One of the worst times for a college coach is right after spring practice is over and before practice starts back up. The players have about five weeks of freedom, which could be a coach’s worst nightmare.
On Tuesday starting safety Darwin Cook and cornerback Terence Garvin crossed the line after they charged with stealing three bottles of Gatorade, two bags of Doritos, and an additional two bags of pretzels from a local Sheetz without paying.
Cook and Garvin are being faced with misdemeanor theft charges after being caught on the surveillance camera.
The incident happened on April 12, a week after spring practice ended, and the players were charged two weeks later on April 25. This offense will cost each player $250 in fines since it was a shoplifting incident that was worth $500 or less.
Garvin started in each of the past two years, leading the West Virginia squad in tackles with 76 in 2010. His 72 tackles last year ranked fourth on the team.
One of the players ahead of Garvin was Cook, ranking second on the team last year in tackles with 85. Cook also added to interceptions to his stat sheet last year.
Coach Dana Holgorsen released his statement today on the incident between his two defensive stars. “I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering facts at this time. When all the facts are in, I will take appropriate action,” Coach Holgorsen said.
Coach Holgorsen will certainly have plenty of time to think of a suitable punishment for his players before practice starts back up.
Losing Cook and Garvin would be an astronomical lose on the field, but expect them to do anything that is necessary to make sure they will be ready for their opening game.
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