MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while trying to imagine Clint Trickett throwing passes to Ivan McCartney:
That's not to say that it will happen, of course, save for West Virginia practices. After all, Trickett has yet to suit up for a Dana Holgorsen workout. And while McCartney has done plenty of that, last season he started all of one game, caught but nine passes and then left the team and the school.
So let's not all of a sudden fool ourselves into thinking Trickett's transfer in and McCartney's unexpected return suddenly change the entire dynamic of the Mountaineers' 2013 season.
They do make things a bit more interesting, though.
Trickett, of course, was already at a school, Florida State, where it was obvious to him that he wasn't going to play. By all accounts, he's a heady kid who took his time deciding where to jump. Given that, it's safe to assume he jumped to a school where he thought he could play right away.
McCartney? He might be the most highly regarded wide receiver West Virginia has recruited in a while, and yes, that includes the two newest St. Louis Rams. McCartney just never lived up to his billing, while Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey exceeded theirs.
McCartney has decided to try it again with his one year of remaining eligibility, and so he enrolled in summer school. Holgorsen says he will treat the high school teammate of Bailey and Geno Smith like any of the other rookies, and know that that's a deep group after WVU recruited five new wide receivers, two of whom - Kevin White and Daikiel Shorts - enrolled in January and impressed during the spring.
But if McCartney plays closer to his sophomore season (49 catches, 585 yards) than his freshman and junior years (a combined 10 catches for 116 yards), he could certainly help.
That sounds like a pair of FCS opponents, but it's only one. Georgia State is beginning its first season on the FBS level and plays its home games at the Georgia Dome.
In between those two, on Sept. 7, is a trip to Oklahoma, and after Georgia State is a game with Maryland in Baltimore.
We bring that up in part to remind you of how the season begins, but also to set the table for what WVU's schedules in the coming years look like. Write these down with a pencil, though, because as we've seen very recently they are all subject to change. Remember, only a year ago the non-conference games for 2013 were William & Mary, East Carolina and Florida State.
The following season, 2014, it's home with Towson State, on the road at Maryland and the opener at the Georgia Dome against Alabama. Before WVU moved to the Big 12 and its number of non-conference games dropped from five to three, the lineup for 2014 was Towson, Maryland, East Carolina, Michigan State and a TBA.
In 2015, the non-league games are Maryland, East Carolina and Liberty, all at home. Michigan State was once in the mix, but was dropped because of the reduced number of non-league games needed.