Rich Rodriguez to pay West Virginia $4 Million

Rich Rodriguez to pay West Virginia $4 Million
Rich Rodriguez

Rich Rodriguez to pay West Virginia $4 Million

After breaking his contract one year ago to join the Michigan Wolverines, Rich Rodriguez is forced to pay the team he let go $4 million dollars.

By Eric Geier

Michigan AD and President Avoid Testifying

    The story that started in December with WVU officials filing a lawsuit against Rich Rodriguez after he abruptly quit his position to join Michigan is finally over. The Rich Rodriguez saga ends at WVU with Rodriguez paying $4 million back to the University in increments of an undisclosed sum.

    Last week officials from West Virginia University filed papers in court, papers which would have forced Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin and President Mary Sue Coleman to testify in depositions about the hiring of Rich Rodriguez. The fact that WVU had finally gone to court to file these deposition papers put heat on Rodriguez and his new peers, forcing him to make an offer to WVU to end the whole situation.

Rodriguez Leaving WVU

    Many people in Morgantown expected Rodriguez to stay after signing a contract extension last year. Instead, he jumped ship for Ann Arbor, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of the WVU community. WVU officials made it a goal to take something back from Rodriguez as he had taken something from them. Rodriguez, in his own deposition, had said he only signed the contract extension under tremendous pressure from officials at WVU as well as Governor Joe Manchin. Rodriguez also claimed that WVU President Mike Garrison assured him the buyout clause would be significantly reduced if he were to resign. Garrison denies having said any such thing to Rodriguez during contract negotiations.

Folded Under Pressure

    It seemed Rodriguez was preparing to go to court to keep his money. However, when WVU officials decided to bring Michigan into the picture, Rodriguez folded under the pressure. The last thing Rich Rodriguez wants or needs is to have the media and the community of Ann Arbor focusing on a trial when they should be concerned with the upcoming football season.
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