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Spike TV once decided to bring its viewers a smart, social drama focusing on young men and their lives, loves and losses in the hallowed halls of their first university... Yeah, it wasn't possible to read that with a straight face.

Blue Mountain State premiered in January of 2010, and was created and executive produced by the makers of The Sarah Silverman Program and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It focuses on three freshmen from three very different backgrounds who find a common bond in having to deal with the Wacky Fratboy Hijinx of BMS: Alex Moran (played by Darin Brooks) is a second-string QB who enjoys all of the perks of being on the football team with less pain and suffering, Craig Shilo (Sam Jones III) is a phenomenal RB with an overcontrolling girlfriend who hopes to ride him to wealth and fame and Sammy Cacciatore (Chris Romano, a.k.a. "Romanski") is Alex's roommate who cons his way into the team's mascot position in hopes of scoring with the cheerleaders.

Together, they find themselves enjoying the constant boozing, partying and sexing while dealing with other staples of college life. Staples like a transgender prostitute, a pocket pussy, drugs, strip clubs, studying for midterms and more. If you're looking for a big-honkin' caricature of college life, this might be the show.

Season Two introduces some more named characters into the cast, like Radon Randell, the freshman QB from Detroit who admits he used to be in prison and quickly becomes the Goats' new starter, and MaryJo, Sammy's promiscuous sister who joins the BMS cheerleading squad in hopes of someday banging Alex.

In 2012, the show was not renewed for a fourth season. However, in 2014, the show's cast and creative team started a Kickstarter fund in order to make a movie to serve as the Grand Finale, which was released on Netflix on February 2, 2016.

This show provides examples of...

  • All Gays are Promiscuous: Mary Jo in Season Three.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Most of the women onscreen are only too happy to make out with the nearest girl, run around in nothing but panties and a bra, and get in the pants of the star football players and coaches, regardless of whether or not they already have a partner.
  • Artistic License – History: In-Universe, Thad's video tribute to the life of Coach Daniels, where he plays all the characters including Daniels at 5 years old and Daniels' mother, an Italian butter churner.
    Alex: (to Daniels) Is any of this even close to being true?
    Coach Daniels: I was born in New Jersey and my mother was a secretary.
  • Artistic License – Sports: In the show's universe, John Elway and Terrell Owens are BMS alumni. In real life, Elway attended Stanford while Owens attended the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
  • Ass Shove: In the movie, in order to treat Harmon of heat exhaustion, a doctor has to "cool down his core" with an ice rod that goes up his rectum. The other players are both horrified and disgusted by this act and Marty tells the film crew not to record it.
    • However, when the assistant coach suffers the same fate, Marty suggests using two ice rods and gleefully asks the film crew if they're still recording.
  • The Baby Trap: A creepy stalker named Ron, who desperately wants a son to watch and play football with but ended up with five girls instead, steals a condom full of Alex's semen and threatens to impregnate his daughter with it unless he keeps dating her. Alex and Thad get the condom back, and as a form of karma, Sammy gets Ron's daughter impregnated instead, much to his displeasure since it's clear he finds Sammy annoying.
    • In another episode, Thad stops Alex and a girl as they are on their way to have sex and demands to see the condom. The girl hands it to him and Thad pours beer into it; to Alex's horror the beer sprays out of the condom from multiple holes she poked into it. The girl then grabs onto him and implores him "Put a baby in me!"
  • Bad Ol' Badger: The titular mascot of Overland University from "The Badger". Thad kidnaps the badger so he can eat his testicles as part of a prank, but accidentally lets him loose and he goes around attacking tailgating students and eats the second Billy the Goat. Because Thad failed in his mission, he is forced to improvise and eat the goat's testicles instead at the end of the episode.
  • Back for the Finale: Craig and Radon both return for the movie.
  • Becoming the Mask: In "Piss Test", Sammy decides that because people treat him better as the BMS mascot than as himself, he would wear the costume the whole time. However, near the end of the episode, the costume became so grotesque from overuse that no one wanted to be near him anymore.
  • Binge Montage: Many times throughout the show, especially during beer pong.
