The news everyone has been waiting for… some since this story broke, some since the day after the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. No more Bill Stewart at West Virginia University!!!
It is official.
Bill Stewart now joins the ranks of guys like Frank Cignetti, Bobby Bowden, Jim Carlen, Don Nehlen and Rich Rodriguez as a FORMER HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT WVU!
Stewart’s contract will be bought out (probably to appease the old guard) and have now elevated Dana Holgorsen as the Head Football Coach at West Virginia University.
From The Sporting News…
West Virginia is negotiating a buyout for coach Bill Stewart, a source close to the situation told Sporting News on Thursday.
The only holdup in the negotiations is the buyout money. Coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen will take over as head coach.
When asked Thursday if he was planning a buyout for Stewart, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said, “I can’t comment” in a text to Sporting News.
The move could be complete as soon as Friday morning.
In the last week, Stewart and/or his wife, Karen, have been accused of a smear campaign against Holgorsen. A West Virginia paper reported last week that Holgorsen has been kicked out of six different establishments in the six months he has been at WVU—all for alcohol-fueled inappropriate behavior.
Luck said he investigated the claims and that all were untrue, then said he was investigating the source of the leak to the West Virginia newspaper. Also this week, a former writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Stewart asked him in December to dig up dirt on Holgorsen.
Stay tuned to HailWV.com for updates throughout the next 24 hours!