West Virginia Football: Here's a Solution for the Coaching Situation

Tom PerryCorrespondent IJune 9, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Bill Stewart of the West Virginia Mountaineers talks with his team during a timeout against the  Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Mountaineers 20-14.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Reports are breaking this evening that West Virginia is working on a buyout for embattled Mountaineer coach Bill Stewart.

Maybe he gets $600,000 and any good feelings about Stewart are pretty much history. Dana Holgorsen doesn't have to wait a year to become the head coach. Instead, the man with a high football IQ, but who has made questionable off-the-field decisions, will now be in charge of 85 18-23 year old football players.

But I've been thinking about this WVU situation for days and have held off voicing an opinion.

Why? Because I'm not in Morgantown and I'm not talking to anyone who is really in the know.

However, here is what I do know: Not only does Stewart need to go, but so does Dana Holgorsen and Oliver Luck. President James Clements needs to make a bold move and send a message. Clean house and start over.

It will cost a lot of money to buy everyone out, but in the long run it will be worth it.

This mess began the night Stewart was hired, but Luck made it worse. I've been a huge supporter of his, but Luck screwed up this entire situation.

Of course he was right to question Stewart's ability to win big at WVU, but he blew it with the Holgorsen hire. The guy can coach, but in the end will it be worth it? There are those who say if WVU can stomach Bob Huggins as the basketball coach, then Holgorsen will be easy to manage.

It just doesn't feel that way.

There are too many concerns with Holgorsen and now the Mountaineers are likely to have divided loyalties this year.

Then there are the remaining coaches. How will they respond to this controversy? Will DC Jeff Casteel, who is highly sought after, just walk away at the end of the year?

So if WVU started over it would be a positive step and should be hailed by many as a moment when an institution stood up to football. At a time when negative stories at Ohio State, USC and other institutions dominate the news cycle, how would this one play?

Following this path does create one huge and attractive opening in Morgantown. So who do you hire?

How about this for crazy?

Where is Rich Rodriguez these days?