IF YOU don't believe it's a new era in West Virginia University football, ask new head coach Dana Holgorsen the feelings he anticipates as he runs onto Mountaineer Field this Sunday.
Consider he's been an assistant at Valdosta State, Mississippi College, Wingate, Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma State.
He's helped teams to 11 bowl appearances and coached players like Michael Crabtree, now of the San Francisco 49ers, Graham Harrell, now of the Green Bay Packers, and Wes Welker, now of the New England Patriots.
But he's never been the head coach on game day. Not for a single play.
That moment, however, will come Sunday, when WVU plays host to Marshall.
Finally, the kid from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, the graduate of Iowa Wesleyan, will get his shot.
And as he runs out of that tunnel and onto the field in Morgantown, he'll be thinking about ...
"The task at hand," he said.
Yep. Bill Stewart is gone. No reminiscing about the hometown. No yarns. No lubing of worlds or matching of mountains. Holgorsen will be focusing on the task at hand.
"That's the only way I know how to do it," said the Mountaineer coach. "Getting all sentimental doesn't do any good. It's going to be as routine as can be.
"We treated [Wednesday] like our usual game-week Tuesday because the game is on Sunday. After that, we'll go into our Wednesday routine."
He stopped for a chuckle.
"Earth-shattering stuff, huh?"
He did, however, take a moment to reflect on the first time the idea of becoming a head coach entered his brain.
"It was when I was at Iowa Wesleyan," he said. "I looked at [then-head coach] Hal Mumme and [then-offensive coordinator] Mike Leach and figured I wanted to do what they did.