  • Black and Nerdy: Radon in "Nerds," though he is not actually one himself.
  • Break the Haughty: Thad in season three when he is suspended from the team.
  • Breakout Character: Thad started off as nothing more than the arrogant team captain who acts as an antagonist to Alex, Craig, and Sammy. He quickly became the most popular character on the show and by season two, he became the most focused character aside from Alex.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Alex is very much this: he's one of the most intelligent of the main cast and certainly smart enough to keep up with Mary Jo (who's at BMS on a full academic scholarship), but he's so damned lazy that he uses his intelligence to avoid doing any work.
  • The Bro Code: Alex invokes this in order to get Thad to keep quiet about Alex banging Coach Daniel's ex-wife. However, Thad becomes confused since he considers both Alex and Daniels his bros.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Sammy and Mary Jo have shades of this. They're half-siblings though.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Sometimes, despite Alex's best efforts to stay off the field, the universe conspires to make him start at QB during crucial games. Eventually he just accepts it.
  • The Cameo:
    • Bill Romanowski ("The Fingering").
    • Brian Bosworth ("Born Again").
    • MMA fighter Chuck Lidell and ESPN's Dan Patrick ("Trap Game").
  • Captain Ersatz: Zigzagged. Blue Mountain State is stated to participate in the NCAA and real life schools such as Georgia Tech and Penn State are mentioned. However, BMS, their conference, and all the teams they play are fictional.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Denise.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Thad after he received a concussion in Season 3.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere:
    • Sammy tries to avoid getting a boner in "Midterms" after an incident with a razor, so as karma would have it, the girls start actively teasing him, which only makes the situation worse.
    • The majority of the Goats in "Piss Test" initially try this to pass an upcoming drug test instead of the painful-looking "oil change" method that Thad advocates. They can't even last one day.
    • The entire team in "Born Again" tries to go celibate under their coach's orders. Unfortunately, the Goats end up destroying a church's volunteer team by playing full-contact in a touch football game for charity.
  • Country Mouse:
    • Harmon.
    • Alex, who is from Wyoming, averts this trope.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Goats are on the receiving end of one of these in the national championship game against Blackwell in season 3, due to the NCAA banning Coach Daniels and most of the team's starters from participating because of rules violations.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alex and sometimes Mary Jo, who usually are able to snark at Sammy or Thad depending on the situation.
  • Dean Bitterman: Dean Simon can apply, because although the football team does bring in a lot of recognition for Blue Mountain State, they also bring a lot of negative publicity and destruction to the school as an academic institution. Then again, he's perfectly willing to claim credit for things he had nothing to do with.
  • Deconstructive Parody:
    • Thad is one of the typical Jerk Jock with Testosterone Poisoning. His actions and behavior are not that much out of the ordinary for the character type, but Thad pushes it further and further to the point where early on you can tell that he's dangerously insane.
    • The episode "Pay for Play" is one for the movie Rudy. The Rudy expy, Bodie James, is part of the Goats' practice squad but wants to dress for one of their games, as in the film. Unlike the film, Bodie is not The Determinator who gives a full effort to help the team and make up for his size and athletic shortcomings, but an egotistical, spoiled Jerkass who puts the starters at risk of injury with his Unnecessary Roughness and is only kept on the squad because his father is a booster who donates large sums of money to the program. In the end, after Bodie and his father threaten to tell the media that the Goats have been receiving unauthorized deals and gifts from agents (which is Sammy's fault for leaving a paper trail) unless Bodie is put on the team, Alex gets the idea to make it look like Bodie was the one receiving the gifts and deals, which results in him getting suspended and his father kicked out of the booster club.
  • Deconstructed Trope: The Rule of Funny only lasts for a certain amount of time, as the team's indiscretions finally catch up with them at the end of season three and the program gets in serious trouble with the NCAA. They are spared the death penalty but Coach Daniels and most of the team's starters are prohibited from playing in the national championship game against Blackwell, who proceeds to curbstomp the depleted Goats team.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: Inverted. To demonstrate how much trouble BMS is in with the NCAA, the agent initially shows Coach Daniels the University of Miami'snote  file folder, before taking out the Goats' much larger folder.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Denise.
