MORGANTOWN - Already there is just a different vibe around West Virginia's football program. And that's perfectly understandable after the Mountaineers in essence traded in old school for new school in replacing Bill Stewart with Dana Holgorsen.
That's not a knock on either, of course. Old school works for some and new school for others. It's a matter of choice.
But old school or new school, how much the actual day-to-day operations change at West Virginia, at least right away, might not be all that significant.
Holgorsen understands that the 2011 season is already nearly 50 percent in the books. No, the first game hasn't even been played - and, technically, the first practice hasn't been held - but let's face it, this college football thing is a year-round deal. It began with winter conditioning and spring practice and now summer work in the weight room.
Trying to put on the brakes and go in a different direction this late in the game wouldn't be wise.
And so from a football perspective, on the field, little will change that hadn't already changed during spring practice. Holgorsen has already put his stamp on the offense and he trusts defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and the defensive staff to do their jobs. And at this point, what choice does he have?
Special teams? Well, there may be some tweaks there.
"We changed the scheme from our kickoff return and punt return units. Coach [Daron] Roberts brought his own scheme in. Punt and kickoff the schemes are fine and those guys will continue to do what they've been doing for the past few years,'' Holgorsen said. "Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh has changed what the PAT/field goal unit is like and that's one area of concern that was, let's just face it, it was bad. So we're going to change that and get better at that.''
Holgorsen also has no problem with the strength and conditioning, with the training staff, with most of the other components of the program. He may eventually make some changes there, too, but not in midstream.
What is likely to change is simply the way the program moves forward. Holgorsen will try to put his own mark on the facilities, on the summer camps, etc.
"Things that I can make a change in and feel they're necessary, I'm going to,'' Holgorsen said. "But from an Xs and Os, who-is-coaching-you standpoint, it doesn't need to change.''
Again, though, is he in a position to do that now? Well, some things yes, others no.