In fact, Holgorsen's reputation as a partier preceded him. I particularly liked the blogger who said that "the fact that naked bongos weren't being played on a blackjack table ... may have been, at least initially, the most startling part of the situation.'' If this situation became public, have others simply not?
Here's the thing, though: When Holgorsen last December signed a contract that is going to pay him the GDP of a small island nation (as much as $14.275 million over the next six years), things changed. He had to know that. Hired guns who come in to ramp up an offense can do what they want, for the most part, in their private lives. Guys who become the head coach at a major university and become the face of the program can't.
It's kind of a Damn Yankees thing, in a weird way, where you trade your soul for a shot at the pennant. Holgorsen didn't trade anything for his shot at football riches here, but certainly he was asked to check his party habits at the door when he entered.
And if he wasn't he will be now.
The bottom line, I suppose, is that WVU athletic director Oliver Luck had to address the issue. Again Holgorsen didn't do anything illegal and he probably didn't even violate the contract that he signed, even a morals clause. But he embarrassed Luck and the school and that can't happen. Late Wednesday afternoon, Luck issued a statement condemning Holgorsen's behavior and that was pretty much it. Don't expect anything more.
There will, of course, also be the outcry from those who opposed Holgorsen's hiring - those closet Bill Stewart fans who never rallied in support of the guy until he was replaced. See, they will say, this is what you deserve for walking over a good man because he didn't win enough games to satisfy you.
Yeah, well, get over that, too. It's not changing. Unless Holgorsen stupidly makes a habit of the kind of behavior he's accused of last week, he will become West Virginia's head coach at the end of next season.
The thought here is that Holgorsen is probably smart enough to take one public flogging like this and make sure it doesn't happen again.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.