MORGANTOWN - Down at Texas Tech, they've figured out how to handle this whole quarterbacks-in-transition deal. Of course, they've had a good bit of experience in recent weeks, so now it goes pretty smoothly.
At West Virginia? Well, not so much.
Tech lost the second of its three-headed quarterback monster from last season this week when Michael Brewer said that he would finish the spring semester, get his degree and go somewhere else to play his final two seasons. Brewer had actually been the No. 1 QB at Tech heading into the season, but a back injury prevented him from playing at the start of the year and freshmen Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb shared the job and kept sharing it all year.
Mayfield, a walk-on, became the Big 12's offensive freshman of the year while splitting games with Webb. Before the Red Raiders' bowl game, he too announced he was transferring out.
West Virginia also had three quarterbacks last season - although without quite the same success - but now heading into the spring, one is gone and another on the shelf for a while after shoulder surgery.
Of course, getting any measure of official information from the locked vault that is Dana Holgorsen's program is on a need-to-know basis. You, I and anyone else with an interest? We don't need to know.
It's so petty.
Oh, not everything remains secretive, of course. There are still leaks. There always are. One of those three quarterbacks, Ford Childress, is not enrolled in school for the second semester. He was apparently suspended from the team and decided his future was elsewhere. Yet until Wednesday afternoon, four days after the world pretty much knew he was gone, his name remained on the roster.
Now, before you assume that the fact that Childress' name was still listed somewhere as a participant, know that Avery Williams was not and Edward Muldrow III was. Those are cogent points because they were deleted or added just recently, Muldrow (a junior college transfer linebacker) just this week. This is not some forgotten list of data. It's updated constantly.
Yet Childress' name remained there and the official response from the school was that neither Holgorsen nor anyone else had a comment. When his name finally disappeared Wednesday afternoon, it was with no fanfare and nary an announcement.
And, truth be told, if that's the way they want to handle it, there's obviously nothing stopping them. Ditto with Clint Trickett's shoulder surgery, which he underwent this week and will likely result in his missing at least part of the spring and perhaps all of it.
Here's a team that went 4-8 last season and is drawing fewer fans each season. It's a team that has lost 14 of its last 20 games and, in doing so, has disenfranchised a sizable portion of its fan base. OK, so it's also a program and a coach that firmly believe they're on the right track despite all of that - a contention that actually might be true.