MORGANTOWN - Truth be told, things aren't much different among West Virginia's offensive coaches now that titles have been settled upon.
Yes, Shannon Dawson is now the offensive coordinator in addition to coaching the receivers. But really, no one is being fooled into thinking that anyone but head coach Dana Holgorsen has the reins of the offense, least of all Dawson.
"It's just like it was last year,'' Dawson said. "I can make all the suggestions I want, but he's still got the final say.''
That doesn't mean, though, that there won't be changes to how WVU's offensive coaches operate, especially on game day.
When the No. 11 Mountaineers open their season at home against Marshall on Saturday, Dawson will be closer to the action. He will be back on the field after spending last season in the press box.
And Dawson couldn't be happier.
"It's where I probably should be,'' he said.
Last year, Dawson would talk to running backs coach Robert Gillespie from the press box and Gillespie, aside from addressing his backs, would try to squeeze in some time with the receivers. Dawson could also sometimes talk to his receivers directly, but only one at a time with limited time between series. And if Holgorsen needed to talk to the entire offense he would have to essentially leave the game to do it.
"The biggest change will be that. I'll have the whole group and I'll be able to stand in front of them, answer questions and make adjustments,'' Dawson said. "And in my opinion that's a significant difference.''