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Holgorsen issues statement clarifying ‘lie in recruiting’ comment

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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.

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12 Responses to “Holgorsen issues statement clarifying ‘lie in recruiting’ comment”
  1. mydixienormus says: Aug 13, 2014 4:56 PM

    Too honestly, right?

  2. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 13, 2014 5:10 PM

    If only his defensive backs could backpedal that well….

  3. mgavin78 says: Aug 13, 2014 5:15 PM

    Oh but he was telling the truth.

  4. musketmaniac says: Aug 13, 2014 5:20 PM

    the stench of an oliver luck written statement lingering.

  5. jmb795 says: Aug 13, 2014 5:28 PM

    As has been said by other well known head coaches, the profession is, maybe, a rung or two above prostitution..just sayin’.

  6. irishlad19 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:06 PM

    Hard to acknowledge a monumentally poor judgement public statement; feel sorry for the guy, who appears to be a decent coach.

  7. lbijake says: Aug 13, 2014 6:29 PM

    Note to the world, men will lie on first (?) dates also.

  8. stephenw304 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:36 PM

    Trickett jokes women should stick to cooking…

    Holgerson jokes about recruiting….

    How about a team and staff wide ….”Quit talking!”.

  9. stephenw304 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:43 PM

    I heard Tavon Austin wanted to go to UNC but Butch Davis told him he wouldn’t play RB at UNC. Doc Holiday and Bill Stewart told Austin he would get a shot at RB to be the next Slaton/ Devine type rb. And Austin wisely chose WVU. Holgerson changed it up out of necessity they were thin at wr but he used Austin all over the field

  10. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 13, 2014 6:56 PM

    Lol I called it. Instead of the next day it took him 2 lol. What a clown

  11. cubano76 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:41 PM

    Not. One. Word. Believed.

  12. manik56 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:23 AM

    The lesson for all HC’s is to study Jim Tressel press conferences (non scandal related ones of course) and mimic him. He could talk an hour and not say anything. It isn’t worth talking to the media anymore.

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