CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In football, giving an opponent tips about plays you might run is frowned upon.
When it comes to telling the public how officials will deal with future rioting following West Virginia University football games, school and Morgantown executives are adopting the same mantra.
"It's not a smart idea to dangle things in front of people and say, 'Here's your game plan,'" said Corey Farris, WVU dean of students. "Coach Holgorsen doesn't go out onto the field and give all the plays to the opposing team."
Hundreds of people took to the streets Saturday in Morgantown following the Mountaineer's victory over the University of Texas. Dozens of fires were reported, in addition to rioters hurling rocks, bottles and bricks at police and firefighters.
Since then university and city officials have repeatedly said such behavior is unacceptable. Farris, Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston, WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts and other officials met Tuesday to talk about ways to handle similar antics in the near future.
New tactics were discussed, said Morgantown City Manager Terrance Moore, who was present at the meeting.
But Farris said there could be "hooligans" who would monitor any announcements and try to flummox police efforts.
"The troublemakers are smart enough, will deliberately try to circumvent the order most people want in the community," Farris said. "Will there be a police presence? Absolutely. If I were the police, I wouldn't want everyone to know where everyone is."
The police chief agreed.
"We're not going to discuss those particular tactics at this point," Preston said Wednesday in a phone interview. "We don't talk about from an operational standpoint for things that we do, how many people we have on patrol . . . That's not a smart thing to do, and we don't do that."
A university press release issued Wednesday said officials weren't going to reveal specific tactics. However, it quoted Preston as saying "we mean business . . . it's a full court press."
WVU plans to add more surveillance cameras and have a larger security presence during future games, according to the release.
Disciplinary hearings for students arrested in connection with the Saturday disturbance already are taking place.
Only a handful of fans were responsible for inciting the mayhem, Farris said. However, he and Moore both said it would take a collaborative effort from the school, city and state to really nix such behavior.