Over the past decade, the Mountaineers have seen a lot of success both on the hardwood and on the grid iron, but did you know how much success? Well over the past ten years the school has a combined winning percentage of .661% (football & basketball) which is good enough to be included in the tops ten schools. Other schools listed are Ohio State, Florida State, Oregon, Louisville and Oklahoma to name a few.
The tweet below shows the list of schools in order.
Nation’s Top 10 Combined Football & Basketball Winning % in Past 10 Years
1. Ohio State .748
2. Wisconsin .732
3. FSU .722
4. Louisville .719
Michigan State .719
6. #Oregon .682
7. Oklahoma .668
8. Notre Dame .665
9. West Virginia .661
10. Cincinnati .654 pic.twitter.com/PVjpECwVOM
— SportsPac12 (@SportsPac12) May 30, 2018
Is West Virginia a basketball school? No! Are they a football school? No! Well, what are they then? Both.
Schools like Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Arizona consider themselves a basketball school and rightfully so. Not just because they have had success in basketball, but mainly because their football programs have been consistently weak.
Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Penn State are the most notable football schools. Yes, those schools have had some success in basketball, but are more thought of for their football acumen.
West Virginia is in a exclusive group of schools that can enjoy the success of both programs and sometimes the fan base takes it for granted. Have you ever thought what it would be like to live in Maine or Montana or Wyoming or Delaware where there isn’t a big time Power 5 school in the entire state? It sounds dreadfully boring.
Can you imagine living in Kansas or Alabama where only one sport matters and no one gives a hoot about the other? No thank you!
Of course, it’d be nice to see the dominance that they possess at West Virginia, but just think, it could be worse.
The university has a basketball team that is consistently competing for Big 12 championship every year and has not been unranked in nearly four years. The football program had a 10 win season two years ago and is on the rise with what looks to be a very bright future for years to come. Heck, let’s not forget about the women’s basketball team that just won a Big 12 championship a year ago.
It may be an unpopular opinion, but the Mountaineer fan base may not realize how lucky they are. The athletics at West Virginia are in a very good place and only looks to be trending upward.