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Holgorsen Is Disappointed With Crowd

Coach didn’t like seeing empty seats

October 5, 2011
The Associated Press

MORGANTOWN (AP) - West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says he's disappointed there were thousands of empty seats for the Mountaineers' most recent home football game.

About 46,000 fans attended West Virginia's game with Bowling Green in a cold, steady rain Saturday in Morgantown.

Holgorsen went on at length during his weekly news conference Tuesday, questioning why the attendance was so low compared to a sellout crowd of more than 62,000 the week before during a night game with LSU.

Holgorsen says it's his job to correct his team's problems on offense, defense and special teams from week to week. He says now it's up to the fans, including students, to fix the fact that his players played in the cold in a partially empty stadium.

"No matter what the excuses were, our players didn't buy into it," Holgorsen said. "But obviously our fan base did.

"Whatever our expectations are with our players as far as preparing every week and going to the game and playing our best, I highly encourage our students and our support to take the same approach. You only get seven opportunities a year. What's so hard about it? Is it too cold? It wasn't too cold for our players. It wasn't too cold for our coaches, our managers and our trainers."

No. 16 West Virginia (4-1) plays at home Saturday against Connecticut (2-3).