After '09 Houston-TU game, Holgorsen accused TU of 'cheating'
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Thursday, September 16, 2010
9/16/10 at 7:13 AM
Last season, at the University of Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium, Houston defeated the Golden Hurricane 46-45 in a Conference USA football showdown. After returning to Houston, then-Cougar offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen accused TU of having its defensive players fake fourth-quarter injuries, thereby stopping the clock.
Holgorsen now is Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator. On Saturday, TU faces OSU in a 6 p.m., non-televised contest at Stillwater.
Following the 2009 Houston-TU game, during an interview aired by Houston's KGOW AM-1560, Holgorsen said this of the Golden Hurricane: "Yeah, they were cheating. ... We've got some inside information on how they do it."
Apparently referring to Hurricane coaches, Holgorsen said, "They've got a signal for it. We know they've got a signal for it. We see it on film that they're actually doing the signal, and then all of a sudden one of these guys just comes down with a bunch of cramps. He falls down and then the other 10 players kind of jog over to the sideline and they use it as a timeout."
Asked about Holgorsen's remarks on Wednesday, TU coach Todd Graham said, "I wouldn't have any comment on that. ... We do things the right way. This place is about excellence in everything that we do."
A Wednesday attempt to contact Holgorsen by telephone was unsuccessful. An OSU official explained that Holgorsen was not available.
The NCAA rule book describes "feigning an injury" as a tactic that "cannot be tolerated among sportsmen of integrity."
"Feigning injury is dishonest, unsportsmanlike and contrary to the spirit of the rules," the NCAA states.
For the third straight season, Holgorsen competes against TU. In a 70-30 rout of TU in 2008, the Cougar offense had 641 total yards. Against TU last year, Houston had 695 total yards.