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Rumor: Bill Stewart to retire from West Virginia?

The college football off-season can always be counted on for bringing changes across the country in terms of head coaches. Whether they are fired or resign, this can be a busy time of year as regular seasons are coming to an end. A day after two coaches were fired reports are surfacing that West Virginia may lose their head coach, Bill Stewart, to retirement at the end of this season.

The news was first reported by EerSports, the West Virginia affiliate for 247sports.com.

“Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation have told EerSports.com that West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart plans to retire after the season’s end.

According to sources, West Virginia natives Rick Trickett — a former top assistant at WVU now serving as Florida State’s assistant head coach — Terry Bowden and Tommy Bowden are among the top preliminary choices to replace Stewart.

Hail WV notes that Blue and Gold News claims that Stewart has said these rumors are “completely false” but Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News has reported that Stewart will retire. Candidates to replace Stewart include Terry Bowden and Tommy Bowden. The Bowden family has ties to West Virginia stemming back to when their father, Bobby, coached the Mountaineers before moving to Florida State.

Stewart took over the program on an interim basis after Rich Rodriguez left the team before a bowl game to take the job at Michigan three years ago. Stewart led West Virginia to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma and was named the head coach following his performance. With one more game to play Stewart is 27-21 as head coach of West Virginia.

West Virginia still has one game remaining on their schedule, against Rutgers, and is coming off a big victory over rival Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl, 35-10. The win puts the Mountaineers in contention for a Big East championship but they need Connecticut to lose one more game before the season ends.

West Virginia will be the eighth school making a coaching change heading in to the 2011 season.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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