Oliver Luck tackling matters privately
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck broke his silence on the drama unfolding around his football program, saying he was handling matters regarding coach Bill Stewart and Dana Holgorsen in private.
The program has been in the national spotlight since Holgorsen was escorted out of a West Virginia casino two weeks ago for what the school termed "inapropriate behavior."
Since then, one report linked Holgorsen to multiple instances of similar behavior, a report West Virginia has begun to investigate.
"There have been various reports, much speculation, and rumor around our football program and coaches," Luck said in his statement. But I want to make it clear that I consider these to be personnel matters and while I take them very seriously, I am dealing with them internally and privately -- and I will not discuss them publicly.
"What I will say is that our athletic department coaches and staff are clear that their focus is on the program, the team and a successful season. My expectations of all our coaches and staff have not wavered; that is to run a clean and honest program with the upmost integrity and professionalism. Anything less is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
Earlier in the day, Luck went on a Pittsburgh radio station and said some of the reports on Holgorsen were "blatantly inaccurate."
"The investigation that I undertook left me with a high level of confidence that, as the university put it, there were a lot of inaccuracies in these allegations," Luck told 93.7 The Fan. "I did not find any substantiation."
As for whether he had regrets about naming Holgorsen the coach-in-waiting for Stewart, Luck seemed to hedge. Holgorsen was hired as offensive coordinator in December, with the intent of taking over as head coach in 2012.
"Well, I thought it made sense at the time because Dana was given an opportunity to come in and focus on teaching the offense to a team that had some offensive challenges the last couple of years," Luck told the radio station. "It was an opportunity for Stew to act as a mentor, to give (Holgorsen) a bit of understanding about the state and the culture of Mountaineer football. So in my mind, I thought it made some sense. In retrospect, we can all second-guess. Would I do it again? I don't know."
Luck has not returned phone calls made by ESPN.com.
Andrea Adelson covers the Big East for ESPN.com.
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