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WVU WELCOMED Big 12 officials to the Puskar Center Monday to go over rule changes for the 2013 season, most notably the targeting penalty. Officials are encouraged to penalize players who launch or thrust themselves at an opponent, strike the opponent's helmet or use the crown of the helmet to punish an opponent.
The personal foul penalty, which can be reviewed, comes with an ejection for a period of four continuous quarters.
"I don't think it'll be as big a deal as people are making it out to be, much like the celebration was two years ago, much like the helmet rule last year," Holgorsen said. "Is it going to happen? Yeah, it's going to happen. In the grand scheme of things, it'll probably be minimal.
"If it happens to a guy who's not high profile, who's not a guy like Karl Joseph, we probably won't make a big deal out of it. If it happens in game one in the second half against William & Mary and they eject him and he's not playing at Oklahoma in the first half, then people are going to make a deal out of that.
"The chances of that happening are probably minimal if we do our jobs and get them to understand the rule, if we teach proper technique and what the consequences are going to be."
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THE MOUNTAINEERS ARE working their way through the NCAA's five-day acclimatization, which is the rule they violated in the 2010 preseason. Teams can only practice in helmets, jerseys and shorts the first two days and add shoulder pads the third and fourth days. Full pads are permissible on the fifth day and onward.
WVU won't have a heavy workload for a while longer, though. Holgorsen said WVU practiced Monday and will practice today and Wednesday "without any live settings" as he refines the installation of the offense and defense and brings along newcomers.
"We're evaluating them running plays," he said. "Do they know how to communicate? Do they know what to do? It's not just the quarterbacks. It's all the other position battles, as well. It's getting in position to what they're able to do when we do put them in live settings. That's when we'll start to make some decisions, but we'll go through it three more times before that."