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Luck introduces Dana Holgorsen as WVU head coach, addresses rumors (sort of)

Dana Holgorsen

In a matter of a  day, West Virginia officially moved on from the Bill Stewart era and into a new direction with offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who was named the school’s 33rd head coach this evening by athletic director Oliver Luck.

A full audio file of the press conference can be heard HERE.

The decision for Stewart to resign comes several days after rumors began circulating that Stewart tried to undermine Holgorsen by asking reporters to “dig up dirt” on him.

“It was the right thing to do,” said Luck in the press conference.  “I do want to thank him for his dedication to Mountaineer football.”

Luck would not address the allegations against Stewart, but said the university could not validate them.

“I’d rather not discuss any of the allegations,” Luck said. “That’s in the past.”

Luck said the university would adhere to Stewart’s contract by paying him an undisclosed amount of money as part of the buyout agreement. Looking back, Luck felt the coach-in-waiting decision made “good management sense” at the time, but admitted that hindsight often tells a different story.

Holgorsen took the podium next, saying he will still run the offense and act as head coach. No plans have been made to hire an offensive coordinator for this season. When asked about the expedited move to name him head coach and what he would do going forward, Holgorsen said he’s simply taking it a day at a time.

“What’s our first game, Marshall?” Hologorsen asked rhetorically. “I’m taking it one day at a time.”

Holgorsen also alluded to the fact that the expectations for him on and off the field have risen. Holgorsen was kicked out of a Cross Lanes casino last month for belligerent behavior while reportedly intoxicated.

“I understand what the expectations are to wear the blue and gold and those expectations both on and off the field are something I look forward to living up to,” Holgorsen said. “We’ll be united as coaches, united as players, as administrators and as fans to help bring championships here to Morgantown.”

“He is ready for this challenge and understands the enormous responsibility that goes along with it,” Luck added. “I have a 100 percent confidence in Coach Holgorsen and in our offensive and defensive assistant coaches.”

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17 Responses to “Luck introduces Dana Holgorsen as WVU head coach, addresses rumors (sort of)”
  1. mdnittlion says: Jun 10, 2011 11:38 PM

    2011 Headline: WVU wins Big East beats FSU in Orange Bowl, validates driving old man from program.

    2012 Headline: TCU Destroys WVU goes to National Championship game, Luck starts search for new Head Coach Rich Rod in talks

    All this crap just to rule the weakest conference in football for one season, just doesn’t seem worth it to me

  2. garkeith says: Jun 11, 2011 1:34 AM

    Rich Rod=offensive coordinator!!

  3. jw731 says: Jun 11, 2011 1:52 AM

    Can’t wait to see him drunk and placing bets on the sidelines…Should be fun to watch….

  4. myballsmyrules says: Jun 11, 2011 2:35 AM

    Holgorsen is not a good head coach. He had extremely talented players at OSU that he doesn’t have at Hicktown U.

    Furthermore, Oliver isn’t worth a damn as A.D. and is not qualified.

    Get ready for season after season of mediocrity as long as that incompetent boob Olver Luck is running the program.
    All those WVU clueless fans get what they deserve, a laughingstock program.

  5. inconsonance says: Jun 11, 2011 4:01 AM

    Oh, look! Another wonderful post by ballsack knocking WVU and its fans. Nice. Haven’t seen one of those in about 5 minutes. You need to find a new shtick, because this one is getting old. What’s with the WV hate, anyway? Someone from here fuck your sister or what?

  6. garkeith says: Jun 11, 2011 5:10 AM

    Pitt fan.

  7. gamecockinfl says: Jun 11, 2011 5:58 AM

    Wonder if they went and had a beer together after the announcement? This whole situation from the start stinks and really looks bad for that AD

  8. pabstman says: Jun 11, 2011 7:11 AM

    It’s a Great Day to Be a Mountaineer, Wherever You may be!!!!

  9. noaxetogrind says: Jun 11, 2011 11:35 AM

    It all makes sense to the rest of the world. Fact: Dana is escorted out of a casino for being intoxicated and beligerant. Oliver Luck initiates an investigation as to what happened. Fact: Result of the investigation is that the same person who was escorted out for being intoxicated and beligerant is promoted and the current head coach is relieved of his duties. I have nothing but the highest respect for WVU fans but you must be honest with yourselves, this is why the rest of the world questions how your administration in Morgantown thinks.

