MORGANTOWN - Well, at least there's one guy who doesn't really care who West Virginia's starting quarterback is in Saturday's opener against William & Mary.
Sure, Jimmye Laycock is understandably curious, just as is everyone else.
"As far as our preparation is concerned, it doesn't make any difference at all,'' William & Mary's 33rd-year head coach said Monday. "We haven't seen them, but if they're at West Virginia, they're good players.''
Well, as it turns out, Laycock and the Tribe might just see both Paul Millard and Clint Trickett Saturday. Perhaps the smart money right now says that Dana Holgorsen has his favorite among the pair of juniors and he just doesn't want to say. Maybe he likes the idea of keeping both on their toes right up to the end.
Then again, Holgorsen swears that's not the case. He's adamant that at this point, it's a coin flip. And with no evidence to contradict that, well, we'll just have to assume he's really torn.
"If we were playing tomorrow, that would be the case," Holgorsen said when asked if there was a chance that both Millard and Trickett would somehow be worked into Saturday's opener as a bit of a final exam. "They've both risen their game and are competing pretty good. How it plays out, I don't know yet. We thankfully have practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday to see where we're at."
On Sunday night, West Virginia issued a depth chart that listed Millard "or'' Trickett as the starting quarterback. The only thing clear is that the odd man out is redshirt freshman Ford Childress.
"We had to cut Ford's reps a little but, just because the other two were playing a little bit better," Holgorsen said Monday. "Ford's probably going to end up being a tremendous quarterback for us, no doubt. But it's just really hard to rep three quarterbacks.
"We had to narrow it down and once we did that, both Clint and Paul looked good. So we thought it was warranted to keep the competition going."
Of course, that wasn't the plan. It never was. In fact, it was just 12 days ago that Holgorsen rather famously said, in reference to all his starters, that if it was a week later and he still hadn't made all the decisions, "I'd start to get antsy.''