The world of college football was stunned on Monday with the news that former West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Bill Stewart had passed away from a heart attack at the age of 59.
There has been a big outpouring of support and condolences, with many mourning the loss of Stewart on Twitter and elsewhere online.
The State Journal has a collection of comments from Stewart's peers, including this from former WVU coach Don Nehlen:
"I hired Bill in my last year when I was close to retiring. Bill was such a great Mountaineer and a great addition to our staff. It was a terrific hire -- he did a great job not only for me, but for Rich and as a head coach. Bill was such a great husband and a great father. Bill Stewart was a great Mountaineer. My heart goes out to Karen and Blaine."
The Pittsburgh Steelers released the following statement regarding Stewart:
We are saddened by the passing of Coach Stew. He was a great coach and a tremendous person. We not only lost a good football person, we lost an even better family man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Karen and his son Blaine.
Here is just a sampling of sentiment from Twitter:
Shocked to hear the news abt former West Virginia coach Bill Stewart..Had the pleasure of meeting his family & am keeping them in my prayers— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) May 21, 2012
From all @CollegeGameDay crew -condolences to family and loved ones of Bill Stewart. We are stunned and saddened to learn of his death.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) May 21, 2012
Prayers for Bill Stewart's family. Good man. would insist in meetings that we try some pepperoni rolls and hot dogs he supplied. God bless— Rece Davis (@ESPN_ReceDavis) May 21, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to Bill Stewart and West Virginia family. Classy and Caring individual.— Skip Holtz (@CoachHoltzUSF) May 21, 2012
Two weeks ago tonight Bill Stewart texted me this message:F R O G Forever ... Rely ... On ... GodHe is always with you.#WVU— TonyCaridi (@TonyCaridi) May 22, 2012
Brett McMurphy at CBS Sports has also written a lovely piece about Stewart, so please go read that if you haven't already. Hoppy Kercheval of the Metro News also has written a great look back at the coach.
And finally, via Rivals.com, is this pre-game speech by Stewart prior to WVU's upset win in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.