West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck doesn't wait for anyone.
This was evidenced by his decision to pull the plug on the Bill Stewart experiment after three very long seasons for Mountaineer fans everywhere.
The decision was a shrewd one, as season ticket sales were slumping big time, thanks to Stewart's reluctance to try to score more than 20 points in a game as well as his incompetent game management and occasional delusions of grandeur.
That being said, Stewart was affable, charming and a very well-liked players' coach, and his personality attracted recruits like bees to honey.
When he was forced out, he did not leave the cupboards bare.
Enter Dana Holgerson. The one-time coach-in-waiting is now the hottest new coach on the block.
The opening game of the season was once again a sellout, and the Mountaineers are back in business. It's now the third week of the season, and Game Day is already coming to campus.
Despite the jubilation of this week's festivities in Morgantown, the undercurrent of nervousness remains about the uncertainty of the school's future as well as the future of the conference itself.
There is just no way Oliver Luck is waiting for the dust to settle after arch-rivals Pitt and Syracuse broke ship.
Luck issued this statement:
"There is no question that the landscape of college athletics is once again changing. West Virginia University has great tradition as the state's flagship land-grant institution, and we will continue working to do what's best for our University and its athletic teams. No matter how the college athletic landscape changes, there is no doubt WVU is and will remain a national player."
The inference is that West Virginia is seeking viable alternatives to the Big East.
The university's perceived (and somewhat undeserving) academic reputation might have something do with its current exclusion for the crop of Big East schools that migrated to the ACC over the past seven years.
It could be a potential stumbling block to admittance to the SEC as well, although it rivals both Mississippi and Mississippi State in university ratings and has more Rhodes scholars than everyone except Vanderbilt.
The SEC seems to be the most logical choice and only real possibility for Mountaineer nation if there is a move.
There are rumors swirling that WVU has submitted an application to the conference, but the conference isn't biting. Sentiment among SEC fans seems to be mixed, with many expressing concern about the unruly and obnoxious, couch-burning bunch from Morgantown.
They have a point, but then again Florida is in the conference, too.
The biggest support for the move seems to be coming from the Kentucky fans, who are encouraged by the burgeoning rivalry between the schools in basketball.
There is no doubt that adding WVU would bolster the conference’s basketball program, as the Mountaineers would immediately step in and become the third-best team in the conference behind Kentucky and Florida.
Keep in mind WVU has defeated both Vanderbilt and Texas A&M on neutral courts over the last two years, and Tennessee without Bruce Pearl is unlikely to last.
In football, West Virginia would make an impact as well, following into the second tier of SEC football schools annually competing with the likes of South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi State.
Other favorable points for adding WVU to the SEC include statewide television access and access to several east-coast television markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York, where WVU has been a mainstay dating back to its days in the Atlantic 10 and its rivalry with Penn State.
The program is also similar to other SEC schools in that football is the biggest attraction in a state without a professional team, and Morgantown is small, rural town in a iconic, collegiate setting.
The school appears headed in the right direction with a hot new athletic director and young head football coach, along with a Hall of Fame basketball coach who consistently fields winning teams.
If the move to the SEC falls through, the most likely scenario would have the Mountaineers banding together with Big 12 refugees (assuming Oklahoma leaves), preserving the football conference and its BCS bowl bid.
If that happens, look for the basketball league to challenge the ACC for most entrants into the NCAA tourney. As a football conference, it could look to expand to Boise State as well.