WVU president calls for crackdown on fans

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West Virginia University president Jim Clements issued a statement Thursday night that criticized the fan behavior during the Pitt-West Virginia game at WVU Coliseum.

Fans threw bottles and T-shirts onto the floor midway through the second half of West Virginia's 70-51 win Wednesday against Pitt. With a little more than five minutes remaining, Pitt associate head coach Tom Herrion was hit near the eye with a coin.

Clements said the university was "appalled" and "embarrassed" by what transpired. He said increased security measures are being considered to curtail the unruly behavior of fans. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, he said.

"Boorish and unruly behavior by our fans will not be tolerated," Clements said. "It is a shame that a terrific performance by our team was overshadowed by the unfortunate actions of a few fans."

Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson declined comment on the matter as did coach Jamie Dixon.

Herrion performed his usual coaching duties at Pitt's practice Thursday.

Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1230. First Published February 5, 2010 5:00 AM


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