone and crushed eye socket isn’t just “getting your ass kicked”. That’s intent to do serious, permanent if not fatal damage.

    This happened to someone who did nothing to provoke a fight or start any trouble.

    And a pregnant woman suffering bruises? On multiple parts of her body? That should make anyone’s blood boil.

    And to think, his wife and their family had to sit there and watch this.

    As materialman80 said, this kind of thing really does just make you sad.

  93. southernpatriots says: Sep 29, 2011 7:22 AM

    waynefontes: Thank you for your kindness and understanding. We are passing along the well wishes and prayers expressed in this thread and others to the family. The Mason family want to thank everyone for their kindness.

    The latest…

    UPDATE:

    Friends of the Mason family report that:

    Marcus remains in great pain from the assault and subsequent surgeries. He is due for another surgery within days dependent upon the progress realized in the last surgery. Hannah is experiencing pain and surges of pain which are of concern to her doctors. Hannah Mason is about 22 weeks pregnant. She is being monitored closely. The other two friends in the car who were also assaulted seem to be doing well, having sustained only minor injuries.

    Police only have vague descriptions of the men who assaulted the Masons and their friends after the game on Saturday night in Morgantown, WV. These thugs may be from the Morgantown area or from areas outside.

    Anyone who was in the bumper to bumper traffic leaving that night may have seen something the police need to apprehend these suspects.

    The alleged assailants are described as white men driving a light-colored sport utility vehicle.

    Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Morgantown Police Department at
    304-284-7454 or 304-284-7522

  94. southernpatriots says: Sep 29, 2011 7:59 AM

    UPDATE:

    Friends of the Mason family report that: Marcus remains in great pain from the assault and subsequent surgeries. He is due for another surgery within days dependent upon the progress realized in the last surgery. Hannah is experiencing pain and surges of pain which are of concern to her doctors. Hannah Mason is about 22 weeks pregnant. She is being monitored closely. The other two friends in the car who were also assaulted seem to be doing well, having sustained only minor injuries. The Masons are trying to rest to heal and recover.

    Police only have vague descriptions of the men who assaulted the Masons and their friends after the game on Saturday night in Morgantown, WV. These thugs may be from the Morgantown area or from areas outside.

    Anyone who was in the bumper to bumper traffic leaving that night may have seen something the police need to apprehend these suspects.

    The alleged assailants are described as white men driving a light-colored sport utility vehicle.

    Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Morgantown Police Department at
    304-284-7454 or 304-284-7522

  95. waynefontes says: Sep 29, 2011 8:12 AM

    Southernpatriots, as always.. I tip my hat to you, sir.

  96. southernpatriots says: Sep 29, 2011 9:00 AM

    waynefontes: Thank you. Thank you for the encouragement. I (and we) feel so burdened this morning with news concerning the setback for the Masons and our own family health concerns, my brother who suffered a massive heart attack and then by-pass surgery a few months go is having severe problems again. Thank you for the encouragement for me and for all our extended family which make up: southernpatriots. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

  97. meangreen78 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:54 AM

    Stay classy Blacksburg; buch of classless idiots. Go back into the woods.

  98. tigersgeaux says: Sep 29, 2011 12:26 PM

    southernpatriots:

    Like waynefontes, I tip my chapeau to you as well….I think it is a Kangol, but anyway, I tip it to you. Keep up the great work and keeping me informed about the LSU fans in Morgantown… what a horrible situation.

  99. masonproudfoot says: Sep 29, 2011 6:05 PM

    This story is very poorly written in representation of the incident.

    Actually the mother in law has publicly stated that she did not feel the act was fan related at all, but a random act of unfortunate and senseless violence.

    I was heartbroken for them and am very glad they were only minorly hurt. As for the fan behavior overall last Saturday, it was exceptional, and 99% of the WV fanbase were actually very civil and gracious to our opposing fan base.

    We organized a joint LSU/WVU benefit for the West Virginia miners last week all week with Abita Springs Louisiana four star chef Steve Herbert who came up and made Cajun breakfasts with West Virginia locally grown meat and produce. We had a great turnout from both the LSU and WVU fans.

    On the way out of town I stopped at each rest area and made sure the Louisiana crowd got to take home a freshly baked batch of pepperoni rolls from the bakery that invented them if they had not tried them.

    Our visitors were quite impressed with the weekend and many left with the intention of lobbying for our entrance into the conference. We’re actually very much alike.

    http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/f4a276dbfa224ecc99b70047731eb672/WV–Mine-Explosion-Football-Benefit/

  100. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 29, 2011 7:43 PM

    Does anyone else think of coal mining and the movie Wrong Turn when thinking of West Virginia?

  101. masonproudfoot says: Sep 29, 2011 7:49 PM

    Not particularly, No.

  102. masonproudfoot says: Sep 29, 2011 7:52 PM

    Perhaps that question might be one you should ask directly to the familes of the hundreds of miner’s families who have lost their men over the past centuries in their work to act as providers of natural resources to fuel our great experiment’s industry and provide for their families and communities.

  103. southernpatriots says: Sep 29, 2011 8:52 PM

    Thursday afternoon, April 29, 2011 UPDATE:

    Marcus and Hannah Mason and two friends attended the WVU—LSU game in Morgantown. Following the game as they were exiting they were brutally attacked while in bumper-to-bumper traffic by white men driving a light colored SUV.

