MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The Big East Conference announced on Tuesday afternoon its members had agreed to require teams to pay $10 million to withdraw from the league.
Maybe. It came with a weird little condition and all depends on if the conference can get a new team to join before someone decides to leave.
In short, if WVU or any school wants out, it can do so for the old fee of $5 million as long as that action is taken before the Big East invites and accepts a new member.
I sat down to write this later in the day Tuesday knowing full well WVU, Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Connecticut or South Florida could be gone by the time it was edited for print, let alone by the time you read it. And yes, that's the entire remaining roster on the Big East's football side.
Anyone could go to any conference because all the Big East really did was double what a team would pay to flee the Big East.
No way $10 million total or even $10 million more is going to stop a school from getting out of a bad spot to get into a better one. And no way any of those prospective members the Big East would like to - and eventually will - invite accepts the invitation if the vote to raise the fee isn't unanimous.
In truth, college football's free agency period knows no end. Everyone's walking down the same tunnel, staring at the same light at the end and getting no nearer than they were so many steps, weeks and months ago.
And so don't expect Dana Holgorsen, the man in charge of the football team at WVU that is charged with paying the bills in the athletic department, to continue to push the level of expectations higher and higher.
It was two weeks ago when Holgorsen, in his first season and in an outfit that featured none of the symbols of the WVU coach, be it old gold or blue, a flying WV or even a coal miner's helmet with the light bulb fixed atop it, stood behind the podium at his press conference and spent four minutes waxing the team's followers.
Not waxing on the followers. Waxing them. It was kind of brutal, especially when he spoke of LSU with reverence for the way it packed its enormous stadium despite the circumstances surrounding the game, and said, "You want to talk about an elite program? That's one. I don't know about this place."
This place. Not my place, our place or the place paying him a prorated salary of $1.4 million this season. And while it may seem like he's disconnected or does not care, that's really not true. He wants the connection and he does care. That fan following he took apart is one he wants to rebuild.
WVU fans like to speak about their passionate and dedicated following. Sometimes 15,000 empty seats make a stronger argument. WVU fans rage against the idea a school like Missouri is more valuable to a conference like the SEC. Sometimes a thin crowd on cold, wet days speak louder.
"It all ties in," Holgorsen said.
The truth here is Holgorsen knows what he has and does not have and he wants to develop what's missing to complement what's present.