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Holgorsen

WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said he doesn’t expect a perfect atmosphere in visitors’ locker rooms.

MORGANTOWN — When WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen and the media meet during a Mountaineer off week, the topics can swing wildly. And this past week, one topic was a cross between Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and smelly locker rooms.

After Harbaugh’s Wolverines defeated Purdue last Saturday, the coach complained about the antiquated facilities of Ross-Ade Stadium. He said the hot, cramped visitors’ locker room was so bad the UM starters were offered the chance to cool down pre-game on the team bus.

“It was like a hot box,” Harbaugh said. “Really the only way to get relief was to open the doors, and you have people watching you dress. It’s not good.

“The number of urinals for players and staff, I think there were two. There’s not even a private door.”

Harbaugh called upon the Big Ten to regulate the condition of facilities. Purdue responded with a four-paragraph statement saying a member of Harbaugh’s staff “conducted a walk-thru” on July 18 and was offered relief options.

Holgorsen was asked his opinion on conference standards for locker rooms.

“I think [Harbaugh] nailed it,” said the WVU coach. “I mean, you can complain about it -– which I’m not -– but it’s just part of the deal. I would never complain about that. It’s not my place. It’s an administrative deal.”

He did, however, go over some visiting accommodations within the Big 12.

“The one at Kansas didn’t smell very well,” Holgorsen said. “When we go to TCU, it’s one of the nicest I’ve ever seen. They just re-did their stuff. What was surprising was the [NFL Washington] Redskins’ one [at Landover, Maryland] was bad. The visiting locker room there.

“Baylor’s is good. Texas’ is adequate. Texas’ [locker room] though is chopped up. You don’t have a big area to address the team. They don’t care about that.

“The sanitary aspect is a problem. I see Kansas announced a $350 million renovation. I’m sure the visiting locker room will get addressed. It was hot there. It stunk.”

Holgorsen, though, shrugged at league-wide standards.

“To me, that’s what a visitors’ locker room should be,” he said. “Treat the visitor like crap. Make it hard on them. No air-conditioning.”

Contact Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827 or at mitchv@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @MitchVingle and read his blog at blogs.wvgazettemail.com/wvu.