Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail tweets that top WVU brass are meeting late Friday afternoon to plan their announcement about head football coach Bill Stewart’s resignation:
Important WVU people in a meeting, certainly to cement “What’s the next move?” strategy. Figure press conference/conference call is coming.
Some sort of official announcement is expected later in the day on Friday. What will likely be announced is that Stewart is resigning as WVU’s head football coach, and head-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen will wait no more, and will be named WVU’s head coach a year earlier than expected.
Former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WVU beat writer Colin Dunlap alleged that Stewart told him and “at least one other reporter” to “dig up dirt” on Holgorsen. Exactly what happened after that isn’t clear, but there was a report in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch that indicated that Holgorsen had been involved in a large number of “alcohol-related incidents.” That report was then widely debunked.
Holgorsen had been hired as WVU’s offensive coordinator, with the idea that he would take over for Stewart in 2012. Now, it appears that Stewart will resign in disgrace, and there will be no transitional period – Holgorsen will take over right away.