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WVU asks students not to burn couches

West Virginia Burning Couch

West Virginia will formally introduce itself to the Big 12 this Saturday with a home game against Baylor. It’s a new home for the Mountaineers, so it’s also a new chance to change the school’s generally poor image regarding fan behavior. To help, the school’s student government has made a video with a rather clear message:

Couches are for enjoying, not burning.

It’s light-hearted in nature, and I’m sure there are many WVU fans who feel the habit of couch burning is a thing of the past, but if you have to have a PSA on the whole concept… well…

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23 Responses to “WVU asks students not to burn couches”
  1. mydixienormus says: Sep 27, 2012 11:08 PM

    Isn’t that like asking wolves not to feed????

  2. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:40 PM

    How else are they supposed to get rid of the bedbugs?

  3. imaduffer says: Sep 27, 2012 11:54 PM

    I could say something really stupid but I won’t.

    Have a great weekend, Ben.

  4. drummerhoff says: Sep 28, 2012 12:08 AM

    …well… i’m not sure how the ‘Eers get ownership of couch burning … East Landings is much more infamous for the same act after wins … or losses.

    Oh, and let’s not forget who buttered your bread.

  5. eugenesaxe says: Sep 28, 2012 12:22 AM

    Better a couch than a car.

  6. norcalirish says: Sep 28, 2012 4:37 AM


  7. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 28, 2012 6:08 AM

    Goodwill furniture sales spike just before the games. Some areas have made it a felony with arrests already happening as this craze continues to spread throughout college campuses.

    Fire departments go on alert prior to games because couches are burned win or lose.

    Mix in a little….err…alot of alcohol (not on the couches, but in the pyromaniacs, and that is a prescription for disaster as happened at UK, where this tradition was exported.

  8. tuckfexas says: Sep 28, 2012 9:48 AM

    Good luck with that one. That’s like asking Missouri students to not do meth.

  9. thepancreas says: Sep 28, 2012 11:44 AM

    Can someone tell me, if the M’tneers stop burning things, how are they going to get heat and electricity for their edumakation classes?

    And raw venison isn’t sushi folks, it’s roadkill.

  10. plarkin88 says: Sep 28, 2012 11:52 AM

    As a WVU grad, I have to agree. We need to evolve just a bit. I’ll give up the couch burning as long as they still have the Grant Street block party. But admittedly I have no idea if they still do that.

  11. sabatimus says: Sep 28, 2012 12:20 PM

    I’m thinking the PSA may have exactly the opposite effect–college students do often love to be rebels.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:34 PM

    Now that’s funny. Can’t wait until next week when they come to Austin. Are they bringing their couches?

  13. kozbee says: Sep 28, 2012 12:53 PM

    Im a SEC fan and being at a game @ WV i met a couple that were fans of burning couches.It was after the game in which they lost to a SEC team i went to watch.The young couple told me they were partying and feeling little pain from all the alcohol in their blood that during the time before burning the couch they were sitting on he so happened to lose his wallet and it fell between the cushion and back of the couch.After he helped lite it up and drank another round walking back to his car he felt his pocket and there was no wallet.Running back to where the couch was still ablaze tried putting it out could only find the wallet burnt to a crisp.$900.00 was up in smoke.He told me that he has never lit another couch since then.Actually i can see this happening and imo it is a way to lose what money you have left to get home on in which he told me he was living in Dade county florida and had about 3/4 tank to get home on.Sad story but it was true.Poor guy.

  14. dmvtransplant says: Sep 28, 2012 1:24 PM

    Up next the city of Philadelphia, will ask Eagles fans to not drink, fight, boo, spit or get arrested at games. Somethings are just part of the culture, if others don’t like it don’t go to or watch the games. The Big 12 knew who they were getting and I for one don’t believe in buyer’s remorse. Although I do wonder why AD Luck or the school President didn’t appear in the video if the school is so concerned with their “image”?

  15. inconsonance says: Sep 28, 2012 3:21 PM

    @thepancreas – West Virginia and its people have been stereotyped and insulted so much and for so long that, when an ignorant putz such as yourself tries to be hilarious by repeating the same old, tired shit that we’ve been subjected to for what essentially amounts to the entirety of our statehood, we genuinely do not give a shit. Seriously, son. We ain’t even mad. The only reason I’m even dignifying your bullshit with a response is to inform you that you look like an utter fool because you’re evidently too inept to come up with something original.

    The More You Know™

  16. wvucolumbus says: Sep 28, 2012 5:09 PM

    inconsonance-Lighten up (no pun intended) man. I can’t tell you how many of my friends and fellow Mountaineers DON’T care about the stereotypes directed our way. Just laugh it off. You clearly DO care w/ that response of yours.

    Are they insensitive and classify as some sort of politically incorrect “-ism”? Of course. The VP Cheney even cracked on us and was required to issue a public apology. Get some thick skin for it’s not going to change anytime soon.

  17. billmead1976 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:41 PM

    Most other states, if you don’t want people to do things, you write a law. Guess laws don’t apply in Appalachia…..

  18. thepancreas says: Sep 28, 2012 6:43 PM

    inconsonance— First of all, put your animal down, wash your hands and take a deep breath. You “genuinely do not give a shit”, yet, you spent time crafting a response.

    Seriously? You’re trying to sell me the only reason you replied was to “inform” me? Inform me of what? The third-rate education WVU offers? I already know. The only thing that you have brought to my attention is how sensitive some hillbillies in WVU seem to be. But hey, you’ll always have John Denver. And Major Harris getting curb stomped by Notre Dame. Good times, good times.

  19. npwright33 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:41 PM

    F yo’ couch homey, F yo’ couch!

  20. dmcgrann says: Sep 28, 2012 7:57 PM

    billmead1976 said:
    Most other states, if you don’t want people to do things, you write a law. Guess laws don’t apply in Appalachia…..

    Well, they did revise the law last year to make couch-burning a felony. They also send the Morgantown Fire Department out in the week prior to home games and write fairly expensive tickets for having “flammable materials” (like couches) on front porches and the like. I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as it was – but you still can’t fix stupid.

    Anyone who’s ever been to Morgantown and seen the neighborhoods like Shadyside where a lot of this activity happens knows there’s a tragedy just waiting to happen. “Massive firetrap” is what one might call a lot of the housing stock.

    All in all, when you have to tell people not to set their furniture on fire on purpose, and when you serve drinks in the local bars on coasters that also serve as roofie detectors, you might think that it’s time to sort of take a step back and reconsider your direction in life.

  21. Legion Of Boom says: Sep 28, 2012 8:50 PM

    Save a couch, torch a Bear?

  22. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 28, 2012 11:34 PM

    After WV’s sound thumping of Clemson last year they can burn two couches for all I care….

  23. dmcgrann says: Sep 30, 2012 10:46 AM

    Oh well.

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