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Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 1:08 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Almost as soon as the news leaked that new West Virginia offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen had been kicked out of a Charleston-area casino in the wee hours of a weekday night, rumors started flying that this was hardly the first such incident for the offensive whiz. And now one West Virginia newspaper is willing to put those rumors into print.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch is reporting that Holgorsen has been involved in "as many as six" alcohol-related incidents in the past six months alone. As they recap:
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reported Saturday that Holgorsen allegedly was asked to leave both a bar inside Oglebay Park and, later, at Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack earlier this year.

Sources say there was also an incident at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, W.Va., which involved Holgerson being told to leave and not come back. And, then, there are rumors of three incidents at the Morgantown hotel in which he lives, including being banned from the hotel bar.

Also, there are allegations he was asked to leave the Union Pub And Grill in Huntington on Oct. 28, 2008.
Even if not all of these allegations are proven accurate, clearly there's enough veracity here to declare the initial casino incident far from an isolated occurence. Even worse, when there's this much evidence of a pattern of this kind of behavior, it throws serious doubts on Holgorsen's statement Wednesday that he would "not put [him]self in that situation again."

To be fair to Holgorsen, he has not been arrested in conjunction with any of these incidents, and there's no record of his performance during his initial spring practice with the Mountaineers being anything less than professional. (In fact, judging by the explosion of points and yards in the WVU spring game, Holgorsen's arrival appears to have been a smashing success.) Taken individually, no one incident even rises to the level of being suspension-worthy, much less a fireable offense.

But taken as a whole, it's difficult to argue Holgorsen's pattern of behavior doesn't indicate that the Mountaineers are handing their program (and millions of dollars) over to a man with legitimate self-control issues. It's far, far too early to make any judgments about Holgorsen's fitness for leadership, or, certainly, his eventual Mountaineer tenure. But if this most recent run-in at the casino doesn't prove to be a turning point for him, that time for judgment -- from an already embarrased athletic director Oliver Luck -- may arrive in an awful hurry.


Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:45 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

That's another idiotic statement. Even if a person has some personal demons, you don't put out information that they did something or something happened a certain way without 
providing actual proof.  If you aren't going to do so, then you are just providing your own opinion. Believe me when I say that I want my University to act with integrity and play within the rules. I expect any of the coaches at any position to represent my University, State, and fans properly. What I don't want is for someone's character to be called into question with no offer of any real PROOF. Therein lies your problem. I could give a rat's butt less what your opinion is.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:49 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

It's hard to believe but the slant of the story taking one possible fact (getting kicked out of the casino) and combining with unfounded rumors doesn't sound like a respectable journalist.    Never heard of any issues with DH in Stillwater and we're notorious for throwing coaches under the bus (remember Eddie Sutton or Paul Haskell?).      And yes, the OU press helps to keep things honest with OSU so feel it's an off-season story.   

I feel it's an isolated incident blown out of proportion for lack of more relevant stories; and the story IS Ohio St right now.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:54 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

Well if this is all true it sounds like Holgorsen needs some help with an alcohol problem.  As a Mountaineer I'm not hear to judge him or say that he shouldn't drink.  All I'm asking from my soon to be head coach is that he doesn't do anything to embarress my school or the football program.  If he does need some help I also would like to see him get the help that he needs so I don't have to read about any more of these "incidents" in the future.   Let's goooooooooo Mountaineers

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:38 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents



The above link is about the same writer who "broke" this story.

Consider the source.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 5:07 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

You sir; Mr.wvman75, can't handle the truth! Just accept the fact that your coach-in-waiting has some personal demons and would be better served seeking some help. His offensive minded skills should take a back seat to his obvious drinking problems. Look dude, college sports are a pressure cooker and it's not terribly surprising that some of these control freaks are unable to control themselves. It could be West Virginia,Iowa State, or even North Carolina, but the point of the story is that it does happen. These dudes get paid big money to win and most schools don't honestly care how the victories come.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:37 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

Welcome to the club WVU fans.Im reading alot of the same type of journalism that was used against Auburn and Cam Newton this year,no facts or proof but alot of haters taking it as fact and running with it.Its not fun trying to defend your school when there is a player or coach being scrutinized by people who live to come on a sports board to hate on other teams,even with no fact or proof of any wrongdoing.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:35 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

Check it out for yourself, knothead. You're nothing but a keyboard coward. Good for running your mouth and not saying anything intelligible. You wouldn't recognize the truth.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:28 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

HeyWVnut75;how exactly did you do your crack research on the validity of this damning report? Did you pound on other trailers doors in your neighborhood and get their opinions or did you borrow their rotary phone and get input from members of your extended family. I'm sure the Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register is on par with the NY Times and the Dallas Morning News in their fair,honest, and balanced news reports on good ole Hoggy who was only trying to recoup his losses from the craps table. Come to think of it, Hogo's story reminds me of Buford Pussers' in "Walking Tall". Wrong place at the wrong time!

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:14 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

Marshall Fans finally have a reason to sign up for accounts on troll rumors as fact. Was this your first comment ever? When your program becomes relevant to NCAA D-1 discussion maybe you will have other comments to make.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:54 pm

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

I just went and did some checking. The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register DID NOT report those stories as fact. It was an opinion piece by Doug Huff, who wasn't happy about ditching Coach Stew and hiring Holgorsen to begin with. He wrote an opinion piece and the paper didn't carry it as a news item. He is a sports "columnist" giving his opinon. The allegations are nothing more than hearsay and he doesn't pretend to offer any facts supporting his opinion.  CBS and Yahoo! need to do some fact checking, but that would probably get in the way of what's considered to be good journalism in today's age.

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