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WVU source denies Holgorsen alcohol allegations

Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:41 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 1:07 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As soon as the Huntington (W.V.) Herald-Dispatch published its May 29 column reporting that new West Virginia head coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen had been involved in "as many as six" alcohol-related incidents in the past six months, the paper was rebuked by Mountaineer fans believing it to be exaggerating rumors and grinding an ax for local WVU rival Marshall.

We doubt officials at West Virginia reacted quite so vehemently. But they may not have been pleased all the same, as a report in today's Charleston Daily Mail cites a university source claiming the Herald-Dispatch report contains "blatant inaccuracies":
WVU sources said Tuesday and again Wednesday the university was reviewing the accusations in a Huntington Herald-Dispatch column from Sunday and an Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register column from the day before.

WVU was assessing the validity of the claims it believes are false. University officials were also determining whether a response to the publications would be necessary.

A WVU source said Wednesday the university will not take any action, but "knows the Herald-Dispatch story had blatant inaccuracies" ...
Specifically, that "six" number appears to have been on the high side:
A source said WVU officials have not seen the video footage from Mardi Gras Resort & Casino, but have spoken with those who have and that WVU trusts their review that Holgorsen was guilty of nothing too severe. WVU officials also called the Wheeling Island resort and casino and asked about an alleged incident before spring football began.

Holgorsen - and many others connected to WVU - attended an annual party in Wheeling that eventually spilled into the casino, but WVU found nothing wrong in conversations with casino management about that party and the behavior of those in attendance ...

The Daily Mail made attempts at different times on multiple days to speak with employees and management at Wheeling Island and the Glassworks Grill at Oglebay Resort, which was the alleged site of a separate incident. No one - and no documentation - could confirm any incident at either spot ...

The Herald-Dispatch also said Holgorsen was involved in three undefined incidents at the bar in Waterfront Place in Morgantown and that he'd been banned from the bar.

"Absolutely not true," one source said. An athletic department source also denied the ban. Holgorsen has lived in that hotel since late March.
The Daily Mail story also disputes the Herald-Dispatch's accounts of Holgorsen's visit with Houston to Marshall in 2008 and the relationship between WVU AD Oliver Luck and president James Clements. So was the original column exaggerating, possibly even "rumormongering"? It certainly seems that way. (To be fair, it admitted that some of the incidents it was reporting were "rumors.") Holgorsen may not be -- is probably not -- as incorrigible as the Herald-Dispatch column (and subsequent headlines) have made him out to be.

But does that mean this is a nonstory? No. The Daily Mail report appears to acknowledge that Holgorsen was involved with incidents of some fashion at two separate casinos, and the stern response from Luck makes it clear that this is an issue the WVU administration is taking very, very seriously. Holgorsen maybe hasn't been the out-of-control devil he's been made out to be in some quarters, but he hasn't been a saint in his time in Morgantown, either. Whatever the degree of improvement in Holgorsen's self-control that might be necessary for him to remain in charge at WVU, none of today's refutations change the fact that some improvement is required.


Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:14 pm

WVU source denies Holgorsen alcohol allegations

Hey pissie; why don't you crawl back into the sack and nurse that hangover you undoubtedly have. Sleazy casino personnel? Really pissoff? That's a job requirement to handle the jerks,drunks, inveterate gamblers, and overall scum of society that frequent these classy venues. Drinking isn't a crime, but getting hammered is. Also getting the boot from a bar isn't a crime, but it sure is degrading. I'm sure old Holgo had his chauffeur ready and waiting for his butt to come flying out the casino back door headfirst.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:45 am

WVU source denies Holgorsen alcohol allegations

Fire a guy for setting a bad example?  He was escorted out of a casino.  Casino personnel can be sleazy and are often jerks in their own right.  The newspaper that embellished the story should be reprimanded.  Freedom of speech is one thing.  Freedom to lie is a sin. Drinking is not a crime.  Getting thrown out of a bar is not a crime.  It happens all the time.  It's a character flaw, not a crime.e   Imagine how many points the Mountaineers are going to post on Marshall this fall?  The Herd can thank that unprofessional newspaper.  

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:09 pm

WVU source denies Holgorsen alcohol allegations

Trust me: if you're involved in more than 2 alcohol incidents in normal life; you"ve got some issues. If you're a high-profile coach/athlete and find yourself getting the boot or 86'd 6,7 times; you need the Betty Ford Clinic. Holgo will never make it to opening day in 2012 @ the pace he's going, nor should he! Dude; just seek some help!

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:32 pm

WVU source denies Holgorsen alcohol allegations

Is it really any better if it's only 3 or 4 alcohol related incidents than six???  Maybe six is "on the high side", but so what?  It's still an embarrassment to WVU and speaks to Holgerson's character, or lack thereof.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:30 pm

WVU source denies Holgorsen alcohol allegations

WVU is making a mistake blaming the messenger on the Holgerson situation.  My guess is that they are afraid of the cost of getting rid of him, lawsuits if they fire him, etc.  They need to review the situation at Ohio State to see where lying, covering up, and denial will lead.

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:21 pm

Hanging Out at Casinos

The 'Coach in Waiting' concept is stupid anyway.

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