It is the hottest topic in the Mountain State and it doesn't revolve around the ever-increasing gasoline prices or even the disparity of good-paying jobs.
Locally, comments about it out-number those surrounding a proposed user fee by a margin of three-to-one.
The 'it'? West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck's handling of Mountaineer head football coach Bill Stewart.
Everyone has an opinion and, depending on what Internet website you visit, wants to let the entire state know how they feel about Luck's decision to fire offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen as well as assistant coaches Dave Johnson, Chris Beatty and Dave McMichael and to lower Stewart to "coach-in-limbo" status' while newly-hired offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen transcends to the head coaching position in 2012.
Hiring and firing coaches is part of the duties an individual accepts when he, or she, elects to take over as the CEO of a business. And, let's not kid ourselves, athletic departments are a business.
Whether it be at the NAIA level or at one of the 'so-called' elite NCAA Division I-A programs, athletic departments are expected to make enough money to not only support themselves, but to, on occasion, throw some money into the general fund to help out with the building of a new science wing.
What makes Luck's decision harder for Mountaineer fans to understand is the fact that Stewart had won nine games a year during his tenure as WVU's head man and always will be remembered as the glue that held the team together during one of its darkest hours.
West Virginians had just suffered a devastating 13-9 loss to arch rival Pittsburgh in the 2007 Backyard Brawl and then watched as coach Rich Rodriguez, who had flirted with taking the Alabama job 12 months earlier, jumped ship and headed to the University of Michigan.
In stepped Stewart to guide the Mountaineers to a stunning 48-28 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, a historic win.
But, that is exactly what it must stay as-history. West Virginians should always be thankful for the job Stewart and his staff accomplished during those dark days.
However, at the same time, the importance surrounding that victory shouldn't be used as the only determining factor when it comes to evaluating Stewart's performance.
Nine wins a year looks nice on paper, but when one takes into account the Mountaineers' less-than-rugged non-conference slate and then add in a Big East schedule that any head coach in the SEC or Big 10 would love to face, it can't be the measuring stick for success.
Athletics directors are faced with making tough decisions every day. Those decisions allow them to place their stamp on the program.
Luck's legacy may very well rest on the success, or failure, in his handling of what has come to be known as "Stewartgate".
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