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Former Mountaineer Coach Dies at 59

I know from experience that there are a lot of UK fans in West Virginia.  Probably because the only other options are WVU and Marshall, but still.  If you are one of those displaced members of BBN, finding yourself in Huntington, Charleston, Parkersburg, or even as far north as Morgantown, well then hat’s off to you.  You’re surrounded by nutjobs.

In Kentucky, we pride ourselves as being, according to Dickie V, the most passionate fanbase in sports.  And rightfully so.  But fans of West Virginia University are not far behind.  Sometimes they can get a little carried away (like when they throw quarters during a basketball game against Louisville), but they all love the Mountaineers just about as strongly as we love our Wildcats.

It’s unfortunate, then, to hear that former football coach Bill Stewart passed away yesterday at only 59 years old.  I saw firsthand the admiration that the state had for Stewart when he was hired as head coach, and even though he resigned amid controversy in 2011, there was never any real doubt that he was a fundamentally decent man.

According to ESPN’s Brian Bennett:

But if the worst thing you could say about Bill Stewart was that he didn’t spend every waking minute breaking down film or yelling at his assistants, so be it. He was a people person, through and through. On one of my first spring visits, we sat in his office talking for more than 90 minutes even though he had to attend a high school coaches’ clinic that was underway. He asked me more questions than the other way around. On another visit, I was scheduled to drive back to Pittsburgh at the end of the day. Stewart worried that I would be driving into storms and kept checking the weather reports throughout the day. He asked me to let him know that I got back safely that night. How many BCS conference coaches would do that?

But that’s how Stewart was, a genuinely nice and thoughtful person. His players — some of whom, like Noel Devine, had wildly different backgrounds — clearly loved him as a father figure. Players, media members and others who knew him got used to receiving daily inspirational text messages from Stewart while he was coaching.

It’s really just too bad that Bill couldn’t enjoy his post-headcoaching days just a little bit longer.  His passing might not affect us directly, and we may loathe most Mountaineer fans (there are a couple decent ones, trust me), but we can still show some decency in remembering the man that Bill Stewart was.

Rest easy, Coach.

Article written by Corey Nichols

33 Comments for Former Mountaineer Coach Dies at 59

  1. WVU Fan
    9:05 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Uhhhh…. Thanks?

  2. BooCat
    9:08 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    I heard a coach died in Iran today… Kentucky is on the same planet as Iran so I guess we can tie that in too. Corey you suck so bad. At first we bashed you as a joke now its not a joke, YOU SUCK!

  3. DEasy
    9:09 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    #2 you suck. Dude is paying respect to a decent man who passed away. You’re an idiot.

  4. BooCat is an idiot!
    9:11 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    #2, Give it a break!

  5. Bcc46
    9:13 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Corey posts about a dead guy to attempt to keep the wolves at bay for another day.
    well played.

  6. Nick
    9:13 am May 22, 2012 Permalink


    I like your posts, so keep on keepin’ on. Most of the people who bitch at you on here are doing so for their own amusement. Whoever posts in the 9:00 time slot will always have the same comments made. I don’t care if Jesus himself comes back to take over this slot. It’s just tradition. Where it as a banner of pride.

    Just wanted to clear that up for you.

  7. Nick
    9:13 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    *Wear, not “where.” Sorry.

  8. jbone
    9:15 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    WVU and UK share territory and this is just a condolence for the passing of a seemingly decent man as a show of respect for a neighboring school. Acknowledgement of that isn’t cause for trashing a writer because one article may not be 100% UK related. You don’t go to a visitation or funeral and get offended if anyone but immediate family attends. Show some class #2.

  9. Thoughtless
    9:15 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Corey’s posts are typically . . .

  10. BooCat
    9:17 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Bleeding heart liberals its a joke, get over yourselves. #6 gets its.

  11. Ronald Reagan
    9:19 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    #10 . . . don’t kid yourself. Nancy and I think he sucks too.

  12. BooCat
    9:22 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Liberals love freedom of speech until it hurts their feelings. Down with Corey! Send him to KSR College aka the D League.

  13. Michael
    9:31 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    People are so cruel sometimes that it’s amazing there’re still writers left who will post on the site. Keep up the good work guys. Just remember, if people weren’t reading it, there wouldn’t be any asinine and incendiary commentary. Ya’ll realize this is how Beez got run off, right? He was the best writer they had(have)….

