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West Virginia Could Be Looking For Coach To Replace Bill Stewart; Dana Holgorsen A Possibility

It sounds like things are about to get very strange for the WVU Mountaineers as they prepare for the Champs Sports Bowl, as the Post-Gazette has a report that West Virginia is looking for a new coach - even though its current coach, Bill Stewart, hasn't been fired. On top of that, WVU is apparently interested in Dana Holgorsen, who was a key candidate for the open job at Pitt.

Sources confirmed today that a high-ranking official from West Virginia's athletic department has been in contact with Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen about the head coaching position at West Virginia, even as there is no vacancy.

The Post-Gazette says it appears likely that Stewart will be fired if the Mountaineers don't beat North Carolina State in the bowl game, and that he maybe be fired even if WVU does win. There's also the possibility that, if WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen gets the head coaching job at Kent State, Holgorsen could come in and serve as Stewart's apprentice for a year, then take over the head coaching job in time for the 2012 season. Stewart, however, understandably doesn't like that idea.

The Post-Gazette's sources say Holgorsen is no longer a candidate for the Pitt job.

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