A simple declaration: Utah State has the best student fan section in all of college basketball.
That's right, better than the Cameron Crazies. It's a reputation that has not come over night, either. As long as The Spectrum has been the Aggies home, and probably longer, USU has been a daunting foe on their home floor.
I'll admit it, I'm biased. I attended USU for most of the '90s -- yes, I said most of the '90s, and that did not include either graduate school or the "mission" that many Aggies take -- and was as rabid of a basketball fan as anyone. Somewhere, I have a recording from ESPN2 of me dressed up as Miss USU (wearing a dress, and not my first my only public cross dressing experience). I had friends who shaved theirs heads and painted them blue, friends who shaved an "A" into their very hairy chests, and who generally raised hell for each and every home game.
We were not alone. At any given game, there were others who went as far, or further, than we did. The student section was routinely crammed with 10,000 wild and crazy fans.
But this year, Aggie fandom has been taken to new heights by one man: Wild Bill Sproat. In a way, I see him as a kindred spirit. He is a "redshirt junior student." He seems to enjoy the non-educational aspects of college a lot more than the classroom experience (as did I). And he loves watching games in The Spectrum.
For the uninitiated, below is an interview he did with ESPN's "First Take." It includes video of many of his best costumes. However, Aggie student fans are 10,000-strong every game, and they deserve at least some of the credit for the Aggies success, so as an added bonus, watch the video of the "Winning side, losing side" chant. Go Aggies!