Audio: Stewart Asked Writer To Smear Holgorsen

The simmering controversy over the source of allegedly inaccurate, recent media reports detailing sordid behavior by West Virginia coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen boiled over early Tuesday morning on Chris Mueller’s overnight radio show on KDKA-FM in Pittsburgh.

(Dunlap (r) guested on Chris Mueller’s 93.7 The Fan show in Pittsburgh)

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reporter Colin Dunlap, who served as West Virginia football beat reporter for the Post-Gazette last season, told Mueller that Stewart called him on December 18, 2010, three days after Holgorsen was hired as Stewart’s future replacement, to request that Dunlap “dig up dirt” on Holgorsen.

The following are excerpts from Dunlap’s remarks early Tuesday morning (June 7, 2011) on KDKA-FM about the phone call between the two:

“It was actually my birthday, December 18, it was the day he (Stewart) was going to the bowl game because I distinctly remember there was a coaches convention in Pittsburgh with high school coaches. He was (then) flying from Pittsburgh down to Orlando to the bowl game for pre-prep work … “

” … He (Stewart) tried to flame-throw the guy (Holgorsen) in December by calling me and at least one other reporter because the reporter and I discussed it. He said, ‘can you get the word ’scumbag’ tattooed on the front of the sports page?’

“‘(Stewart said) you need to dig up this dirt. You need to get it out on this guy.’ And I said, ‘hey man, I’m not a part of some witch hunt.’”

“… If you want to go look at my cell phone records you can, I don’t need to hide from it. The conversation happened the day he (Stewart) was driving to the airport from the high school coaches convention in Pittsburgh. He was on his way to Orlando. (WVU assistant coach) Dave McMichael was in the car with him. The conversation happened.”

In recent days, speculation that Stewart’s wife or the coach himself was the source of a damaging, and allegedly inaccurate portrayal of Holgorsen written by HUNTINGTON HERALD-DISPATCH reporter Chuck Landon on May 28 has continued to grow.

In the piece, Landon reported:

Holgorsen has reportedly been involved in at least three and, perhaps, as many as six alcohol-related incidents in the last six months, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

That’s right, six.

The first five were hushed up, but the sixth incident at Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes on May 18 has blown the cover off Holgorsen’s embarrassing antics. Nitro police were called to the casino at about 3:20 a.m. on May 18 to remove an apparently intoxicated customer who didn’t want to leave. Holgorsen was asked to step outside, sit on a bench and await a taxi. No charges were filed.

Four days after Landon’s report, and a previous hit piece in the WHEELING (WV) NEWS-REGISTER titled, “Holgorsen embarrasses Entire State“, the CHARLESTON (WV) DAILY MAIL reported that WVU officials claimed both hit pieces were rife with “blatant inaccuracies.”

Monday Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail reported:

West Virginia University is searching for anonymous contributors to newspaper stories it says contain “blatant inaccuracies” about the football team’s head coach-in-waiting and offensive coordinator, Dana Holgorsen.

The timing of WVU’s internal inquiry, which is a normal procedure in response to such incidents, coincides with a pause in the concluding phase of Coach Bill Stewart’s separation agreement with the university.

Two sources said the contract has been awaiting signatures for weeks but has been tabled as the athletic department determines who has and has not participated in fabricating stories about Holgorsen and compromising the coaching transition.

Might Dunlap’s remarkable revelation of Stewart’s personal request that he “get the word ’scumbag’ tattooed on the front of the sports page” in a seeming desperate bid to smear Holgorsen soon transform that “pause” into “cause“?

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Speed Read: Cubs Riding Hard Liquor Bandwagon

It wasn’t enough for Diageo, the makers of Smirnoff vodka, to invite the good folks of Phoenix out to see their hockey team free with the purchase of a bottle of booze.  Now they’re plastering their name across The World’s Largest Beer Garden in an attempt to make further inroads into the sports scene. That’s one way to pay for stadium upgrades if you won’t pony up to the governor.

Drunk Boozer Wrigley Field Cubs fans

Wrigley Field will now host the Captain Morgan Club (a restaurant) and the Smirnoff Patio and provide lovely mixed drinks to the fans that like to do a little drinking around 10 am at home and then ride the El to Addison and start downing car bombs around 11:30 am for a 1:20 pm start.

