MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dana Holgorsen has something he'd like to tell you about his offense, though West Virginia's football coach knows you're probably not willing to accept it.
"You can see some things happening that show improvement," he said this week. "Whether you want to believe that or not, you can see some things."
By his estimation, the players who throw, catch and run the ball for the Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) and those who block for the aforementioned have figured out fundamentals and are tacking down technique. They're playing past mistakes and pushing through difficult spots to find ones they find more enjoyable.
These are the things that normally happen before the season and not after six games, but there's very little that's normal about these Mountaineers, their three quarterbacks, their two embarrassing defeats and their one upset of a ranked opponent.
"I wish I was sitting here after six games saying that we know who we are, where we're at and where we're going," Holgorsen said. "That's not the current situation."
The honesty doesn't make the reality easier to accept. Fact is, many of these issues shouldn't be there. A program should replenish the talent supply. Changes to the coaching staff that result in changes in tactics should first consider the capability of the personnel.
But three quarterbacks are still three quarterbacks. Two shoulder injuries are oftentimes too much to overcome. The fact both Ford Childress and Clint Trickett are new and working with new players only complicates matters.
"We've got a quarterback trying to throw a post route to five different guys that he's never thrown that to," Holgorsen said. "Based on how fast the receivers are and the relationship between the quarterback and that specific receiver, the ball needs to be thrown accordingly. This is stuff that happens in the course of a second."
Well, don't look now - not in the middle of an open week before WVU tangles with another volatile offense, and another likely ranked and unbeaten opponent, when No. 20 Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0) comes to town Oct. 19 - but the basketball team is seemingly stuck in the same predicament.
The program hasn't replenished the roster, which this season will have two junior college transfers and four freshmen. The new players won't quickly do what Bob Huggins wants them do to because one junior college transfer will probably be prohibited from playing, one freshman forward is either injured, ineligible or both and because the other two big bodies who are supposed to play inside are freshmen who aren't used to playing the way WVU wants to play.
All in all, it's lining up like another story about a team with a lot of new receivers and a lot of pressure on the quarterback to get to know who does what.