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Stewart, WVU reach $1.65 million settlement

By Tony Dobies
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart will be paid $1.65 million in general and liquidated damages by the school's athletic department, according to a settlement agreement signed June 10.

The agreement, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information request, completed an investigation into the football program regarding Stewart's removal as head coach.

Stewart resigned June 10 amid allegations he tried to undermine offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen was promoted to head coach.

Stewart's previous contract, signed in November, stated he would receive $1.125 million in addition to a prorated 2011 salary of $950,000. Stewart, however, will not take further employment with the university, which was the case under terms of his original contract.

Not surprisingly, the agreement included a confidentiality agreement. It stated that "all of the terms and information contained herein, all of the negotiations leading to it, all of the communications generated pursuant to it, and the implementation hereof shall, to the extent allowable by law, be kept strictly confidential."

Stewart and WVU agreed to not "engage in any conduct or communications that disparage" the other.

Because of the restrictions, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck could not discuss the terms at a June 10 news conference when Holgorsen was introduced as head coach.

It is not clear how Stewart and WVU will structure the payments.

According to the June 10 agreement, Stewart will be entitled to other benefits such as vacation time and sick leave, as standard in all university settlements.

Stewart took over as interim head coach in late 2007 after former coach Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan. Following a Fiesta Bowl victory, he was named head coach. He had a 28-12 record, including a share of the 2010 Big East title. Still, WVU finished the season outside of the Top 25 for the first time since 2004.



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