  • Did Not Think This Through: In "Riot", as Coach Daniels, Dean Simon, and Debra hide out while the fans are rioting on campus, Dean Simon questions how it could have occurred because he took several steps to prevent it, like cutting off alcohol sales at halftime. Coach Daniels angrily points out that this action was what caused the riot, as cutting off the fans' alcohol consumption at halftime resulted in them being drunk enough to riot instead of being so drunk that they would pass out.
  • Dumb Jock: Literally the entire team, to the point where some are borderline illiterate. Even Alex, probably the smartest, is more of a Guile Hero and pretty Book Dumb (although it's implied that this is more out of laziness than any actual stupidity).
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The pilot depicts the Goats practicing and playing in an indoor football stadiumnote . Every episode thereafter has the team practicing on a separate outdoor field with shots of the stadium showing it to also be outdoors.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Both Alex and Thad have one. Alex's is "Couch" because the girl to whom he lost his virginity spread the rumor that he had sex with the couch instead. Thad's is Thad because he had a lisp when he was a child and so said "I'm really sad" as "I'm really thad". His actual name is Kevin.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • "The Cougar."
    • Aside from Alex and Craig, all the football players call Sammy "Mascot".
  • Experimented in College: Season Three sees Mary Jo enter her "college lesbian" phase, much to Alex's displeasure.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In "Superstition", Sammy is looked down upon by the cheerleaders for having no real future due to not officially enrolling in Blue Mountain State. To prove everyone wrong, he officially enrolls and signs up for a full academic scholarship, but to his dismay, he learns that this means he won't have time to participate in the spirit squad. Realizing that he's a loser either way, Sammy drops the scholarship and resumes his role as mascot.
  • Fanservice: Read the description again if you need more details.
  • FanDisservice: In the Pilot, Thad punishes Alex, Sammy and Craig during initiation by forcing them to run from end zone to end zone in nothing but jockstraps with Oreo cookies wedged between their cheeks.
  • Gay Bravado / Armored Closet Gay: Thad, who insists there is nothing homosexual about the team's strange hazing rituals.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Occurs of a lot, but as of Season Three this seems to be Mary Jo's entire M.O.
  • Gotta Pass the Class: The episode "Midterms" has Alex and several of his teammates threatened with being kicked off the football team because of their poor grades and GPAs (Alex has a 1.6 GPA, Thad has 1.7, and Harmon has 0.5) unless they pass an upcoming midterm. All of them refuse to study, Thad especially because Shiloh is forced to tutor them as he has a high GPA, but Alex finds a way around it by hanging out with the professor's elderly mother and secretly performing sexual activities for her in exchange for an A-. The other guys do the same, until they're caught and forced to take the test anyway. That is until they come up with a plan to blackmail the professor into giving them all Cs by not only threatening to tell the staff that he gives his female students passing grades in exchange for sexual favors but by also threatening to post a live video of the guys having sex with his mother all over campus, to which he breaks down and obliges to.
  • Groin Attack: Frequently used.
    • In "Pocket Pussy", Alex is forced to undergo the Tijuana Tooth Pull after Thad accuses him of stealing his prized possession. It turns out it was Craig.
    • In "Midterms", Sammy accidentally cuts his penis while manscaping, resulting in him getting stitches on his penis. He is told he cannot have an erection until it fully heals. Guess what happens to him throughout the episode.
    • In "Piss Test", Thad suggests that the team do something called an oil change to pass the drug test which involves sticking a pipe into the penis and pumping it full of clean urine. Since none of the team wants to do it, they try other methods to pass the test such as staying sober or using fake penises full of clean urine. Unfortunately for them, Thad sabotages all their attempts so they have no choice but to go with the oil change.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Thad.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Ron the stalker in "Ransom" never wanted a daughter, yet he ended up with five of them. He wanted a son to watch and play football with. And then there's his comments about how "girls can't throw footballs or appreciate The Three Stooges" or how his daughters are so beautiful, they don't need to pick up a book.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Frequent with Thad, especially in some of his more sadistic moments. Forcing the freshmen to shave each other while he watches, running a race in jockstraps with Oreo's clenched in their buttocks, threatening Alex in bed in the middle of the night, the "oil change"... Plus the entire "Dick Pics" episode. The list is extensive, and the trope is often played for laughs.
