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What? Me Worry?

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On the morning of Oct. 13, the West Virginia football team was 5-0, ranked fifth in the nation and operating on overdrive after a thrilling 48-45 win in Austin.

The Mountaineers were not only headed toward a possible national title, they were doing so at breakneck speed with the leading Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Geno Smith.

Thirty-five days, 248 points and 2,665 yards later, WVU was staring at a five-game losing streak that saw their defense shredded to the tune of 530 yards and nearly 50 points per game.

The collapse was monumental but hardly stunning. In the two games prior to the losing skid, the West Virginia "defense" had allowed 115 points and 1,100 yards in wins (wins!) over Baylor and Texas. In fact, in their season-opener, the 'Eers allowed a Marshall team that finished 5-7 to score 34 points and roll up 545 total yards.

So it was clear that trouble was coming, but the folks in Morgantown chose to put their heads in the sand and pretend not to see it.

But that is what they do: They ignore trouble, even as it saunters down the street, wearing a black hat with guns a'blazin'. That must be protocol under athletic director Oliver Luck.

Luck hired Dana Holgorsen as WVU's offensive coordinator and head-coach-in-waiting in December 2010. He was set to replace Bill Stewart as head coach following the 2011 season because Luck, who was 20-15 in his days as WVU's starting quarterback, had decided that the Mountaineers would never compete for a national title under Stewart.

But Holgorsen became the head coach six months ahead of schedule, when Stewart was forced to resign after former beat writer Colin Dunlap dropped a bomb on an overnight radio show, claiming that Stewart once asked him to "dig up dirt" on Holgorsen, presumably so Holgorsen would not ultimately be allowed to succeed Stewart as head coach.

To properly understand the situation, it's important to note that Holgorsen came to West Virginia with two things: 1) a rep as an offensive genius, and 2) rumors that he was an in-your-face, partying, "rock-n-roll lifestyle" type of guy.

The offensive genius rep was well-earned and proved to be true right away, as Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin quickly became the most-feared offensive trio in the country.

The partying rumors dogged Holgorsen, though, until they were finally put to rest on May 18, 2011. That's when they ceased being rumor and became fact. On that night, er, morning, Holgorsen had to be removed by security from the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes, W.Va. sometime after 3 a.m.

There were reports of earlier, similar incidents at casinos, hotel bars and local pubs, and Holgorsen promptly apologized for the casino incident. And three weeks later he was introduced as the Mountaineers new head coach.

Essentially, the guy who ratted out someone else's bad behavior was fired; the guy actually behaved badly parlayed it into the head coaching job and a contract worth more than $2 million annually.

So there it was, "Trouble" brazenly rocking and rolling through the casino, loud and in your face.

But that was ignored and the head coaching switch was made.

Trouble reared it's black-hat covered head again this fall, to the tune of 115 points and 1,100 yards allowed in wins over Baylor and Texas, but the leaky defense was ignored, and then the team's championship hopes were dashed by astonishing levels of defensive futility in the ensuing five consecutive losses.

It took the late Coach Stew 611 days to lose five times; Holgorsen did it last month.

So if you're ever in Morgantown and there's real trouble, don't wait for the Emergency Broadcasting System to warn you. They'll just blare "Country Roads" and call another pass play.

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