In a development surprising to no one, West Virginia has fired Bill Stewart as head football coach after a reporter accused him of asking members of the media to dig up “dirt” on head-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen. Holgorsen, just weeks after being removed from a casino, will take control of the team. His salary will increase to $1.4 million this season. He will receive a $250,000 increase every year he stays in Morgantown.
According to the Sporting News, West Virginia fired Stewart for “conduct detrimental to the University” but will allow him to resign publicly.
He was leaving after the season anyway. Even had he not been, there was no way to mollify that situation. His behavior was ridiculous. Not that problems to this extent could have been foreseen, but Oliver Luck deserves a share of the blame for announcing Stewart’s inadequacy, not firing him and forcing him to groom the path for his replacement.
Stewart finishes with a 28-12 record. He led West Virginia to identical 9-4 (5-2 conference) seasons each of his three years in charge.