MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- All this week I've been sharing - and hopefully you've been reading - stories about the most modern ways West Virginia teams work toward wins and successful seasons.
This is a part of college sports now, an extension of the evolution that's brought us from the way games were once played during seasons to where we are now as teams have spring practice and overseas tours, offseason conditioning and training camps.
We've witnessed the proliferation of weight rooms to make players more physically capable. These technological advancements are how programs either find players to make them more physically capable or make those players more prepared to live up to great expectations.
Gymnastics has capitalized on the YouTube boom to cast a larger recruiting net. Volleyball wheels a camera, television and TiVo around practice to provide instant feedback. Men's soccer will have unprecedented views of the pitch in the fall. Volleyball and soccer make use of advanced statistical scouting programs that are about to take off in basketball.
The games and their secrets exist now well beyond the box score. It's a vast and still undiscovered territory where people will gain wealth and fame, either by inventing and marketing an application or an idea or by simply making the most of whatever comes available.
The future is coming. There are rules against certain technology or when it can be used. I'm confident some of the Mountaineers haven't been completely honest with me about what they have or do, probably because they want to maintain whatever advantage they have with whatever methods they subscribe to.
There is something for everyone, but this is not to say the world's new ways are for everyone.
We can agree West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey is good at what he does. Given that generally accepted opinion, we could probably safely presume he's riding along with the advancements so he can better recruit, scout, teach and anticipate. He just has to be big on numbers and expected outcomes and all the sabermetrics, right?
"I'm probably going to answer your question with my next question," Mazey said. "What is sabermetrics?"
He's not being philosophical. He's being serious. Numbers are for scoreboards, putouts and the backs of jerseys.