MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- After looking into its options, West Virginia University will take no action to refute allegations raised against the football program, athletic department and administration in separate columns published by two state newspapers over the weekend.
WVU sources said Tuesday and again Wednesday the university was reviewing the accusations in a Huntington Herald-Dispatch column from Sunday and an Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register column from the day before.
WVU was assessing the validity of the claims it believes are false. University officials were also determining whether a response to the publications would be necessary.
A WVU source said Wednesday the university will not take any action, but "knows the Herald-Dispatch story had blatant inaccuracies."
The Herald-Dispatch cited "multiple sources with knowledge of the situation" stating the football team's offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen had been connected to "at least three and, perhaps, as many as six alcohol-related incidents in the last six months."
The Herald-Dispatch report actually implicates Holgorsen in eight incidents, dating as far back as one in Huntington in 2008, when Holgorsen was working at the University of Houston. It makes two other accusations athletic department and administration officials contest and considered combating.
The column alleges Holgorsen was asked to leave a bar in Huntington after a game October 2008.
A former colleague of Holgorsen's at the University of Houston said Holgorsen chartered back to campus that night and did not stay in Huntington.
The only Houston official to remain in Huntington following that game was an athletic trainer attending to Cougars' wide receiver Patrick Edwards, who broke his leg during the game.
Sources in the column said WVU President James Clements ordered Athletic Director Oliver Luck back from the Big East Conference meetings in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Wednesday.
WVU sources told the Daily Mail Luck had previously planned to be back in town for the rifle team's annual fundraiser at the Mylan Park Community Center that evening. A plane ticket was purchased weeks in advance.
The column also cited a source that said Clements told Luck "that if he read one more article about the coach-in-waiting, it would cost Luck his job."
One WVU representative close to Luck and Clements called that an "outright lie."
An administration official concurred and said it was "not Clements' style."