MORGANTOWN - Most of the work Dana Holgorsen hoped to accomplish this spring is already done. Now comes the time to show the progress made.
Well, sort of.
West Virginia concludes its spring drills toady with the annual Gold-Blue game at Mountaineer Field. The 6 p.m. kickoff will be preceded by activities that include an autograph session, a concert and an old-timers game.
But when it's actually time to see what the Mountaineers might look like come fall, well, today probably isn't the day for that. While the team will go through a full four-quarter scrimmage, it won't be very telling.
"We're not going to show a lot,'' Holgorsen said. "There's no reason to.''
Indeed, while the offense and defense will get another practice in, it will all be pretty basic. The idea is not to show anything new, but to give fans an opportunity to gather and watch the personnel.
"It's something festive more than anything,'' Holgorsen said. "I would challenge you to find one coach across the country that gets a kick out of the spring game. You've got to do it. We want to do it for the fans. The players get a kick out of it because they get to put their nice uniforms on and they go out there in front of a bunch of people and try to make a play.
"But it's the end of spring and you want to get out healthy. We want it to be festive and we want everyone to kind of get a glimpse of the younger kids more than anything.''
The format for the game will be much the same as in the past. The No. 1 offense will run a series until it is either stopped or scores, then the No. 2 offense will do the same. Initially, at least, the No. 1 offense will go against the No. 2 defense and vice versa.
"But that gets distorted very quickly,'' Holgorsen said, referring to frequent substitutions. "We'll attempt to go with that format early, but then you're running people on and off the field from a defensive line perspective and a receiver perspective. It'll look like the same people out there quite a bit.