Rumor mill in the mountains, Dana Holgorsen in the middle

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: June 6, 2011
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West Virginia football appears to be in disarray.

Former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen is right in the middle of it, too.

The West Virginia offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting is used to receiving glowing words for his offense's exploits — not multiple reports of his off-field behavior.

Holgorsen has been under scrutiny since a May 18 incident at a West Virginia casino and several other alleged alcohol-related incidents. Some incidents have been refuted by the Big East school but could still have people questioning athletic director Oliver Luck's decision last December to hire Holgorsen away from OSU.

An Oklahoma State representative said the school had no comment on Holgorsen or the West Virginia situation.

On May 18, Holgorsen was asked to leave a Nitro, W.Va., casino after he and his party reportedly was “too loud and rowdy for the casino's comfort,” according to a Charleston Daily Mail report. Holgorsen later apologized.

“I have learned a valuable lesson from this incident,” he said in a release. “As a football coach, I am always in the public eye, and I have to hold myself to a higher standard, which is what I ask my players to do.”

No charges were filed.

Nonetheless, the scrutiny of Holgorsen has escalated. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch cited multiple sources in connecting Holgorsen to at least three and as many as six alcohol-related incidents in the last six months. The Herald-Dispatch even stated that Luck had been called back to the university to meet with school president James Clements, who reportedly told Luck “if he read one more article about the coach-in-waiting, it would cost Luck his job.”

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