Report: West Virginia searching for leak
West Virginia University is conducting an internal inquiry to locate an anonymous source responsible for making allegations against football coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen, the Charleston Daily Mail reported Monday.
According to two university officials, allegations connecting Holgorsen to a series of alcohol-related incidents are "blatant inaccuracies."
The investigation also coincides with a holdup in the finalization of current football coach Bill Stewart’s separation agreement, according to the Daily Mail.
Holgorsen, 39, was hired by West Virginia in December from Oklahoma State with the intention he would replace Stewart in 2012.
But according to the Daily Mail, a university source said the contracts have been left unsigned while the athletic department looks for those responsible for leaking what the university says are false stories about Holgorsen.
Sources said members of the entire Mountaineers’ football program as well as other athletic-affiliated organizations are subject to the ongoing probe.
Holgorsen issued an apology nearly two weeks ago after reports surfaced that he had been thrown out of a West Virginia casino for failing to cooperate with management in the early morning hours of May 18.
Shortly after the incident, a column in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch implicated Holgorsen in "at least three and, perhaps, as many as six alcohol-related incidents in the last six months, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation."
At that point, according to the Daily Mail, the university had already looked into a series of alleged incidents involving Holgorsen — unrelated to the casino episode — and found nothing substantial to back up the claims.
The university examined the latest allegations from the Herald-Dispatch column, particularly an alleged incident in 2008 during Holgorsen’s coaching stint at Houston, but found nothing to support those claims as well.
A follow-up report by the Daily Mail into the same incident also failed to confirm the allegation.