And, of course, there's Laycock, who is so entrenched at William & Mary - in addition to being the head coach for more than three decades, he also played at the school - that he goes to work every day in a building named after him.
"How do you maintain your job for 34 years if you don't know what you're doing?'' Holgorsen asked.
So what is it that concerns Laycock about playing West Virginia? Well, actually nothing out of the ordinary.
"We've gone against some big teams in the past and the thing you worry about is the difference in size and speed from what we can simulate in practice,'' Laycock said. "We can't put them in a position very often where they have to practice against somebody like that. So you try to coach them up to do things right and get people to the football and play hard. That's about all you can do.
"It still comes down to football. You have good backs, good receivers, good quarterbacks you're going against, big linemen you're going against. You just have to use good technique and play hard.''
For West Virginia, perhaps one of the most important things in preparing for William & Mary is to prepare for William & Mary. That's not as simple as it sounds because the Mountaineers' second game a week from Saturday is at Oklahoma.
"We should be excited to play and it doesn't matter who we play,'' Holgorsen said. "We're tired of practicing against each other. It's time to focus on somebody else, and regardless of who that opponent is, we should be ready to play.''
With that Oklahoma game up next, Holgorsen was asked if he might save a few things for the Sooners. He can't afford, of course, to overlook William & Mary, but if it's a case of not having to use everything in the arsenal, might he hold anything back if given the chance?
"I'm for doing whatever we have to do to move the ball,'' Holgorsen said. "Or doing whatever we have to do to keep the opposing team from moving the ball forward. If that means putting your best foot forward, then I highly recommend putting your best foot forward.
"We will game plan William & Mary just like we game plan Oklahoma the next week. Whatever we feel like we're good at, we're going to go do it.''
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