MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University's head football coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen acted inappropriately last week when he had to be escorted from a casino by police, Athletic Director Oliver Luck said Wednesday.
Luck, however, did not say if Holgorsen would be disciplined because of his actions at the Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes.
After an investigation, Luck said "I believe inappropriate behavior did occur. ... I take this matter very seriously, but I do not plan on commenting on it further."
Nitro Patrolman H.R. Blake said Wednesday that two officers from his department were called to the casino about 15 miles west of Charleston around 3:20 a.m. on May 18 to remove an apparently intoxicated customer who didn't want to leave. Only later did they learn it was Holgorsen, who is WVU's offensive coordinator.
Holgorsen was asked to step outside, sit on a bench and await a taxi. No charges were filed.
"Everything the officers asked him to do, he did," Blake said. "The taxi came and he hopped in and went away."
Luck said coaches and staff represent WVU and the state at all times and they are expected to "always display appropriate behavior."
The university also released a statement from Holgerson, saying he had learned a "valuable lesson."
"I'm sorry that this incident has put the University and the football program in a difficult position," he said. "I will not put myself in that situation again."
Blake said Nitro police respond to calls from casino security roughly three or four times a week and this case was no different.
"It's a normal call," he said. "Every officer here has answered that call."
Holgorsen was Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator before he was hired by WVU in December. He is expected to replace Bill Stewart as WVU's head coach at the end of the 2011 season. Stewart was hired after Rich Rodriguez's sudden departure for Michigan after the 2007 regular season ended.