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Dana Holgorsen clarifies comments about lying in recruiting

Graham Watson
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2013, file photo, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen holds his head during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. Holgorsen needs no reminder about the lack of success he's seen on the field since ushering in West Virginia's move to the Big 12. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Dana Holgorsen went into spin mode on Wednesday as he tried to clarify comments he made Monday about lying to recruits.

During his media session, Holgorsen was asked about changes to rules in recruiting and he made this offhand remark:

“I know you lie in recruiting a bunch, and that’s just part of it,” he said.

Of course, this led to all sorts of national criticism and caused Holgorsen and West Virginia to have to issue a statement.

"At my press conference on Monday, I was speaking with a group of our beat reporters, and the subject of the NCAA legislation concerning unlimited meals and its impact on recruiting was brought up," Holgorsen said in the statement. "In a lighthearted moment, I made a comment in jest that was meant to imply that the unlimited meals will be an important selling point with recruits and that all coaches will have to be salesmen on this matter. I further implied that the best way for recruits to understand what really is occurring on a campus is by having them talk to the current student-athletes. I used a poor choice of words in explaining this position."

Just to be clear, Holgorsen isn’t apologizing for the comment, he’s just clarifying it. And, that’s fine. We all know shady things go into recruiting and Holgorsen was being brutally honest about how he approaches it.

Will that honesty come back to bite him? Well, we’ll see during National Signing Day in February. But for now, his recruiting class continues to hold steady the 21st-best in the country.

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