This is my first fall juggling football season and fatherhood, and this past weekend I found myself focused more on my eight-month old son's head cold than head coaches.
With the little one tossing, turning and making plenty of noise through the baby monitor, I abandoned the idea of rest the night after West Virginia got trounced by Texas Tech, 49-14.
If I'm going to be awake all night, I might as well work.
And, as rough of a life as it seems, work for me sometimes means grabbing a legal pad and my favorite pen and sitting down with my old pal DVR.
There were notes to be jotted and frozen pizza that needed consumed.
A couple days later I sat in the Puskar Center and listened to second-year West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen harp on his team's mindset before and during the 35-point loss, the team's first blemish of the season and first defeat as a Big 12 member.
As many times as I looked at my television screen and saw Holgorsen rip off his headset in disgust and convey - in colorful terms, I'm sure - his displeasure with his players' performance against Texas Tech, I thought Holgorsen had targeted the right thing here.
After all, 14 points represented the fewest in the 19-game Holgorsen era at WVU, and it was the fewest points produced by a Holgorsen-led offense since he was an assistant coach at Texas Tech in 2007. That was a 41-10 loss at Missouri on Oct. 20 of that season - or precisely five years ago from this Saturday, which is when the Mountaineers host fourthranked and undefeated Kansas State in a nationally televised game in Morgantown. It's probably safe to assume WVU won't score in the teens again. Like Holgorsen said Tuesday, "it's not like our offense is that broke." Consider it an aberration.
Holgorsen endorsed his program's defensive schemes, too.
Permitting 49 points to Texas Tech didn't really come as much of a surprise to a team now allowing an average of 52.7 in three Big 12 games.
That unit will have to improve - somehow, someway - for No. 17 West Virginia (5-1, 2-1) to remain a conference contender in its inaugural season in the league, but the schemes and personnel aren't going to change (aside from injuries depleting the depth chart).
Opposing offenses are still going to score in bunches and the WVU offense will have to win games. Mindset it is.