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Stewart asked media to dig dirt on Holgorsen

Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:00 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The soap opera in Morgantown took another turn for the worst late Monday night/early Tuesday morning when a Pittsburgh-based sports writer told KDKA-FM that West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart suggested that the writer "dig up dirt" on future replacement Dana Holgorsen back in December.

Colin Dunlap, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was a guest on Chris Mueller's late night radio show on 93.7 The Fan (CBS Radio - Pittsburgh). As you will see from the excerpts below, Dunlap said that Stewart called him on December 18, three days after Holgorsen was hired by West Virginia as offensive coordinator and awarded the "coach-in-waiting" title.

(You can listen to the audio here, via KDKA-FM, Sports By Brooks)
“It was actually my birthday, December 18, it was the day he (Stewart) was going to the bowl game because I distinctly remember there was a coaches convention in Pittsburgh with high school coaches. He was (then) flying from Pittsburgh down to Orlando to the bowl game for pre-prep work..“

” … He (Stewart) tried to flame-throw the guy (Holgorsen) in December by calling me and at least one other reporter because the reporter and I discussed it. He said, ‘can you get the word ’scumbag’ tattooed on the front of the sports page?’

“‘(Stewart said) you need to dig up this dirt. You need to get it out on this guy.’ And I said, ‘hey man, I’m not a part of some witch hunt.’” “… If you want to go look at my cell phone records you can, I don’t need to hide from it. The conversation happened the day he (Stewart) was driving to the airport from the high school coaches convention in Pittsburgh. He was on his way to Orlando. Dave McMichael (West Virginia assistant coach) was in the car with him. The conversation happened.”

This is obviously one of the pieces that led to all the "Benedict Arnold" talk that began on Sunday night. For Stewart to reach out like that to a sports writer who primarily covers the Mountaineers' chief rival is dancing with the devil and walking her home. Unfortunately, we can only assume the reaction from this will either be a full denial from Stewart or some swift action from West Virginia.

The school began an internal investigation into leaks from within the football program after Chuck Landon's damning article of Holgorsen included what the university called "blatant inaccuracies." While this reported phone conversation did not lead to any successful "dirt," it does not look good for Stewart (or anyone connected with him) that he was trying to get bad press on Holgorsen as far back as December.

Buckle in folks, Morgantown: 26501 is just heating up. Keep checking in back here at the Eye on College Football for the response from Stewart and/or West Virginia.

Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:33 am

Stewart asked media to dig dirt on Holgorsen

 Another iffy CBS sports "Blog": Dunlap covered WVU for a good while, moved to the Pirates, then changed beats because of family. He didn't cover Pitt, and it's not hard to find that out. Like, Google, and see Dunlap and WVU all over the place. And a coach isn't going to call up a rival's beat writer for something like this. Come on now. He'll call somebody he thinks is 'on his side.'
 All that said, this is really a sad situation. Stewart went from likable to pretty pathetic the past few days. Oliver Luck still looks like he's in over his head.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:32 am

Stewart asked media to dig dirt on Holgorsen

once again it appears the "adults" who make millions from the kids playing college football, are behaving like children in a kindergarten recess.  Why do the grown-ups who run the game actually ruin the game?

Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:22 am

Good till the third to last paragraph

Chip - Colin Dunlap was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette beat writer for West Virginia University sports last year - not a reporter "who primarily covers the Mountaineers' chief rival"

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:54 am

Stewart asked media to dig dirt on Holgorsen

stewart just like other coaches are finding out it not good to be the coach after a big name coach and hes seeing how the cfb you only get abouta good 2-3 years and if your not lighting the field up you will be gone. stewart came in and wowed everybody smacking OU like it didnt belong in the fiesta bowl,but since that wvu hasnt been the same and the bigeast is not a top legit or scary conference. as a husker fan i can tell you holgorsen offense is probably the most scariest offense ive seen in a long time. unless you have a legit offense or a very good defense holgs is gonna lite your secondary and defense up. you feel for stewart but college football is a ruthless business its a win-win or your fired world and you only have 2-3 years to do. if this story is true stewart will be in some stupid heat and trouble.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:46 am

Stewart asked media to dig dirt on Holgorsen

If this conversation actually happened, then this is the end for Stewart, and it should be.  Previous to this, I liked the guy, but this is a low blow from a guy that professes to love the university.  I do not know what is true or not when it comes to Holgorsen, but he is not a guy that I would want coaching my program, and the same goes for Stewart.  This whole coach in waiting thing has got to be one of the dumbest ideas ever for college football.  It's failure rate far outweighs its success rate, yet people continue to do it. 

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