That was all the information anyone was willing to provide.
So for two hours the question of Smith's whereabouts was out there with no answer. Was he injured?
As Holgorsen pointed out, though, on most days it might not have been even an issue. That reporters were present made it so, fueled by Twitter and Facebook and the like.
"Usually everybody here would find out what happened in practice once practice is over,'' Holgorsen said. "But then there's social media. We could always take your phones from you when you come in there and not allow you to do that, but I don't think anybody would be fired up about that.''
Then again, Holgorsen might also have nipped the story in the bud by simply answering the question about Smith's absence in the first place. He was jokingly asked if perhaps in a way he enjoys stirring the pot.
"Yeah,'' he said. "A little bit.''
As for Smith's absence, again, that might not be the worst thing for WVU's offense. There are still two weeks of practice remaining before the opening game against Marshall and Smith knows the offense better than anyone. His absence at this juncture shouldn't be much of a factor.
"It gives us an opportunity to rep Paul [Millard] and Ford [Childress] a lot,'' Holgorsen said, referring to Smith's two backups. "They got a whole bunch of reps and will continue to do that for the next two days.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.