Jack Bogaczyk of the Charleston Daily Mail notices a strange irony in the series of events that led to Bill Stewart resigning from the WVU head football coaching job and Dana Holgorsen being elevated to the position a year early:
If there is an irony here, it's that none of this ugly situation is likely to have surfaced prior to the 2011 season had not Holgorsen been reportedly intoxicated and asked to leave a Cross Lanes casino almost a month ago.
Had that not gone public, Stewart would be the coach today. Now, Holgorsen is the boss. Obviously, Alice in Wonderland doesn't have the "curiouser and curiouser" market cornered.
Right. This weird situation that led to Holgorsen being promoted and his predecessor being ousted actually began when Holgorsen (allegedly, I guess, although no one denies it) did something he should have done. That's what opened the door for all these allegations - most of them apparently baseless - that led to Stewart being canned. The initial incident in the casino happened after Stewart allegedly told reporters to "dig up dirt" on Holgorsen, but who knows if some other plausible set of allegations would ever have surfaced without it. If they hadn't, Stewart would still have his job, at least for one year.