05 June 2011
So remember when WVU head coach in waiting got escorted out of a WV casino by the police? Of course you do! That was followed by this Memorial Day report:
Holgorsen has reportedly been involved in at least three and, perhaps, as many as six alcohol-related incidents in the last six months, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
That's right, six.
The first five were hushed up, but the sixth incident at Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes on May 18 has blown the cover off Holgorsen's embarrassing antics. Nitro police were called to the casino at about 3:20 a.m. on May 18 to remove an apparently intoxicated customer who didn't want to leave. Holgorsen was asked to step outside, sit on a bench and await a taxi. No charges were filed.
When one incident was reported, I basically said "whatever." Obviously it's not a great situation to have the future head coach being kicked out of places by the police, but everyone messes up once.
Yeah. No. Six is a lot. Particularly in six months. WVU went on the PR assault and sort of denied it:
WVU was assessing the validity of the claims it believes are false. University officials were also determining whether a response to the publications would be necessary.
A WVU source said Wednesday the university will not take any action, but "knows the Herald-Dispatch story had blatant inaccuracies."
The column alleges Holgorsen was asked to leave a bar in Huntington after a game October 2008.
A former colleague of Holgorsen's at the University of Houston said Holgorsen chartered back to campus that night and did not stay in Huntington.
The only Houston official to remain in Huntington following that game was an athletic trainer attending to Cougars' wide receiver Patrick Edwards, who broke his leg during the game.
So that's one of the basically eight incidents that are being alleged. That's a mighty tough accusation being lobbied.
Whatever. Whether he's a drunk or not provides Pitt fans nothing more than a convenient (and fairly uncalled for) taunt.
No big deal.
Now here's where it gets interesting....
The very reputable WVU blog The Smoking Musket has been very ominous and vague all week, but hinting that something was array:
Hmmmmm. Colin Dunlap also tweeted that there was a "Benedict Arnold" situation going on across the border and that the news would "rock the Big East." Those tweets were followed by this report by HailWV.com, a site that I can't vouch for its legitimacy one way or another:
Turns out all of that stuff was leaked by none other than Karen Stewart, Bill’s wife.
Anyone remember the infamous “Karen in Morgantown” that called in to Statewide Sportsline back in December of 2010 and just bawled on the air over Bill Stewart’s days as WVU Football Head Coach being numbers? This makes sense.
Earlier this evening, I had heard it was Bill himself who leaked info to Landon. However, I am now hearing that it was Mrs. Stewart.
I’ve also been hearing from several folks that Mike Casazza, WVU sports beat writer at the Charleston Daily-Mail, will be posting an article in regards to what I’ve been discussing for the last hour with people.
That would obviously be huge, and as TNIAM says, would make the weekly coaches' brunch at Wheeling Island fairly awkward. The whole coach in waiting thing is really a slap in the face to Stewart, a guy who has been a loyal son to the Hoopies since RichRod bailed for Michigan.
I'm all for turmoil at WVU any way I can get it. The rumors tonight ran the gauntlet from "Rich Rod to Pitt" to "Holgorsen was fired," so take this all with a slight grain of salt right now.
Perhaps when I wake up Monday morning everything will be more clear.
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