MORGANTOWN - There is a fine line here, I suppose, between overreacting and underreacting to news that West Virginia's newest rising star among its coaches had to be escorted from a bar by police after apparently imbibing just a tad too much.
For now, though, we will sit squarely on the fence and present both points of view in regard to Dana Holgorsen, which are:
Of course, in the initial aftermath of Holgorsen being escorted from the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes by Nitro police at 3:20 a.m. one day last week, much of public sentiment leans toward the former of those reactions.
And, in truth, it should. But the latter also has to be considered.
Holgorsen isn't like the West Virginia coaches you've come to know. None of them. When was the last time the school had a head coach in football or men's basketball who didn't have a wife and/or kids at home? (Holgorsen does have three children, but he's divorced and they don't live with him.) Who was the last WVU coach who was in a position to pretty much live a bachelor's lifestyle?
This one is in that position, so get used to it. Maybe you don't like the idea of your football coach drinking or frequenting casinos at 3 a.m., but there's nothing illegal or even unusual about it. There's a reason casinos are open at 3 a.m. - because people are still there. If Holgorsen wants to be one of those who is, fine. Deal with it, folks.
That does not, of course, answer the charges of the group that is outraged over his actions as a representative of the university. They also have a point that can't be easily dismissed.
Holgorsen has spent much of his coaching life as a nomad, going from program to program and - at least recently - injecting new life into each with his innovative and creative offense. Chances are this is not the first time he's been drinking in a bar or a casino at 3 a.m. Again, stop the presses.