Stewart Currently Most Popular WVU Coach of Last Three Decades

By: Scott Saxton Email
By: Scott Saxton Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- WVU Head Football Coach Bill Stewart is currently the most popular coach of those who have led the Mountaineers on the football field for the past three decades.

A new survey out Monday from Mark Blankenship Enterprises gauges the favorability/unfavorability ratings for each of WVU's last three head football coaches.

70% of those who responded in the telephone survey said they have a favorable opinion of Coach Stewart.

The man Stewart replaced at the helm for WVU has a lower popularity rating. 54% of those surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of former Mountaineer Head Coach Rich Rodriguez, compared to a 19% favorable rating. The rest had no opinion or were undecided.

“Not only does Mr. Rodriguez have high unfavorable ratings, those who hold the unfavorable opinions do so with a notable intensity,” said Mark Blankenship, CEO of MBE, in a prepared release Monday night. “Clearly, the circumstances surrounding the departure of Mr. Rodriguez from WVU have had an impact on his public perception among West Virginia voters.”

The survey also gauged the opinion of former coach Don Nehlen, with 62% having a favorable opinion of Nehlen. Nehlen's unfavorable rating was less than 10% with the rest having no opinion.

400 people were surveyed for this opinion poll.

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