The event, which started at a cabin at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center and later moved to the Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack, is organized annually by area WVU boosters. They invite the coaching staff and other members of the program, as well as other athletic department and university employees and representatives.
WVU officials found no reason to believe Holgorsen acted inappropriately there, sources said. In subsequent weeks they looked into other alleged incidents at Bridgeport's Pete Dye Golf Club and Morgantown's Waterfront Place Hotel, where Holgorsen lives.
Again they found no substantiation, and one person familiar with the process said the officials grew suspicious the stories being spread were coming from within.
Holgorsen then was involved in an incident at the Mardi Gras Resort & Casino in Nitro. After 3 a.m. on May 18, Nitro police were called for help in getting a patron to leave the building. Police records said casino security reported Holgorsen was "refusing to cooperate with the casino's management."
After the incident was reported, Holgorsen issued an apology for his actions, which Luck labeled as "inappropriate behavior." Holgorsen was not punished.
Ten days later -- and three days after the episode was reported -- a column in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch alleged that Holgorsen had been involved in "at least three and perhaps as many as six alcohol-related incidents in the last six months, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation."
The column identified eight incidents, including one in a Huntington establishment after a Houston-Marshall football game in 2008, when Holgorsen was working for the Cougars.
Two other allegations were said by sources to deeply anger WVU's leadership. The column said Holgorsen's behavior compelled President Jim Clements to threaten Luck's job after Clements allegedly ordered Luck home early from the Big East Conference meetings in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The university already was convinced there was nothing to the Wheeling, Pete Dye and Waterfront Place allegations, but it then researched the alleged Huntington incident. Again, they concluded there was nothing to it.
The Daily Mail reported last week a colleague of Holgorsen's at Houston said Holgorsen took the team charter flight back to Houston the night of the 2008 game.
A WVU source last week called the reported rift between Luck and Clements an "outright lie" and said a plane ticket for Luck's return flight from Florida was booked weeks earlier so he could be in town for a WVU rifle team fundraiser that night.
On Monday, Lofstead said, "President Clements did not summons Mr. Luck back from Florida and the Big East meetings or make any comment about his job related to the reported incidents." It was the university's first on-the-record rebuttal.
Sources said the university earlier tried to determine who was spreading the false accounts of Holgorsen's behavior and now has resumed that investigation.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142.