If You Aren't Cheating, You Aren't Trying. WVU is Trying.

From the ever-resourceful Wizard of Odds comes this tip about some collegiate football chicanery. At a Marshall University spring football practice this week, there was a commotion in the stands, as a Marshall official took off running after a spectator who had been sitting there by himself taking notes.

A chase ensued, the guy was unable to get away, and as it turns out, he's a WVU student. He originally claimed to be a student at UAB, another Marshall rival, but when he was searched, they found contact information on him for WVU football coaches. And the 2006 Mercedes-Benz he was driving is registered to a Parkersburg dealership that loans cars to WVU's athletic program.

So, that doesn't look particularly good. West Virginia's AD claims that they did an internal review of the situation, and that the guy was acting on his own. He had a work-study job in the building where the WVU football offices were located, and he's been "reassigned."

As you might imagine... Marshall fans are a bit huffy about the situation. WVU fans are having a bit of fun with it.

This all could've been avoided if WVU had just sent someone to do the job who could actually flee from middle-aged men on foot, if need be. Ultimately, I don't believe it's a big deal. No one's going to learn a whole lot from some formations and plays scribbled down by an undergrad student. Why a preseason Top-5 program needs to spy on friggin' Marshall is a whole other question, but it does seem to make things more fun when people cheat.

Where There's Smoke, There's Fire [The Wizard of Odds]
WVU denies spying on Herd [Herald-Dispatch]