I want to take a moment to comment to the fans back home on my family's trip to Texas to watch our Mountaineers play the Texas Longhorns at their home field in Austin. Austin's Central Embassy Suites was excellent, beautiful and highly recommended, but what I really want to express is how we were accepted in this college town. You rarely see me dressed in anything except the WVU gold and blue, and I made no exception during my stay in the Lone Star State.
The Texas people in Austin welcomed us with open arms. It was as if some went out of their way to welcome us and offer any assistance possible. We drove our car with West Virginia magnets flags all over the UT campus, (which is absolutely beautiful) and we never heard one negative comment from the thousands of students or other Texas fans. In fact, we were stopped "dozens" of times so they could personally "welcome us to Texas and to University of Texas and to Austin!" We took in the scene of 6th Street (a much tamer and cleaner version of Louisiana's Bourbon Street) where we again were welcomed by store owners, employees, UT students and fans from every shop.
My daughter and her family joined us to attend the game. Seven of us in total were gold and blue head to foot. To get to the stadium we had to walk straight through the heart of UT tailgaters. There were literally "hundreds" tents, tarps, campers, buses, etc., and again, not one negative comment. We had lots of handshakes, even invitations to actually join their party, and this remained true even after the game.
What a game! More than 101,500 in record setting attendance and the Eers will always be remembered as beating Texas, on their home turf in West Virginia's first Big 12 visit to Austin! (Coach Holgorsen was right; the Big 12 is not like the Big East).
The same trend continued after the game. During our whole experience, we never experienced any bad scene, no intoxicated students or fans, no embarrassing slogans on UT shirts, no burning couches.
We left Austin and stayed with our daughter's family in Midland. On our seventh day in Texas it was still a positive attitude everywhere. (Take note Morgantown: We need to find some similar way to welcome the Big 12 fans as they visit WVU).