Posted by Jerry Hinnen
How unsteady was West Virginia's one-year coach-in-waiting arrangement with Bill Stewart and Dana Holgorsen? It reportedly won't even make it through summer workouts.
According to Matt Hayes at the Sporting News, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck is currently negotiating a buyout to relieve Stewart of his head coaching duties, effective immediately. Holgorsen would replace Stewart as head coach, also immediately.
"The only holdup," Hayes writes, "is the buyout money." A deal could be reached as soon as tomorrow morning, he reports.
The decision comes only days after the revelations that Stewart asked a Pittsburgh-based reporter to "dig up dirt" on his designated replacement, that news coming on the heels of allegations that Stewart or his wife had leaked reports of Holgorsen's alcohol-related incidents to a Huntington (W.V.) paper; a university source said the paper's report contained "blatant inaccuracies."
After those developments, few believed the marriage between Stewart and Holgorsen would last long. Now, it looks as if it won't even last through the end of the week.