Ever since the 'decision' there has been a lot of reasons given for why, and why not, head coach Dana Holgorsen was correct in selecting fifth-year senior Clint Trickett to be the Mountaineers' starting quarterback when WVU takes on Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Football Kickoff Classic on Saturday, Aug. 30.
The best that I have heard came from running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider, however.
"We've got a leader out there now," Seider explained.
"(Clint) Trickett is a year older. He's more mature. The players know now that when he says something, now he means it.
"He doesn't have to ask anyone what is going on. He knows what is going on. It just gives you someone to rally around and that's the key."
But will that be enough to turn a Mountaineer program that posted its first losing season since 2001 around?
Or is this just the first step toward another mediocre 4-8 campaign and a possible coaching change when the season ends?
Fans won't know the answer to those questions, however, until the season is played out.
A season that begins with arguably its most difficult opener ever against an Alabama team that is coming off back-to-back losses to close out last season.
One coming on a 109-yard return of a missed field goal that kept the Crimson Tide out of the national championship game for the fourth time in the last five years and the other against an Oklahoma squad that the Mountaineers went toe-to-toe against before dropping a 16-7 decision in Norman.
"It doesn't really matter who we play," Seider continued. "4-8 is the motivator. Kids read everything. They read about how they (Alabama) are going to use us as a warm up to prepare them for SEC play.
"We like being in the underdog role. When the chips are down these kids aren't afraid to play anybody. They've been there and they've done that. We're dealing with something different in coming off of our first losing season in a very long time."
And, the odds are lopsided against WVU avoiding a second straight losing mark with two of the team's first four games coming against programs - Alabama and Oklahoma -that many experts believe will make up half of the first-ever national championship 4-team playoff format.
Even the most optimistic fan is hoping that the Mountaineers can at least post a 2-2 mark heading into their first open week of the season.
But, even those dreams rely on the team rebounding from what could be an ugly loss to Alabama to beat a Towson team that played for a national title (FBS) in 2013 and overcoming a Maryland team that completely embarrassed the Mountaineers a year ago.
That's where leadership will come into play the most.
And, the most visible leader on any football team is the quarterback.
So, maybe, just maybe the 'decision' wasn't that hard to make.
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