West Virginia AD to Retire in 2010

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West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong plans to retire in 2010 after more than 20 years on the job.

Pastilong said Thursday in announcing his plans that West Virginia's dispute with former football coach Rich Rodriguez over a $4 million buyout clause in Rodriguez's contract had nothing to do with his decision to retire.

He discussed retiring with school president Mike Garrison in the fall, long before Rodriguez left for Michigan.

"I just felt it was time to turn the keys over, and by giving President Garrison a notice, that would allow he and his staff to plan. And I think that's important, and I want to do it in a proper manner," Pastilong said. "I've enjoyed my 33 years of working at WVU and my five years of being a student athlete."

After his retirement, the 65-year-old Pastilong will serve in a transitional role for another two years.

College basketball

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