MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Bill Stewart is trying to isolate his football team from the very obvious distraction as West Virginia prepares for the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 28, but the Mountaineers' coach will be in a compromising position Wednesday.
Stewart will be with his boss, Athletic Director Oliver Luck, and the man Luck hired as Stewart's successor beginning in 2012, Dana Holgorsen, for an introductory press conference here.
Stewart said Tuesday that he's fine with the ceremony and isn't worried about any turbulence.
"I think you all want some answers," he said. "I'm all in. I think, let's get it out there in the open. I'm good to go. I can't wait."
WVU announced last week that Holgorsen signed a six-year contract to work as the offensive coordinator in 2011 and then take over the following season as head coach.
Stewart will be the head coach next season and is then scheduled to settle into an undetermined role in the athletic department.
After speaking through a university statement last week, Stewart conducted a previously planned pre-bowl press conference Tuesday and requested he be asked about the preparation for North Carolina State and the bowl next week in Orlando, Fla.
His players said they had been instructed to refrain from discussing the coaching situation.
Eventually, though, Stewart did discuss the situation he finds himself in after going 27-11 in three seasons after leading WVU to a Fiesta Bowl victory in January 2008 as interim head coach.
"I'm trying to keep everyone focused on the football game," he said. "All that's being talked about can wait until Jan. 1, when new things take place. That, to me, is the way to do it.
"If I got distracted, if we became sidetracked, I'm not doing my job as a football coach. I took an oath to do it to the best of my ability. Lo and behold, I'm doing it to the best of my ability. I think that's all anyone can ask me to do."
Stewart signed a modified contract Nov. 14 that mapped out a brief future as head coach. He was given the option of working one more year and then becoming a university employee or of not coming back at all.