Kudos to Mountaineer fans in Charleston.
They displayed on Saturday that they not only can "talk the-talk", but that they also can "walk-the-walk".
The largest crowd - according to stadium manager Doug Carte - to witness a sporting event at the University of Charleston's Laidley Field since last May's state high school track and field championships added a unique twist to West Virginia University's final 'road' football practice before this Saturday's annual Gold/Blue Scrimmage.
Reports of the number of fans in attendance range from 4,000 to 7,000.
Coach Dana Holgorsen's idea of taking his Mountaineers out of Morgantown and placing them in the public's eye is turning out to be a solid one and one that hopefully will become a staple of future springs rather than a one-time occurrence.
WVU's fourth-year head coach needs only to look at the staggering line of autograph seekers following the 2-hour practice to understand why it is important for his program to stay in touch with fans.
Yes, similar practices at Wheeling Island Stadium as well as at Milan Puskar Stadium failed to produce as much excitement, but that doesn't mean the idea is a bad one.
Maybe, just tweak the locations.
"I bet I've had more than a hundred calls asking if we were going to bring the team to Parkersburg," offensive line coach Ron Crook said.
"There is definitely a lot of interest. All I can tell them is to contact those in charge of making up next year's practice schedule."
Indeed, why not Parkersburg?
Yes, Stadium Field only has one side of usable bleachers, but those would have been able to handle Saturday's crowd.
And, the artificial surface is much like the one the Mountaineers play on at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Then, there is the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
It, too, has enough seating to handle the event and would offer the Mountaineers the ability to practice on a grass field.
Both sites have adequate parking as well as locker room facilities and the area has plenty of hotels and eating establishments to suit the team's needs.
Parkersburg also is home to one of the largest, if not the largest, 1100 Club chapters in the Mountain State. Holgorsen and his staff annually make the trek from Morgantown during the late spring or early summer to meet with the area's largest booster group.
Conducting a scrimmage here would erase the need of having to return to the area on a later date.
More importantly, the idea of taking the Mountaineers around the state is a good one.
Fans, young and old, enjoy any chance they get to watch and talk to members of their favorite college football team.
It's a sound move, but one that should not be limited to only certain cities.
Mountaineer fans come from every corner of our state. Events like Saturday's can only serve to increase those numbers.
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