MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Keith Patterson is in his second year as an assistant coach at West Virginia, his first as the team's defensive coordinator.
In other words, he hasn't been around the program very long. His short term of service is the obvious indicator of that, but there's another one, too.
He's never faced Kevin Rogers. And anyone who has been at WVU for more than a few minutes, it seems, has faced Kevin Rogers.
Who is Rogers? Well, this year he begins his first season as the offensive coordinator at William & Mary. The Tribe is West Virginia's opening-game opponent Saturday at Mountaineer Field.
But if there is a coach in the country who has been a more regular foe of the Mountaineers at more schools, let him step forward.
"No, I don't think I've ever faced him,'' said Patterson, who has only coached at Tulsa, Pitt and WVU since moving from the high school ranks in 2003. "At least I don't think so.''
Rogers certainly has faced West Virginia, though. The 61-year-old lifelong assistant was at six schools prior to returning to his alma mater this season and has played or coached against the Mountaineers 16 times at four schools.