MORGANTOWN - So today is Day Four of the Dan Dakich v. David Hardesty Saga That Isn't Really a Saga.
I'm sorry, but it seems little more than the product of two people who, though it happened more than 10 years ago, were still adults when it started in 2002.
Right now, you have two people trading versions of a story over a couple of radio stations. It's a silly war of words with serious implications that someone needs to address.
If what Dakich alleged over the weekend in a New York Times article is true and Hardesty, then the West Virginia University president, threatened to "destroy" Dakich for leaving the Mountaineers a week into his stay, then shame on Hardesty.
But shame on Dakich, too, for not throwing a public fit about such treatment the moment it happened.
If Dakich were threatened, two things should have followed: He should have tossed Hardesty's office upside down, and he should have called the New York Times. And the Dominion Post. And the Daily Mail. And CNN. And ESPN. And Telemundo.
Yet he didn't. This is a man who has hosted a radio sports talk show for years now. He paraded around college basketball 10 years ago explaining his very understandable reason for ditching WVU. Did he never once in between think the alleged threat was worth mentioning?
I could imagine an angry Hardesty lashing out at a tense time. I could see Dakich falling victim to the moment and embellishing a little in an emotional recounting of the events of 10 years ago. And I can understand the widespread skepticism directed at both.
Dakich said on his ESPN talk show in Indianapolis on Tuesday that he didn't remember if punches were thrown in a weight room incident where he said he "went off." And that was after subjecting players to some very arcane discipline in his brief time on campus. But really, who among us hasn't forgotten a rebellion?
Hardesty a day earlier was about as straight as a question mark in presenting his version of events. "If the term 'destroy' came up, it was in a completely different context," he said on the MetroNews Talkline show.
Who's right and who's wrong? I just don't know. And I'm not even sure I care as a beat writer covering the WVU athletic department. And nor should any fan of WVU's athletic department. This isn't something Athletic Director Oliver Luck or Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Keli Cunningham should sweat.
Nothing Hardesty is alleged to have done is an infraction today, nor would it have been then. Unethical? Immoral? Brutish? Sure, but nothing that was going to get WVU in trouble with the NCAA.