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West Virgina mess ends in coaching change

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Dana Holgorsen was introduced as West Virginia's head football coach Friday 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. "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.

"This is the chance of a lifetime. I understand that" Holgorsen said.

When Holgorsen was hired, West Virginia had anticipated the arrangement might not work.

But earlier this week a former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter said Stewart called him shortly after Holgorsen's hiring and asked him to find something negative on the new hire.