The game was set up for Sims. It was set up for WVU to at least finish on a semi-positive note.
Then Holgorsen and company found a way to blow it.
"Obviously a disappointing way to end the game," he said. "A disappointing way to end a disappointing season."
To say the least.
It leaves one wondering. How does WVU sell this program now, at least in the short term.
How does Holgorsen sell it to recruits, except to promise early playing time? That only goes so far. The best want to play with the best.
How does WVU sell this to the Mountaineer fanbase?
The only possibility from this vantage point at this time is to name recruit William Crest next season's starter - if he's able to get to Morgantown early. (He's trying.)
That probably won't happen though. Which leaves WVU and athletic director Oliver Luck with a more-than-tough sell. There are no viable stars on which to build a rallying campaign, unless the school touts Rushel Shell, a transfer from Pitt who has yet to take a handoff in Morgantown. Sims, a terrific talent, is gone. Shelton Gibson, who was redshirted, might be a find.
But West Virginia's program is in a shambles. It was in shambles all season. It ended in shambles to the tune of 52-44 at home against Iowa State.
Now, Holgorsen needs to recruit some five-star players.
As well as his school's own fanbase again.
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