That includes your funds, Mr. Herd fan. It's a clear message.
If you buy season tickets and are not a donor, you should still be on par with $50 Big Green givers, at the very least. If you owned season tickets during the 2007 football season and/or the 2004-05 basketball season, you should get triple credit.
Back to the question at hand: Are Marshall officials doing the right thing?
In concept, maybe. In actual practice, no.
I am reminded of the Sept. 6, 2003 game at Tennessee, in which MU made its allotment of 8,000 tickets available only to Big Green donors and season-ticket holders. MU's ticket office returned 2,500 tickets, which at the time would have been snatched up by the rest of the Herd's fandom.
MU damaged its reputation of fans traveling well, but at least nobody in Knoxville snickered with derision.
Last year, when Marshall returned 700 tickets to Morgantown for some strange reason, I had the pleasure of hearing about it first from Hoppy Kercheval live on statewide radio. Kercheval is a pro who is very good at keeping a "straight face" on the air, but I figure he enjoyed that a bit too much.
And now, MU passes on 2,100 tickets, adding to WVU's considerable home-field advantage. That's 2,100 potential green seats turned gold (or yellow, as Herd fans like to call it). That's 2,100 Herd fans deprived of an opportunity to see their favorite team in person.
Oliver Luck should leave flowers in the visiting athletic director's box. And in what's left of the visiting fans' section.
When Oklahoma brings more fans to Morgantown in November, MU's ticket policy won't look so rosy.
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