Sports at the University of
West Virginia can be traced back over 100 years to 1891, when a group
of students organized the first football game at the University. Over
time, the University has become established as a perennial power in
college sports, especially the Big East Conference.
The University has enjoyed success in
basketball, particularly back in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1942, the
Mountaineers won the then-prestigious NIT championship with a 47-45
victory over Western Kentucky. Seventeen years later, in 1959, West
Virginia played for the NCAA championship. Led by future NBA legend
Jerry West, the Mountaineers lost 71-70 to the California Golden Bears.
Despite the loss, Jerry West of the Mountaineers was named the
tournament's Most Outstanding Player. In 2007, the Mountaineers again
played for the NIT championship and once again came away with a
victory, this time by the score of 78-73 over Clemson.
After the 2007 season, basketball coach
John Beilein took over the head coaching position at Michigan. In his
five seasons at WVU, the team went 104-60 and had three straight
seasons of 20-plus wins. He was replaced by Bob Huggins, former coach
of both Cincinnati and Kansas State.
The West Virginia football program has
seen its share of success as well. In 1988, the Mountaineers had an
undefeated regular season and were invited to play in the Fiesta Bowl
to face the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame won the
game 34-21. The 1993 season was another fabulous one for the
Mountaineers. The team went 11-0 during the regular season including a
win over #4 Miami. West Virginia accepted an invitation to the Sugar
Bowl to play Florida but lost the game 41-7.
The coach during those successful years
was Don Nehlen. In 21 season at WVU, he compiled a 149-93-4 record
including two 11-1 seasons, one conference championship and 13 bowl
Nehlen was succeeded by Rich Rodriguez.
Under Rodriguez, the Mountaineers have become an even more formidable
force in college football. Since his first season in 2001, West
Virginia has a record of 62-26 and has won four conference titles.
The design of the West Virginia
Mountaineers Fleece: Tailgating Panel is composed of the University's Mountaineer mascot
tailgating before a football game. Behind him is a crowd waving
Mountaineers' banners and flags. He is also shown with a Mountaineers'
helmet, grill, hamburger, cooler, keg, football and pickup truck. Each
panel measure 60" wide by 49" long.
The West Virginia Mountaineers
Panel fabric is not suitable for children's sleepwear. All patterns
have been licensed by the University of West Virginia and are for
individual consumption only. Any other use of this West Virginia
Mountaineers Fleece: Tailgating
Panel college fabric is prohibited and illegal.