MORGANTOWN - When asked for his reaction to some rather odd West Virginia selections - or lack thereof - on the Big East's annual postseason all-league teams, Dana Holgorsen had precisely the right answer.
"I don't pay attention to that stuff,'' West Virginia's rookie head coach said. "I think [WVU director of football communications] Mike Montoro sent me an e-mail with some names on it. I didn't go through it and look. This is a team sport, so I could care less about that stuff.''
And, really, Holgorsen shouldn't care. What does it matter, after all?
A bunch of coaches, all with their own agendas - Holgorsen included - fill out ballots or allow their sports information people to do so. This isn't game planning. In fact, the ballots are due during game planning for most coaches, so it's usually an afterthought, if there's any thought at all.
The results, though, do make for wonderful debate among those who either care or have little else to do. I'm not sure that I fall into either of those categories - I don't lose sleep over all-star selections and contrary to what one might believe I am pretty busy most of the time - but for the benefit of those who do, well, here are some observations:
That's right. He's not once seen his name on the official All-Big East list - first team, second team or otherwise. His name has popped up on unofficial lists - he was first team last year on the ESPN.com honor roll - but has never been handed a single piece of hardware.
If I'm mystified by that, imagine how Miller feels.
"I don't even know,'' he said when asked for his reaction to being ignored not
once, but four times. "Honestly, I went out there, I played the game the way it's supposed to be played, I played as hard as I could, represented my school as well as I could. There's really no more that I could do.
"I guess I'm just proud to be in the position we're in now, Big East champs back-to-back and headed to the Orange Bowl. You can't really argue with that. But looking back years on down the road, it is probably going to hit that I can never say I was All-Big East anything. It's probably going to hurt a few years later down the road.''