MORGANTOWN - First of all, I'd like to send a huge thank you out to the blogosphere and the rumor mongers today because I really didn't have much else to do on a Monday afternoon and evening except maybe spend some quality time with my family.
Of course, that was shattered in the waves upon waves of silliness that kept coming and coming and coming all day and half the night. If Jeff Casteel wasn't packing his bags for Pitt, then Bill Stewart was being outright fired and either his big mouth or his wife's was the reason. His contract was in jeopardy, as is the very future of West Virginia football.
So here it is, a response to all the lunacy in place of the nice little piece I'd written about something completely different earlier in the day.
Ready? The bottom line?
Two percent fact.
Ninety-eight percent unadulterated imagination.
But hey, it's a slow news cycle, right?
In case you were among the lucky few who missed it, here's the synopsis. Over the weekend, stories began to circulate that it was someone within the West Virginia football program - perhaps even Bill Stewart or his wife, Karen - who were responsible for spreading tales of Dana Holgorsen's late-night drinking and carousing exploits.
Monday morning, the Daily Mail then reported that WVU officials were trying to find out exactly who it was - if anyone - who was talking to reporters and indicated that the final signing of Stewart's contract was being held up while the school tried to find out if it was, in fact, Stewart doing the gossiping.
From there, it just exploded.
Fueled by even more anonymous "reports'' on web sites saying that high-ranking WVU bigwigs considered the football coaching staff "in disarray,'' it then became Holgorsen and his new offensive staff against Casteel and his defensive coaches.
Casteel was said to be so angry that he was ready to join Todd Graham's staff at Pitt. Where Stewart fit into all of this isn't quite clear except that he was involved enough that by late afternoon some nitwit on a radio station in the southern part of the state reported Stewart had been fired.
At which point, of course, my phone began ringing off the hook. And suddenly a story that I sat and laughed about and shook my head over in disbelief had become Dewey Beats Truman. As ridiculous as it all seems, it still has to be addressed.
So here, in a nutshell, is the address: Again, 2 percent fire, 98 percent smoke.
What is true about all of this? Well, let's forget for a moment the innuendo and just go with the facts. And the fact is that WVU athletic director
Oliver Luck is, in fact, curious to know from where all the stories of Holgorsen's exploits came. I wouldn't call it a full-blown investigation, but he's asking questions like the lawyer he is.
We can also assume, given that he has not publicly or privately cleared Stewart of suspicion - Wouldn't that be the easy thing to do to put this to rest? - that Luck has not yet formed a binding opinion.
And that's it. All of the facts. Period. End of discussion. There is nothing else out there.