Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Luck addresses West Virginia situation
By Andrea Adelson
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck did a radio interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh and discussed the mess he is trying to sort through in the football program. Luck has not returned my phone calls, so I listened in to hear what he has to say. Here are a few snippets:
On what is happening between coach Bill Stewart and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen: "It's difficult to know what's fact and what's not. Before I make any comments, I've got to spend some time trying to figure out what the facts are. That's the only fair way."
On whether the drama will affect the football team: "I would just say we had good spring ball, we have a good group of players who picked up the new offense. We've got a great group of defensive coaches. We are having a little bit of drama and we'll try to get to the bottom of that, but I think the program is in good shape. I don’t see much damage at all going into the football season because we can get all this sorted out."
On the report that Holgorsen had more than one incident at a bar or casino: "The investigation that I undertook left me with a high level of confidence that as the university put it there were a lot of inaccuracies in these allegations. I did not find any substantiation. One of the allegations was that he was thrown out of a bar in Huntington the evening of a University of Houston-Marshall football game. The truth is he, along with all the other coaches, went back to Houston on the team charter. That's an example of a blatant inaccuracy. I've got a high level of confidence in Dana and his persona. I have 100 percent confidence that he'll do the right thing. Some of the reports were blatantly inaccurate and beyond that I can't say that much."
On whether he regrets the coaching-in-waiting situation: "Well, I thought it made sense at the time because Dana was given an opportunity to come in and focus on teaching the offense to a team that had some offensive challenges the last couple of years. It was an opportunity for Stew to act as a mentor, to give (Holgorsen) a bit of understanding about the state and the culture of Mountaineer football. So it my mind, I thought it made some sense. In retrospect, we can all second guess. Would I do it again? I don't know."
On whether either man would be head coach in 2011: "I'm not worried about the Mountaineers going into the season without a head coach."
On whether he is worried about his job security. "No. I'm not. I've got all the confidence in the world that we can resolve this issue and go into the season talking about what should be talked about, and that's on-field activity."