  • Hookers and Blow: Thad (and later Alex) both do a line off the stomach of a co-ed. Thad especially has a propensity towards cocaine, getting in trouble between Season 2 and Season 3 on account of drug charges, spawning this gif.
  • Hope Spot: In "Death Penalty", it initially seems that Alex has managed to get the NCAA off the team's back by pointing out to the investigators that giving BMS the death penalty would cost them hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. But then they hold a press conference and announce BMS will be punished by having Coach Daniels, Alex, Thad, and most of the starters suspended from the national championship game.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Blackwell's players tell the media that their win against a BMS team with most of the starters and coaches suspended should not be questioned because they played by the NCAA's rules, unlike BMS. In the next scene we see them, they're drinking and snorting cocaine, exactly what got BMS in trouble with the NCAA.
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy":
    • Coach Daniels named his penis Ernicio. His ex-wife named her vagina Michelle Branch.
    • Thad named his pocket pussy Oxana.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: Recipients of ice rod therapy describe it as better than any drug they've ever taken.
  • I Have Your Mother: In "Midterms," Alex offers not to spread video of the professor's mother having sex with some members of the football team in exchange for a C grade.
  • I Meant to Do That: Harmo, sick of Thad's relentless abuse about his kicking abilities, has the team tie Thad to the crossbar of the goal and repeatedly kicks field goals at him until Thad meekly admits he can kick. He then tries to claim that bullying Harmon was just his way of motivating him and this was all part of his plan, and Harmon kicks a ball right at his nuts.
  • Implausible Deniability: Denise claims that she is a virgin, moments after Craig saw a video of her having sex with another guy.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Craig in "The Legend of the Golden Arm." After challenging his high-school rival to a sprint to impress Denise, he looks in Thad's room for steroids to give himself an edge and accidentally injects himself with rabies. Not rabies vaccine, but actual rabies!
    • Everyone in "Drug Olympics". After Thad is done distributing the drugs, the next time the camera is in the Goat House, the entire team is either passed out or having really bad trips. The next morning, Coach Daniels tries to get them to play a scrimmage game, which goes as well as you'd expect.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: The football players describe Thad's pocket pussy like this, saying it feels like banging a waterfall and a chocolate souffle. When one player describes it as like having sex with a silk bag full of puppy ears, Craig asks how he could possibly know what that feels like.
  • Jerkass: You'd have an easier time trying to locate someone on the show that ISN'T one. The only remotely likeable current character is Alex, who while having somewhat of a sleazy vibe, does tend to show he has a heart and common sense on occasion.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Head cheerleaders Kate and Kara act as Alpha Bitches to Mary Jo and refuse to let her do anything but shake her pom poms, but they have every reason to do this considering Mary Jo frequently shows up to practice drunk and screws up whenever they give her something else to do.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • While the rest of the team treat their nerds rather poorly, Radon is ecstatic to meet his and treats him really well, drinking with him and letting him sleep it off in his bed. When Sammy's prank results in the guy becoming comatose, Radon sides with the rest of the nerds during their strike and plays board games with them.
    • Craig in the first season seems to be the most sensitive member of the team. While everyone else enjoys getting drunk often and having sex with random girls, Craig is usually the one who stays out of trouble and remains loyal to his girlfriend.Until he finds out that Denise was cheating on him.
  • Large Ham: Thad.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The karma that BMS has been building up over three seasons ends up being so heavy on the negative end, they lose the national championship game in the third season.
  • Like a Son to Me:
    • The premise of "Ransom," where a creepy obsessive fan tries to offer one of his daughters to Alex in hopes that they'll produce a football-playing grandson because all his children were girls.
    • The relationship Thad seems to have with coach Marty. Or at least that's what Thad likes to think.
    • Pretty much the way coach Marty relates to the entire team. He doesn't really seem to have anyone else to care for since his son is a selfish jerk.
