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WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 11:59 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The publicity mess at West Virginia accelerated this week when Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Collin Dunlap told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that head coach Bill Stewart asked local media to "dig up dirt" on coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen.

Athletic director Oliver Luck joined the morning show on that same station on Tuesday. Initially planning to discuss the recent approval of beer sales at athletic events, Luck ended up opening by offering a few comments on the Stewart/Holgorsen soap opera.

"It's difficult to know what's fact and what's not," Luck said in response to the various reports. "Before I make any comments I need to figure out what the facts are, it's as simple as that. I think that's the only fair way to go about this."

Much of this began with a string of reports on Holgorsen's off-field behavior. More than a handful of incidents regarding gambling and/or alcohol have been mentioned in recent weeks, causing the university to take action. After finding certain flaws in the reporting, the school has begun an investigation into possible leaks from the football program. Leaks which many believe will lead back to Stewart.

"The investigation that I undertook to look into a lot of these allegations left me with a high level of confidence that, as the university put it, there were a number of 'blatant inaccuracies' in these allegations and I did not find any substantiation."

"I've got a high level of confidence in Dana, and his persona and his discipline," Luck continued. "I, again, have 100 percent confidence that he'll do the right thing. But unfortunately, some of the reports and some of the allegations are 'blatantly inaccurate,' and beyond that I can't say very much."

Luck went on to admit that while the "coach-in-waiting" scenario seemed like a good idea at the time, he was not sure if he would repeat the process again. The purpose of bringing in Holgorsen would give the young coach an opportunity to teach his offense for a season before taking over the reigns as head coach. Now depending on what the university decides in their internal investigation, Luck may have some tough decision-making ahead.

Hearing the vote of confidence from Luck makes me think that Holgorsen will not find himself a victim of anything more than the bad publicity. If the internal investigation reveals that Stewart played any part in the "blatant inaccuracies," he will likely be fired or forced to resign. However, if Stewart denies Dunlap's recollection of the "dig up dirt" phone call then the university will have to figure out a way to rebuild some torched bridges. The plan was for 2011 to be Stewart's last season, which is making it awfully hard for West Virginia fans to take his side considering the current reports.

But as we saw in the beer sales debate, Luck will not be swayed by the fans' will. He has no worries about the Mountaineers in 2011 on the field, and if he thinks that Stewart and Holgorsen can co-exist for that one season then that may happen. But judging by mud that has already been slung, I find it hard to see the two co-existing for much longer.

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:33 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

Who knows whats true and whats not true, most of the infomation is coming from Herd and Pitt based news sources. They are having a field day with all this considering they have nothing good about their respected teams. And what's with you all from the LSU fan base? You are all over the blogs about this, like you have an interest in how it all plays out. Oh thats right your coming to Morgantown this year. Better pack a lunch when you do, who knows what might happen. You dont want to have to go home and have to answer to the SEC about how well the Big East plays. Get a life and worry about the SEC, and keep that 4 grade ridicule to yourselves.

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:24 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

Wow another stereotypical comment from uneducated jackass.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:23 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen


Your asinine, derogatory comments are worth about the same as your screen name.  Which probably correlates to a valid comparison to your I.Q. and educational background.  Or am I insulting the fart?  I think I might be somewhere in the middle on that answer.

Have a great day.

Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:07 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

"Oliver Luck is the best thing to ever happen to Wess Virginia University."  Why?  Because he has all of his teeth.  Why can't you wrap you pea head around the fact that Holgerson needs to resign.  If Luck continues this charade, he will be out of luck and shovelling coal along with the rest of the dirty hillpeople.  Maybe you can hire Richy back.  I hear he brushes and has a whole wash cloth to himself.   

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:04 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

This just goes to show you what a mess the head coach in waiting can be.  Stewart, knowing he's being forced out, and allowing the man replacing him to bring some of his own staff hoping to "co-exist" with members of the current coaching staff that will be without a job next year is a trainwreck waiting to happen.

Bill Stewart does not seem like the kind of guy to dig up bad press on anyone, but if these suspicions regarding Coach Stewart are true, then what a public relations nightmare, and there's no way he will be coaching next season.

Does anybody know, if Holgerson's allegations turn out to be not true, if the person responsible for leaking the wrong information being sued for liable and slander?

Whatever happens, I hope West Virginia can move on and focus on getting ready for the football season instead of having to worry about this mess.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:46 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

Oliver Luck is the best thing to ever happen to West Virginia University.  They are very lucky to have him.  He is one of high integrity and good principals, a trait that was inherited by his children.  He saw that 8-4 was not where he wanted West Virginia to be, and saw that the program was slipping.  He had the courage to make a move before the program was in shambles.  Holgerson may be a man who needs to set a better example, but he is a single man who obviously likes to have a good time.  He has broken no laws.  He didn't cheat on his wife.  He was not convicted of anything, other than getting carried away while having a good time.  The original article was written by a Marshall shill who has a history of tearing down West Virginia at any opportunity.  And if any of this comes back to Stewart being a source, then he should be let go.  It will be yet another example of a man who preaches about wholesomeness and the "Mountaineer" way, but fails to live up to that same standard.  Say it ain't so Stew, say it ain't so.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:38 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

"You know.. I heard that less Miles likes to party. In fact, he might have been kicked out of 3, 6, or even 8 different establishments in Louisiana in the last 3 months.  Or, I'm just making all that up.  Either way, based on your logic, LSU's AD would be a fool to defend him."

@bmille24--Here is the difference, Your coach in waiting has a reputation as a partier, and has actually been escorted out of places.  The same stories were also coming out of Stillwater while your coach in waiting was there.  There has never been such a report about Miles.  If you think things are the same, then I cannot help you. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:37 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

If this is true about Bill Stewart, see ya Bill. A blessing in the sky, we get rid of him a year early!  Whoohoo!

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:19 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

<Insert LDHCBS coaching eulogy>  Wink

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:11 pm

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

Les Miles, not less miles... stupid autocorrect.

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