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Accusations About WVU's Dana Holgorsen Mostly Unfounded, Report Says

Chuck Landon’s piece about WVU football-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen’s repeated alleged “alcohol-related incidents” has drawn a fair amount of criticism for its lack of transparency regarding where its information actually came from. The Charleston Daily-Mail looked into the report itself, and, well, it didn’t really find a whole lot.

A source said WVU officials have not seen the video footage from Mardi Gras Resort & Casino, but have spoken with those who have and that WVU trusts their review that Holgorsen was guilty of nothing too severe.

WVU officials also called the Wheeling Island resort and casino and asked about an alleged incident before spring football began.

Holgorsen – and many others connected to WVU – attended an annual party in Wheeling that eventually spilled into the casino, but WVU found nothing wrong in conversations with casino management about that party and the behavior of those in attendance. One source said the party included an off-duty police officer to keep an eye on things.

The rest of the piece rebuts several more accusations from the Herald-Dispatch article, and the message throughout is about the same – essentially, that there really isn’t much to see here, just a lot of innuendo. It’s well worth a read, and it’s probably fair, at this point, to assume that a lot of the things you’ve heard about Holgorsen are probably at least somewhat overblown.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.