His attorney, though, has advised him not to make any public comments. Michael Benninger, a partner in the Morgantown personal injury firm of Wilson, Frame, Benninger & Metheney, was hired by Stewart on the day he tendered his resignation.
"I know there is a lot of interest, but on my advice Bill is not doing any interviews,'' Benninger said.
There may be a reason, too. Benninger seemed to indicate that included in the terms of Stewart's resignation is a confidentiality clause. The Gazette and other media outlets have attempted to obtain any paperwork that was completed as a part of his resignation through West Virginia's Freedom of Information Act, but as yet WVU officials have not responded.
WVU athletic director Oliver Luck, in announcing Stewart's resignation last week, insisted that there was no buyout attached to the resignation beyond what was called for in Stewart's most recent contract, an amount that might be anywhere between $750,000 and $1.6 million, depending upon how the contract is interpreted.
But if that's true then why is there a confidentiality clause, save perhaps the university pressuring Stewart into not talking trash or it might dispute the amounts owed in the last contract?
And finally, Holgorsen made a rather interesting comment about quarterback Geno Smith the other day on ESPN radio.
Asked if Smith might be poised to put up the kind of huge numbers this year that Brandon Weeden, Holgorsen's QB at Oklahoma State, did in 2010, Holgorsen pretty flatly said yes.
"I think he's on track. He's still young. He's only been here for two years. He's not like that old guy I coached at Oklahoma State last year,'' Holgorsen laughed. "Brandon was pretty poised and his skills just had to get better. Geno's skills are pretty good, he just needs a little bit more maturity and a little bit more experience.''
Weeden, by the way, is an old guy. He played baseball for five years and became OSU's starting quarterback last season at the age of 26. He is a senior now and will turn 28 in October. As a junior he threw for 4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.