Holgorsen worked from 2000-07 at Texas Tech for Coach Mike Leach -- regarded as holgorsen's mentor -- and was the co-offensive coordinator the final three years. He worked the next two seasons at Houston, where Luck lived and worked as the general manager of the Major League Soccer franchise, the Houston Dynamo.
Stewart is completing the third year in a six-year deal. He's making $900,000 this season and his pay increases $50,000 in each of the remaining years. Holgorson was making $195,000 at Houston and $360,000 at Oklahoma State.
Stewart's future began to dissolve after the Mountaineers lost at home Oct. 23 to Syracuse, 19-14. WVU had not lost to the Orange since 2001. Six days later, WVU lost on the road at UConn, 16-13 in overtime, after winning all six games in the series.
The Mountaineers committed three turnovers against the Orange and four while fumbling seven times against the Huskies. They had not lost two straight conference games since 2004.
A movement to make a change began with WVU in last place. Luck and Holgorsen were to meet in Texas after the regular season ended, but that meeting was scrubbed, presumably with Stewart's strong finish to the season serving as the cause.
Stewart, 58, was WVU's interim coach after his predecessor, Rich Rodriguez, left for Michigan in December 2007. Stewart led the Mountaineers to a 48-28 victory against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl and was hired in the hours that followed.
He was 9-4 in his first two seasons with a 1-1 record in bowl games. The Mountaineers were 9-3 this season tied Connecticut and Pitt for the Big East title with a 5-2 conference record.
WVU will play in the Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 28 against North Carolina State (8-4), in Orlando, Fla., although there is no indication what the staff will look like leading up to the game.
The Mountaineers have an offensive coordinator in Jeff Mullen, who was thought for a time to be a candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Kent State. Mullen joined the staff after Stewart hired offensive line coach Dave Johnson, running backs/slot receivers coach Chris Beatty and fullbacks/tight ends coach Doc Holliday, who is now Marshall's head coach.
Mullen worked with three different starting quarterbacks in his first three seasons.
The offense enjoyed its greatest success in the final four games of the season, though, as WVU recovered from the consecutive losses to win out and get a share of the conference title. The Mountaineers totaled 42 points in their 1-2 start in Big East play, but averaged 31 points and 390 yards of offense in the winning streak.
Mullen's offense only scored 35 or more points nine times in 28 games, but three of those came in the last four games.