CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The WVU Classic's two-day stay in the state's capital is a major fundraiser for the Mountaineer Athletic Club. It is a fashion show, golf and tennis tournaments and reception.
It also is pretty much window dressing (Thursday and today) for a subject that is consuming West Virginia athletics these days.
Who's going to be the next WVU athletic director?
I don't know; you don't know. What's numbing many Mountaineers who usually are able to pry what's really up from loose lips is that WVU President Jim Clements seems to have this search pretty much buttoned up.
If there's a "Deep Throat" lurking among the ghosts in Stansbury Hall (well, besides Jay Jacobs), he isn't talking ... and a lot of us Woodwards and Bernsteins have been listening.
"They're all used up there to somebody knowing something," said someone who usually knows what everyone wants to know in WVU athletics. "It's driving people crazy that they don't know ... I don't think even the governor knows."
Clements, hired from Towson University, is still something of an "outsider" doing his own deal. He seems to have the usual inner circle at WVU climbing the walls.
And there's this about this momentous hire:
Clements has to get it right, because WVU (with Pac-10 and Big Ten expansion looming and the Big East seemingly in peril) has to make sure it has a strong and connected person in the AD chair very soon who can facilitate a smooth landing for the Mountaineer program ... wherever that might be.
Speaking of window dressing, that's what the screening committee named by Clements in late April really is. It's an exercise in political correctness. Clements knows who the "real" candidates are, and probably did before it was announced that 21-year AD Ed Pastilong wasn't going to stay in the job.
There are no names known that haven't been out there in the media - well, except one.
That's Bob Huggins.
There's been something louder than a rumored whisper about adding "AD" to Huggins' very large responsibilities as men's basketball coach. He'd get the big title, and WVU would hire something like a "senior associate AD" to run the day-to-day operations.
Does Huggs want to be the AD at his alma mater?
"I don't know," Huggins said, with a bit of a laugh, while "hanging out" at Berry Hills Country Club on Thursday. "I don't really want to talk about it ... Jack, I'll discuss it with you at a later date."