MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dana Holgorsen's tenure at West Virginia began in action, if not in actuality, Wednesday morning. It was National Signing Day across college football and the offensive coordinator for 2011 and head coach beginning in 2012 would preside over the first class of recruits he'd one day coach.
The ceremonial part of the day, though, came when a delivery truck arrived at the team's facility, unloaded cases of Red Bull and sent them inside the Puskar Center, where they'd join a cache of Monster Energy Drink to satiate the energy-starved Holgorsen.
"It's all the same, all has the same effect. I'm not too picky," Holgorsen said with a shrug of his shoulders and a tip of the cap to the first quirk people have learned about him in the brief time he's been with the Mountaineers.
Oddly enough, the drinks arrived at a time when Holgorsen will relax for a few days and let his feet hit the floor for the first time since arriving in December and spending virtually all of last month recruiting.
"The coaches are probably getting tired of one another now, the guys on offense especially who've been traveling around together the last few weeks," Holgorsen said Thursday, in his first casual get-together with the media and an opportunity to introduce new offensive assistants Bill Bedenbaugh, Shannon Dawson and Robert Gillespie. "We've got to take a few days off and then get to work starting to coach these guys."
Holgorsen said the staff will return Feb. 14, begin working two hours a week with film and then evaluate six hours a week with an eye on the weight room and conditioning.
"That's basically where we get to know the players and hopefully get to the point where they're OK when they go outside to do things on their own," Holgorsen said.
Holgorsen and the new coaches have had brief interactions with players and most of that has been this week.
He said he brought "thousands" of video clips that are cut up into packages that show Oklahoma State plays, formations and approaches for certain situations, like against a particular blitz.
"They're coming in and watching the tape a little bit, but they don't know what they're looking at," he said. "I appreciate their efforts, but they don't know what they're looking at."
Holgorsen was then determined to make certain neither he nor anyone on the staff or under the staff's responsibility was watching the film with players.
"We're doing our best to abide by the rules of compliance around here - I get scared even saying that word," Holgorsen said, knowing quite well the team's NCAA infractions case is still ongoing. "We're following the rules. Put that in the headlines."
Holgorsen said he has met frequently and speaks every day with Keli Cunningham, the associate athletic director for governance and compliance.
"I feel like we're dating," he said.