THERE'S BEEN as much debate within the Mountain State over West Virginia's football team as there has over the presidential race.
Everyone - at least everyone I run into - has a theory on the Mountaineer collapse.
Frankly, sometimes I wonder whether DeForest should take a page from hoops coach Bob Huggins' book. When Huggins first hit Morgantown and his team had defensive struggles, he told the players to go back to the 1-3-1 that John Beilein taught. It worked.
The 3-3-5 is not a master plan. Arizona, where Casteel now works, is 10th-worst nationally in terms of passing yards a game. It is No. 83 of 120 in scoring defense. But it does allow teams to use smaller, faster players. It is more confusing to offensive linemen. It is easier to understand for younger players. You have a gap; attack it.
Also, when has WVU ever been this bad defensively? Players have graduated and been replaced every year.
But, hey, WVU athletic director and former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck would know better than I, right? So I called and asked his take. I asked if he's met with Holgorsen and/or DeForest concerning the defensive sieve.
"My policy," he said, "is to refrain from commenting on any WVU team during the season. I'll stick to that."
DeForest, in case you're wondering, has a three-year deal that extends through Jan. 30, 2015, which pays him $500,000 a year.