  10. pjduffey says: Jun 11, 2011 12:05 PM

    It will be interesting to see how he does as HBC and offensive coordinator (if he does stick to playing both roles). It’s obviously been done before (e.g. Spurrier at UF), but others had the title.

    Big East is pretty weak, so he may have a chance at making a splash. I was pretty impressed with what he did last year at OK State and two years before that at Texas Tech–never followed Houston. Of course, Tech’s offense belonged to Leach (not the worst guy to learn from…). I actually thought he might be on a short list for UF’s HBC position post-Meyer.

    Hopefully this controversy won’t spill out on to the field too much; he deserves a real shot.

  11. myballsmyrules says: Jun 11, 2011 12:07 PM


  12. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 11, 2011 12:34 PM

    Congrats to DH. Let’s celebrate…shots anyone?

    @ inconsonance

    Don’t let him get to you. He is on EVERY CFT post talking trash about whatever program the post is about. He is a troll. He will never stop. He feeds off of people responding to him.

    His posts make a few things very clear to me.
    1) he obviously was shown very little affection as a child, as all he knows how to do is hate

    2) he is most likely still a child, not necessarily in age, but most definitely in maturity.

    3) he is most definitely a virgin, or a victim of sexual abuse. Either way the guy has a TON of repressed sexual urges. Now he get s his rocks off by being an internet tough guy.

    @ balllicker

    Have you noticed the state of the American education system these days. Homeschooling is not such a bad option compared to what public school is offering these days.

    Now, I will sit back and wait to be flamed by this guy, because we all know that he is completely incapable of entering into meaningful adult discourse.

  13. myballsmyrules says: Jun 11, 2011 12:48 PM


  14. inconsonance says: Jun 11, 2011 4:25 PM

    @tomosbornejoepa – He’s not getting to me at all. In fact, I find his infantile nonsense rather amusing. Basically, I just wanted to see if he had a legitimate reason for being so vitriolic or if he’s just a troll with a thesaurus.

  15. puckfitt says: Jun 11, 2011 10:01 PM

    Enough with the Hicktown crap. Yes WVa has rural areas but since you’ve never been out of your mom’s basement let me enlighten you. Ohio and PA is just as bad if not worse in some areas. Even Florida has trailer parks and cars in the front yard.

    While Ive got the soapbox let me throw a few more comments.

    Florio-Rich Rod really? Out of all reporters in this universe you should no better, he ripped your heart out too. Bama flirt, then Michigan. First person he told was Pryor. Berry had to be restrained from beating his ass, And White verbally abused him, and you want him back? Come on.

    As far as this BS Dana thing goes. You guys don’t know the whole story. WVU has never been a university that airs their laundry. Very limited info ever gets out of Motown. Luck Summers Holgs and Stew know what happened and that’s all that matters. Oh and Dunlap.
    And don’t forget who broke the story about Holgs in Cross Lanes. The guy was fired from the paper and was reaching for a story. The police were quoted saying there was no issue.
    Luck did what had to be done, and admits the HCIW was a mistake.
    The BS 3am hire was a mistake, Luck knew it, Boosters knew it. Luck was trying to take the high road and give Bill his sunset rideoff but BS couldnt be a man about it. That’s it

  16. noaxetogrind says: Jun 12, 2011 9:28 PM

    puckfit, according to you, we “don’t know the whole story” and “BS couldn’t be a man about it”. You also said “Luck, Summers, Holgs, and Stew know what happened and that’s all that matters”. You clearly intimate that certain information has been bestowed upon you that would make all of us see this in a different light. Enlighten us.

  17. dprouse says: Jun 13, 2011 2:05 PM

    It will probably be a while before any school tries the “head coach in waiting” method of dumping a coach on the cheap. This mess was, in hindsight, entirely predictable. WV ended up doing exactly what they should have done six months ago – negotiating a buyout with their head coach. They saved no money, and just ended up with a public black eye.

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