Rodriguez Staying at WVU
Starr, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Senior offensive lineman Jeremy Sheffey said he learned something about West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez today that he'll never forget.
"He told us he's a man of his word, and he proved it," Sheffey said moments after Rodriguez told his team he was passing up the chance to coach Alabama to return for his seventh season with the Mountaineers.
Rodriguez gave the team his word he'd be back last Friday, before a dizzying week of contract offers and media reports that shook the team's confidence.
While many players were expecting the worst when they entered the team meeting room Friday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium, but a loud cheer went up -- and the team rose in a standing ovation -- when Rodriguez announced his decision.
West Virginia officials scheduled a press conference at 5:30 p.m. Friday to provide more details, including a new two-year contract extension for Rodriguez.
Rodriguez informed Alabama athletic director Mal Moore before addressing the team at approximately 4 p.m.
"I fully respect his decision, and I wish him the best," Moore said in a statement.
Moore said he remains determined to bring the Crimson Tide "a proven head coach with impressive credentials."
Rodriguez turned down a deal reportedly for six years worth more than $12 million plus incentives. …