EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWVU, Marshall Among Magazine's Top Tailgating Schools Of South
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 16, 2013 1:49 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 16, 2013 1:55 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia and Marshall University fans should not be surprised – fans of their respective schools really know how to cheer on their schools, particularly when it comes to tailgating.
Southern Living magazine included the two universities among the top schools this year for tailgating in the South. The 15 contenders in the second-annual competition are featured in the September issue, hitting newsstands Aug. 23, according to a news release from the magazine. Fans will ultimately determine the school that hosts “The South’s Best Tailgate.”
“In the South, pre-game celebrations matter as much as what happens on the field,” said Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Bierman. “We’re asking readers to decide which school best honors our great tradition of Southern hospitality with the most stylish and spirited spread.”
In announcing the roster of universities, the magazine said when it comes to Marshall “the Thundering Herd goes big, home and away.” At WVU, the magazine mentioned “coonskin caps and crowds in perpetual John Denver sing-along.”
The magazine said fans can rally around their favorite Southern team and vote daily until Sept. 30 at
Southern Living said the schools were judged looking at the following criteria:
* Most Spirited: Schools that turn “fan” into “fanatic.”
* Traditionalists: Schools renowned for game-day rituals.
* Powerhouses: Southern schools with a history of winning on and off the field (the most bowl victories).
* Style Setters: From sundresses to cake stands, these schools showcase true splendor in the grass.
One vote per person per day is counted toward the final tally, and votes cast on Saturday count twice. Voters are entered daily for a chance to win $2,500 toward an ultimate tailgate. Southern Living will crown the winner of “The South’s Best Tailgate” at a home game this fall.
The other universities on the list with Marshall and WVU are Appalachian State, Clemson, Florida State, Lousiana State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee, University of Texas, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
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