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WVU football: Stewart has new lawyer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia football Coach Bill Stewart is no longer with the lawyer who represented him through last season's coaching transition.Sources told the Charleston Daily Mail David Hendrickson, from the Charleston law office of Eckert, Seamans, Cerin & Mellott, has been replaced. A cause is not yet clear.

Hendrickson did not immediately return messages left by phone and email. WVU officials could not comment.

Stewart is now reportedly represented by Michael Benninger, who is suddenly charged with leading Stewart through what could be the final moments of his time as the Mountaineers' head coach.

It was Hendrickson, who is also the chairman of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, who helped negotiate a modified employment agreement late this past season that outlined how Stewart was to leave the program and eventually the school.

It was Hendrickson who was expected to assist Stewart in any dealings with WVU when it became increasingly clear this week Stewart's job was in jeopardy. The Daily Mail reported Monday WVU was suspicious of members of the football staff and program, as well as athletically affiliated organizations. The university was looking for people who fabricated stories about offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen and tried to compromise the transition from Stewart to Holgorsen, who was originally set to replace Stewart after the upcoming season.


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