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From his roots with the Mountaineers, Pat McAfee has grown to become one of the most iconic figures in the sports world today. He had a pretty good career with the Indianapolis Colts, hosts the wildly popular Pat McAfee Show on SiriusXM, is an analyst for ESPN’s College Gameday, and is a commentator for the WWE. Despite his very busy schedule, McAfee always comes back to discussing his beloved Mountaineers. He hasn’t held back his disappointment about the 2022 season, which led to Neal Brown angrily responding to his statements during a post-game press conference.
But the hiring of Blaine Stewart has seemingly helped McAfee trust the climb once again. “I’ve literally known Blaine since he was a child.. His dad, a legend, was my coach at WVU.. The facility was a 2nd home for Blaine when he was growing up… Now he has his own room there. This is really cool. I’m so incredibly proud of you my brother. Let’s GOOOOO,” McAfee tweeted in response to the news. The announcement came just two days after Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette broke the news of Stewart leaving the Steelers to join WVU
Stewart, the son of the late former WVU head coach Bill Stewart, was in his second season with the Steelers as assistant wide receivers coach. He had spent two seasons as a coaching assistant before being promoted to his most recent role. Stewart is coming to the Mountaineers after a recent change in the wide receiver coach position with the hiring of Bilal Marshall. Prior to embarking on a career in coaching, the Morgantown, West Virginia native played wide receiver at the University of Charleston in 2016 and 2017, after beginning his collegiate career at James Madison University (2013-15).