CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the WVU Classic heads to the golf course, tennis courts and fashion show runway today in Charleston, a singular focus belies the variety provided in the 29th annual fundraiser.
What's next with Dana Holgorsen?
The celebrated West Virginia offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting would seem to be down to his last strike with the man who hired him - and one who desperately wants and needs him to succeed - in Athletic Director Oliver Luck.
On the job approaching one year, Luck can ill-afford to have Holgorsen go wayward again. Much of Luck's legacy in the job will be tied to the coming months and what occurs with the offensive wizard he anointed, not his move to get Mountaineer Field beer sales approved.
Holgorsen is smart enough to know his own future as a head coach - perhaps anywhere, any time - hangs in the balance. He has to understand he is the future chief of the state's primary "franchise."
Luck is even smarter than that.
To hear and read some accounts, Holgorsen has been booted from establishments so often, maybe he should be the Mountaineers' punt team coach.
I'm not sure anyone other than Holgorsen is really sure what's really happened when and where in total in that regard, and your guess is as good as mine.
I am sure of this: In executive session today, the WVU Board of Governors, meeting in Charleston at CAMC, is sure to pepper Luck with plenty of questions about the next Mountaineers head football coach.
It's pretty safe to say that should Holgorsen screw up again off the field, he's gone. I also think it's pretty safe to say that if that occurs, lame duck Coach Bill Stewart will remain just that at best ... and Luck would still look for another coach for 2012.
As telling as anything were the post-incident statements from Luck and Holgorsen. There was not a public peep from Stewart, who as the head football coach, supposedly is Holgorsen's boss.
Anyone paying attention knows Holgorsen answers to Luck and has since the day he was hired. No matter what has happened with Holgorsen, Stewart is in no better stead with Luck than he was when he was lame-ducked in December.
Luck's not going back on his decision to replace Stewart. Anyone who thinks Holgorsen's issues could lead to Stewart being rewarded with a long-term deal as something of a savior, well, those folks are in la-la land.