CONSIDER THIS A Where Are They Now column. One that nicely collides with a Where They Are Going piece.
It centers on former West Virginia and Super Bowl quarterback Jeff Hostetler, who was in Charleston on Monday to help with an open house of the South Charleston Cardiology group.
A more symbolic man couldn't have been present as West Virginia begins its transition from the Big East to the Big 12.
Hostetler and his father-in-law, former Mountaineer coach Don Nehlen, engineered one of the program's biggest upsets. It was one that put WVU on college football's proverbial map. It was one that spurred all good that's happened to the program. It was the first step toward this jump to the Big 12.
And, ironically, it came against a Big 12 - then Big 8 - member: Oklahoma.
Sept. 11, 1982: Mountaineers 41, Sooners 27. Dateline: Norman, Okla.
"I remember the sea of red," Hostetler said at the open house. "That stadium was just packed. It was 113 degrees on the field. But it was just a great atmosphere to play in."
Most figured it would be the opposite for visiting WVU. Four years prior, in 1978, the Mountaineers made the same trip - and lost 52-10. This, though, was the new, Flying WV Era.
This cat named Oliver Luck did lead the Mountaineers to an upset of Florida in the Peach Bowl to end the '81 season. But Hostetler, a Penn State transfer, then took over and made the earth move with the victory over the Barry Switzer-led No. 9 Sooners.
"I remember falling behind by 14," Hostetler said on Monday. "But we kept our heads and made a comeback."
The comeback started when Oklahoma's kicker missed a field goal. Then WVU's Paul Woodside hit one. Then Hostetler warmed up.