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September 14, 2010

Back in doghouse

Brandon Hogan arrested on DUI charge

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s senior cornerback Brandon Hogan may have just cashed in his last get out of jail free card with Coach Bill Stewart.

Hogan, who has been in and out of Stewart’s doghouse over the years, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

“I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering facts at this time,” Stewart said in a statement released by the school’s sports information department. “I will take appropriate action when all the facts are in.”

A university source indicated a decision would probably not be made until Tuesday and that it appears Hogan’s future with the team is in serious doubt.

Hogan was pulled over at 3:17 a.m. Sunday by Morgantown police while driving the wrong way down Spruce Street, which is a one-way street in Morgantown’s downtown area.

According to Lt. Harold Sperringer Hogan offered no resistance and was released on bond.

Hogan’s history at WVU is crowded with outstanding achievements on the field but a troubled off-field life, both academically and with his conduct.

He was cited this past April for public urination and disorderly conduct, right after he went through a trying spring practice. Hogan had been held out of most drills because of academic issues and because he was deemed out of shape when he showed up.

Stewart had him running the stadium stairs for most of the practices, allowing him back briefly when it seemed he was in shape, only to put him back on the steps due to the academic situation.

“I get mad at Brandon because I want him to graduate and get that degree and be just as important in the classroom, that’s why I get on him so much,” Stewart recently experienced.

Hogan also missed the 2008 Tire Bowl for personal reasons that never were explained publically.

The shame of this is that Hogan has meant so much to Stewart, who recruited him out of Manassas, Va., where he was the state’s prep Player of the Year in 2006 after leading his Osbourn High team to an undefeated state championship as a quarterback.

Talking of Hogan less than two weeks ago, Stewart said after Hogan’s spectacular diving interception in the end zone turned the opening game against Coastal Carolina in WVU’s favor:    

“Brandon Hogan is such a good-spirited young man and he loves to play the game. He reminds me of Vaughn Rivers and Antonio Lewis, those two youngsters we had here back in 2007.

“I personally recruited Brandon, he’s a tremendous quarterback, and he could be a wild cat guy. He turned that game around and I was watching him on the kick-off and he just wants to play. At punt returner he almost brought that punt return back, he was one man away when the ball bounced back to their left and our right. He’s really come on and as a team leader he’s really come on and done a nice job. “

Now, however, his career appears to be on the line, and who knows what that may do to his future, which seemed so bright. The 5-10, 189-pound Hogan has become an NFL prospect and last year was named an honorable mention All-American by SI.com, as well as an All-Big East performer.

In addition to playing cornerback, Hogan also returns punts for WVU.

E-mail Bob Hertzel at bhertzel@hotmail.com.

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