In a matter of a day, West Virginia officially moved on from the Bill Stewart era and into a new direction with offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who was named the school’s 33rd head coach this evening by athletic director Oliver Luck.
A full audio file of the press conference can be heard HERE.
The decision for Stewart to resign comes several days after rumors began circulating that Stewart tried to undermine Holgorsen by asking reporters to “dig up dirt” on him.
“It was the right thing to do,” said Luck in the press conference. “I do want to thank him for his dedication to Mountaineer football.”
Luck would not address the allegations against Stewart, but said the university could not validate them.
“I’d rather not discuss any of the allegations,” Luck said. “That’s in the past.”
Luck said the university would adhere to Stewart’s contract by paying him an undisclosed amount of money as part of the buyout agreement. Looking back, Luck felt the coach-in-waiting decision made “good management sense” at the time, but admitted that hindsight often tells a different story.
Holgorsen took the podium next, saying he will still run the offense and act as head coach. No plans have been made to hire an offensive coordinator for this season. When asked about the expedited move to name him head coach and what he would do going forward, Holgorsen said he’s simply taking it a day at a time.
“What’s our first game, Marshall?” Hologorsen asked rhetorically. “I’m taking it one day at a time.”
Holgorsen also alluded to the fact that the expectations for him on and off the field have risen. Holgorsen was kicked out of a Cross Lanes casino last month for belligerent behavior while reportedly intoxicated.
“I understand what the expectations are to wear the blue and gold and those expectations both on and off the field are something I look forward to living up to,” Holgorsen said. “We’ll be united as coaches, united as players, as administrators and as fans to help bring championships here to Morgantown.”
“He is ready for this challenge and understands the enormous responsibility that goes along with it,” Luck added. “I have a 100 percent confidence in Coach Holgorsen and in our offensive and defensive assistant coaches.”