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Rodriguez, administration, governor share culpability in divorce

Updated: January 31, 2008, 8:58 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Late last summer, when pressure was mounting on football coach Rich Rodriguez to sign his new contract with West Virginia, he received a telephone call from the state's governor.

"Rich, when are you going to sign your contract?" Joe Manchin III asked Rodriguez, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

"Don't you have more important things to worry about?" Rodriguez asked Manchin, whom the coach then considered a close friend.

"I ...

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