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Morning Bump and Run [5.22.2012] – So long, farewell Bill Stewart, Pam Ward
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Morning Bump and Run [5.22.2012] – So long, farewell Bill Stewart, Pam Ward

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Today we mourn the passing of Bill Stewart, former West Virginia head coach. Stewart passed away Monday at the age of 59, the victim of a heart attack while golfing at an event in West Virginia. The reactions are still being shared all over.

I only have one mild Bill Stewart to share. It is nothing real notable, but I did get to sit and ask the former Mountaineers head coach a few questions at Big East media day back in 2010. It was my first time covering Big East media day and I did not know really what I should be expecting. It was sort of new to me, but Stewart was one of many who made me feel comfortable in the setting. He seemed like a kind man who was open to answering whatever questions I had as honestly as possible.

Stewart’s tenure as head coach started and ended in bizarre fashion, unfortunately, but it sounds as though he spent his final moments doing something he truly enjoyed. Former West Virginia running back Avon Cobourne reflected on the former coach.

On a much lighter note (and for a lack of a smooth transition), ESPN decided to remove Pam Ward from their college football television team yesterday. With this news, there is only one place to turn, Awful Announcing.

The above video is action from a spring preseason game between Japanese college teams from Nihon University (blue) and Kwansei University (red). Love the pre-game festivities. And hey, it looks like a beautiful day for college football!

The Big Ten released a pair of future schedules for 2015 and 2016, which ordinarily is not huge news. Heck, who is to say the schedules will not have to be adjusted to account for 14 conference members? Or 16! In any event, ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg felt a need to break things down in full detail. Of course the big news here is that the Land Grant Trophy will make a return to the sidelines in 2015.

Here’s an interesting discussion regarding Texas head coach Mack Brown. The Longhorns have long been a force to be reckoned with, but in recent seasons have we witnessed Brown’s power take a step or two back? Athlon Sports asks if Brown has lost his edge.

College Football Zealots takes a closer look at a recent trend in college football, in which first year quarterbacks are leading teams to national titles.

Have you placed an order for your #MACtion t-shirt yet?

If you want to take the absolute ultimate road trip through college football this fall, here is your day-by-day guide, via Crystal Ball Run.

Don’t forget to enter our contest, in which you have a chance to win a VIP package for the Pennsylvania 400 in Pocono, Pennsylvania. The contest is sponsored by Pep Boys and the Penske Racing Pennzoil team.

Old Dominion athletic director Dr. Wood Selig discusses what brought his school to join Conference USA.

Did you know that College of Idaho’s Board of Trustees voted in favor of bringing back football to their program? The small school in Idaho will be the only small-school football program in the state, competing in the NAIA. College of Idaho last played football in the late 1970’s and sent four players to the NFL.

Nominees for the 2012 College Sports Media Awards were announced last week. Some of more notable football-related nominees include FOX Sports for the Big Ten Championship Game, ESPN for Notre Dame vs. Michigan, CBSSports for the SEC Championship in the Live Game and Event Production category, and College GameDay for Program Series and for Promotion, PSA or Video Marketing Campaign.

Your friendly, neighborhood webmaster was a guest on Clemson’s flagship radio station Monday morning. We discussed realignment, of course.

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About the Author

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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