"It certainly can't hurt,'' Holgorsen said. "Our familiarity with Baylor as far as what kind of a team they are, what their mindset is, we know them very well. There are a lot of guys on our staff that have coached against them or coached with them, so all that stuff can't hurt any.
"But with that said, they're going to know a lot about the schemes that we use on all three sides of the ball. They've never been to Morgantown, but that happens all the time. There are teams that go play on the road and go in there and do just fine.''
Holgorsen hasn't coached with Briles for a decade, so it's not as if the teams are mirror images. Both coaches have evolved over the years, as have the schemes they employ.
But some things never change, and Holgorsen said that's evident in Briles' success at Baylor.
"He's doing the same thing at Baylor that he did [as a high school coach] and at Houston. He builds a program,'' Holgorsen said. "It's not just a couple of guys here or there. They've got a bunch of good players. It's not surprising that they lose the Heisman Trophy winner from last year [Robert Griffin III] and yet they don't miss a beat. They just have a very solid program.''
The bottom line as far as the familiarity between the coaches on the two staffs is probably this: While West Virginia today begins a new era by playing in the Big 12, it's nothing new for most of the coaches. That should help ease the transition.
"Our job as coaches is to get those guys as familiar with their opponent as we possibly can,'' Holgorsen said. "That's not only from a personnel standpoint, but a mentality standpoint of their coaching staff, their schemes, what their attitude's going to be like on game day, what the color of their uniforms are and where they're from, the history of their program. It's our job to get them familiar with the program, whether it's Baylor or somebody like Maryland last week that they were incredibly familiar with.''
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