MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- — West Virginia football offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen apologized Wednesday for an incident at a Nitro casino last week deemed "inappropriate" by Athletic Director Oliver Luck.
Security officials at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort called the police after 3 a.m. May 18 to have Holgorsen escorted from the building.
Holgorsen and a group of university representatives had arrived at the casino well after midnight after attending a Mountaineer Athletic Club function in Logan.
At some point later, Holgorsen was asked to leave and his subsequent behavior resulted in a call to Metro 911.
A police officer said Holgorsen was cooperative when he arrived. With assistance from the university representatives with the coach, he was permitted to wait for a taxi to take him from the casino.
"I learned a valuable lesson from this incident," Holgorsen said in a statement issued by WVU. He was hired from Oklahoma State in December to replace Bill Stewart as head coach beginning in 2012.
"As a football coach, I am always in the public eye, and I have to hold myself to a higher standard, which is what I ask our players to do.
"I'm sorry that this incident has put the University and the football program in a difficult position. I will not put myself in that situation again."
The Nitro Police Department responded to a 911 call from the casino at 3:13 a.m. because an apparently intoxicated customer was "refusing to cooperate with the casino's management," according to Metro 911 dispatch logs.
Casino supervisors had the customer detained after he declined to leave.
Patrolman Raymond Blake was dispatched to the scene and encountered a man who was identified as Holgorsen. Blake said Holgorsen offered no resistance.
"We got up there and spoke to the male and said, 'Hey, they want you to leave,' " Blake said. "He complied, walked out, sat out on a bench, waited for the taxi, and when the taxi arrived, he got in and left."
Blake didn't know what prompted the call from the casino. Repeated messages left at the casino have not been returned, including those to General Manager Robert Lagg, to whom all calls have been referred.
Sources told the Daily Mail Holgorsen and those he was with grew too loud and rowdy for the casino's comfort and were asked to control themselves before things escalated.
Blake said "that's a typical call we would get for somebody up there for a patron that they want to have escorted off the property." There was no arrest or citation and no field tests were administered to Holgorsen. Blake said Holgorsen was not handcuffed.