Michigan Hires West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez as Next Coach

By Starr, Rick | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 17, 2007 | Go to article overview

Michigan Hires West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez as Next Coach


Starr, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Rich Rodriguez, son of a coal miner from Grant Town, W.Va., will take on the challenge of restoring one of college football's most- storied programs.

The former West Virginia coach will accept the Michigan job at 9 a.m. today at a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., officials at both schools confirmed.

He will replace Lloyd Carr, who announced his retirement last month after 13 seasons.

Rodriguez broke the news to his team during an emotional, 10- minute meeting Sunday in Morgantown, W.Va.

Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor, one of Rodriguez's top recruiting prospects, said he also was informed of the coach's decision yesterday.

Michigan athletic director Bill Martin confirmed today's news conference in an e-mail to The Associated Press, but he didn't return telephones calls yesterday. He's also declined numerous times in the past month to discuss his coaching search, while being turned down by LSU coach Les Miles and Rutgers' Greg Schiano.

Seven strong

Rich

Rodriguez accepted the head coaching job at Michigan on Sunday. He

finished with a 60-26 record in seven seasons at West Virginia. Here's

how his Mountaineers teams performed:

Year

Record

Bowl

2001

3-8

None

2002

9-4

Continental

Tire

2003

8-5

Gator

Bowl

2004

8-4

Gator

Bowl

2005

11-1

Sugar

Bowl

2006

11-2

Gator

Bowl

2007

10-2

Fiesta

Bowl

Rodriguez didn't attend practice yesterday after announcing his decision at about 10 a.m. Preparations for the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma were conducted by defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, offensive coordinator Calvin Magee and special teams and assistant head coach Bill Stewart.

A university spokesman said late yesterday that West Virginia officials hadn't determined who would coach the team in the bowl game.

ESPN.com reported Rodriguez's new deal will average $2. …

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