The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 26, 2011

Rodriguez available to caddie

Former West Virginia coach on bag for friend at Greenbrier Classic Monday

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — He may be out of work until his television career as a football analyst with CBS Sports begins this fall.

But former West Virginia University and University of Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez knows how to spend his idle time.

He’s in town for The Greenbrier Classic.

Monday, he actually caddied for his friend Dave Alvarez in a Pro-Am golf event on The Old White TPC.

“Some of my good buddies knew that I needed work,” he said with a grin. “I work pretty cheap right now.

“I don’t know how I’ll do (as a caddie),” he said just before the round began. “I’m sweating already. I’ll probably get fired after about six holes.

“I had a chance to come down here for a couple of days. I’m getting ready to go to Oklahoma to do a TV shoot with (Sooners head football coach) Bob Stoops. I wanted to be around another day and see the facility and hang out with my friends.

“It's going to be fun.”

Rodriguez expressed his fondness for golf — especially that it is taking center stage in West Virginia this week.

“This is unbelievable,” he said. “I think the nice part about it — I’m a West Virginia guy, for the people that have not been here can come and see the beauty of our state. And see how friendly the people of West Virginia are.

“I love golf,” Rodriguez added. “I love playing it. I didn’t have much time when I was coaching to play a whole lot. But I’ve had a little more time recently.

“I used to love coming down (to The Greenbrier). This is the first time I've been back here in three or four years.”

Rodriguez coached the Mountaineers from 2001 to 2007. He went to Michigan in 2008, before being fired at the completion of the 2010 season.

Working with CBS Sports is something Rodriguez is looking forward to, he said.

“It’s going to be a nice deal. I’ve already done some stuff with them, that they’ll show in the fall. I’ll do some studio shows in New York during the week and I’ll do different games during the weekends.”


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