I refuse to rejoice in the demise of another human being.
That puts me in a minority when it comes to West Virginia University sports fans, a majority of whom seemed to take delight that Mountaineer football coach Bill Stewart was forced to resign on Friday.
There's simply nothing to celebrate here.
WVU is losing a man who led the Mountaineers to the greatest victory in the history of the school and who is the second winningest coach in school history among those who stayed more than one season. Stewart won a higher percentage of games than either of his immediate predecessors -Don Nehlen, who is in the National College Football Hall of Fame -and Rich Rodriguez, a former Mountaineer player who was the popular choice to succeed Nehlen.
You can call it a forced resignation, a firing or whatever terminology you choose.
This was a divorce and like most divorces it was ugly and for irreconcilable differences. Differences with the direction Athletics Director Oliver Luck wants to take Mountaineer football, and differences with coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen, Luck's hand-picked successor to replace Stewart.
The only good news in this running soap opera - dubbed by one Internet wag 'As The Couch Burns' -is that it is over. No more wondering who may have leaked what damaging information to a friend in the media. No more of Mountaineer Nation having to choose up sides between the head coach and the head coach-in-waiting.
West Virginia fans -always known for their resiliency -quickly will embrace Holgorsen if for no other reason that he is now the head coach.
Holgorsen comes to Morgantown with great credentials as an offensive coordinator. He has no credentials as a head coach. Yet, he is going to inherit the same high expectations that were part of Stewart's demise.
Ever since Rodriguez showed West Virginia it can win Big East championships and BCS bowls, that has become the standard.
A standard Stewart couldn't meet.
Holgorsen also must understand that with being a head coach there comes the responsibility of acting like a leader at all times, whether you are in the home of a potential recruit or at a casino enjoying a night out.
Holgorsen will find himself under a microscope. He will have people looking for him to make a mistake.
As much as people love to build you up, they seem to enjoy it just as much when they can bring you down.
Holgorsen's biggest challenge right now is to sell himself and his philosophy to the players. For it ultimately will be the players who determine whether or not he is successful.
As for Athletics Director Luck, he inherited the power and quickly has used it to make the changes he sees fit. He's moved much faster and made much more radical moves than any of his predecessors.
How those moves work -especially the hiring of Holgorsen -ultimately will determine Luck's success.
Let's hope Luck and Holgorsen push all the right buttons.
We've had enough drama to last us for quite a while.
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