So how about the schedule today? Spring practice No. 7 at WVU, with legitimate concerns on the interior of the offensive line since we don’t yet know what’s ailing Pat Eger’s ankle.
A vlog follows with a bevy of updates and then there are interviews with assistant coaches later in the evening.
We’ll attempt to gather more about what they’re doing and why because this spring is all about getting settled with not only certain realities in the Big 12, but with realities that WVU has a lot to learn about itself, too.
“We have to be incredibly comfortable with all three of our schemes, which we are, and we have to coach them at a high level and we have to demand that our team buys into what they’re saying,” Holgorsen said. “We have a program full of guys that are ready to step up and play when they are ready to step up, like our staff right now.”
The spring is as much about the coaches Holgorsen leads in meeting rooms as it is the players those coaches lead on the field. There are nine assistant coaches on a college team. Only one of Holgorsen’s nine is doing the same thing he did last season and defensive line coach Erik Slaughter, perhaps not surprisingly, is in charge of the group that is drawing arguably the strongest reviews so far.
Everyone else is either one of the five coaches Holgorsen hired in the offseason or one of the three who returned, though to a new role.
“I like our staff cohesion, and I like what we are doing on all three sides,” Holgorsen said. “I like the fact that the players are buying in. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to win any games. It means that everyone needs to understand what the challenges are and not take anything for granted.”
So stay tuned, and not just here. Geno Smith visits Jon Gruden QB Camp at 8:30 tonight on ESPN2.