This idea has come up many times, previously on this blog (in the comments) and message boards across Mountaineer Nation. Pastilong is still tentatively set to retire, and even people who don't like Stewart as a head coach generally like Stewart as a person and don't want to see him thrown out into the cold. Therefore, the handy-dandy "Stewart as Athletic Director" campaign begins.
Here are several reasons why that isn't a good idea:
- Stewart would make for an excellent ambassador for the state and this program. That's a wonderful quality to have, and it would certainly benefit the athletic department in some capacity. That's where the bulk of this idea comes from. But there is much, much more to being an athletic director than being a great guy. Just as there is being a major head football coach.
Those are just a few reasons. Thankfully, it is not my job to select the athletic director (we all know I would appoint myself -- talk about lack of power and influence). But it will be the president's responsibility, and this is an outsider president that might not feel the same compassion for a West Virginia boy as might Pastilong, etc. We need strength and experience at the position, and the two most logical names that come up are Oliver Luck and Whit Babcock, both of whom have extensive experience in major athletics. That's what West Virginia needs right now.