By Bob Pompeani

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) — WVU head coach Bill Stewart will step down.

KDKA-TV Sports has confirmed that Stewart will officially resign as head coach of the Mountaineers.

That means Dana Holgorsen will be elevated to the head coaching position which is where he was going to end up anyway – this just speeds the process.

Stewart will walk with about $600,000.

On Jan. 3, 2008, Stewart became the 32nd head coach in West Virginia history.

Colin Dunlap, a former reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said to KDKA-FM, 93-7 The Fan, on June 7 that Stewart called him mid-December after Holgorsen was hired by West Virginia as offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting.

“‘(Stewart said) you need to dig up this dirt. You need to get it out on this guy,’ ” Dunlap said on KDKA-FM. “And I said, ‘Hey man, I’m not a part of some witch hunt.’” “… If you want to go look at my cell phone records you can, I don’t need to hide from it. The conversation happened the day (Stewart) was driving to the airport from the high school coaches convention in Pittsburgh. He was on his way to Orlando. Dave McMichael (West Virginia assistant coach) was in the car with him. The conversation happened.”

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