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Press Box: Former West Virginia coach Stewart dies

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Former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart died Monday from an apparent heart attack while playing golf.

Stewart was 59.

During a morning outing with the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association, Stewart collapsed and was taken to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, W.Va., according to

"Mountaineer nation is truly saddened today to learn of the untimely passing of Coach Bill Stewart," said WVU President Jim Clements. "Our hearts go out to the Stewart family and Bill's many friends. He was a compassionate, energetic, and kind person. He loved his family dearly and was extremely community-oriented and very giving of his time. He will be greatly missed."

Stewart signed a six-year contract in 2008, but West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck hired Dana Holgorsen as the offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting in 2010. The arrangement ultimately didn't work, and Stewart stepped down last year. Stewart took the job in 2007 after Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan and posted a 28-12 record.

A 1975 graduate from Fairmont State, Stewart was a New Martinsville, W.Va. native and spent eight years on the West Virginia staff under WVU coaches Don Nehlen and Rodriguez.

---The Big Ten released its 2015 and 2016 football schedules Monday.

Conference teams will continue to play all five division opponents, two rotating non-division opponents and one rivalry game, such as Michigan-Ohio State the final week of November.

Non-division games in 2015-16 feature Michigan-Wisconsin, Michigan State-Ohio State, Michigan State-Penn State, Nebraska-Wisconsin and Iowa-Penn State.

The conference schedule begins the first week of October and ends the final Saturday in November. Included is a bye week for each team.

The Big Ten championship game will be played in December 2015 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and at a site to be determined in 2016.


---Cheyenne Woods has signed with the same agent as her uncle, Tiger Woods, as she begins to pursue a career in professional golf.

The 21-year-old Woods will be represented by Excel's Mark Steinberg, who has worked with Tiger Woods since 1998. Her father is Earl Dennison Woods Jr., the half-brother of Tiger Woods.

The Wake Forest standout has won more than 30 amateur tournaments. She was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference. In 2011, she won the 2011 ACC title. Woods also set a school career record for lowest scoring average.


---Defenseman Jamie McBain signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

McBain, 24, was the team's leading scorer among defensemen with 19 assists and 27 points.

He just completed his second full season in the NHL, and he would have become a restricted free agent on July 1 if he had not re-signed with Carolina.

---New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer confirmed that center Jacob Josefson will replace Petr Sykora in the lineup for Monday's game against the New York Rangers.


--- With the Southeastern Conference expanding to 14 schools, the SEC is considering starting its own TV network, Sports Business Daily reported.

According to the report, the SEC has been negotiating with CBS and ESPN to amend its TV contract, which is allowed when conferences change their membership.

The talks with ESPN focus on an SEC-branded cable channel that could launch as early as 2014.

ESPN's current contract with the SEC was negotiated in 2008 and pays the conference about $150 million a year for 15 years.
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