Not so unexpectedly in this day and age, Dana Holgorsen has been forced to deal with comments attributed to him earlier this week.
Meeting with a handful of reporters Monday, the West Virginia head coach was quoted as saying the following when asked about the recruiting process: “You lie in recruiting a bunch. That’s just kind of part of it. You become a salesman.”
Two days later, the the following statement, attributed to Holgorsen, was released through WVU:
“At my press conference on Monday, I was speaking with a group of our beat reporters, and the subject of the NCAA legislation concerning unlimited meals and its impact on recruiting was brought up. In a lighthearted moment, I made a comment in jest that was meant to imply that the unlimited meals will be an important selling point with recruits and that all coaches will have to be salesmen on this matter. I further implied that the best way for recruits to understand what really is occurring on a campus is by having them talk to the current student-athletes. I used a poor choice of words in explaining this position.”
It’s too bad Holgorsen — or the university — felt the need to walk back his words. Holgorsen didn’t say anything anyone with half a brain doesn’t already know: at this level of football, head coaches and the best recruiters stretch the truth to the point of breaking in order to increase their odds of landing top talent.
Right or wrong, it’s the reality — something that, even in a lighthearted moment, Holgorsen spoke to honestly.