WVU Kicker McAfee Gets Death Threats

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Coach Rich Rodriguez declined to criticize West Virginia fans or address the issue after it was revealed Wednesday that his Pittsburgh-area kicker, Pat McAfee of Plum, had his car vandalized and received death threats following Pitt's Backyard Brawl upset.

McAfee misfired on a pair of first-half field goals Saturday night in the Panthers' 13-9 victory at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.

The defeat cost the Mountaineers a chance to play in the BCS Championship Game on Jan 7 in New Orleans.

The verbal abuse and vandalism against McAfee had already tapered off when his father, Tim, spoke out yesterday on West Virginia MetroNews Talkline.

He told the state-wide radio network that in addition to vehicle damage, his son had been threatened online, and via text and phone messages. He said fans gathered outside his son's off-campus residence following the game to voice their frustration.

"He was more distraught than anyone I know after the game," McAfee's father told MetroNews.

West Virginia spokesman Mike Montoro said yesterday that both Rodriguez and Pat McAfee declined comment on the post-game incidents.

Several hours after Rodriguez was asked to comment on McAfee, the coach issued a statement when quarterback Pat White was named Big East Player of the Year, stating White is "deserving of any honor that comes his way" after scoring 26 touchdowns this season. …