If Cubs fans aren’t careful, they might even put Toronto Blue Jays fans to shame.  That’s not easy to do, either; they can’t be stopped even if Daddy takes the alcohol away for a game.  (Not to mention the gratuitous nudity.)

Also gratuitous: the entire 2008-2009 NCAA women’s basketball season. The University of Connecticut Huskies won their 39th straight game by double-digits to complete their undefeated season and claim the nation’s crown.

Connecticut Huskies

Stanford University of Louisville kept this game competitive for about as long as you’ve been reading this article thus far, which still might be the best effort of the year for a UConn opponent.  This could be the point for a snide joke about going pro in a little something we call life, but these young women are already professional assassins.  Yikes.

We know the short-lived hole in the media filter (and the filter on media members themselves) caused by Twitter will soon close and leave us with more canned responses and layers of personal marketing protection.  As we speak, there are businesses springing up around the management of social spaces and new media integration and other phrases that dampen the soul.

For now, though, we live in truly awesome times.  Example: Bill Stewart (West Virginia’s head football coach and the antithesis of R-Rod) has been carrying on like a blessed fool on Twitter, including how he threw all the kickers out of a meeting or how he gets so fired up by Chubby Checker that he sprints into practice at 4:15 am.

West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart

Go like this, Coach Stewart.  Go like this all morning long.

And now the twisting hail of bullets that Carl Landry could heal up from in only three weeks

Francis Buxton

  • Stan Kasten, president of the Washington Nationals, went on Philly radio and told Phillies fans just how much they were welcome to fill those increasingly empty seats at Nationals Park, having apparently forgotten that D.C. sports fans survive the surprisingly harsh winters by burning compressed carbon logs of their own hate for other teams.  You’d think Stan Kasten had bigger fish to fry, frankly.  For example, Dmitri Young just called Stan Kasten’s house because he heard Kasten’s hosting a fish fry.
  • Your NBA Draft early departure update: Blake Griffin (as mentioned late yesterday), Jodie Meeks, and everyone in the city of Tucson.  They’re gonna need a bigger green room.
  • Senator Ted Kennedy threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park on Opening Day.  Senator Bill Frist saw this video and declared Kennedy alive and well, raising his batting average to .500.
  • The San Diego Padres have one chance at a title: Miss California Carrie Prejean (a former “Deal or No Deal” model) will be competing for the Miss USA title in Vegas on April 19th and she’s a former member of the Padres’ “Pad Squad”.  It’s good that she’s no longer with the organization or Becky Moores might demand weekend visitation rights.

Carrie Prejean, Miss California 2009

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Mountaineer Fans Already Want New Coach Out

The winner in the bitter, Kramer vs. Kramer style divorce between Rich Rodriguez and West Virginia? Despite the rough 1-2 start to Rich Rod’s tenure at Michigan, it appears that the Mountaineers are approaching total meltdown mode following their 17-14 overtime loss to Colorado on Thursday. When you go from national title contender to described as “just a mess” by Erin Andrews in the span of three games, things are bad.

Bill Stewart

But at least head coach Bill Stewart still has the support of the local press, such as THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE:

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WVU Coach Quit VMI After Racial Slur Accusation

The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports today that new West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart has “been a head coach once before, going 8-25 at Virginia Military Institute in 1994-96, before leaving there in a cloud of controversy. Stewart was accused in ‘96 of calling a Keydets player a racial slur in an October practice. The coaches and players cleared the air, many said afterward, but a school investigation resulted in Stewart’s resignation.

Bill Stewart West Virginia

One of Stewart’s defenders at the time was a former VMI graduate assistant under Stewart, who claimed he never heard Stewart use a racial slur. That former GA was current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

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WV Interim Coach Bill Stewart Hired On Full Time

After overseeing the dismantling of Oklahoma last night, the CHARLESTON (WV) DAILY MAIL reports today that West Virginia University will hire interim coach Bill Stewart as its full time football coach - replacing the departed Rich Rodriguez.

Bill Stewart New West Virginia Football Coach

Daily Mail: “He’s been a head coach just once before and was 8-25 from 1994-96 at Virginia Military Institute.”

Sounds like the Mounties might be rushing into this thing a smidge.

WVU will make the announcement at an 11am ET press conference today. To be honest, West Virginia football doesn’t excite us that much (like the pallid procession of meaningless bowl games the last two days), but if the Mountaineers think Stewart can keep the couch-torching locals at bay, we’ll trust their judgement.