The fact that former coaches sometimes return to WVU as opponents is nothing new, of course. Dunlap, for one, knows all about that.
He played at West Virginia and coached in Morgantown for the better part of two decades before he lost his job when Rodriguez arrived. He would go on to stops at three other schools before returning, and at two of those jobs -- Syracuse and Marshall -- he coached against the Mountaineers.
"I've been on the other end of that, too,'' Dunlap said. "I'm on the wrong sideline and (the fans) are getting after me. And I'm like, 'Wait a minute. I'm one of you guys.'
"It's a strange feeling. But that's our profession. They don't make any new schools. There's only so many schools and when the musical chairs stop sometimes you're in somebody else's chair.''
If anyone on the Pitt staff is likely to get a rude reception from the fans at Mountaineer Field, it will probably be Gibson and Magee.
Gibson is a state native (Boone County) who was connected at the hip to Rodriguez, who is not exactly the state's favorite son. Magee left in a blaze of controversy when he accused WVU of racism when he says he wasn't afforded an opportunity to become Rodriguez's successor.
Graham, though, was just a nice guy with no real West Virginia ties who left after two years to return to his roots in Tulsa. He became the defensive coordinator there, then used that as a springboard to head coaching jobs at Rice, Tulsa and now Pitt.
"Coach Rodriguez gave me an opportunity there, so there's a very special place in my heart for West Virginia,'' Graham said. "But it's coaching. In this business, to be successful and to be a head coach you have to move. And I've moved to get to this point.
"And it's not just me. There's five of our coaches who were (at West Virginia). But there's no awkwardness. We're focused on Pitt and what we're doing.
"I can tell you that everyone who works for me has tremendous respect for West Virginia, just like I have tremendous respect for Rice or Tulsa and the places I've been and the people who have helped me along the way.''