Legg emphasizes that all sentimentality must be cut short. Really, really, really short.
"West Virginia University will always be a part of my life; I have two degrees that hang on my wall that say, 'West Virginia University,' and that will never change," he said. "But in this profession, loyalty will lie with where you're at. On that one day, on that given day, I'm all green and white, I'm all about Marshall.
"Now, the other 364 days a year, I root like crazy for the Mountaineers to be successful in whatever they're doing. It can be a little awkward, there's no question, but I have to lock in because I owe it to my kids and owe it to the staff to be on point and put our guys in the best position to be successful. That's my job, and I have to get my job done to the best of my ability."
Seider leaves no doubt where his loyalties lie.
"Hey, our blood is green and white," he said. "Their blood up there is blue and gold. And if anybody on that [staff] says they've got green and white blood, they're full of it. Just like if I said I've got blue and gold blood right now, I'm full of it. I am green and white; I am Marshall."
Holliday hung around Morgantown longer than Legg and Seider combined - he played or coached at WVU from 1976-1999, then again from 2008-09. He shows next to no sentimentality, but he's not given to that anyway.
"You walk in there, you may have a few thoughts," he said. "Once you get going, there's one thing on your mind - that's find a way to win the game, period. There are no issues with that."
In many respects, the Herd's trip this weekend will be much the same as scheduled journeys to Houston, West Lafayette, Hattiesburg, Birmingham and Greenville. The Herd will take the bus from its hotel to the stadium, unload players and equipment and make themselves at home in whatever visiting quarters. Barring weather delays - dare we bring up the 2011 marathon again - they will use that home for roughly five to six hours.
Before, during and after, Seider will put in some more study time.
"It's decent," he said of the locker room. "As I said, I remember that being a study hall. It's better than some places I've been, let's put it that way."
Seider's boss might beg to different.
"There's not a whole lot of good visitors' locker rooms anywhere, and that's including that one," Holliday said. "Especially when you spend about nine hours in there."
Penn State transfer Derrick Thomas, who is battling for a starting spot at cornerback, is changing his jersey number from No. 37 to No. 2.
Two things about the change: It avoids a conflict with Kevin Grooms, No. 37, but it also is Tron Martinez's number. That's a possible sign the leading rusher of 2011 could miss the season and redshirt.
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