"You'd be amazed at what it was like, from TVs to screens to furniture," he said. "It goes back to recruiting as far as wanting to have stuff that is functional and wanting to have nice stuff so you can sway a recruit."
Holgorsen points to the dark brown, wooden blinds that line the long, large windows looking out into the parking lot. The blinds, he said, signify progress.
"Those are relatively cheap," he said. "But if you come in here and they're old and dirty or if you go into an assistant coach's office and they're crooked, it just looks like crap. You want a kid to come in and sit in your office and have it look professional. It matters. Perception is everything."
WVU has been planning and performing renovations for the academic area for players and meeting rooms for coaches. They'll all have more space and better technology and Holgorsen believes that leads to more productivity.
The coaches' offices have all been updated so they have matching furniture, as opposed to a variety of pieces, and new large, flat-screen TVs "that actually let them watch film now," Holgorsen said. Film was further addressed by buying high definition video equipment.
"It's all about preparation," Holgorsen said. "You've only got so many hours a week you can meet with the kids and only so many hours a week you can prepare for an opponent. What's the point in practicing if you can't film it and learn from it? What's the point of practicing if you can't sit down with a kid and show him exactly what he did right and what he did wrong?
"One of the first things we did was fix the quality of the film. We'd be watching the opponent and we couldn't make out the numbers on the jerseys. So we fixed the TVs and the quality of the film, which means we can learn better now."
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Holgorsen believes the best way to attain success is to keep things simple. The fact he needs three days to install his offense is famous now. Friends and foes find it hard to believe he takes about two dozen plays into a game. It's no different when it comes to prettying his program. He's focused only on where his team meets and practices.
"The glitz and glamor stuff, I don't care about," he said. "I just want to function."
The meeting areas are being addressed, which has Holgorsen ready to look toward where his team practices.
"The weight room is used 365 days out of the year and that's no different than practice," he said. "The functionality of our weight room is an issue that's high on the list. That's got to be changed."
Outside of the Puskar Center, WVU has other problems. Holgorsen would prefer to practice on grass around 80 percent of the time.
He can only use the grass practice field for about two weeks before the turf is too damaged to continue. He said the indoor practice facility "doesn't exist, unless it's offseason conditioning," because it has a 70-yard field and a low ceiling that prevents any type of constructive kicking or punting.
The Mountaineers are instead left with the stadium, and that's not ideal, either.
"First, it's not big enough," he said. "It's a field-and-a-quarter when everybody in the world has at least two full practice fields. We're tripping over each other in there.
"To me, practicing in there every now and then is something special. Playing games in there is something special. But now being in there is like an everyday thing. So it's space and it's that Mountaineer Field needs to be special. You need to be in there when it's time to be in there."
WVU is handcuffed, though, because there isn't much room available at the football complex. If there was, the indoor building might be bigger or there would already be an extra grass field.
"You can find room," Holgorsen said. "There's a lot of space out there. We can do something. But that's long-term. I understand that. I'm not mad about that."
Indeed, Holgorsen and his boss, Athletic Director Oliver Luck, have discussed this in depth on numerous occasions. Luck understands Holgorsen's need to grow and Holgorsen grasps the trouble they'll have with the close confines surrounding the stadium and the expanding Ruby Memorial Hospital nearby.
"There are some things we can look at and brainstorm about," Luck said. "The architects we're working with are looking at some things at the Puskar building and the stadium concourse and they're looking at some really radical ideas about just the land use. But the bottom line is it's tight over there and you're bumping up against homes and apartments that have been there 40 or 50 years.
"It's something we have to look at when it's doable with regard to time and finances."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.