  • Loose Lips: Thad is guilty of this and in "Death Penalty", this is what gets the Goats in trouble with the NCAA. To be fair, he didn't know that the college student he was talking to was an NCAA agent in disguise.
  • Mushroom Samba: "Drug Olympics" and "Vision Quest."
    • In "Trap Game", Sammy eats a bunch of decades old candy that results in him thinking he's seeing professional MMA fighter Chuck Liddell.
  • Nerdy Bully: Sammy, under the impression that being the mascot makes him one of the jocks, mocks and attempts to prank the school's nerds. The football players have no interest in him joining them, if only because they need the nerds to keep doing their schoolwork for them.
    • In "Nerds", Radon and the other nerds explain to Sam that he's no jock, pointing out his small physique, lack of athleticism, how he does his own homework, rarely gets laid, is unconcerned with personal hygiene and has no sense of style. As if that wasn't bad enough, as Radon points out, when he revealed that he caused the homework strike in the first place, the BMS captains sold him out. Finally accepting he's a nerd, he enlists the nerds and Radon to help pull off a prank to get back at the jocks.
  • Never My Fault: Thad always tries to shift the blame when his antics cause problems. Ironically, he accuses Alex of having this problem when the latter rightfully points out how their predicament is his fault and nicknames Alex "Mr. Blame Game".
  • New Old Flame: Coach's ex-wife Debra.
  • Noodle Incident: "...and that's the reason I can't get the smell of catnip off of my anal beads."
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Travis, the starting QB in Season 1, is a send up of Tim Tebow, particularly with his Christian beliefs.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Whether it's a NCAA-sanctioned drug test or even simple homework, most of the Goats players will do whatever they can to avoid honest work.
  • Offerings to the Gods: In "Riot", a horde of drunk rioters try to hang Sammy as a form of ritualistic sacrifice. And apparently, they did it before.
  • Of Course I'm Not a Virgin: Denise, after Craig stumbles upon a sex tape she made.
  • Only Sane Man: Alex and Craig switch off on this trope depending on the episode.
  • Opposing Sports Team: Inverted. Though the rival Overland University team wears black and kidnaps their goat as a prank, they seem relatively benign compared to the things the designated protagonists do to their opponents, let alone each other. Played straight with Blackwell.
  • Out-Gambitted: In "Death Penalty," Alex figures he's gotten the NCAA off their backs by pointing out the money the organization would lose giving a team about to compete in the national championship game the worst punishment ever. They agree and will dispense something to "save face," which Alex figures some fine. At the press conference, Alex and everyone else watches in horror as the NCAA rep (with a wicked smirk on his face) announces that BMS will not get the death penalty...but every single starting player and coach is suspended for national championship game.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: Every single Goathouse party is full of .
  • Pity Sex: While trapped in the Goat House by a bunch of rioters who want to kill Sammy he tries to convince the cheerleading team to sleep with him. The head cheerleader says that if they do it, it would only be out of pity and he says he wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Professional Slacker:
    • Alex, to the point where he actually fights to keep his second-string job when he is in danger of becoming the starter ("Rivalry Weekend") or dropping to third-string ("There's Only One Second Best").
      Coach Daniels (to Alex): "Y'know, this is the fire I've been looking for from you! I was hoping it would be for the starting job, but ehhh..."
      Craig (to Alex): "You work so hard at being lazy it's almost inspiring."
    • Alex and Radon both try joining the BMS hockey team to avoid having to take the otherwise mandatory offseason football workout. Unfortunately, their work ethic rubs off on the hockey team, which leads to them having to work even harder just so they can make the hockey team and not start for them at the same time.
    • Alex's ultimate goal in life is not to go pro but to become a high school gym teacher like his dad At least until "The Peak" when he realizes he could make it to the NFL and do well if he applies himself.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Almost all of the main characters have shades of this trope, but Thad takes the cake over everyone else.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Craig in Season Two is Handwaved as having transferred out of BMS, considering the actor playing him was arrested by the DEA for intending to sell large quantities of oxycodone.
    • The actor playing Radon Randell won't be appearing in Season Three for similar reasons. They both return in the movie.
