Rodriguez, administration, governor share culpability in divorce
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.
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Breaking up is hard to do. Rich Rodriguez and West Virginia are showing just how hard. The state's once favorite son's divorce from his alma mater has deteriorated into a flurry of accusations and lawsuits. Both sides have suffered significant damage in the proceedings. Mark Schlabach• Affidavit: Rodriguez offered job to accused man
• WVU Foundation wants legal fees from Rodriguez
• Rodriguez wins right to prove fraud on WVU's part
• WVU asks judge to dismiss Rodriguez's complaints
• Lawsuit headed back to W. Va. court
• Rodriguez wants look at WVU foundation's books
• Schlabach: Divorce festers in West Virginia
• Rodriguez offers to pay part of $4M WVU buyout
• Rodriguez claims WVU prez reneged on buyout
• E-mails: Rodriguez, WVU athletic dept. at odds
• Michigan to pay Rodriguez $2.5M annually
• Maisel: Rodriguez aide accuses WVU of racial bias
• Report: Governor refutes Rodriguez 'smear' claim
• WVU pays ex-coach Rodriguez $287,000 bonus
• Rodriguez claims he's target of 'smear campaign'
• WVU's suit against ex-coach goes to federal court
• WVU to investigate disappearance of football files
• Rodriguez's family harassed since resignation
• Stewart to replace Rodriguez at WVU
• Critical alumnus Kendrick donates $1M to WVU
• West Virginia sues Rodriguez, seeks $4M buyout
• Gov. says WVU gave Rodriguez no cause for exit
• Rodriguez joins Michigan, WVU buyout unresolved
• Source: Rodriguez to contest buyout at WVU
• New Michigan coach Rodriguez says leaving WVU 'difficult decision'
• Maisel: Michigan makes sense for Rodriguez
• Rodriguez leaving West Virginia for Michigan
• Report: WVU's Rodriguez meets with Michigan AD