    Friends and neighbors are bringing food for the Mason family for at least the next couple of weeks. The Masons wish to thank everyone for their kindness, thoughts, and prayers.

    WVU and the Morgantown Police have been in communication with the Masons. The Morgantown Police made a trip to their home and removed boots, pants, and a jacket as evidence of this vicious assault.

    The Morgantown Police are searching social media to see if there are any leads there. They need your help. If you were in the bumper-to-bumper traffic stopped in the road, you may have seen something that can help the police.

    Morgantown Police are still hoping and pleading with witnesses to come forward.

    Please call 304-284-7454 or 304-284-7522 with any information.

  104. masonproudfoot says: Sep 29, 2011 9:02 PM

    Anyone giving a thumbs down to a group of volunteers from two fan bases coming together to support the people of an opposing fan base is waking up and going to bed with an acute negative perpective. Please assist the Morgantown police in their efforts to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of violence against an innocent family to justice. This was unprecipitated in my understanding and hatefully wrong.

  105. southernpatriots says: Sep 30, 2011 10:57 AM

    masonproudfoot: Please allow my extended family and I (“me” from now on in this posting) to thank you and all those involved in your outreach and project. It is a wonderful thing you have done. God bless you all!

    We volunteer with 2 doctors (and a third doctor comes from time time) numerous nurses and assistants, and 2 dentists and their assistants to reach the precious rural West Virginians and those throughout Central Appalachia and have done so for the past 20 years. We love the people there and hope to return within 3 months prior to our trip to Cuba to bring much needed medical supplies to the Eastern Provinces.

    The matter of what you posted….it is an ongoing frustration to us of the thumbs down posted on stories and postings wishing Coach Jimbo Fisher’s son well and best wishes and prayers for his son who has a serious disease, or on announcements of death and condolence postings, or on postings we have made of the disposition of Marcus and Hannah Mason and their friends who were violently assaulted leaving the WVU — LSU game in Morgantown.

    We cannot explain why folks do this. It was suggested to us by some who have been part of the CFT community much longer than have we, that these are young children (boys?) doing some mischief. Could be. But we also have become frustrated with those thumbs down for the most magnanimous and heartfelt postings over the past years. Don’t let it discourage you.

    The people you work to help, appreciate it. We (our family and all others) who work with those in need (Katrina rescue and relief, Haiti earthquake relief, Morganza Floodway flooding of Louisiana homes relief, Tuscaloosa tornadoes relief, Appalachia relief, etc.) truly know how much work is entailed by many and appreciate the work and heart to help that is involved. We thank you. God bless you and all those who worked with you!

    From my family and I who post as: southernpatriots

  106. masonproudfoot says: Sep 30, 2011 11:55 AM

    southernpatriots, thank you for your kind words. Nothing, honestly could eclipse the hard work of our volunteers and the cameraderie and friendships of last week’s little effort. I thought that perhaps sharing it might convince some folks that all stereotypes are not necessarily true.

    You keep up the good work. May be one day we will be fortunate enough to grin side by side.

    All the best to you and yours.

  107. southernpatriots says: Sep 30, 2011 2:14 PM

    masonproudfoot: Let it be so (Amen)!

  108. faaast1 says: Oct 1, 2011 2:29 AM

    At a high class, bastion of academia like WVU, surely ye jest.

  109. lakesidegator says: Oct 1, 2011 7:43 AM

    Thank God that the games are fixing to start. So maybe this thread can be put to rest. Gees.

  110. southernpatriots says: Oct 1, 2011 7:01 PM

    Update: Saturday PM 10-1-11

    Marcus and Hannah Mason are at home recuperating from a brutal encounter with up to white males who attacked this African-American couple and their friends after the game between WVU and LSU.

    Marcus’ mother, a retired school teacher, and resident of Natchez, MS, stated that her son and daughter-in-law remain in a daze about what happened. She also related that both Marcus and Hannah wish to heal at home and recuperate together to prepare to deal with this situation. Their friends and others have been the major witnesses to this point.

    Morgantown Police Lt. Sperringer indicated there could have been as many as six white males traveling in a light colored SUV involved in the attack against Marcus & Hannah Mason and their two friends.

    The attackers may have been wearing WVU colors, but the victims can’t say for sure…”it’s kinda sketchy” Sperringer said.

    A few witnesses have now communicated with the Morgantown Police since the public appeal went forth. All ask everyone to pass the word to those who live and work outside of Morgantown since the attackers may live around and not in the area.

    Lt. Sperringer said more witnesses are needed to provide much needed additional details.

    Please call the Morgantown Police Department
    304-284-7454 or 304-284-7522
    with any information.

  111. masonproudfoot says: Oct 1, 2011 7:05 PM

    PLEASE bring these folks to justice. An anonymous donor has offered a 5K reward for their capture.

  112. southernpatriots says: Oct 1, 2011 8:30 PM

    masonproudfoot: Thank you for posting that. We just heard that from our contact at WVU that they confirmed this. Several other anonymous donors are also working to add to this total. This is a great development. Maybe everyone working together we will see success in bringing “these folks to justice” and you posted.

  113. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 15, 2012 9:59 AM

    I am trying to find out info about this. Does anyone know if the criminal assaulter has been caught? I understand additional reward money has been added since this posting, but when I telephoned the Morgantown Police, they just say “it is an active investigation, and we have no further comment.”

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