MORGANTOWN - Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while wondering if Charlie Weis meant to diss Dana Holgorsen and his staff or it just came off that way. Oh, and vice versa:
The guess here is that both knew what they were saying. And you've got to get a chuckle out of it, right?
To set the scene, Holgorsen seemed to go out of his way to pump up Weis and his Kansas coaching staff Monday. You've got to wonder about the underlying sarcasm there.
"They're going to coach them up. We're going to be at a major schematic disadvantage going against their coaches,'' the West Virginia coach said. "They've got coaches with tremendous pedigree that have coached everybody in the world and coached for decades and decades . . . Our coaches are going to be challenged this week to be able to match what we're going to go against.''
Well, maybe not the whole staff, but Weis won Super Bowls as Bill Belichick's offensive coordinator in New England and defensive coordinator
Dave Campo won on the same stage as the defensive coordinator in Dallas, where he later was the head coach.
Yeah, there's some experience there.
Of course, all of that is just coachspeak. And maybe this is, too, but it sure was funny.
Weis was talking about the challenge of stopping West Virginia's Tavon Austin, which his defense will try to do Saturday when the teams meet at Mountaineer Field. He referred to Austin's performance last week at Iowa State, where he returned a punt for a touchdown that was called back for a holding penalty, but then scored the winning touchdown later on offense.
"Just take two plays from last week. Take the punt return and the little pass in the flat on the left side where everyone has angles on him and he just outruns everyone,'' Weis said. "That's not coaching now. I'm sure everyone would like to sit there and stand in line and take credit for that, but that's just unusual talent and unusual speed.''
Speaking of Weis, he was also asked Monday about Notre Dame's success. The Fighting Irish are locked into the national championship game after going 12-0.