Bill Stewart will lead the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Fiesta Bowl. He takes over where Rich "Rat"riguez left off.
Bill is one of those guys you can count on to do what's necessary for the good of the team. He's been coaching with Ratriguez since Glenville, and knows the system well.
Several coaches have been mentioned as possible long-term replacements:
- Rick Trickett, the former WVU offensive line coach who left for Florida State this year.
Why did he leave?
He saw through Rodriguez's lies and bullshit. Apparently, Rich Rod promised Trickett a lot and never came through.
- Doc Holliday, a former Mountaineer player and coach who was one of the main recruiters for Don Nehlen.
Holliday's been a longtime assistant at a number of different schools. One has to ask why he was only a head coach at the high school level.
- Terry Bowden, a WVU graduate who led Auburn to an 11-0 record then left in the middle of the next season.
There are several rumors as to why Bowden left—but he's always wanted to coach at WVU. He applied when Rodriguez was chosen.
- Jimbo Fisher, FSU's offensive coordinator.
Fisher has strong family ties in Clarksburg, WV, and is a WVU alum. He's the heir apparent to Bobby Bowden at FSU—and comes with an inflated price tag because of a $2.5 million buyout clause.
Jimbo also wanted the job when Rodriguez got it.
Nothing on the other whispers out there. Nick Saban is still a rumor. Steve Spurrier has also been mentioned, along with the Boise State coach.
I don't know if this is truth or wishful thinking, but these are elite names. Seems like we always looks for the truth in West Virginia and hear nothing but rumors.
Whoever takes over the program will have a team loaded with talent and experience—dynamic running backs, a veteran line, a stacked defense.
If he coaches right, he could earn something Rodriguez never achieved at West Virginia—a National Championship ring.