MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dana Holgorsen is going to get what he wants. That's not an opinion. It's a fact.
Plans are in place at West Virginia for the football coach to have an addition built onto the team's headquarters at the Puskar Center that will function as the Mountaineers' meeting room.
The one WVU uses now is cramped and dated and makes simple things like seeing around the tall or massive football player in front of you extremely difficult, which is a problem when a lot of the time in that room is spent watching film.
This project, though, has nothing to do with the rant Holgorsen refreshed at his weekly press conference Tuesday, when he said he had a list of upgrades he wanted and that he didn't think he was being "unreasonable" to want better places to meet and practice.
It sounded harsh, mostly because he called the indoor practice facility "dysfunctional" and then said WVU could only fix it if it were to "blow it up," but also because he'd lost to Kansas three days earlier and the Mountaineers will be at home for bowl season for the first time since 2001.
But it wasn't a shot across the desk of Athletic Director Oliver Luck or a threat of any variety from the coach who is 11-13 since WVU joined the Big 12 and 6-11 in conference play.
"None of what he said was news to me," said Matt Borman, the executive director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club, which is the athletic department's fundraising group. "I've known those are items that he thinks need to be upgraded for months now."
What Holgorsen never said, what he never allowed himself to explain, was that the Mountaineers are close to that new team room. He wasn't pushing for it because it turns out it's imminent - and that's Borman's word.
"We've been busy trying to find donors that are interested in this project," Borman said. "We've secured over $2 million in pledges right now and we've got some conversations going on that could finish that project soon hopefully."
It's the item at the top of Holgorsen's list, but only because the MAC raised about $2.6 million to renovate the weight room last summer and about $350,000 before that to refurbish rooms for staff meetings inside the Puskar Center.
Those were the improvements Holgorsen wanted and witnessed previously, and now Borman said the MAC is working to have enough money pledged to cover the newest project that's going to cost about $5 million.