MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Bill Stewart is not retiring.
An anonymously sourced report on a website Saturday night stated the West Virginia coach would retire at the end of the season. In his regularly scheduled conference call Sunday, Stewart stamped out the report.
"First and foremost, let me begin by saying the reports of my retirement are greatly exaggerated," Stewart said with a laugh as he paraphrased Mark Twain.
"In fact, you heard it directly from me, Bill Stewart. Here we go: No. 1: I have absolutely no intention of walking away. No 2: I am not focusing on retirement. And No. 3, and lastly, most importantly: I am focusing on Rutgers. Now, let's get to the relevant stuff."
The Web report later changed and said Stewart was considering retirement. Stewart was asked Sunday if there was any validity to that or if he has been asked to retire.
"I don't know how to say it any better than those three points I just did," he said. "I really don't. We've got round seven, game 12 and if we can win this game, I'll be very, very happy to. That's all my thoughts, all my focus. This can go on and on and on. I made my statement and I'd like to press on from there."
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Connecticut moved a step closer to its first Big East championship and Bowl Championship Series bid with Saturday's 38-17 victory at home against Cincinnati. The Huskies (7-4, 4-2 Big East) take both if they win a fifth consecutive game Saturday at South Florida.
The Mountaineers, who Sunday were ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the coaches' poll and BCS standings, can share the title with UConn and/or Pitt with 5-2 or 4-3 conference records, but also remain alive for the BCS spot.
"We feel like we're the best team in the nation, if you ask us," said West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. "We need Connecticut to lose, and I hope they do. No disrespect to those guys, but that's just the way it goes."
For WVU (8-3, 4-2) to win the league and the BCS bid, it must win its fourth consecutive in Saturday's noon game at Mountaineer Field against Rutgers (4-7, 1-5). The Scarlet Knights have lost five in a row and were outscored 109-51 the past two games, but beat UConn for its only conference win.
"I believed going into the beginning of the year we were the best team," WVU receiver Tavon Austin said. "We lost two hard games, but at the same time, we've still got a chance to say we're the best in the Big East."
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The Big East champion is likely headed to the Fiesta Bowl, which has the final pick in the BCS order, against the Big 12 champion. If UConn takes care of its business, the Mountaineers could be bound for the Dec. 28 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., but could also end up in the Big East's third bowl, the Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.