  • Rule of Funny: Let's just say that the real NCAA would not be too happy with BMS' program. The tail end of Season 3 addresses this, as the program does get into trouble with the NCAA.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Thad screams in a higher pitch more suited for a teenage girl than a twentysomething football player.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Alex when the team, Mary Jo and Coach Daniels gang up on him when they are all in the drunk tank.
  • Sex in a Shared Room: In the pilot episode, Alex Moran ends up having sex with a a coed. His best friend Sammy is also in the room, masturbating to the whole thing.
    • When Alex gets bumped down to third string, the rest of special teams are all packed into the same room of the Goat House, some of them making out on top of other drunk third stringers.
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: The Goats' use their fame to live like this, just swap out rock for football. The Goat House is regularly the host of massive parties with copious amounts of drugs, sex and other hedonistic indulgences.
  • Share the Male Pain: Done by the entire team after Thad demonstrates an "oil change", which is feeding a tube through your urethra to empty your bladder, then inserting drug-free urine back in.
  • Shout-Out: Many BMS episodes are either modeled after a specific genre of movie or mirror scenes from well known movies.
    • The scene where Alex and Thad take back the former's semen from Ron in "Ransom" pays homage to The Silence of the Lambs.
    • The climactic scene in "Nerds" pays homage to Inglourious Basterds.
    • The subplot of "Pay for Play" is a parody of the movie Rudy.
    • The climactic scene in "The Fingering" is a parody of the movie The Usual Suspects.
    • The end of "Fun Facts" is a spoof of the ending of The Godfather.
    • Thad's concussion symptoms in "The c-word" resemble the symptoms from Leonard's anterograde amnesia in the movie Memento.
    • The subplot of that episode with Sammy being trapped under weights is an homage to 127 Hours.
    • Season 2 finale "Riot" is played in the style of a zombie movie.
  • Snooty Sports: "LAX" introduces BMS Lacrosse, which is a radical departure from BMS football's lifestyle. The members all wear sport coats and ties when not playing, their fathers are all insanely wealthy old-money types, and their house is a mansion with more high society gatherings in comparison to the football house's more casual frat-style parties.
  • Take That!: "The Death Penalty" calls out the NCAA for making millions of tax free dollars at the expense of the athletes who are forced to abide by their ridiculous and, often times arbitrary, rules to be able to play.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Whether this trope is being played painfully straight throughout the show or parodied into oblivion is debatable. Case in point; Thad. And how.
  • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: In "Drunk Tank," some of the team talk about their issues with each other while under the influence.
    Larry: "I once told Thad a secret and he told my dad the next day..."
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Harmon after getting advice from a psychic regarding Thad's constant teasing about his failure as a placekicker.
    • Both Harmon and Donnie were third string players—meaning dead last in the ranking order — in Season 1. By Season 3, they're both starters.
  • Truth in Television: The "cream cheese" rule imposed by the NCAA that Alex complains about was in fact a real rule at the time.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Coach mentions to Alex in the episode "Bowl Game" in the first season that winning the bowl game would get him one win closer to Joe Paterno's record for most wins by a coach in Division 1 football. At the time of the airing, Joe Pa had not reached the record yet and he had not stopped coaching.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The first episode of Season 2, "The Fingering" is full of this as Thad is interrogating everyone on the team to figure out who fingered his asshole in a dog-pile during practice. Each segment of the story is told by a different teammate, and many contain glaring inconsistencies or embellishments (Alex and Thad claim that Daniels said different things, Donnie's segment features him being massaged by hot girls in the locker room, Larry portrays Thad as admiring of him, etc.) Hilariously, Thad's version is the most outlandish.
  • Wham Episode: "The Death Penalty." The NCAA finally investigates Blue Mountain State and has no shortage of rule violations. BMS does manage to avoid the death penalty but Coach Daniels and most of the starters are suspended from the national championship game, which the depleted BMS team loses. By a lot.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The location of Blue Mountain State is never specified, with varying clues placing it anywhere from the East Coast to Tennessee.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Thanks to Coach Daniels, Alex realizes this at the end of "The Peak".