Despite leading West Virginia to a stirring win over Oklahoma in a Fiesta Bowl that still counts among the Mountaineers' finest moments, Bill Stewart was not exactly a beloved figure during his tenure on the sidelines in Morgantown. His death on Monday has given the West Virginia fans at The Smoking Musket, SB Nation's Mountaineers blog, a chance to reflect on his legacy.
The news of his passing today leaves me sad, humbled, and filled with regret. He was a lot more than a football coach. He was loyal to his God and family first. He was a father and a husband and probably the only college football coach in America with the balls to tell you. As cliche as it may sound, he wore that on his sleeve. Although that part of the man was sometimes used as a punchline, the wisdom of his words have never been more true than today.