The Ten Dumbest Fan Bases in America: #5 the West Virginia Mountaineers

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Aug 30, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers fans cheer at the Georgia World Congress Center prior to the 2014 Chick-fil-a kickoff game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports Paul Abell USA TODAY Sports

Two years ago Outkick the Coverage named West Virginia the eighth dumbest fan base in America, and the state — at least the parts with Internet– came undone.  It led to an epic hate mailbag filled with the most grammatically challenged emails you’ve ever seen. A year later this cycle repeated itself when local news in West Virgnia, not realizing the story was a year old, led their newscast with Outkick’s dumbest fan base ranking, leading to another cycle of Mountaineer abuse. 

Everyone who wasn’t a West Virginia fan was united in a core belief — I’d vastly underrated the Mountaineer fanbase’s stupidity. How had I only ranked them eighth? Many people wrote in with truly damning insults that cut right to the core of West Virginia. No, it wasn’t that they were statistically the dumbest state in the union, or the fact that they are the only state to lose population since 1940 — do you know how hard it is to lose population while the rest of the country has nearly tripled its overall population? — it was this: the state’s John Denver national anthem, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” is actually written about western Virginia, not actually West Virginia.

Quoth an emailer who requested anonymity because he currently lives in the state: “Not only is John Denver’s ‘Country Roads’ the University song, it is the unofficial state song of West Virginia. The comical part — it was written about west (western) Virginia. Ask someone in Morgantown to point you to the Blue Ridge Mountains or Shenandoah River. Nothing like some West Virginians collectively singing a song about a different state. Specifically an area relating to Virginia Tech, one of their rivals.”

Too. Perfect. 

This was mind blowing. 

But the craziest thing of all is this — ask anyone the most recognizable part of West Virginia athletics and they all agree — it’s couch burning. 

This happens when you don’t ever win anything; you’re known for destroying things instead. Do you know how many men’s national championships the school has won in its history? One, the 1938 boxing title. 

To be fair, West Virginia has won 17 national titles in coed rifle shooting. Honestly, I’m not making this up. Their rifle team is even a part of something called the Great America Rifle Conference, which, I’m sure, features a ton of Democrats. The school does boast, however, that its football team has the most wins ever without winning a national championship. Which sums up West Virginia perfectly. Win some, lose the games that matter.

At least things are going well with the coal industry.  

With all the hoopla surrounding Outkick’s dumbest fan base rankings, I decided it was time I head to West Virginia for a game. And by “head to West Virginia for a game” I meant “burn a couch.”

Turns out there were only four stores that sold couches in Morgantown and buying a couch was more difficult than I anticipated.

After that I went out to talk to the fans. Here’s a quick hitter of fans discussing whether they are actually that dumb and how safe Clay Travis would ever be if he showed his face in Morgantown.  

It’s totally clear I underrated them. 

Here are the rest of Outkick’s ten dumbest fan bases:

10. The University of Tennessee

9. Outkick the Coverage/Clay Travis fans

8. The University of Arkansas

7. The University of Texas

6. Notre Dame

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.


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