Dana Holgorsen was introduced as West Virginia's head football coach last night, hours after Bill Stewart resigned.
Athletic director Oliver Luck didn't address specific reasons for Stewart's resignation at a news conference, but Luck said recent developments had become an issue.
"It was a combination of things," Luck said. "The program is more important than any individual. Clearly this was becoming a distraction for the program."
Both Holgorsen and Stewart made unwanted headlines in recent weeks. An intoxicated Holgorsen was escorted out of a casino last month. More recently, a reporter said Stewart had approached him shortly after Holgorsen's hiring to "dig up" dirt on his eventual successor.
Holgorsen was hired as offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting in December, while Stewart was to serve his final season in 2011. Now Holgorsen is a college head coach for the first time and also will serve as offensive coordinator.
* The relationship between former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Dennis Talbott, a photographer and businessman who allegedly gave him money for signed memorabilia, goes back to at least 2008, ESPN reported yesterday.
ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported a new allegation earlier this week that Pryor was paid $500 to $1,000 each time he signed mini football helmets and other gear for Talbott, a Columbus businessman and freelance photographer. Pryor's lawyer has said there is "no truth" to the claim.