NEW YORK -- The idea behind being here this week was to witness history. The idea that's been hard to shake, while at the same time by no means imminent, is about the future.
West Virginia had never had two football players drafted in the same first round before Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall, a monumental moment that's evaded the program that has the most wins without a national championship.
Stop and think about the college and NFL Hall of Fame players who have played at the old and the new Mountaineer Field and feuded with Miami and South Florida, with Pitt and Penn State, with Virginia Tech and Richmond, with Washington & Lee and Washington & Jefferson. Realize none of those good teams and great champions had two players skilled enough to be picked in the same first round.
WVU's first ever draft pick was Joe Stydahar, a first-rounder from Shinnston in 1936. There were just seven other first-round picks before the Seattle Seahawks snatched Bruce Irvin early last year. The Mountaineers have had gaps of 20, 18 and 10 years between first round picks, but Tavon Austin cut the wait to just 12 months when the St. Louis Rams selected him with the No. 8 pick.
While the world waited to hear Geno Smith's name, Austin still gave WVU a distinction. The Mountaineers had never had first-round picks in consecutive years.
The mind now races to the future and wonders who among the current Mountaineers will catch an owner's eye or convince a general manager to draw up a big contract. Is he on the roster? Was he just toiling in a junior college or a high school gym class? Have the assistant coaches been out recruiting him this week?
Or is this a trick question?
The name that entertains the frontal lobe most is Dana Holgorsen's.
Laugh, scoff, turn the page, click the mouse or simply pause for a moment. NFL teams are simultaneously drafting college players and mimicking college offenses. The cycle is coming back again to hiring college coaches.