WVU's Rodriguez named Michigan Coach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan has hired West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez as its next football coach following nearly a monthlong search that saw two other top prospects decide to stay put.

Rodriguez and the Mountaineers have been preparing for their second BCS game in three seasons.

Now, Rodriguez will not coach the Fiesta Bowl game.

Michigan says Rodriguez will take over the program from Lloyd Carr, who announced his retirement November 19th after 13 seasons.

Michigan athletic director Bill Martin says the school is thrilled.

WVU President Mike Garrison says the school will look for a new coach who will recruit the right student-athletes and assure they leave prepared academically and athletically for life. And Garrison says the new coach will need to know how to win in a way that reflects what WVU is as an institution.

Michigan plans to introduce Rodriguez at a news conference Monday.

Rodriguez has a 60-26 record at West Virginia. He led the 10-and-2 Mountaineers to their fourth Big East title in five seasons.

Carr plans to coach the Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl on January First against Number Nine Florida.

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