Former WVU coach Stewart dies after heart attack

Lots to report from here in Ponte Vedra Beach, but the day's events have been overshadowed by tragic news of the death of former West Virginia coach Bill Stewart at age 59 after suffering a heart attack Monday in West Virginia.

Just hours ago, we talked about Stewart as a sign of how much things had changed in the past year -- last May in Ponte Vedra, Stewart was still here as West Virginia's coach, with little to suggest all that would unfold -- his being replaced by coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen, then West Virginia leaving the Big East for the Big 12, this after TCU had done the same and Pittsburgh and Syracuse had announced plans to join the ACC.

Stewart was a genuine West Virginia man, easily likeable, friendly and unassuming. We wrote in 2008 of the trust West Virginia showed in him after taking the interim tag off Stewart in 2008 when he stepped in for Rich Rodriguez. In that story, Jim Leavitt said Stewart was "a down-to-earth, good person, loves the game."

West Virginia isn't represented here in Ponte Vedra, nor are the other departing schools, but I'm sure we'll have fond memories of Stewart from his Big East colleagues here on Tuesday.

[Last modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 4:26pm]

    

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