That's the same media, of course, to which Holgorsen has spent much of the spring extolling the virtues of the offense - how Tavon Austin and Geno Smith are better than ever, how the running backs are fighting through a lack of depth and performing above expectations, and how the line could be among the best he's ever had.
"Offense is starting to get a little complacent,'' he said. "I don't know if they're reading too much about how good they are or what, but they're getting a little complacent and the defense is flying around and making some plays.''
See. Again, there's the process. Talk about how well the offense is doing to motivate the defense and then, when the balance (hopefully) shifts, reframe the public comments to motivate someone else.
There is, of course, nothing new about this, nor is it at all unique to Holgorsen or football coaches in general. Bob Huggins, for example, spent much of the winter in a not-so-subtle public critique regarding the work ethic of his freshman basketball class. The reaction in some quarters of the fan base was as expected, criticizing Huggins for recruiting those same players he was now disparaging. The method to the madness, though, was obviously motivation by a certain degree of public shame. And to the extent that it could, it probably worked. By season's end more and more of those freshmen were showing up early to get in more shots or otherwise work on their deficiencies.
I suppose the point of all of this, at least to the reader - or the listener or the watcher, depending upon the choice of media - is the lesson we all have learned by now but sometimes need refreshing: Take what coaches say with a grain of salt, sometimes because more often than not there's an agenda attached.
West Virginia's offense is in a funk toward the end of spring? Don't get discouraged. The defense is winning far more battles than anyone might have reason to expect? It's not the Steel Curtain.
It's all a process taking place in the spring, with nary a game in sight. And tomorrow the process will probably change.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1