Tag:Dana Holgorsen Casino
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 11:59 am

WVU AD has '100 percent confidence' in Holgorsen

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.
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: June 6, 2011 11:23 am

Report: West Virginia investigating leaks

Posted by Chip Patterson

West Virginia coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen has come under fire in recent weeks due to some local reports regarding alleged incidents at several casinos and race tracks. On Sunday, reports began surfacing (most notably from SB Nation's Smoking Musket) that have identified current head coach Bill Stewart as being one of the sources of the damaging reports.

On Monday morning the Charleston Daily Mail reported that Stewart's official separation agreement with the university (which has yet to be signed), has been tabled as the university investigates the entire football program for the source of "blatant inaccuracies" that were contributed to the damning reports about Holgorsen. Two high-placed sources at the school informed the Daily Mail that the Stewart's contract has been awaiting signatures for weeks, but no further work will be done in the deal until the internal inquiry is completed.

Chuck Landon, of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch had perhaps the most damning column. Assembling the stories of many different incidents, Landon repeatedly calling out Holgorsen for alcohol and gambling related issues. There are many different voices in this mess who believe that one of the main sources for Landon's column was Karen Stewart, Bill's wife.

There have been all kinds of reports of disarray within the West Virginia football program. While Oliver Luck has been busy getting beer sales approved at athletic events, the Mountaineer coaching staff looks far from united. For a team that has the talent coming back to win the Big East, news of unrest in the leadership positions comes at a poor time for West Virginia fans. As the school engages in this investigation, one thing is for sure: this is going to get messy.

Keep it here at the Eye on College Football for more on the West Virginia investigation as it develops.
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