MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University will
discipline at least 40 students who took part in the mayhem
following the Mountaineers' upset of then-No. 3 Virginia Tech,
school officials said Tuesday.
After the victory on Oct. 22, students poured onto Mountaineer
Field and tried to tear down the goal posts but were turned back by
police who used pepper spray and force to clear the field.
Within minutes, fires were set in the streets. More than 100
were reported, but authorities said most were doused within
minutes. No major injuries or property destruction occurred.
School officials said the 40 students include 14 freshmen, six
sophomores, nine juniors, seven seniors and four graduate students.
They were identified with the help of city, state and university
police, as well as firefighters and other sources.
Some students are also facing charges filed by the city's police
and fire departments. The offenses include disorderly conduct,
public intoxication and illegal burning.
School officials will notify each student in writing and arrange
individual meetings. Sanctions will depend on the student's level
of involvement and any past brushes with the law. Punishments could
range from a warning to expulsion.