When things are going well in a college sports program, fans spend their time talking about the postseason.
"When do the polls come out?,'' is the most frequently asked question from our readers.
When things aren't going well, talk turns to coaching contracts and getting rid of anyone associated with the university from the president on down.
Things aren't going well athletically at West Virginia University these days.
The Mountaineer football program is off to a 3-5 start and is one of the doormats in the Big 12 Conference.
Naturally, WVU fans are taking out their frustrations on head coach Dana Holgorsen.
I've never seen so many loyal Mountaineer fans who want to replace a WVU head coach.
And therein lies one of the major frustrations. When Holgorsen was hand-picked by Athletics Director Oliver Luck (we'll get to him in a minute) to succeed Bill Stewart, he had zero head coaching experience, not even at the middle school level.
After observing Holgorsen in that role, it's easy to conclude that while he has a great offensive mind and was a highly-successful coordinator, he appears to be in over his head running the day-to-day operations of the football program.
That can happen in any business.
The employee who does a great job handling one position gets a promotion to another that is outside their comfort zone and goes from success to failure.
It's called the Peter Principle.
Holgorsen has done little to endear himself to WVU fans, with whom he had no ties until being hired.
His sideline demeanor is frantic, his language sometimes too off-color.
It's an image with which many are uncomfortable.
Yet, for WVU to make a coaching change after the season, it reportedly will have to pay Holgorsen an $11 million buyout.
If Luck authorized that, and we must assume he did, that's a worse move than hiring Holgorsen in the first place.
Luck, who is one of the leading candidates to be the AD at the University of Texas, has increased WVU's revenues, improved its facilities and overseen the Mountaineers becoming a member of the Big 12.
But he's also increased the ticket prices and donations fans must pay to watch games and the games they are watching in the two major sports -football and men's basketball -haven't met WVU's standards of late.
Paying more for an inferior product doesn't sit well with us when we go to the grocery story or purchase an automobile, so it's only natural that West Virginia fans who have backed the program for years with their emotional and financial support aren't buying what is taking place.
With prospects for the basketball team looking rather bleak, the forecast calls for a long, cold lonely winter.
Is there change in the air or will WVU?fans experience more of the same?
Contact Dave Poe at firstname.lastname@example.org