Rodriguez Likely Staying @ WVU

Take it away EERHole:

RR is staying. He met with Eddie P earlier and issues have been resolved. Unless some other issue arise, he will be the coach at WVU next year. RR has a long way to go to restore my trust. But, the first step is the biggest.

To say that Rodriguez has a long way to go to restore MY trust is a vast understatement. I’m not sure he’ll ever fully do that. But, if this is true (and it likely is), we at least have a fighting chance in the Fiesta Bowl.

[EERHole @ Scout]
[MGoBlog]

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Apparently, Rodriguez Is A Child

I have always been critical of Rich Rodriguez’s seemingly inability to accept criticism. In his mind, he is above any negative statement from the fanbase or media. This cements that:

Meanwhile, a longtime friend of Rodriguez, who spoke confidently, said he could understand if the coach were interested in the Michigan job. The friend complained how some Mountaineer fans reacted after WVU lost the Pitt game, ending chances for a national championship.

Some fans booed and criticized Rodriguez, while kicker Pat McAfee, who missed two field goals in the game, reportedly received death threats.

Oh my god, they booed? You mean we complained after losing as a 28 point favorite, at home, to our biggest rival, in a game we had to win to go to the National Championship? You gotta be shittin’ me. I figured we’d give him a big pat on the back. Good job Rich. Good job.

Take your ball and go home to Michigan.

[Metro News — HT: APH]

Michigan, Rodriguez Meeting In Toledo

Once I got over my initial reaction of this news, here is my take:

LET HIM GO!

There’s no way this is a play for more money. There’s no way this is a play for facilities upgrades. We already went through all this last year. We’ve given all we can give. This is Rodriguez simply wanting to “upgrade” over West Virginia. There’s not much we can do about that. The draw of your alma mater is only so much. For Greg Schiano, the home-state team is plenty. For Rodriguez, I guess not.

This isn’t going to stop. Even if he doesn’t accept the Michigan job, the same thing can and will happen next year. And the year after. He’s here now, but he may as well be gone. Maybe not Michigan, but somebody else.

Just let him go.

UPDATE #1: Kudos to Ed Pastilong.

“I don’t know anything about it,” WVU athletic director Ed Pastilong told the Gazette. “The only person who can clarify that is Rich Rodriguez.

“We recently put a strong contract in place with Rich. We made a strong commitment to him and he made a strong commitment to us.”

Mad respect to Pastilong if he holds his ground. We made a very strong commitment last year. If that isn’t good enough, too damn bad.

Update #2:

Update #3: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we have a WBGV correspondent at Hart Field (Morgantown Municipal Airport) as we speak. If Rodriguez was, in fact, on that plane, we should know soon enough.

Update #4: “No comment.” Thanks Rich, you’ve been a big help.

Update #5: Pastilong’s second statement:

“I think it would be unusual that he would be doing that without sharing it with us.”

It has come to this Rich. The day of the first Fiesta Bowl practice and you’re sneaking around the athletic department’s back. PS: I hate you.

Note: Stay tuned for updates…

[Sporting News]
[Charleston Gazette]
[Mgoblog]

Rodriguez and Pastilong: An Exclusive

Earlier today, in a secret meeting, Coach Rich Rodriguez and Athletic Director Ed Pastilong sat down to discuss the day’s events. Ever the attentive reporters, WBGV had a spy in the room. What follows is a word-for-word transcript:

Coach Rich Rodriguez (CRR): Hey, Ed, funny to see you here.

Ed Pastilong (EP): Really, why’s that?

CRR: Oh, no reason. We never get to talk these days.

EP: Yeah, we really don’t. Especially about you covertly flying to Toledo to meet with Michigan’s officials, you son of a bitch.

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As Honest As I Can Be (PS: It’s Not Pretty)

In my conversation with Crimson and Cream Machine, I was asked about my individual faith in WVU’s passing game. While my answer is posted at their site, I felt it best to go ahead and display it here. It is as honest as I can be about our inability to consistently pass the football. If you have a dissent, or have any comments at all, leave them below.

Again, the question was, “How much confidence do you have in the West Virginia passing attack?”

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Yes, WBGV Is The Most Important Thing Ever

When Coach Rodriguez sat down with his family and his thoughts last season, he had a simple choice: stay at West Virginia or leave to Alabama. This was a terribly tough decision — one that would not be made on a whim. So how, do you ask, did CRR come to the decision to stay at his alma mater?

Obviously, he consulted a higher power: this blog*.

So a year ago, there was that inevitable West Virginia fork in the road for Rodriguez. He was a bright, ambitious 43-year-old who had done great work at home – at two smaller state schools and then WVU – but now had to choose. Would it be the untold potential of Alabama, or the familiar, if possibly limited, life at home?

“By God,” he told his team on Dec. 9, 2006, “I’m staying at West Virginia.”

Staying in West “By God” Virginia was never a smarter choice.

Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen. You have WBGV to thank for Rich Rodriguez staying at West Virginia. Remember that forever and always.

* Sure, this blog may not have existed at the time, but we still feel we were influencing CRR just the same. And you should too.

[courtesy of Dan Wetzel at Yahoo]

Rodriguez Still A Mountaineer

Well, since the media has decided that CRR is a candidate for every single head-coaching job in America, I feel it is my duty to report when each of those vacancies is filled.

Today, apparently, is our lucky day, since Rich Rodriguez has turned down Texas A&M. Thanks to Milan Puskar and Steve Goodwin on this one, as they probably managed to negotiate a raise of only $3,000,000/year to keep CRR in Morgantown.