OK, SO the year didn't exactly go out with a bang for West Virginia's athletic department.
The Mountaineer football team dropped like the Times Square ball in losing to North Carolina State in the Champs Sports Bowl. (On the upside, hey, at least it wasn't in a BCS game.)
On Wednesday, meanwhile, the WVU basketball team was flatter than Jillian Michaels' belly in its Big East opener against St. John's.
There was, however, one bright spot for the West Virginia program.
The Valero Alamo Bowl.
In case you missed it, Oklahoma State blew past Arizona by 36-10 in that game, and incoming Mountaineer offensive coordinator and head coach in waiting Dana Holgorsen received more television air time than the head referee. He certainly received more than his boss, OSU head coach Mike Gundy.
Also on display was the wide-open offense coming to a Mountaineer Field near you. No, it wasn't the blistering attack Holgorsen guided for most of the season, a season that saw Oklahoma State finish No. 1 among all NCAA offenses. The Cowboys had 312 yards, more than 200 below their average. (Take a moment and consider that.)
But WVU fans watching the OSU offense had to be drooling. It had the feel of Mountaineer days of yore, when every time Pat White took a snap one felt WVU could score.
Oh, and there was also news for those still not sold on Holgorsen.
The Wall Street Journal published a story that pointed to research from Winthrop Intelligence, a North Carolina firm that provides athletic directors with information with which to base decisions.
"TCU's defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas and Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen packed the biggest wallop for their schools in 2010," says the report. "Winthrop's formula evaluates each coordinator based on the percentage of yards and points their units scored or allowed compared to the other teams their opponents played.