West Virginia has tabled the final phase of coach Bill Stewart's separation agreement with the university, according to a report in the Charleston Daily Mail.
The report, citing anonymous sources, says the contract had been awaiting signatures for weeks but is now on hold while the university sorts what led to recent allegations regarding coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen. West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck decided to hire Holgorsen as offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting in December, a move that essentially made Stewart a lame duck headed into the 2011 season.
The Daily Mail reported that Stewart's modified employment agreement was signed Dec. 7, but that doesn't serve as the formal document. The separation agreement is supposed to lay out how the school and Stewart are to part ways once Holgorsen takes over.
The drama began unfolding several weeks ago, when Holgorsen was escorted out of a casino for what the school labeled inappropriate behavior. A recent report in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, citing anonymous sources, linked Holgorsen to several other instances of inappropriate behavior. The Daily Mail reports the school has investigated those claims, found them to be false and is now seeking out the source of those allegations.
I called the West Virginia athletic department earlier and was told Luck is out of the office and unavailable for comment. Stay tuned.