But the real point that everyone misses when they try to reduce moves like these is that it's a two-way street. I think everyone can agree that West Virginia doesn't have the appeal that tradition-laden Oklahoma has, or that coaching a Heisman winner has, or that playing in front of 100,000 people in the SEC has. But don't forget that people are moving here, too.
Holgorsen has filled four of the five openings on his staff and will fill the fifth soon. He has to, given that spring practice begins Sunday. And while you're arguing lateral moves or a steppingstone job or whatever you're calling it, consider that three of the four new hires are coming from BCS programs where fans are asking, "Why would he move to West Virginia?''
Ron Crook left Stanford, where all the Cardinal has done is play in three straight BCS bowls and lost four games in his two seasons. Tony Gibson came from Arizona State, leaving the security of his long relationship with Rich Rodriguez and a chance to resurrect that program. Lonnie Galloway left a Wake Forest program that has struggled of late, but was in an Orange Bowl not that long ago and is in his home state.
Only Brian Mitchell, who was jobless after being fired as the defensive coordinator at East Carolina, probably didn't have to think twice about whether going to West Virginia was the right move. The rest had to weigh the pros and cons.
Just as Spavital, Bedenbaugh and Gillespie did.
There's no telling what motivates these guys to move around like they do. Sometimes it's obvious - a better program, more money, a promotion, whatever. Sometimes it's just the fit. It can be argued that all three of the coaches who left saw a better fit. It can certainly be argued that guys like Crook and Gibson, West Virginia natives, saw a better fit.
Sometimes it's not the program. Often times it's not the money or the prestige. It's almost never the nefarious things people tend to imagine are going on behind the scenes.
It's just the nature of the game.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.