On Nov. 20, Kansas State alum Craig McGhee made his first trip to Morgantown for the bitter cold Thursday night Big 12 game. Now he says it’s his second favorite college town.
“Morgantown is awesome. People were so friendly, and they kept walking up to us and saying, ‘Welcome to Morgantown,’” Craig said. “I’ve never been to a place where people just walk up to you and say welcome like that.”
I work with Craig at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio, so I love that he and his friends got to experience the warm hospitality of Mountaineer Nation. As he learned firsthand, we have hearts as big and broad and unbending as the Appalachian Mountains.
Craig was certainly impressed with Mountaineer fans’ knowledge of Big 12 football, which they were eager to share. “They knew more about conference history than we did,” he said.
One fact that we Mountaineer fans were considering that night: Kansas State is the only Big 12 team that we’ve never beaten in our football history. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers’ “Take Me Home” field advantage didn’t help us conquer the Wildcats that night either.
Special shout outs and notes
- After meeting up with Craig and his friends at Kegler’s, we walked over to the blue lot, where we stopped at the Beast tailgate. I wanted to congratulate Jason for winning Tailgate of the Year. As this year’s tailgate champion, he gets to donate $2,000 to the charity of his choice – the Wounded Warrior Project.
- Dave and I started our pre-gaming at Mario’s Fishbowl, where, as usual, we met some new friends, including Mario’s son, Mario Spina. I can’t believe that as much as we hang out at the Fishbowl that we had never met him before. He delighted us with classic stories of Mario and Rose.
- There’s a number of reasons being in the Big 12 feels right. Although WVU has struggled some in its first 3 years in the conference, I see glimmers of hope – in recruiting and in our game. Also, as a diehard tailgater, I enjoy the away game options the Big 12 affords us.