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WVU Officially Announces Bill Stewart's Resignation, Dana Holgorsen Promotion In Press Conference

I just listened to the WVU press conference. The purpose behind it, of course, was to announce the resignation of Bill Stewart and the transfer of Dana Holgorsen to the head coaching position. Surprisingly, given the fact that Stewart had been accused of asking reporters to “dig up dirt” about Holgorsen, most of the press conference dealt with Holgorsen and what he might do going forward. (Holgorsen and athletic director Oliver Luck took questions at the press conference; Stewart wasn’t there.)

Luck indicated that he could not substantiate reporter Colin Dunlap’s allegations against Stewart, but that isn’t necessarily surprising – there would be no reason for Luck to potentially make an ugly situation uglier by doing so. Instead, Luck focused on “distractions” as the main reason why Stewart had to leave.

Holgorsen said he would call his own plays this year and, if I understood what he was saying correctly, that the Mountaineers would not (or at least would not immediately) hire a new offensive coordinator in the wake of Holgorsen’s surprise promotion to head coach. Instead, Holgorsen said that he would trust his assistants to worry about the offense when he needed them to. Holgorsen stressed that his priority was for the team to remain unified.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.