Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
Again, I'm far from a Stewart fan, but I think the lack of WVU "star quality" can be attributed more to the loss of Pat White than it can be attributed to Stewart. BS has brought in more talent in his 3 years at the helm (ratings wise) than RR ever did (RR has a career losing record with out PW). We're yet to see that translate to on field success, because I think he has serious inabilities as a game coach.
For the record, I was all for WVU getting Butch Jones back in '08 when RR fled. I think it's a great hire for UC, but I'm not sure UC will get back to the levels of success they had under Brian Kelly.
Pat White (and Slaton before him) leaving obviously is going to sting, but its what you do to replace them both in terms of recruits and coaching them up. Rodriguez is the only one who would have been capable of doing that in Morgantown.
Stewart has brought them in, but the talent well is going to eventually dry up with Doc Holliday moving to Huntington. I don't think Holliday will have a massive impact at Marshall, but his loss will be felt in Morgantown, as Stewart is pretty much the equivalent of "The Emperor without any Clothes".