MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- It could be a very busy weekend in athletics on the university campus here.
In addition to whatever may or may not transpire with football Coach Bill Stewart and the allegations surrounding him, there's another urgent matter that may reach closure at West Virginia University today or Saturday.
WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck told me earlier this week that after speaking with William Hutchens, the university's general counsel, he's confident that the NCAA infractions case against Mountaineer football is all but settled.
The 10-member Committee on Infractions, chaired by MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas, meets today (and Saturday if needed) in Indianapolis. WVU's case could come up then, if it can be squeezed among several other cases, including Boise State and Tennessee.
If WVU's case, settled by summary disposition rather than a hearing, isn't
finalized this weekend, it's likely to happen at the Aug. 12 meeting, also in Indianapolis (when former Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel will go before the group).
"I'm told the NCAA enforcement staff has OK'd what is there," Luck said. "The university and enforcement staff worked together in the summary disposition process, and then it's passed on to the Committee on Infractions.
"Whatever is there, the committee has to sign off on it ... give it their blessing."
Luck wasn't yet sure whether the infractions committee would get to WVU's case in June or two months from now.
WVU received a notice of allegations last August for five major violations and a secondary violation for operations in the football program under former Coach Rich Rodriguez, and his successor, Stewart.
"We're all fairly confident here (at WVU) that the steps we've taken and the report, as it is, will be approved, with no October surprises, so to speak," Luck said.
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YOU CAN implode one of those blogosphere and message board rumors making the rounds attached to WVU's digging into what and when Stewart may or may not have said about his pending successor, Dana Holgorsen.
Someone, somewhere put the word out that coordinator Jeff Casteel and his fellow defensive staffers are unhappy. Multiple sources say that's just not so ... and recent raises on that side of the ball might create some big-time happiness.