Reports: Holgorsen Involved In "Incident"

A statement released to multiple media outlets late Tuesday night indicated that West Virginia University is aware of an "alleged incident" involving its football coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen at a Charleston-area casino last week.

According to reports from both the Charleston Daily Mail and Morgantown Dominion-Post, Holgorsen was escorted out of Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes sometime after 3:00 a.m. on May 18.

The Daily Mail report cited police records, which showed Metro 911 dispatched officers from the Nitro Police Department to the scene after the casino placed a call at 3:13 a.m.

According to the report, a "white male" was "refusing to cooperate with the casino's management." That male, presumably Holgorsen, was detained by casino security at the time.

The Daily Mail report said no official records show what happened once police arrived, but Holgorsen was apparently not detained or placed under arrest.

"Athletic director Oliver Luck and head coach Bill Stewart have been made aware of the alleged incident," said West Virginia assistant athletic director Michael Fragale in a statement. "Once they have all of the facts, they will deal with it appropriately."

Holgorsen was in southern West Virginia as part of the Mountaineer Athletic Club's annual "Coaches Caravan" barnstorming tour. He had attended an event in Logan earlier that day and was spending the evening at the casino with other WVU officials.

The tour was scheduled to continue later the morning of Holgorsen's incident, with a stop for lunch in Huntington before traveling to Beckley for the night.

There was no indication Holgorsen was not in attendance at either of those functions.

Stewart and Luck are currently attending the Big East Conference's annual meeting in Florida.

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