DALLAS - West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen spent roughly six hours Tuesday bouncing from one media obligation to the next during the Big 12's annual football media event. The knowledge gleaned in that time was rather varied.
For instance, Holgorsen spent part of his brief summer vacation on safari in Africa with his son, Logan.
"It was good father-son time,'' he said. "We had a blast.''
It was also discovered that Holgorsen doesn't much care - not a revelation there, of course - about criticism in some quarters about modern offenses speeding up the game and, critics say, subjecting tiring defensive players to injury. Among others, Alabama coach Nick Saban voiced some concern over that last week.
"Yeah, I'd tell him to get over it because it's not going to change,'' said Holgorsen, whose offensive style fits the faced-paced description to a T. "It's going into the NFL, for crying out loud. There's people being hired in the NFL that have the background in college football to be able to create a little bit more parity.
"I don't see it changing any time soon, so you'd better learn to adapt to it.''
He also patiently and for the most part satisfactorily answered the obligatory queries regarding the loss of Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey ("You're going to lose good players in college football,'' he said. "It happens every single year.''); about changing defensive coordinators from Joe DeForest to Keith Patterson ("He's been a defensive coordinator for a long time. He's extremely familiar with what we want to do defensively. He's been doing that for quite some time. I'm really happy with the transition.''); and opined his frustration with NCAA rules that forbid coaches from much interaction with players, especially newcomers, during the summer months when they first arrive ("But that's something that needs to be addressed much higher than my level.'')
What Holgorsen didn't do was answer the one question that almost everyone wants to know - who the quarterback who replaces Smith is likely to be.
He's as curious as the next guy.
"We've got Clint Trickett coming in, who has probably as much experience in the college game as anybody in the Big 12, just because he's been a starter in some big games and he's been around it his whole life,'' Holgorsen said. "He's a very smart kid, graduated at Florida State in three years, backed up two first-round draft picks at Florida State in three years.
"He's been around it his whole life and is a good player. And I didn't tell him that he was going to start, either.''
That Holgorsen mentioned Trickett, the junior transfer who has been on campus since late May, may or may not be significant. Who knows?