I had already decided before all the WVU football coaching controversy that I would not renew my season tickets for next season. I am convinced that I made a good decision.
It is really unfortunate that the announcement of Dana Holgorsen being selected as "head coach in waiting" and the dismissal of offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen and offensive line coach Dave Johnson could not have waited until after the upcoming bowl game.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has confirmed that contrary to head coach Bill Stewart's comments that he "wasn't aware of anything" and "had not been in touch with Oliver Luck" and "didn't even know who this Dana fellow was", he was informed by Luck of the move to hire Holgorsen as early as November 14, and Stewart met with Luck and Holgorsen in Houston on December 9. Apparently, Stewart didn't inform Mullen and Johnson that they would be dismissed and they had to find out from news reports. If all of this is true, it brings Stewart's credibility into question.
How will this public relations fiasco impact on the team as they prepare for the Champs Sports Bowl on December 28? Look for North Carolina State to win a game where the WVU players and coaches are more focused on the coaching transition than the bowl game.
Next year will be very awkward. Too bad Coach Stewart didn't announce that he was stepping down after the the bowl game a few days prior to the Holgorsen announcement. Hopefully, the wheels don't fall off next season as Stewart serves as a figurehead.
I'll still be a Mountaineer fan, but I'll be watching them on my flatscreen.