GQ Names the Top Ten Worst College Sports Fans

Duke, West Virginia, Maryland Lead Best of the Worst

Mar 15, 2005, 00:00 ET from GQ Magazine

    NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the NCAA final four,
 GQ magazine names the top ten most obnoxious college sports fans.
      Duke: The Cameron Crazies are the Clay Aikens of college sports fans-too
      loud, too geeky, too cute, and terminally annoying. It'll take twenty
      consecutive losing seasons just to make them tolerable again.
      West Virginia: The Mountaineers might be the college-sports version of
      soccer hooligans. Nothing says school spirit like lighting 1,129
      intentional street fires (according to Morgantown Fire Department data
      from 1997-2003) or hurling a whiskey bottle, golf balls, and a trash can
      from the stands.
      Maryland: They don't say "Fear the Turtle" for nothing: Terp outrage
      caused over $500,000 worth of damage on a single night in 2001, and the
      frequent vulgar outbursts at home games have prompted university
      officials to seek the state attorney general's advice on how to control
      UM fans.
      Ohio State:  OSU hell-raising after the 2002 Michigan football game-which
      involved more than one hundred fires, including a nine-car victory
      pyre-cost the city of Columbus over $135,000 in police overtime.
      Harvard: With their tweed jackets and sickening chants of "safety
      school," the Crimson faithful are the epitome of Ivy League smugness.
      Washington State: Cougars fans are still talking about that time after
      the 2002 Apple Cup when rival University of Washington athletic director
      Barbara Hedges told people, "I feared for my life."  Of course, we'd like
      to see what those fans would do if someone threw beer bottles at them.
      Minnesota: In 2002 & 2003, Minnesota fans waged two full-blown riots,
      setting fire to a TV-news van and causing around $200,000 in total
      damage, all after winning the ... NCAA hockey championships?  We don't
      want to think about what they'd do if they won a title that mattered.
      Florida State: They started the tomahawk chop.  Let us repeat that: They
      started the tomahawk chop.
      Vanderbilt: Vandy actually makes this list for student-fan apathy.
      Despite being smack in the middle of arguably the nation's best football
      conference, student fans have grown increasingly scarce as the team's
      fortunes have tanked.  Home attendance at Vanderbilt Stadium is so anemic
      that after a 2003 Vandy victory over Kentucky, it took fans a pathetic
      ten minutes to tear down the goalposts.
      Colorado: Few college fans take more joy in rioting than the Buffaloes of
      Boulder, whose lust for postgame rampaging led local officials to
      institute a "sofa ordinance" in 2002 to curb the burning of furniture
      during sports-related celebrations.

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