"Was that a big win for the program? Yes,'' Holgorsen said. "Was it good for recruiting and branding and all the rest of that? Absolutely. Does it count as a championship? No. It counts as one win. It counts the same as Baylor did, which was the same as Marshall minus the conference standings.
"Our goal is to win the conference and those two wins were equal. There's no difference between the Texas win and the Baylor win.''
Not that the Sunnyside denizens will take that to heart, mind you. There's simply a tradition of setting fires after big football wins in Morgantown. We all know that. It used to be quaint, perhaps a couch or two would be set ablaze. It was still dangerous and the police and fire departments still had to deal with it, but it was also far less frequent. Only the biggest of wins would spark - literally - a celebration.
Now it's just about any win and often times a frustrating loss. And despite crackdowns by police and school officials - not to mention the prevalence of cell phone cameras recording it all - it just keeps getting worse, not better.
It's enough to make anyone with any sort of common sense - a trait obviously lacking among a small group of students - wonder, what are they thinking?
"I don't understand what was so special about it,'' Holgorsen said. "[Unless] they were using that as some sort of an excuse to get rowdy.''
Exactly. And the hope here is that there's enough video and photographic evidence to charge and expel a number of students sizeable enough to send a real message.
And then perhaps more suitable celebrations can take place.
"If it had anything to do with some sort of a special win,'' Holgorsen said, "then I would encourage everybody involved to get used to wins like that.''
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