When Pat McAfee talks, people listen. And West Virginia’s new athletic director Wren Baker demonstrated being well aware of that immediately upon the announcement being official.
McAfee, who was critical of the WVU football team in the middle of this past 2022 season and then later made it public that he does not have any relationship with the program, informed his millions of viewers of his daily YouTube show that Baker had already attempted to reach out to him by sending him a private message.
“Brand new AD sent me a DM on Twitter,” McAfee offered to his amazement of his colleagues on his show.
Unfortunately for those interested in what exactly Baker said to the former Mountaineer kicker and what an exchange between the two may look like, McAfee did also say that he has not read the message and has yet to reply.
Pat McAfee on Neal Brown coaching at WVU in 2023 + new AD Wren Baker: pic.twitter.com/fWWgJFsYQO
— Ethan Bock (@ethanbock_) December 1, 2022
The NFL punter turned media mogul has had a rocky relationship with WVU since leaving college, once admitting he did not feel welcome back in Morgantown for many years due to missing two field goals in the infamous 13-9 loss to Pitt in 2007. More recently, McAfee labeled the Mountaineers his most disappointing team of the season, which then promoted head coach Neal Brown to be asked for his reaction. Brown claimed to not be aware of McAfee’s comments at the time. He also offered his endorsement of the decision to fire former AD Shane Lyons a couple weeks ago.
If Baker’s intention is to repair any wounds and establish a relationship between the university and McAfee, then that’s something Mountaineer Nation should be happy about.
Pat McAfee saying WVU's new AD Wren Baker messaged him the same day he was hired should be a good sign for WVU fans. It shows Baker understands the program needs a relationship with its distinguished alums, that those relationships need repairing and that it's a priority for him.
— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) December 1, 2022
In fact, McAfee is not the only former Mountaineer Baker needs to reach out to and do so as soon as possible.