Local reporters hadn't had the chance to meet with Dana Holgorsen since the regular season finale against Kansas on Dec. 1. As a result, the Mountaineers' head coach had plenty of developments to share on Monday.
Receiver Stedman Bailey explained there were several factors that led to his decision to declare himself eligible for the NFL draft, including his newborn son and the fact most of the players he came to WVU with are wrapping up their careers now.
Newly-minted defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said the work has already begun in terms of getting West Virginia's players accustomed to his personal style in that role.
Quarterback Geno Smith discussed what Syracuse's defense did last season when WVU was thrashed by the Orange, and offered his thoughts on his longtime friend Bailey's decision to turn pro.
Likewise, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson broke down what the Mountaineers may see from Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl and said that while his understanding of the ways NFL scouts evaluate players is limited, he anticipates Bailey being ready to play at the next level.