MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Want to know what Dana Holgorsen hopes to read about his West Virginia football team today?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Spring football is finished. The draft is done. It'll be months before good things begin to happen, which means the alternative is all that's available.
If the Mountaineers coach had his way, he'd go all the way through the end of July and neither see nor hear anything about the team that's about to take great expectations into the Big 12 Conference beginning next season.
Oh, glowing features and optimistic columns will be typed from now until then, but he'll ignore them, even the ones he contributes to along the way. That's the way he and so many other coaches happen to be wired. If he and his coaches and their players are doing their jobs, be it individually or collectively, the attention is merely a byproduct.
The lead position on your favorite dot-com, the spot above the fold on the front page of your local sports section, the magazine covers? Comes with the territory, and since he didn't get into the business for any of that, he's not going to get excited and pay much attention to them now.
Yet if his gaze is drawn to a particular periodical sometime soon, it's quite likely for the wrong reason and it probably contains the following statement we've come to know too well:
"I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering facts at this time. I will take appropriate action when all the facts are in."
That's the canned response Holgorsen issues when someone steps out of bounds off the field. And that is WVU's concern right now, before the Mountaineers meet Marshall or battle with Baylor's Bears.
The players are dealing with their final exams this week and then have time to themselves for a vacation, of sorts, before returning to summer school May 21. The NCAA rules will keep the coaches separate from the players, which translates into the players having a lot of time on their hands.
You don't need to have spent a lot of time in Armstrong Hall to solve that equation.
"There are a whole bunch of eyes on these guys," Holgorsen said after the spring game a little more than one delightfully uneventful week ago. "That's just the reality of West Virginia football."