The one thing that nobody can deny about West Virginians is the pride that they have for their state. So it must’ve been pretty cool for the 50,000+ on hand to see BYU, West Virginia’s conference opponent from the state of Utah, enter the field carrying the state flag of West Virginia.
Likely a sign of respect, the entrance was captured and shared on X (Twitter) by West Virginia fan Kaila Adams, who shared the entrance.
— ka (@kailerrrr) November 4, 2023
Some users on X claimed that the player carrying the flag is from the state of West Virginia. Although it would make for even a cooler story, that is a claim that could not be verified. The number in the picture is blurry, but a two appears to be in there. None of the players on BYU with their number ending with a two hail from the Mountain State.
Others pointed out that BYU carried out the Kansas state flag in their game against Kansas earlier this year. While there are no pictures to support it, several posts on X from that time period seem to confirm that was the case.
Along with the American flag and school flag, BYU came into the field with Kansas’s state flag and conference flag.
Tremendous respect and excited to have them on board our conference
— KJHK Sports (@KJHKsports) September 23, 2023
@byu_cosmo good to see you today and good luck to BYU this season. Quick question. We thought you ran out on the field in front of your team with the state flag of Kansas. Is this a normal gesture on the road that you do or maybe we were mistaken?
— RockChalk (@adamboal) September 24, 2023
Explain to me why the BYU Cougar ran out on the field while holding the Kansas state flag? Is that a thing? I’m ignorant about their traditions… #kufball
— MauricioGómezMontoya (@DrGomezMontoya) September 23, 2023
Regardless if this was done just for West Virginia, or if it’s something done at every road game for BYU, it’s a cool and unique way to show respect for the state schools that BYU face.
And that isn’t something that should come unexpected from the program at BYU. Prior to this week’s game, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said that he looked forward to hearing “Country Roads” sung at the stadium.
— no context wvu (@no_context_wvu) October 30, 2023
“Country Roads” is typically sung after wins, so with West Virginia up 27-0 at the half, odds are Sitake will get that wish.
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