MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck says he decided to replace Bill Stewart as head football coach because a national championship wasn't possible under the program's current leadership.
Luck said Thursday he first informed Stewart about his decision to replace him on Nov. 14. He says he first met with Oklahoma State's Dana Holgorsen on Nov. 23.
The athletic director says Holgorsen has signed a six-year term sheet, but there is no signed contract yet as some details need to be ironed out.
Luck announced Wednesday that West Virginia has hired Hologorsen as its head
coach in-waiting, scheduled to replace Stewart prior to the 2012 season. He will serve as the Mountaineers' offensive coordinator next season.
Stewart will take an undetermined administrative post.
John Raby reported from Charleston, W.Va.