MORGANTOWN - With recruiting in the rear-view mirror at least for the time being, Dana Holgorsen will soon have his first real opportunity to get down to the nitty-gritty of evaluating personnel and beginning the process of installing West Virginia's new offense.
Two things he said on Thursday about that process are sure to strike a pleasant chord with those who have been dissatisfied with recent Mountaineer offenses.
When asked the basic difference fans in the stands might expect to see next season, he went straight to the point.
"Hopefully points. Let's start there,'' Holgorsen said. "We've got to get it in the end zone. That's the goal.''
And for the really hard-core critics of recent WVU offenses, there was his take on the notion of completely starting from scratch.
"I have absolutely no interest in what happened here last year offensively. I don't know what they did,'' Holgorsen said. "Football's already hard enough. You don't need to enter a bunch of other stuff into one equation.''
The point being, forget everything that went on in the past and everything that was taught. That's not so much a criticism of what was done in the past, but rather an effort to simply wipe the slate clean.
Holgorsen was hired in December as West Virginia's offensive coordinator for the 2011 season and the replacement for Bill Stewart as head coach in 2012. Since being hired, he has spent little actual time in Morgantown because the past two months have been spent on the road recruiting.
In fact, Holgorsen hasn't even spent much time watching tape of last year's offense even to get an idea what his returning personnel can do. Certainly he will do some of that between now and the start of spring practice, but for the most part he wants to discover things on his own and see first-hand what he has to work with during his first season.
"Over the course of the next five weeks we'll get that figured out,'' Holgorsen said. "Or we'll think we've got it figured out. And then we'll practice about three times and discover that we didn't have it figured out. It's a gradual deal, but we're not playing a game next week.''
For Holgorsen, this is nothing new. This is the third time in four years that he has installed his offense from the ground up. He did it first at Houston and then, after two years there, last year at Oklahoma State. Both times, the players caught on quickly and the offenses flourished.