WVU Football: Top Choices To Replace Bill Stewart

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WVU Football: Top Choices To Replace Bill Stewart
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Driving home from work Friday evening, I listened to the West Virginia-Connecticut pre-game show.

When Tony Caridi, voice of the Mountaineers, asked coach Bill Stewart how WVU would beat the Huskies that night, the beleaguered coach repeated his same mantra. "We just have to play tough Mountaineer football. If we play Mountaineer football everything else will take care of itself."

What Stewart doesn't seem to comprehend is WVU did play Mountaineer football Friday night in Storrs, Conn. Turnovers, sloppy offensive line play, sketchy offensive play calling and a lack of killer instinct.

All of these qualities are typical of a Stewart team and symptomatic of everything that has been wrong with the Mountaineers since he was hired on an emotional night in early 2008.

With 18 returning starters, a solid solution at quarterback and the Big East's best defense, WVU should not be losing games to Syracuse and Connecticut.

Want to cut them slack and say everyone plays a bad game? OK, I'll give you last week's loss to an improved Syracuse. But after Stewart challenged his team all week to play "Mountaineer Football," this is what we got?

Embarrassing.

At this point, it appears the best WVU can do now 8-4 (but more likely 7-5).

First-year AD Oliver Luck can't tolerate this. WVU was a top 20 program when Stewart took over. The Mountaineers are now a lower-tier Big East team.

So let's make some suggestions on who Luck could start looking at as Stewart's replacement.

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