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


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.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.