The school said that the students, who weren’t identified, were booted from campus for “various acts of misconduct” following the game.
Other students face sanctions from the university as campus authorities work to complete their investigation.
“We have made it clear that this University will hold students accountable for their unlawful behavior,” West Virginia president Gordon Gee said. “We will not allow individuals to remain enrolled who commit these crimes and damage the reputation and achievements of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community.”
The expelled students, who are banned from school property for violating the university student code, are among 14 who were charged by various local law enforcement agencies after the riots.
Just hours after the game, crowds began to descend on Morgantown's Sunnyside neighborhood. Eight people were arrested, more than 30 fires were started across Morgantown and unruly people knocked over two street lamps and threw rocks and beer bottles at police and firefighters. Two Morgantown fire marshal vehicles and a fire engine were also damaged in the riots.
In 2012, about 40 fires were set in town after the Mountaineers beat Texas 48-45.
“Students are fed up, faculty is fed up, the residents of Morgantown and residents of Monongalia County are fed up, the citizens of West Virginia are fed up.” Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston told Metro News. “They’re tired of this recurring problem and they demand that people be held responsible for their actions.”
- Scooby Axson