In Stewart, WVU's successor to Rodriguez right under their nose

Updated: January 4, 2008, 5:32 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bill Stewart didn't need an actual job interview. His performance in the 2½ weeks since Rich Rodriguez resigned, punctuated by West Virginia's resounding victory over Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, was enough.

Now he's the coach of the Mountaineers, a promotion for a man who calls himself a "West Virginian all my life."

"I had the longest job interview in America," Stewart joked Thursday, hours after the 48-28 victory over the Sooners and before the ...

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