3-point stance: Stewart's legacy unsettled


1. Bill Stewart, perpetually gee-whiz in the hard-edged world of coaching, never shook the label of being an accidental head coach. Stewart won at West Virginia, going 28-12 (.700) from the 2007 Fiesta Bowl through 2010. Last year, new athletic director Oliver Luck tried to ease Stewart out. Instead, Stewart gave Luck no choice but to force him out for undermining his offensive coordinator and appointed successor, Dana Holgorsen. The death of Stewart on Monday at age 59 lends a final dollop of disbelief to a very odd college football story.

2. The new Champions Bowl announced Friday by the Big 12 and the SEC is a masterstroke by the two leagues, yet it leaves more questions than it answered. My big one -- given that one of these two champions has a good chance of being in the National BCS Championship Game, will the matchup ever be played? The leagues have a BCS bowl in their footprint -- the Sugar -- and Cowboys Stadium is itching to host as well. If they alternate the game between sites, what happens to the game in the off-year?

3. Interesting comment from Florida coach Will Muschamp that my colleague Edward Aschoff posted Monday in the SEC Blog. Muschamp essentially said that coaches don’t identify leaders, teams do. What Muschamp didn’t say, but becomes obvious to anyone who wants to remain a head coach, is that coaches identify leaders during recruiting. If a coach is looking for leaders in his own locker room, it’s probably too late.