MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen didn't dip into whatever tape archives he might have this week to pull out old Tulsa games as a refresher course.
Nor did Todd Graham spend a lot of time rehashing and studying games involving Houston and Oklahoma State.
For starters, both men have pretty good memories, so they don't need reminders of what happened the last time they faced each other. Or the time before that. Or the time before that.
But the real issue here is not the past, but the present.
When Holgorsen and West Virginia meet Graham and Pitt Friday night at Mountaineer Field in the 104th Backyard Brawl, it will be the fourth straight season the two have faced each other. Graham was the coach at Tulsa and Holgorsen the offensive coordinator for two years at Houston and one at Oklahoma State.
The teams Holgorsen and Graham coached played each other each of those years.
But using any of those games as a study tool is rather pointless, both insist. In addition to the obvious - the personnel on the field is completely different - there's the not-so-small matter of this:
The schemes have changed, too.
"Yes, there is familiarity on both sides of the ball,'' Graham said of the transplanted coaching staffs at both schools. "But [Holgorsen] is very adaptive, just like we are. If you look at what we're doing, it isn't exactly what we did at Tulsa. And if you look at what he's doing, it's not exactly what he did at Oklahoma State or at Houston.''
For Pitt and Graham, that's probably a good thing because Tulsa never had much success against Holgorsen. Yes, there was the 46-45 shootout Houston won in 2009 - the one after which Holgorsen accused Graham of telling his players to fake injuries to slow the Cougars' offensive tempo - but the other two were blowouts.
Houston won the 2008 game 70-30, and Oklahoma State set a school record with 717 yards in a 65-28 rout of Tulsa in 2010.