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Report: Dana Holgorsen had several drunk run-ins, Oliver Luck on hot seat

Dana Holgorsen

Upon first glance, West Virginia offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen‘s forced exit from a Charleston casino for “refusing to cooperate with casino management” that may, or may not, have involved Red Bull mixed drinks proved to be an embarrassing off-the-field incident.

The aftermath of the incident, which did not warrant any arrests, included a public apology from Holgorsen, as well as a statement from athletic director Oliver Luck. And, initially, that appeared to be the end of the matter.

According to one beat writer, though, Holgorsen’s latest incident was actually the most recent in a line of several drunken run-ins over the past few months.

According to Chuck Landon of the Times West Virginian, and citing several sources on the matter, Holgorsen has “reportedly been involved in at least three and, perhaps, as many as six alcohol-related incidents in the last six months”.

The Times reports that Holgorsen has been asked to leave and/or banned from Oglebay Park at Wheeling’s Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack, Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport and the bar/restaurant at the Waterfront Place Hotel, where Holgorsen lives.

Holgorsen has also allegedly was asked to leave the Union Pub And Grill in Huntington on Oct. 28, 2008, when he was the offensive coordinator for the University of Houston. The Cougars were playing Marshall University at the time.

Furthermore, Landon goes so far to say sources have told him that WVU president James Clements has told Luck that if “he read one more article about the coach-in-waiting, it would cost Luck his job.”

Strong words, to be sure.

Multiple sources close to the situation, however, have told CFT that while there is some truth to Landon’s reports — specifically, the Bridgeport incident –  how much truth is still up in the air. The accusation that Luck is somehow on a hot seat after less than a year on the job also has not been confirmed.

But whether Holgorsen has had two alcohol-related incidents, or six, it matters not; he is the new face of the program and must be held to the highest of standards. And while his personal life certainly doesn’t impact his ability to draw up X’s and O’s, it does need to be kept behind closed doors.

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14 Responses to “Report: Dana Holgorsen had several drunk run-ins, Oliver Luck on hot seat”
  1. iownyoutoo says: May 29, 2011 8:16 PM

    Luck has bungled this whole coach in waiting thing from the get go and should be fired

  2. sportsfix4u says: May 29, 2011 8:39 PM

    Chuck Landon of the Times West Virginian is a Marshall Man. Here’s a reporter that can’t keep a wife and his son is in prison. Instead of writing shock news about WVU he should take care of his home life. Fired from the Charleston Newspapers could only find a job in Huntington .
    I’ve know Landon for 50 years and he never write a story with pure facts. If a ballplayer is 6-4 Landon will make him 6-8. As I said knowing Chuck for 50 years one has to wonder mate.
    Now Holgorsen needs to cool his jets or he won’t be the coach in waiting. As far as Luck job..it’s safe and James Clements did not say Lucks job is on the line. More of Landon lies that he is wishing come true.
    Chuck and the Marshall folks are all bent out of shape because one of the asst.coaches Mark Cline
    family gave WVU 5 Million dollars and snubbed Marshall basketball program. Make you wonder what kind of blow Chuck is doing.

  3. drummerhoff says: May 29, 2011 8:44 PM

    Consider the source: Chuck Landon hates WVU.

  4. trbowman says: May 29, 2011 10:03 PM

    Looks a bit like Matthew McConaughey at first glance.

  5. poison66 says: May 29, 2011 10:27 PM

    As an Oklahoma State fan, I’m glad he’s not our problem anymore. Great offensive mind, but terrible example and a guy who obviously can’t handle his booze…..

  6. anxiouseer97 says: May 30, 2011 8:47 AM

    There is a difference between a “report” from a beat writer and a rumor from a columnist. Landon is a columnist. The “report” you’re referencing may have appeared in the Fairmont Times, but Landon is a columnist from a Huntington newspaper (read: Marshall, Thundering Herd). You need to give a little more consideration to how you frame this. Landon is a WVU basher and has been for years. Check with Hoppy the next time you need background on these folks.

  7. ernestbynershands says: May 30, 2011 9:20 AM

    I hear there is a job opening in Columbus. Maybe the coach in waiting should stumble up to the Shoe and apply. Heck, if he’s ‘Lucky’, he might get to bring his AD.

  8. ernestbynershands says: May 30, 2011 9:24 AM

    @trbowman
    Yeah he does look like Matthew Mc…., with a comb over.
    “…thats what I like about them college girls…the older I get, they stay the same age…”

  9. dg0122 says: May 30, 2011 10:21 AM

    wait, I thought that was WHY they hired him…

  10. Slim Charles says: May 30, 2011 11:06 AM

    Eh, as long as he’s not getting DUIs, who cares? He’s just a rowdy country boy. I bet the players love him.

  11. alimog70 says: May 30, 2011 3:05 PM

    Give the guy a break. It’s not like he rioted or set a couch on fire. I’m sure WVU wouldn’t tolerate either of those things.

  12. thevinehc says: May 30, 2011 4:11 PM

    Kudos for spreading information that you have not verified – reporting on an oped piece by Chuck “Fatal Attraction” Landon. There may be substance to the article, but I honestly doubt you’ve done anything but cut and paste from Landon’s Marshall-envy article. Wonder how Landon came up with the “one more article” threat from Clements to Luck? Of course something so delicate would be shared in a public setting and then immediately phoned on to Landon. And now for the sake of “News” (because if you let it wait for the facts to come out, it would be OLD), you took the in-state rag article and made it national. Well done. Hoppy must be so proud. I can’t argue the merits of the report and neither can you. Time will tell. So thanks for throwing gasoline on what is so far”smoke.” Where there’s smoke, there may be fire. You’ll have to live with yourself if it turns out to only be smoke.

    go back a read your own words . . .

    “As someone who aspires to write about sports for a living, I do the best I can to be as objective and fair as possible, despite the fact that “objectivity” and “fairness” aren’t exactly in CFT’s mantra; we tend to write with a little bit of an edge.”

  13. THOMAS JOHNSON says: May 30, 2011 5:28 PM

    This drunken lush doesn’t need help or pity – he needs to grow up and become a man!

  14. dg0122 says: May 30, 2011 6:07 PM

    he is a man! he’s 40! oh, wait, wrong guy

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