"Where we go from here, I don't know,'' Holgorsen said after Saturday's loss. "I was planning on going to a bowl game, but now we'll go back and do what we always do. We've got to evaluate where we're at.''
So where is West Virginia's program? Well, that's hard to tell. We talked about this earlier in the week to some extent. It's difficult to say where WVU's talent level is today as opposed to two years ago or five years ago because that talent is facing far different tests in the Big 12 than it was in the Big East.
The relativity of the talent level, however, is a moot point. It doesn't matter if WVU's players today are worse, better or the same as those that came before them. All that matters is that they aren't good enough to handle what they're being asked to handle.
And that has to change.
"Everything falls on me,'' Holgorsen said when asked if there was pressure on him to fix what ails the program, whatever that might be. "You can't just sit there and snap your fingers and fix it. You've got to keep building your program, and we've been doing that now going on a whole year. It's just not where it needs to be.''
There is, of course, no positive spin to be put on any of this. West Virginia will finish with its worst record since 2001. It will not go to a bowl game for the first time since that year. An off week prior to the finale at home with Iowa State comes at just a horrible time. Sure, there are injuries that might heal, but wouldn't getting this over with as soon as possible be the best for all concerned?
If you think of it that way - getting the season over as quickly as possible - you might even be able to squeeze a drop of blood out of this rock of a season.
"Well, we'll get back to work quicker,'' Holgorsen said of missing a bowl. "Whenever that first Monday in January is, we'll start working. And maybe we'll have a lot of players and coaches sitting at home over the holidays saying, 'Boy, it looks like everybody on TV is having a good time going to a bowl game.' And so you work harder and you recruit better.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.