Bill Stewart will resign as the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers sometime this afternoon, according to a report by The Charleston Gazette. He leaves the team amidst scandal with a 28-12 mark, a 1-2 mark in bowl games, and a reputation as a folksy coach whose teams played good if inconsistent football during his tenure.
With Stewart resigning, offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen will succeed Stewart as head coach. This move is well ahead of schedule: Stewart was set to serve as head coach for 2011 while Holgorsen was brought up to speed and groomed to take over the job. Thanks to the scandal surrounding Stewart allegedly leaking details of Holgorsen's difficulties with casino security personnel to local papers, this timeline is now dramatically accelerated.
Holgorsen will likely now have to hustle to secure the services of Jeff Casteel, West Virginia defensive coordinator and a Stewart ally who turned down Rich Rodriguez's offer to follow him to Michigan to stay in Morgantown. A Mountaineer loyalist and defensive savant, Casteel's on-field acumen and off-the-field knowledge of the state would provide some serious assets for Holgorsen in year one at West Virginia. His value is unquestioned here; his willingness to stay on under new management, however, is unknown.