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Report: Bill Stewart to retire

Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:41 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 10:42 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Suddenly there are quite a few big name schools with coaching vacancies to fill if you believe the reports circulating on Saturday night.  First we heard that Miami will be firing head coach Randy Shannon -- though this is yet to be confirmed -- and now it seems that West Virginia may have an opening as well.  

Though this one won't be due to a firing.

According to a report, West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart is going to retire at the end of the season.  This is from a report on, which is a pay site and can't be viewed without a subscription.  There has been no official word on this from West Virginia or Bill Stewart.

Still, the same report also says that former WVU assistant Rick Trickett who now serves as Florida State's assistant head coach is a top target to replace Stewart, along with both Terry and Tommy Bowden.

Stay tuned to for more information on this story as it develops.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:17 pm

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

This sounds like a false alarm.  Unless Stewart had a sudden change of heart, Doc Holliday would have stuck around for another year.  If it is true, I would suggest that somebody at WVU should make a phone call to Huntington.  PLEASE don't even talk to Rodriguez!  I'll start rooting for Marshall or Penn State if he comes back.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:49 am

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

This is my first sports blog ever; but, I felt so strongly about this subject, that I had to post a comment. I must admit that both my wife and I, (both WVU grads and die-hard Mountaineer supporters) like many Mountaineers, have dealt with the frustrations of Mountaineer Football of late. We have even discussed the possibility of Coach Stewart being 'out-of-his-depth' ; but, we always come back to the real point, thatbeing, Coach Stewart is what's right about West virginia football.  In today's college sports world; where duty, honor, integrity and a decided love for team and school, are 'pressed down' in favor of gate receipts, it has become easy, to fire well-intended and quite possibly the WRONG people within the program. During our years at WVU, we were able to see past the glitz and love the team for their effort, win or lose. Throughout our college years, we never heard one boo in the old Mountaineer Stadium.  I mean, how many tmes can you watch Penn State beat WVU? Regardless of win or lose, I can remember the road from Cheat Lake bridge all the way into Morgantown being lined with WVU students applauding the buses as the ball club returned to campus. As a retired Army officer, I understand that; 'leaders are responsible for everything their people do or fail to do'. I can't remember an instance where Coach Stewart, did not accept responsibility for the team's performance, win or lose. Changes or reorganization within the coaching staff may be necessary ;but, we truly, do not want Coach Stewart to leave nor be dismissed. My wife and I traveled to the 2007 WVU vs Pitt game and watched coach rodriquez, a true WVU traitor, wash his hands of the team and function as a spectator, while his team lost a game that was easily winable.  Remember the cheers ringing throught the mountains of West (by God) Virginia, when Coach Stewart stepped forward and took our broken team to Tempe and won the Fiesta Bowl!  I know many will say that Coach Stewart simply took a rodriquez team on a road trip and won with a team that was not truly his; but, I believe there is more to true leadership than that.  I believe the real difference was Coach Stewart's spirit and love of WVU, that knit that ball club together and won the game. Please do not let Coach Stewart leave, he is a Mountaineer with integrity and heart. (I wish there was a way Coach Stewart could see this note and how many WVU alums feel.) (WVU grad 1979, I enjoyed your note.)

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:38 am

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

Oh, and by the way, if the powers that be are listening...  I don't want Coach Stewart to leave.
We have season tickets and donate money to the Foundation.  I don't think I'd be giving as
much if we treat Coach Stewart the way Rodriguez treated us.  Let him finish his contract.  I agree
that he's not the problem.  It has to be a team effort with all the Specialty Team coaches, too.
They all have to work together.  We need good recruiting, too.  All adds up.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:28 am

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

That's funny!  Rodriguez in WV?  I think he's afraid to even cross the state
I watched the OSU/Michigan game.  I felt for Michigan.  The sportscasters were talking
about the possibility of Rodriguez getting fired if they didn't win that game.  He's got some
really bad Karma...  Hope you guys get a new coach that's good!  Lived in Cowtown for 10 years
and don't care for OSU.  They are way too arrogant for me.  I wanted them to win this game
though because I wanted Rich to lose.  As for WVU, I think most everyone loves Coach Stewart and
he's doing a pretty good job.  I don't think he wants to fire some offensive coaches who really
need to go.  He's got a big heart but big hearts don't win football games. 

Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 2:48 pm

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

Here's another vote for Mike Leach........Mr. Luck are you listening????

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:29 am

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

Honestly, Bill Stewart is not the problem. I don't want to see him go. But I would not be mad if Jeff Mullens were to leave. He was handed an awful lot of talent and hasn't done much with it. We can look forever and I don't think we will find as good a man or a coach that cares more about his program than Bill Stewart.  Sure we lost games that we shouldn't have lost but we had an awful lot of turnovers and a good team. Its hard to blame 18- 22 year old kids and real easy to blame a guy that  just seems so nice. Lets get a new OC and let Bill atleast finish out his contract.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:07 am

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

We just need someone to put us back where we belong, and that is back in the top 25!

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:33 am

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

If you really have forgotten the mess he left, then just watch a Michigan game! There is no way ever that WVU would want him back..NEVER!

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:21 am

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

Don't laugh but talking to some very influential people - who said don't be surprised if Rich Rod's name is not beingkicked around... However, Harbaugh would go to Michigan before us... What about the offensive coordinator fromAuburn who has ties to WVU?

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:08 am

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

I'm hoping this report is a crock, but if Coach Stewart retires, I'll never believe that it's willingly.  People who only look at the surface don't realize how many problems Rodriguez left behind, but Stewart has actually done a great job of filling gaps Rodriguez created and building a roster with talent and depth at all positions. The experience level is just falling into place on the offense, as seen in the last three games. Those who want Rodriguez back should look at Michigan where he has repeated the same recruiting mistakes, trying to get a bunch of speed to get his offense to work, while not giving enough attention to other positions.

Coach Stewart, please stick with us.

Forrest D. Poston

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