Dana Holgorsen

Report: WVU head coach-in-waiting booted from casino


Gotta be honest with y’all.  When my phone started blowing up with a link to a story about West Virginia’s offensive coordinator/head coach-in-waiting getting “escorted” from a casino at three or so in the morning a week or so ago, my initial reaction was — and I’m paraphrasing myself here — (chuckle).

I mean, it’s Dana Holgorsen we’re talking about here; hell, the fact that naked bongos being played on a blackjack table apparently wasn’t involved may have been, at least initially, the most startling part of the “situation”.

The thing is, though, this story involves the future head coach — we think — of a football program that’s a member of a BcS conference — technically, and for now — so it might be worth at least taking note of.  With that said…

Citing multiple unnamed sources, the Charleston Daily Mail is reporting, and we’ll quote them verbatim here, “Holgorsen was removed from Mardi Gras Casino & Resort after 3 a.m. May 18.”.  The paper further expounds on the alleged situation involving the future head coach of the Mountaineers:

Holgorsen’s behavior allegedly reached a point that necessitated involvement from on-site security, sources said. Holgorsen was escorted out of the casino with the episode caught on surveillance. University representatives who were with Holgorsen were said to have then intervened. No arrest was made.

Police records indicate Metro 911 received a call from the casino at 3:13 a.m. that night. A “white male” was said to be “refusing to cooperate with the casino’s management.” Casino supervisors had the male detained at the time.

While my pretend sources would like to pretend that the lack of Busch Tall Boys cold or otherwise was somehow involved, it’s unclear at this point in time what “necessitated involvement from on-site security”.  I’ll guarantee, though, that I’d pay good money for that surveillance “episode”.  And would bet the same good money that it involves a tank-topped, cargo-shorted Holgorsen and the words “dude” or “duuude” a lot if audio is available.

Regardless, the university is aware of the alleged episode, and issued a statement to the paper that broke the story.

“Athletic director Oliver Luck and head coach Bill Stewart have been made aware of the alleged incident. Once they have all the facts, they will deal with it appropriately,” Michael Fragale, the assistant athletic director for communications, told the Daily Mail.

For some reason, I think there’ll be more to report on this situation in the next day or two…

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.