Whose Side Are You On? Zach Frazier vs. Mountaineer Athletic Club
An effort to help benefit the West Virginia football program has now become controversial.
This is because WVU center Zach Frazier quoted a tweet by the Mountaineer Athletic Club concerning the auction of the Country Roads uniforms, which are the ones the team wore against Pitt in the 2022 Backyard Brawl, with a complaint.
Frazier made it clear he wants his own jersey and he did not know about this auction.
“I play my heart out for this state. I’m sick right now. I would’ve paid way more than $600 for my own uniform! I wish I would’ve known! I’ll pay double to whoever bought it! Please reach out,” Frazier said in his tweet.
I play my heart out for this state. I’m sick right now. I would’ve paid way more than $600 for my own uniform! I wish I would’ve known! I’ll pay double to whoever bought it! Please reach out. https://t.co/e7QIen8Viq
— Zach Frazier (@zfrazier54) February 6, 2023
Frazier’s comments then sparked a debate among fans and others about if the players themselves should’ve been offered first crack at the jerseys.
A shame you didn’t even know about it. They should always give first dibs to the players and families of those who put in the work.
— Zach Rohrbaugh (@rohrbaugh_zach) February 7, 2023
This is the first I have heard of the auction. This is obviously a bad job of advertising and certainly no reflection towards how you are perceived. No one on the team is more respected than you are!
— Greg Werner (@Mountaineergreg) February 7, 2023
Not sure but seems the players that sacrifice & lay it all on the line to wear these uniforms arent getting first crack at owning them. @WVUSports & @WVUfootball should make this right. I understand our ath dept needs $ but this seems a little dirty. https://t.co/TN267A9jrA
— WVU on the MON (@MonRiverShakes) February 7, 2023
Former Mountaineer and longtime analyst Dale Wolfley join in to explain that he’s talked to Zach and WVU is planning to rectify the situation.
I’ve talked to Zach, I’m sure WVU will make this right and as this hasn’t been a common event will adjust in future.
— WolfMan (@Wolfley64) February 7, 2023
The proceeds from this auction benefit the program through the Football Complex Master Plan.