Report: Stewart to be bought out at West Virginia

Remove the "-in-waiting" tag from Dana Holgorsen's title. He is now West Virginia's head coach for the 2011 football season.

According to Matt Hayes of the Sporting News, the Mountaineers are negotiating a buyout of Bill Stewart's contract and are set to elevate Holgorsen to head coach. The buyout number is the lone holdup in the negotiations, per the report.

Holgorsen was originally brought in from Oklahoma State to be the team's offensive coordinator and serve in that role in the fall before taking over for Stewart in 2012. But with the recent turmoil taking place within the coaching staff, athletic director Oliver Luck had no choice but to pull the plug on the Stewart era.

The last three seasons at Houston and Oklahoma State, Holgorsen's offenses were among the nation’s most prolific through the air. Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith looked very impressive in the new offense during the team's spring game, but the question now remains whether Holgorsen could have success at a major program as a head coach.

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