Everything else is pretty much minutiae. And that includes finding a quarterback and consistent receivers and cornerbacks who can cover, etc. It's all a part of those three previously-mentioned goals.
What will be most interesting - although perhaps not necessarily all that important - is to see if there are any staff changes. I'm led to believe that aside from recommendations and/or discussions, Luck won't be heavy handed and force Holgorsen to make changes. And given that pretty much the entire staff has turned over in the last two years, it's probably not wise to stir the pot just to be stirring it.
Then again, you have to wonder.
Joe DeForest is almost universally reviled by the fan base after 2012's defensive disaster, the Oklahoma State accusations and the fact that he makes half a mil a year to coach special teams that weren't all that special. Both symbolically and practically, perhaps, it's time to cut him loose. Even if you lose something in recruiting (and I have no idea because I don't delve deeply into it), as a PR move it might go over well. And Holgorsen needs all the good PR he can get. You know that at the least DeForest's name-association with the issue at OSU makes for great negative recruiting fodder.
What of Shannon Dawson, the only coach remaining from Holgorsen's original staff? I'm not sure doing anything there accomplishes anything because Dawson is pretty much just running Holgorsen's system as the offensive coordinator, but maybe you jettison DeForest and hire a proven quarterbacks coach. Dawson had never been just a QB coach until he was moved there to replace Jake Spavital and make room for Lonnie Galloway to coach receivers. And no one can say West Virginia's quarterback play was over the top this year.
Aside from those two, the only other assistant who didn't just join the staff (Ron Crook, Brian Mitchell, Tony Gibson and Galloway) or seems otherwise safe (Keith Patterson) is defensive line coach Erik Slaughter. Again, I have no idea about his value as a recruiter, but his defensive line play seemed fine to me, especially given the turnover there.
Other, ancillary positions might be at risk, I don't know. For instance, given the injury rate this season, what of strength and conditioning coach Mike Joseph or even the training staff?
Perhaps, though - and Holgorsen would surely argue this point - all is not as bad as it seems.
No, there are no excuses worth making for some of the losses West Virginia suffered this season, particularly the final two. And although it seems minor in the grand scheme of things, Holgorsen has tended to make - or at least be ultimately responsible for - some mind-numbing sideline gaffes.
How many times this season was WVU penalized for delay after a stoppage of play (timeout, quarter, TV break)? Early in the season at Oklahoma, there was an awful decision on challenging a play following a TV timeout (you only challenge to stop play and give the replay booth time; all plays are reviewed and the booth had plenty of time to review that one).
And there was the decision to waste three seconds at the end of the Iowa State loss by spiking the ball instead of using a timeout. There's a huge difference between eight seconds and five seconds from midfield. And even then there was another delay penalty.
But on the flip side, West Virginia was outclassed in one game. Baylor was a disaster. A 37-0 loss to Maryland was bad, but a couple of plays turned that one completely sour. And every other game, the Mountaineers either won or had a chance to win and somehow kept Oklahoma State from being in at least fringe national title game contention right now.
That's not usually the case with 4-8 teams, so see, there's another inkling of a bright spot.
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