"Can You Get The Word Scumbag Tattoed On The Front Of The Sports Page?"

Those were, according to former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Colin Dunlap, the words of West Virginia coach Bill Stewart when he urged Dunlap to dig up dirt on incoming offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen back in December 2010. A whole 4 days after Holgorsen had been hired. 

All of which means that West Virginia AD Oliver Luck's succession planning not only didn't work, it Tunisia-style didn't work. Perhaps Luck didn't realize the full scope of the dysfunction he was creating. Perhaps he thought Stewart would be a good soldier and fade away peacefully. He apparently didn't expect Whittlin' Bill to shank Holgorsen in the back with the old pocketknife.

All of which begs the question, with Mike Hamilton's resignation at Tennessee fresh in the news cycle, is this the kind of thing that should have Oliver Luck worried about his job? I'm not a West Virginia fan and I frankly don't know a lot of them, but I have to imagine that the blowback from this shenanigan has to be pretty severe. The question is just whether it's directed solely toward Stewart or whether others in the athletic department and administration get some of the credit. 

Of course Hamilton demonstrated an ability to be both ham-handed and tone deaf over a period of years. That's the kind of consistency you expect from a Tennessee man, a man who was ultimately able to turn perhaps his greatest strategic success into his final failure. 

Until the next out-of-the-blue offseason news hits . . .

Go 'Dawgs!

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