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Rich Rodriguez, speaking at his news conference at Michigan on Monday morning, said in several different ways why it wouldn't be a good idea for him to coach West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl. But he never said that he wouldn't do it.
West Virginia has yet to name an interim head coach, and may not name one. Associate head coach Bill Stewart led the Mountaineers practice Monday in Rodriguez's absence. There's a good chance he may continue in that unofficial role through the bowl game.
What's with the semantic tap-dancing? It's all about the $4 million buyout that Rodriguez must pay West Virginia. Rodriguez doesn't want to say he will not coach. The university doesn't want to name someone to perform the head coach's duties.
There is the scent of attorneys all over this one.
-- Ivan Maisel
Rich Rodriguez has an impressive coaching resume:
• 60-26 in 7 seasons at West Virginia
• 105-62-2 in 15 total seasons as head coach (2-8 at Salem, 43-28-2 at Glenville State)
• Won piece of Big East title in 4 of last 5 seasons
• Played at West Virginia 1982-84