The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sports

December 15, 2007

Coach Rodriguez won’t talk about Michigan job

MORGANTOWN — Rich Rodriguez steadfastly refused to answer any questions Saturday morning about his reported interest in the football coaching vacancy at Michigan.

West Virginia’s head coach, accompanied by wife Rita, met Friday with Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and athletic director Bill Martin in Toledo, Ohio, to discuss that position.

That such a meeting was held has been confirmed by knowledgeable sources and well publicized.

But Rodriguez has said nothing about that situation, according to players interviewed Saturday. And WVU athletic director Ed Pastilong said Friday evening he hadn’t been able to contact the coach.

Meantime, Rodriguez showed up for a previously scheduled 10:30 a.m. informal news conference with the media Saturday.

Before it started, however, he said he would not answer any questions except those related to his team and its preparations for the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma.

“It may be disappointing to you, but I’m not going to talk about any rumors or innuendoes or jobs or what else is floating out there,” Rodriguez began.

“All I’m going to talk about is this year’s team, bowl preparations and aspects of the recruiting we’re heavily involved in right now.”

Asked by a reporter what he’s telling recruits with theMichigan reports circulating, he replied:

“I’m not talking about anything other than this year’s team and this year’s bowl coverage.”

“That’s all I’m going to talk about.

Another reported then asked, “You did say rumors, coach. Is that what they are — rumors?”

Rodriguez responded:

“One more question and unfortunately this press conference ... You all have been super. If (those types of) questions persist, then this thing will be over.”

After that, Rodriguez received only questions about the BCS No. 9-ranked Mountaineers and the No. 4-ranked Sooners.

Those two teams clash at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Text Only
Sports
  • mt girls win .jpg Workman’s goal lifts Patriots to dramatic win

    Midland Trail finally climbed to the top of the mountain when it mattered most.

    March 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Texas passes on making Luck its AD

    The University of Texas passed on making West Virginia University’s Oliver Luck its athletic director Tuesday, choosing Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson instead.

    November 5, 2013

  • W.Va. board rejects proximity detector regulation

    Over the objections of a coal miner’s widow and representatives from the United Mine Workers of America, West Virginia’s mine safety board has rejected a regulation that could help prevent crushing injuries and deaths underground.

    October 4, 2013

  • Bubba Watson joining ranks of The Greenbrier's pro representatives

    August 27, 2013

  • Confirmed: Caridi will continue calling WVU football, basketball games

    Longtime Mountaineer sports announcer Tony Caridi will continue calling the plays at West Virginia University football and basketball games, IMG College announced Monday.

    Caridi had told The Register-Herald last week in an appearance in Summersville that a deal between him and IMG College was imminent.

    August 5, 2013

  • Sports Briefs — Thursday, February 14

    Coaches at the college, high school, junior varsity, junior high and recreational league (adult or youth) levels are urged to submit game results and/or updated statistics to The Fayette Tribune.

    February 13, 2013

  • Sale of Oakhurst Golf Links falls through

    August 7, 2012

  • Big12logo.jpg Getting to know the Big 12 Conference

    As West Virginia University moves into the Big 12 Conference, here's one place to come to find out about all of the Mountaineers new league opponents.

    April 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • WVU releases 2012 football schedule

    West Virginia University has released its football schedule for 2012.

    WVU announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the conference power Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July in time for the fall football season.
     

    February 14, 2012

  • WVU settles Big East lawsuit

    West Virginia University announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July.
    Athletic Director Oliver Luck said the terms of the deal were confidential and WVU wouldn’t release details. But Luck said no state, taxpayer, tuition or other academic dollars will be used in the settlement.

    February 14, 2012