As you may have noticed, our last TSM Coaching Approval Meter occurred between the Rutgers game and Champs Sports Bowl. Under any other circumstances, I would have done another version of this popular post right away, but with the coaching turmoil, etc. going on, I thought better of that and waited. Now, it seems things have sufficiently calmed so that we can take a bigger picture view of the entire situation.
How do we do that? Well, we evaluate the entire Bill Stewart era, that's how. Sure, it seems certain that Bill Stewart will still be the head coach of the Mountaineers next year, but it will be with a giant asterisk, one named Dana Holgorsen. You can't say the Holgorsen era begins this year, as he won't be the head coach for another year. And you can't completely discard Stewart until he's actually out the door. What you can do, however, is close the book on the Bill Stewart solo act.
Today, you'll be voting on three years worth of Bill Stewart resume, which is as follows:
- 27-12 overall
- Three straight 9-4 seasons
- 1-2 in bowl games
- No solo Big East Championships or BCS appearances
- 1-2 against ranked opponents (2008 Cincinnati, 2009 Pitt, 2010 LSU)
So, for the last time, we humbly ask (and note the past tense):