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Bill Stewart, the former West Virginia head football coach, has passed away

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

Former West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart has passed away.

Stewart passed while on a golf outing. He was golfing at the Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke, Virginia to benefit the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association.

He was golfing with long-time friend, Ed Pastilong, who was the former West Virginia athletic director. He was rushed to a local hospital and died a short time later.

“Coach Stewart was a rock-solid West Virginian and a true Mountaineer,” athletic director Oliver Luck said in a statement released by the university. “His enthusiasm and passion for his state’s flagship university was infectious. We join all Mountaineers in mourning his passing.”

Stewart took over for Rich Rodriguez when Rodriguez left West Virginia for Michigan in 2007. He was 28-12 in four seasons at the school, before a messy exit last summer.

He asked a reporter to investigate the personal life of Dana Holgorson in June 2011. Holgorson was then the school’s coach-in-waiting and the offensive coordinator. He was promoted to head coach after Stewart was fired.

“Mountaineer nation is truly saddened today to learn of the untimely passing of Coach Bill Stewart,” said West Virginia University president Jim Clements. “Our hearts go out to the Stewart family and Bill’s many friends. He was a compassionate, energetic, and kind person. He loved his family dearly and was extremely community-oriented and very giving of his time. He will be greatly missed.”

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