August 15, 2008

End of camp bittersweet for Stewart

MORGANTOWN--With the end of fall camp nigh, WVU head football coach Bill Stewart found himself in a reflective mood on Friday evening. As his Mountaineers filed off the field after another challenging practice, Stewart was reminded of the sentiments expressed by his son, Blaine, a few days earlier. The recollection was enough to bring tears to Stewart's eyes.

"A few days ago, that little knucklehead Blaine said to me, 'You know, dad, this is the last camp for Pat (White).' I hadn't really thought about it because I've been so busy with everything else," Stewart said. "But that reminded me that we had better enjoy these lads while they're here. For guys like Mike Dent, Pat Liebig, Jake Figner, Mortty Ivy, and Reed Williams, this is it. They've won a lot of football games, but more importantly, they've won a lot of hearts. It's tough for me to think about this place without them. That's why I'm going to try to enjoy every minute of every day of this season."

Stewart reserved special praise for White, already considered by many to be the greatest football player to ever play at WVU.

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