Roberts interceded and said he was in favor of evolution instead of revolution.
"To me the revolution would be to stop all alcohol use and everything else," he said. "That's going to be a major, major controversy and it's going to be hard to implement it. It makes more sense to me from an evolutionary standpoint to figure out how to control it and to educate people moving forward in that direction."
Luck again admitted there was a financial component involved and said WVU could generate $500,000 in revenue, which is the low end of a range he first said could extend to $1.2 million. Luck said the money would go to good use, though, and there were plans to add to the concession stands and restrooms.
"It gives us an opportunity to upgrade what really is a great home stadium with a great atmosphere," Luck said. "This has always been about what we can do to increase civility, but also increase the great home-field advantage for the Mountaineers."
Luck said only about three dozen of the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools sell beer - including seven of the eight Big East football schools (in either a public or private capacity, except Rutgers). Many conferences have bans, though, and Wilmoth raised that point when he asked if the SEC and ACC sell beer.
The SEC has a complete ban on alcohol sales and the ACC has a ban for conference events.
"I think each school is different and each situation has to be taken one at a time, but I think it's fair to say that not everyone is doing this and there's probably a reason for that," Wilmoth said. "But I'm a fan of Oliver Luck and I trust him and I think he did a good job putting together the policy as it is now."
The board moved to have Luck back at the same time next year to review the policy and the effects. If necessary, the policy can be amended again and revert to the previous form. Luck said part of his research was to quiz schools that sell beer about the behavioral effects and said "in all those cases we felt very comfortable that those situations were handled very well with no unintended consequences. All of those schools have continued to sell beer."
Roberts, who has been with the WVU Police for 26 years and the past 21 as the chief, said behavior has been improving for several years and isn't what it once was. He doesn't believe the policy change will turn back the clock.
"I think what we will see is less law enforcement-type responses and first responders, in general," he said. "(Emergency Medical Service) takes a lot of calls. I'd like to say that there will be a dramatic drop in that and, again, that goes back to evolution and educating people. I think over time that will get better."
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