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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.


Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

I would ask that people show the kidness and respect to treat Coach Holgorsen with dignity as his private life should not be scrutinzed.  In fact I believe that WVU fans should show the same kind of respect for privacy and concern for private life with Coach Holgresen as they did for Coach Rodriguez as he considered the Michigan offer. 

We would ask that you please refrain from burning any more couches.  Future couch-burning will only encourage more Rent-A-Center commercials starring Troy Aikman and Hulk Hogan in West Virginia, of which there are enough already.  Thank you.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

The new ball coach should fit right in at WVU, White Trash!
I guess White Trash is better than Black Garbage, eh?Innocent

CUP4PENS



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

 


How can you enforce discipline on the players you coach if you can't discipline yourself?




Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

Coach-in-waiting sounds more like a future Alcohol Anonymous member. Kicked out of 6 bars!! Seriously!?!??!?!?!?!




Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

The new ball coach should fit right in at WVU, White Trash!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

Yea lets jump on some 18-21yr old kids, let's hold them responsible and not a 50 year old man.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

I think one of the more interesting statements in this article is that DH lives at a hotel.  He did the same thing for a year in Stillwater while coaching at Okla State last season.  I guess that pretty much indicates he doesn't expect to be there long, when he doesn't bother to get a real address and unpack his bags!



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

I really just find it funny that this coming out of huntington which is marshall country and This is where doc holiday is now I think he is just mad cause he had to settle for coaching at marshall instead. Huntington paper needs to report on the players there who ate getting arrested



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

 For all those people sticking up for what sounds like an addicted gambler and alcoholic, how's that old saying go?? One is an accident, 2 is a mistake and 3 is a trend! I guess 6 means your out 2 times? But seiously, if the guy wasn't arrested at all, this is not news. I think sportswriters and fans delve into the personal lives of athletes and coaches too much. I think there has to be a limit as to how deep into the personal lives we can go. This will al be fogotten in a couple days. Must be a sloooow day day at the office?Innocent

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Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Report: Holgorsen in six alcohol incidents

Holgorsen likes a good drink. Just hope he can keep it cool. He was seen around town in this area knocking back shots at dinner time, on a Friday before gameday. I always thought he perspired a lot for someone that's not in pads. Quite the wiz, but what wiz doesn't have a few wrinkles of their own? Like a mad scientist! He was always professional to the kids and the community, I would add. 


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