MORGANTOWN - In the wake of back-to-back losses to what they believe to be teams of inferior talent, West Virginia football fans have kept the internet message boards and sports talk shows booming with what they think is the problem.
They've been calling for Coach Bill Stewart's job, or at the very least, that of offensive line coach Dave Johnson and offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen.
They've listed potential candidates as replacements and offered up all kinds of advice.
As far as the Mountaineers players are concerned, you might as well save it. They're not listening.
''You would be surprised at how much we don't pay attention to stuff like that,'' linebacker J.T. Thomas said.
''I understand that there is a lot going on, but at the end of the day, you're worried about 'what do I need to do today to make this team better?' I think that's the reason West Virginia has been pretty good over the last couple of years. Our guys have a sense of focus and we don't get down on each other or our coaches or anybody else for that matter.''
Slot receiver Jock Sanders took it a step farther.
''I don't listen to it. I don't even listen to the good stuff,'' he said. ''Why listen to the good stuff or the bad stuff? Most of those people don't know what they're talking about anyway. Most of the those people don't know really what's going on inside these walls. Most of the those people never played a down in their life, so why pay attention to those things and let it get you sidetracked? All we do is talk to each other inside these walls because we know what's going on between us.''
Safety Sydney Glover doesn't allow himself to be wrapped up in any negatives either.
''I get the school paper and I read it, but I don't pay attention to it all and I don't really interact with students too much when I'm downtown in classes and they try to give me their opinion,'' he said. ''We all know what's here and what our goals were in fall camp.''
For a situation being as dire as losing to Syracuse and Connecticut - doesn't get much more dire than that - the WVU players were surprisingly upbeat Tuesday when they met with the media. Their focus is winning the last four games, hoping for a little help, and winning the Big East.
As Thomas said, ''We've had two second chances.''
He knows there won't be a third.
''We're aware of our two-game skid, but it's just a matter of moving forward,'' defensive tackle Chris Neild said. ''We can't look back. We're behind right now in the Big East, and we know we have to come out of these last four games pretty strong.''
Defensive end Bruce Irving said there's certainly no finger-pointing inside the locker room.
''Everybody's positive, despite all the internet blogs and everything, we're still holding on as a family,'' he said. ''We know what we have to do, and we're going to do it.
''When you're on top, everybody loves you, but as soon as you start stumbling, you got people saying all types of stuff. We notice it, but we don't pay attention to it.''
The real point here is they don't like losing any more than you do.
''I get this little sick thing where I don't like to watch football after we lose,'' Thomas said. ''I haven't been watching ESPN. I don't check the rankings when we're not in them. Call me a sour puss if you want, but I don't like watching college football after we lose.''