  14. Al's IndiCats
    9:32 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    DALM!!!!!!!!!! Some of you guys are running pretty hard on CorEy, all he was doing was giving his respects to Coach Stewart. Show a little compassion this morning.

    On a BRIGHTER note, UL and IU still SUCK!!!!!!!!!

  15. AtLeast
    9:36 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    This is the news of the day? If there aren’t any ESPN/SI articles about UK to copy and paste on here, at least paste something interesting (Reds, NBA, etc.). I don’t want to see a WV death at 9 in the morning.

    Also, it has nothing to do with 9 o’clock. He is legitimately a terrible writer. “It’s really just too bad”

  16. Bill Stewart
    9:46 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans / Mitch – I could be talked out of ‘retirement’ if a certain job opened up in Lexington, just say’n…

  17. seriously tho
    9:47 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    corey does really suck. and so does this post. 2 &5 get it.

  18. Joker
    9:52 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Bill, stay where you are brother! I know you are in Heaven – the UK job is pure HELL.

    If I had a new stadium, a recruiting room, and a 20 year contract extention (at 2.5 mil per) – I could turn UK into UF, Bama, AU, and LSU all rolled into one!

  19. Hoss_Cat
    9:53 am May 22, 2012 Permalink


  20. Vagtastic Voyage
    9:55 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you guys need to chill. You can only write so much about our program without this site being repetitive as hell. You need some variation from time to time. Corey, do your thing. Douche bags, do your thing.

  21. party on broadway
    9:56 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    What’s wrong Corey, couldn’t you find a ‘kid in a washing machine’ video?

  22. nolablue
    10:08 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    I dunno man, we Kentuckians calling our brother and sister West Virginians “nut jobs” is a li’l “pot meet kettle” to me.
    I’ve always admired ’em, myself, cause they’re so like us and we like them, I always pull for ’em as long as they’re
    not playing US. Anyway, Rest In Peace, coach. And #6 is correct. Jesus would probably get harrassed on KSR.
    God help us all!

  23. HicksPickSix
    10:13 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    6 – The “time slot” argument is baseless. Granted, some of the criticism Corey receives does verge on the fringe of trolling, but much of it is well merited. He’s caught plenty of grief for his lackluster writing, and much of it (like his wishy-washy NBA posts) is more than deserved. No disrespect to the dead, but this just feels like an easy out for Corey.

  24. Jason
    10:28 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    I live in WV graduated from WVU and diehard WV football fan, but an even more die hard UK basketball fan. Thanks for the post and I had the priveledge of meeting Coach Stew on two occasions and he was one of the most kind and genuine people you would ever have met. It was almost as if he was in over his head as a big time HC, but 9-4 in three seasons ain’t bad. And it was him who set the table for us to take it to the next level under Holgs. Thanks for the post and not only did WVU lose a great man, college football lost a great man.

  25. YouTubedSports
    10:34 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Bill Stewart tribute post would have been better if you had found and included this:

  26. JayCee
    10:39 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    #20- did you miss the GD white House post day? 9 times, man. They posted about the WH visit 9 GD times in one day.

    We’ve eclipsed “repetitive” long, long ago.

  27. Prof
    10:57 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Poorly written. Way too many commas. (Geez, Corey, do you get paid per comman?) Somewhat condescending.

    Nicely done, Corey. Typical blurb for you.

    Hint – Corey, just provided the damned Link. That is all we want. Add two sent. as an intro. Stop there.

  28. Corey's mom
    10:58 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Another classic post, son. Keep ’em coming. You are doing great.

  29. bluebiscuit
    11:11 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Seems like some readers are experiencing Matt Jones withdrawal, to be this ticked off so early in the day. Did you miss breakfast? Go grab some lunch and get rid of the crankies.

  30. DavidT
    11:14 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Corey has to be the worst writer KSR has ever had. Good lord, this is terrible.

    Did you really write, “It’s really just too bad that Bill couldn’t enjoy his post-headcoaching days just a little bit longer.”

    And when talking about “showing some decency” … perhaps you could stop with the snarky comments.

  31. AtLeast
    11:17 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    30.) This is what i was trying to get at.
    that sentence is ridiculously condescending.

  32. SayHarrowToTheRepeat
    3:22 pm May 22, 2012 Permalink

    R.I.P. to Coach Stew.

    My prayers are with his family.

  33. Someone with a decent education
    7:46 pm May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Are you people really criticizing how many commas a writer uses? Even worse, all his commas are used correctly and are still criticized. All of you uneducated inbreds go back to beating your wives and give the kid break.