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DaKCMan AP
01-03-2008, 06:50 AM
West Virginia Picks Stewart As Coach

By Associated Press

7:40 AM EST, January 3, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va.

West Virginia's Bill Stewart has been selected as head coach.

The school dropped the interim tag from Stewart's title after the 11th-ranked Mountaineers' 48-28 win over No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday night.

Stewart will be officially introduced Thursday at an 11 a.m. EST news conference at the team's hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., athletic department spokesman Mike Fragale confirmed in a phone call with The Associated Press.

Stewart was promoted from associate head coach to interim coach after Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan last month.

Mountaineers quarterback Pat White, who ran for 150 yards and threw for 176 and two touchdowns in the Fiesta Bowl victory, began stumping for Stewart on the field after the game.

"He deserves it," White said. "A great man. A great coach. All the players respect him and all the players love him. You couldn't ask for a better man to lead us to victory today."

Fullback Owen Schmitt, who scored on a 57-yard run, called Stewart the "glue" that kept the Mountaineers together during a rocky month.

"We're a family," Schmitt said. "That's why we prevailed."

Stewart came to West Virginia as quarterbacks coach in January 2000 after two seasons as offensive coordinator in the Canadian Football League.

The New Martinsville native was head coach at VMI from 1994-96, compiling an 8-25 record. He also had stints as an assistant at Salem College, North Carolina, Marshall, William & Mary, Navy, Arizona State and Air Force.

Stewart was a three-year letterman and team captain for Fairmont State, which won the West Virginia Conference championship in 1974. He graduated from Fairmont State in 1975 and received a master's degree in health and physical education from WVU two years later.

Stewart began his coaching career at Fairmont as a student assistant coach for one season before becoming an assistant coach at Sistersville High School in 1975.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-fbc-wvirginia-coach,0,6966842,print.story

kepp
01-03-2008, 08:27 AM
Good for him...he certainly had them ready to play. They're losing their OC though, right?

DaKCMan AP
01-03-2008, 08:31 AM
Good for him...he certainly had them ready to play. They're losing their OC though, right?

Yes, their OC Calvin Magee is following Rodriguez to Michigan. Stewart really had his team fired up and seemed really in tune with his players on the sideline. It looked like he truly loved WVU football and that's perfect for any program.

CupidStunt
01-03-2008, 09:39 AM
As I watched the second quarter of last night's game unfold, I saw this coming from a mile away.

Good for him. He got his team up like Stoops didn't. I wonder how he'll recruit now.

Sure-Oz
01-03-2008, 10:35 AM
Seems like alot of people are ripping this "feel good" story....

Saying he hasn't done much coaching etc and WV was trying to shove it to Rodriguez.