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Hilltoppers Return to Cheering Fans

Town Turns Out to Welcome Men’s Basketball Team

March 31, 2014

WHEELING — More than 100 fans of all ages lined National Road in Woodsdale on Sunday to welcome the West Liberty University Hilltoppers home after their disappointing loss to Central Missouri in......

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Apr-01-14 7:05 PM

The "rent a band" system is probably common in these situation. One cannot take for granted that all band members can leave on the spur of the moment or are even sports fans. Maybe some "rent a players" may not have been a bad idea either. LOL

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Apr-01-14 9:47 AM

I'm the one who invited Johnny Utah to play with the USI pep band - and his comment is spot-on.

Our band has had many opportunities to travel (conference tournaments and such) but half of the time we cannot find enough people to travel, sometimes being short a drummer is enough to call off a trip. Breaks our hearts.

I'm sure that your band would have traveled if they could have...but it was a long drive and short notice. Our band was scrambling to find people to play at the last minute, and we didn't even have travel to worry about.

The apparel that was left for us to wear was a complete surprise. All of us showed up to play for free in a neutral black t-shirt, just looking for a good time.

I hope that our presence was able to level the playing field between the two schools - you would have been complaining a lot more if only Central Missouri's band showed up and played the whole time!

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Apr-01-14 9:04 AM

In response to those commenting about the band, I'd like to set the record straight.

The band that performed for West Lib was the Univ of Southern Indiana's pep band. Every member of that group volunteered their time to play.

As a WL music department graduate (2001) now living in Evansville, I know many of the people in that group. I was very excited when they asked me if I wanted to join them for the championship game, which I HAPPILY took their offer.

I know there were jokes made on the band's FB page about being a "rent-a-band", but I assure you, the only remuneration this group received were free hats and t-shirts.

It should be known that we received many thanks from WL administration. They were truly very thankful!

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Mar-31-14 11:10 PM

Why didn't NCAA have to pay a "FAKE" band for WLU. Disgusting! Hundreds Alums and Financial DONOR's are major unhappy. President Capehart needs to speak up. This is not going away!!

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Mar-31-14 2:06 PM

Triton- You are right. What will it be like when they onionize??

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Mar-31-14 10:29 AM

We are so proud of our Toppers! The Hilltop is a great place to be!

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Mar-31-14 9:42 AM

Now, if a WLU official will explain why the WLU band stayed home and the NCAA had to hire a fake band to play. That wasn't the WLU band you saw on TV, is was paid players wearing WL T shirts. I'm not making this up. Shame on the band director!

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Mar-31-14 8:50 AM

Div II sports may be the best of college sports. The players are students and they have great attitudes. And they are working on degrees in actual career paths. No legions of tutors, no fake tests, no fake classes. In Div I players are lining up to take us to the next step of wanting to be paid for playing. For sure, the NCAA has little to do with academics, its mostly now just a funnel for college Presidents to collect millions in TV money. Div II is the better entertainment value, a chance to see players representing their team and school and not looking for a payday or fake classes to pretend they actually are students. WLU has been a great spectator sport for a long time. And we don't have to pay to be a minor league for the NFL or NBA. Jim Crutchfield is the ultimate coach. We fell short but there were no losers when you go this far.

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Mar-31-14 7:43 AM

Great ride! I followed the bus coming in from Columbus yesterday....for a short period of time.

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