Dana Holgorsen regime begins now
Citing “conduct detrimental to the university,” West Virginia has forced head coach Bill Stewart to sign his letter of resignation. Assistant coach Dana Holgorsen, who was the head coach in waiting, will begin to take over the program one season earlier than originally planned.
The Charleston Gazette reports that West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck would not comment, but did not deny it in a phone conversation Friday afternoon. A press conference is expected as early as Friday evening regarding the news out of Morgantown.
As reported earlier on Examiner.com, Stewart’s job was expected to be on the line Friday, following a report from The Sporting News suggesting the news could break as early as Friday morning. West Virginia had been looking into buying out the Stewart’s final year of the contract, which expired at the end of the 2011 season. With West Virginia managing to convince Stewart to sign a letter of resignation it remains unclear how much West Virginia may be on the hook for paying Stewart.
Given what is available at this time, the speculation is that West Virginia officials have a hold of incriminating evidence that could be used to support a cause to fire Stewart, getting them off the hook for a buyout.