Bill Stewart Dies After Being Hospitalized For Heart Attack

Former West Virginia Mountaineers football coach Bill Stewart has died, West Virginia University announced in a brief release Monday afternoon that read simply, "Former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart has died this afternoon from an apparent heart attack. No further details are available at this time."

Stewart reportedly suffered a heart attack while playing golf, after which he was reportedly rushed to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was 59 years old.

Stewart had lost his job at WVU last year during a complicated incident involving offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen. He had a 28-12 record at West Virginia, including a 2008 Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma upon taking over for Rich Rodriguez, who'd left for Michigan.

Previously, Stewart had coached at WVU since 2000 as an assistant, with stints in the CFL, North Carolina and Air Force among his stops along the way.

Here was Stewart in one of his greatest and most treasured moments, preparing his team for that Fiesta Bowl victory, perhaps the biggest win in school history:

For more on WVU football, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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