THERE HAVE been many arrows directed at West Virginia's football program of late. At least a couple hit their targets. Some missed.
One in particular, however, must have head coach Bill Stewart quivering today.
It is one that could mean the end of Bill Stewart's head coaching tenure in Morgantown. Perhaps as soon as today.
The arrow came from an unlikely source at an unlikely time. Colin Dunlap, a former reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, now is a stay-at-home dad who is a part-time radio personality for 93.7 KDKA-FM.
On Tuesday, Dunlap said he was simply visiting the studio to drop off his time slip when, a tad unexpectedly, he was asked by overnight host Chris Mueller to help drive the show.
The topic soon centered on WVU, which Dunlap used to cover for the Post-Gazette. It zeroed in on Stewart and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen.
"[Stewart] tried to flame-throw the guy in December by calling me and another - at least one other - reporter, because the reporter and I discussed it," Dunlap said on the show. "[The second reporter] said, 'Can you get the word ... scumbag tattooed on the front of the sports page?'
"[Stewart] said, "You need to dig up this dirt. You need to get it out on this guy.' And I said, 'Hey man, I'm not part of some witch hunt.' "
Of everything out there, those words could most shake WVU's sports world. Because they could topple Stewart.
If those words are true, the coach wasn't simply blowing off steam. He wasn't complaining about a co-worker, as millions do daily.
If true, factiousness could be interpreted. WVU officials could see it as sabotage. And no company, especially one paying an employee nearly a million dollars, stands for that.
Dunlap confirmed and stood by his words on Tuesday afternoon.
"[Stewart]," Dunlap said, "was looking for action."
Dunlap would not name the other writer mentioned. He said WVU had not called, although he'd be happy to speak to school officials. And of the question, hey, why bring this up now, six months after the alleged conversation?