The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


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.

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