W.Va. community removes signs proclaiming it Rodriguez's hometown

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

It's nothing personal, coach.

But the signs proclaiming Grant Town, West Virginia, as the hometown of soon-to-be-former West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez have come down.

Mayor Robert Riggs ordered two signs removed less than 24 hours after Rodriguez announced he was leaving to take a job as Michigan's new football coach. The signs proclaimed Grant Town as the "Home of WVU Head Football Coach Rich Rodriguez."

Riggs says he wasn't doing it out of anger -- but to pre-empt vandalism or theft by outraged Mountaineers fans. Someone wrapped a chain around one of the signs last year, pulled it out of the ground with a vehicle and stole it when he was mulling an offer from Alabama.

It was returned when he signed a new contract with WVU.

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