Full disclosure both sides of my family and my wife’s family have West Virginia roots.
I don’t get why “academics” followed by the compulsory comparison to the “blue bloods” of Duke and North Carolina come into play. Ever since anyone with a pulse allowed UNCheat to get away with the worst academic scandal in NCAA history for decades and in spite of recorded FBI tapes with Duke and their basketball recruiting prowess? What does it really matter if we let a state supported land grant university that hasn’t forgotten that it was established for the citizens of their state and therefore suffered a fall in rankings of elitist college publications? As far as their fans, they don’t hold a candle to Georgia.