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Luck said Holgorsen is ready for this challenge and understands the enormous responsibility that goes with it.

“I have 100 percent confidence in coach Holgorsen and in our offensive and defensive assistant coaches,” Luck said.

Stewart, who turns 59 on Saturday, will be paid a severance sum that Luck said remains confidential and Stewart’s ties with the university have been severed after 11 years, including three as head coach in which he went 28-12 but failed to produce a Bowl Championship Series berth.

The only statement from Stewart was relayed through Luck in a news release.

“As I said on the day I was appointed head coach, what is best for WVU is my first priority,” Stewart said. “Today, I am doing what I believe to be in the best interest of the Mountaineer Nation.”


Associated Press Writer Vicki Smith in Morgantown contributed to this report.