CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Attention West Virginia Mountaineer fans: You might not think so with a losing season now guaranteed, but you're going to be itching to watch WVU football in just a few short months.
The Super Bowl will be over. The suspense of National Signing Day will have come and gone. And the methadone of March Madness will have worn off.
You'll be counting the days until spring drills and the last scrimmage, and then the months before the opening kickoff of 2014.
And this season? This season will be but the memory of a nightmare of injuries, inexperience and incomprehensible second half collapses.
The pieces will be in place; ingredients, if you will, that go into the intoxicant second only to alcohol as a favorite of the Mountaineer faithful.
Yes, I am talking about hope. And its label reads, "Wait 'til next year."
Next year is full of the promise of healthy, agile and bright young athletes fully prepared to execute the orders of their wily and innovative commander.
Next year is brimming with the energy of a team with a chip on its shoulder and something to prove.
Next year will bring another class of talented acolytes ready to learn from an experienced corps of upperclassmen to build new depths of reserves.
That's the beauty of hope, isn't it? Everything is possible based on flashes of brilliance that you fantasize panning out into gold nuggets of football glory.
And you're never too young to be infected with the mania.