When Stewart was allowed to stay on for another year, it was to be at his originally-agreed-upon (in 2008) salary of roughly $1 million. But there is also a clause that says that if Stewart is terminated at any time during the 2011 season - and this would presumably count as during that season - the university shall pay him the aforementioned amounts (the $750,000 and $375,000, or a total of $1.125 million).
In other words, what money Stewart has already been paid and the amount he may or may not be owed if he is fired remains at least in doubt.
Stewart's problems began earlier this week when he was accused of asking at least one former WVU beat writer to "dig up dirt'' on Holgorsen. The incident allegedly happened seven months ago, just after Holgorsen was hired from Oklahoma State to become West Virginia's offensive coordinator for the 2011 season and then as Stewart's replacement as the school's head coach in 2012.
Stewart is alleged to have asked a second reporter to do the same thing.
To make matters even more bizarre, Holgorsen, meanwhile, has had to deal with his own off-field issues. In May he was asked to leave the Mardis Gras Casino in Cross Lanes at 3:20 a.m., allegedly after being cut off at the resort's bar. Holgorsen admitted a few weeks later that he had made some mistakes, he was reprimanded by Luck and the issue seemed to be put to rest.
Reports since then have attempted to tie Holgorsen to other alcohol-related incidents, but most were investigated by the school and said to be false. Still, Stewart has also been accused in some quarters of spreading those rumors, which along with the allegations from December have created a national stir around the program.
Stewart was named WVU's head coach in January of 2008, hours after guiding the team, as the interim head coach, to a win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after Rich Rodriguez quit and went to Michigan. In each of his three full seasons, Stewart's teams won nine games.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.