While starting off as rumblings on Twitter and highlighted in this thread, the stories that Bill Stewart's wife, or the coach himself, may have been leaking abusive stories regarding coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen appear to be true.
West Virginia University is conducting an internal inquiry to locate an anonymous source responsible for making allegations against football coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen, the Charleston Daily Mail reported Monday...
Holgorsen, 39, was hired by West Virginia in December from Oklahoma State with the intention he would replace Stewart in 2012.
But according to the Daily Mail, a university source said the contracts have been left unsigned while the athletic department looks for those responsible for leaking what the university says are false stories about Holgorsen.
What the goal of these stories could be (make Dana look so bad they have to stick with Stewart while looking around again?) is unclear. The comments revolve around the series of news bits that hit nationally making Holgorsen's removal from a casino appear to be just one of many incidences. This is not the case, though, at least according to West Virginia officials
The university examined the latest allegations from the Herald-Dispatch column, particularly an alleged incident in 2008 during Holgorsen's coaching stint at Houston, but found nothing to support those claims as well.
Multiple high-ranking sources with knowledge of the situation have informed The Smoking Musket that Bill Stewart allegedly served as one source of the contentious Herald-Dispatch report of Dana Holgorsen's purported alcohol-related incidents.
While shocking, this isn't all that improbable: Stewart has Marshall connections after coaching for the Thundering Herd under Sonny Randle in 1980
And Stewart, it seems, has established a pattern of being less than forthcoming recently in his leadership role as Mountaineer football coach. Beyond the Holgorsen allegations, Stewart has also reportedly failed to sign the final version of the renegotiated contract agreed upon during the original coaching transition.
In all, the debacle is making the RR disappearance all the more a) understandable (what a bunch of head cases) and b) a seemingly rational parting of ways. Stewart has no contract so his ouster could actually be easier all while he was attempting to, apparently, gain leverage. And in the end, this may be true:
P.S. Thank you Lloyd for, well, you know, not doing this.