West Virginia to discipline 40 students for post-game rioting

Updated: October 28, 2003, 7:22 PM ET
ESPN

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.

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