MORGANTOWN - Coaches like to talk about how practice and preparation are processes.
Well, so too is motivation.
Take Dana Holgorsen, for example. Ask West Virginia's second-year coach a question and you're just as likely to get the answer he wants his team to hear as you are to receive the unadulterated truth.
The truth itself? Well, a little bit of that might be included in there. But for the most part it's a version of the truth with an agenda attached.
Take, for example, his most recent public opinion of the relative progress being made by West Virginia's offense and defense through 13 of 15 spring practices.
"The defense played well,'' Holgorsen said, referring to his team's most recent scrimmage, which was held on Sunday. "On offense, we didn't make as many plays and it's been kind of a trend here lately. Write all kinds of bad stuff about the offense if you guys would.''
See. There it is. The process. There's no doubt Holgorsen is more than a bit perturbed by the way his offense has performed of late in practice. And there's no doubt good reason for that disappointment.
But Holgorsen also knows that it's mid-April and not mid-August. And even if it was mid-August and the season opener against Marshall was a couple of weeks away, the message probably would not change.
He knows what he's doing on offense is sound. He knows his players are good. But occasionally they need a kick in the rear end for motivation. And what better way to do that than dress them down to an adoring fan base through his best means of doing so - the media.