MORGANTOWN - It was shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday and chances are Dana Holgorsen had already been tipped off that something was happening.
West Virginia's impending move to the Big 12 was still in its public-information infancy, but athletic director Oliver Luck had already begun informing his coaches one by one.
Maybe Holgorsen had already received the call, maybe not. But the Mountaineer football coach wasn't letting on one way or another.
"I don't have any dealings with that. If I had an opinion I don't even know who I'd call,'' Holgorsen said. "If I called Oliver and Dr. [James] Clements [the school's president] they'd probably laugh at me and say, 'You need to worry about Rutgers.' Which is true - 100 percent true.''
Still, there aren't many in West Virginia's athletic department who have enough relatively fresh information to be able to draw comparisons between the league West Virginia is leaving, the Big East, and the one it now seems certain to enter, the Big 12.
Bob Huggins can speak to it. He was the basketball coach at Kansas State just four years ago. But he was only in the league for a year.
Luck himself was around the Big 12 for years while living in Houston, but that was primarily as a fan.
And then there is Holgorsen. He spent the last 11 years in the Southwest, all but two of them coaching in the Big 12. He was on the staff at Texas Tech for eight years and last year was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. Only in 2008 and 2009 was he out of the league at Houston.
Granted, Holgorsen might still be feeling his way through the Big East, but he has intimate knowledge of the Big 12.
His take on the difference between the two, not surprisingly, begins with offensive football.
"It's different,'' Holgorsen said. "If you look at all the Big 12 - Texas, Baylor, [Texas] Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State - they're all spread [offenses]. Kansas State? Coach [Bill] Snyder's still doing things the way he did them 40 years ago, which is obviously being incredibly successful.
"I'm only two games into the Big East, but based on what I've seen it's a little different.''
Even that is changing, though. West Virginia, of course, has been a spread team on offense for a decade now, but the Rich Rodriguez spread wasn't quite the same. But with the arrival of Holgorsen at West Virginia, Todd Graham at Pitt and a handful of shifts elsewhere, the Big East has been making the transition.