West Virginia sues Rodriguez for departure to Michigan

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

West Virginia is ready to make Rich Rodriguez pay for his tough decision.

West Virginia's Board of Governors filed a lawsuit against the former football coach in order to collect a buyout clause worth $4 million, the Charleston Gazette reported on its web site late Thursday.

According to the Gazette, West Virginia is petitioning a judge in Monongalia Circuit Court to determine that the university did not breach its contract with Rodriguez - an act that would all but guarantee it would receive the buyout.

Reportedly, Rodriguez's contract had a clause in it that stated the coach needed to submit in writing if there was a breach - something the university claims that Rodriguez never did.

Rodriguez left the Mountaineers after seven seasons on December 17, opting to depart from his alma mater to become the new coach at Michigan. In his introduction in Ann Arbor, the 44-year-old stated his decision to leave his home state was the toughest of his career.

Rodriguez is expected to pay the buyout over a two-year period, with one-third due 30 days after his departure from the school.

West Virginia went 60-26 under Rodriguez, winning four Big East championships.

WNDU has posted a copy of the court documents online. To view the documents, click on the link listed below the headline in this story.

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