WVU DID get some good news about its quarterbacks. Quarterback Clint Trickett, who Holgorsen said was knocked out in the first quarter against Texas, "is in a much better spot" and practiced Tuesday. The Mountaineers are closer to giving him some company.
Holgorsen said Ford Childress is nearing where he needs to be to practice after tearing his right pectoral muscle against Maryland.
"We anticipate Clint coming back and being fine and Ford is closer to 90 percent now," Holgorsen said. "He'll probably start repping this week. Whether he's good enough for them to be meaningful reps or not, we'll have to see what it looks like."
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WVU'S 11-YEAR streak of playing in a bowl game is in jeopardy and the Mountaineers (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) have to win Saturday's noon game at Kansas (2-7, 0-6) and the Nov. 30 game against Iowa State (1-8, 0-6).
"It's what the expectations are, certainly," Holgorsen said. "We're going to do everything in our power to get there. I know that."
Holgorsen's streak is two years longer. He hasn't missed a bowl in his 13 seasons as a Division I assistant or head coach. His contract earns him $25,000 for making a bowl and another $25,000 for winning the game, but Holgorsen said it's worth more to him in another aspect.
"It's a reward for the seniors," he said. "That's the No. 1 thing. You can say it's good for development. You can say you can go win one on TV and get a trophy for the case and all that stuff. It's positive and it's a good experience for the kids. It's good experience for the coaches and their families and the fans. All that stuff's good, but it's a reward for the seniors.
"We've got about 12 seniors who have been fantastic. We're talking about guys who have been though a lot of transitions, from coaching staffs to conferences to a lot of different stuff. We've got a collection of guys who want to keep playing."
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HOLGORSEN FOUND out like many others did Monday that WVU President Jim Clements was leaving office to take the same job at Clemson: By surprise.
"I was watching film and got the news and it was disappointing news for me and for WVU," he said. "Jim's a great ally, a great friend and he's done a tremendous job for WVU. I thank him for all the hard work he's done."
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