MORGANTOWN - As it turns out, all the bells and whistles that go along with the offense that Dana Holgorsen is about to bring to West Virginia are pretty much just window dressing.
Oh, there's a purpose to everything, for certain. All of the formations and the glitz and the glamour are part of the product (which, by the way, is not to be confused with The Product).
But underlying it all is a simplicity of theory that seems almost contradictory to the end result, but really is at its root.
Take Holgorsen's theory on play calling as it relates to running the football. This season at Oklahoma State, Holgorsen had great success running the ball, but the Cowboys still were not to be confused with the Rich Rodriguez spread.
"If it works, do it again,'' Holgorsen said. "But if you hand it off and it sucks, you probably shouldn't do it again.''
Doesn't get much simpler than that.
Holgorsen's offensive philosophy, at its heart, is not all that complicated, he said.
"What we try to do, aside from trying to get first downs and touchdowns, the No. 1 thing we're trying to do with these guys is trying to teach them to play smart,'' he said Wednesday during a brief stop in Morgantown. "If you don't turn the ball over and you don't have penalties and you move forward, you have a chance to be successful.''
How that will translate into what West Virginia's offense becomes next season and beyond that remains to be seen. Even Holgorsen doesn't know.
A disciple of Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, Holgorsen in the past four years has been the offensive coordinator at three different schools. He worked under Leach at Texas Tech, moved on to two years at Houston and then this season was at Oklahoma State.
At each of those stops, to the casual observer at least, his offense might have appeared the same. But it wasn't.