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Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 5:07 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After yesterday's report that West Virginia was in the process of buying out the remainder of head coach Bill Stewart's contract, it was only a matter of time before his departure from Morgantown became official. It appears that time is now.

With rumors swirling left and right that Stewart would out of his job by the end of the day, the Charleston Gazette has now reported that Stewart's resignation is "imminent." Many online outlets believe Oliver Luck and the WVU administration will make Stewart's dismissal official with an announcement this afternoon.

The Sporting News is reporting that Stewart has been fired for "conduct detrimental to the university," though the official announcement may not share that phrasing.

Dana Holgorsen is expected to take over as the Mountaineer head coach, effective immediately. The move will bring to an end what appeared to be a behind-the-scenes struggle between offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting Holgorsen and Stewart, who asked reporters to smear Holgorsen (and may have helped one columnist do exactly that) after Luck announced, in naming Holgorsen Stewart's replacement, that he "didn't believe" Stewart could win a BCS championship.

Per the Charleston Daily Mail, the promotion will push Holgorsen to his full contract-mandated head coaching salary of $1.4 million per year, with $250,000 raises each year he remains the Mountaineer head coach.

Stewart leaves Morgantown with identical 9-4 records in all three seasons on his tenure, plus the 2007 Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma as interim head coach that earned him the job on a permanent basis. But none of those seasons were good enough to win the Big East and a return to the BCS, much less challenge for a national title as predecessor Rich Rodriguez had come within one win of doing.

And in the end, those failures are what cost him the job; the acrimony with Holgorsen only sped the process up by a year.


Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:24 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

Many of you probably dont know, but Jimbo Fisher was a done deal here when Rodriguez left. Last minute negotiations between fast Eddie and Jimbo caused Jimbo to not even pack his bags. Just think if WVU would have taken their time on the hire, that we would be in our fourth year under Coach Fisher and doing well in both recruiting, and on the field. Great guy Stewie, but not head coaching material. As for trying to find the "trash" on Holgerson, maybe you were looking out for your beloved WVU, but you handled it the wrong way, just like fast Eddie Pastalong did.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:21 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

(A) I hate to see this behavior from Stewart because i thought he was a nice, good guy. I guess he was desperate to keep his dream job. Still think he is probably an OK person. I was one of the people that he was a bad hire but rooted for Stew to do well.  I was embarrassed regularly when I watched press conferences by his presence... (Barnie Fife/Gomer Pile-like rambling).  I wish him luck and hope this blows over and doesn't completely ruin his ''legacy''. He is a true blue Mountaineer at heart.  Stew is not a top notch head coach but he has dedicated a big part of his life to wvu.  I hear he was a pretty good as an assistant coach... He was the coach that could comfort kids and keep them centered when they got reemed out for mistakes etc. by the more conventional ''real'' coaches.

(B) Give Holgorsen a break.. It is not a bad thing to be human. He is a single 40ish guy in a new town. I'm sure he needs to have a life outside of the coaching office.  Granted he is gonna have to use some discretion and moderation as he is going to be elevated to higher position but let's be real... He is.  I hope he kicks some arse and stays at WVU for a very long time. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE (OR PRETEND TO BE) A SAINT TO BE A GOOD COACH.  Example.. Jim Tressel and his ''High and Mighty'' BS sweater vest persona.. He's no longer the text book coaching personality that everyone thought he was.

If you are a good football mind, don't cheat, and truly care about the kids and the program it shouldn't matter what you do (legally) in your free time.

(C) 9-4 is only good when you have 9-4 talent.. If your team should be 10-1 or 11-0 and a contender then 9-4 is lacking. In the last four years the Mountaineers should have been a National leader in Offense, the D was good, and WVU couldn't even win the Big East.  (Unlike some years when the Big East was grossly under-rated it has been TRULY not-so-good for the last 2 years).  Congrats to Ollie Luck for not accepting mediocrity. WVU almost lost to Marshall last year and with SUPERIOR talent because of inferior coaching. Doc schooled stew on strategy and motivation. I'm just glad they didn't give up and pulled it off.


Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:01 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

Welcome back DAD, thought this whole integrity issue with Stew might have given you a little gastric upset? You can rail on Oliver Luck if you like, doesn't seem like you should be blaming him for Stew's monumental transgression, but I suspect deflecting the issue away from your man crush seems like a logical ploy. 'Scumbag' surely must have a new meaning in the Stewart household at the moment, wouldn't you agree?

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:51 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

This whole soap opera that is embarassing WVU was due to one man, Ollie Luck.  You do not hire someone to replace an employee and expect the guy you are getting rid of to happily train his replacement.  This whole fiasco is making WVU and all of us fans look like idiots, I keep hearing from some people on here how great Luck is doing as our AD, he has pissed off the basketball fans with the new parking fees, had the entire country scratching their heads over the coach in waiting crap, has everyone laughing at us over selling beer to an already unruly crowd, and now the coach in waiting scheme has fallen apart.  You guys can have Luck, Pastilong was ten times the AD that Luck is.  You vocal few on here might be in love with Luck, his guy Holgorsen, and the new money grabs coming every week, but I am NOT happy about anything Luck has done since being hired.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:44 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

All I can say is Finally.  I'm glad that Bill Stewart is out as coach and we can move on with Holgorsen and make sure this season is a winning one.  It sucks that Bill had to go out that way but I never liked the hire from Day 1.  I thought it was a mistake and a knee jerk reaction after he beat Oklahoma.  This is the right decision for University the football team, alumni and all the West Virginia fans out there.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:35 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

Jo, Stewart's kid is only in the local HS becuase...drum roll, his Dad in the WVU coach!!  No doubt Bill will move on to coach somewhere else, and..I'm guessing here...his kid will go with him!  Chlidren of coaches are experts at this, they move around a lot!
Well thank you Captain Obvious, I was simply pointing out the error in the astute reporters article where he referred to Stewart leaving Morgantown (twice) and how reporters can't just report news instead of making it up. I have no idea what Bill plans to do at this point, nor do I really care anymore.  He's a classic example of the whole "burning bridges" thing.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:30 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

So you fire a successful coach and hire a drunk, and you open up the stadium to beer I suppose the cups on the sidelines will have beet not Gator aide, wow who is sleeping at this University?? Headed for another Ohio State deal in the long run.
See, it's posts like this that show the intelligence level of some of the posters on this board.  Ohio State is about the have an anal probe done by the NCAA and WVU has a slight internal personnel blip over who's going to play HC this year (and it's now solved it's problems) and GeauxMarines thinks that equates to verging on NCAA probation. That's okay, with that mentality just tell your LSU boys not to worry about the game against WVU, it will be a cakewalk now, cause we're so screwed up here at WVU.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:30 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

LOL Geaux, another Tiger following this story? Guess y'all are looking forward to your trip to Morgantown, heh?

So you fire a successful coach
I hear he's looking for a job... need a special teams coach down your way?

and hire a drunk
You know Dana personally? Spend a few nights hanging with him at some seedy bar/casino down your way? Wow, tell us more please!

wow who is sleeping at this University??
We're all wide awake, son. I suspect your Tigers will see as much in September. Geaux Mountaineers!

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:30 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

It's a sad day to be a mountaineer.  After all the good coach Stew did for us in the wake of Rich Fraud's departure , it's hard for me to think this is how he wants the relationship to end.  Oliver Luck has every right to put a coach in place that he feels confident with going forward and it seems to me that he was appreciative of everything coach stew did to hold the program together by allowing him to remain head coach this year, which could be a very special year, while coach Holgorsen gets the new offense in place.  All he had to do was get us through this year and  his legacy as a hero in Morgantown would be in place forever, now he can call coach fraud and ask him where you go after the country roads don't take you home anymore.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:27 pm

Bill Stewart out at West Virginia

Jo, Stewart's kid is only in the local HS becuase...drum roll, his Dad in the WVU coach!!  No doubt Bill will move on to coach somewhere else, and..I'm guessing here...his kid will go with him!  Chlidren of coaches are experts at this, they move around a lot!

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