Luck: "No Wrong Doing"

A prepared statement from West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck says that the school found no substantiation to the accusations leveled against former head coach Bill Stewart.

Luck, who announced his acceptance of Stewart's resignation in the same statement, led off with the following:

"It has recently been a difficult time for all of us who love Mountaineer football and our University. As a first comment, let me make this clear, the University has not substantiated any allegations of wrong doing on the part of Coach Stewart or his wife Karen Stewart. The University will have no further comment on those allegations."

That statement likely served as little salve for the wounds of Bill Stewart, who resigned in what many will perceive to be a forced action. Stewart's only comment in the statement came via Luck, who passed along a two-sentence message from the former head coach.

"Bill sends this message to all Mountaineers, ‘As I said on the day I was appointed head coach, what is best for WVU is my first priority. Today, I am doing what I believe to be in the best interest of the Mountaineer Nation.'"

Stewart's announced resignation followed a day of negotiations with the school. Luck said that the resignation was a mutual decision.

"Coach Stewart and I have talked these past few days, and both believe this is the right thing to do for our football program, our team, our University, our State -- and all of Mountaineer nation."

That sentiment was certainly shared by many West Virginia fans. One segment believed the accusations against Stewart and called for firing, while another was simply weary of a series of events involving the WVU coaching staff in general, and Stewart in particular, that stretched back to November, 2010.

BlueGoldNews.com will have more later tonight from West Virginia's press conference, which is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m.


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