Friday, December 8, 2006

Coaching III / Death of a Giant

Seems that Rich Rodriguez has changed his mind once again and turned down the Alabama offer and decided to stay at West Virginia. Seems WVU ponied up some more money and years and Rich decided he really liked it there. (Alabama was offering $2mil a year for 6 years)

Rodriguez denies 'Bama, will return to Morgantown

Associated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez turned down Alabama on Friday, telling his players that he'll be back for his sixth season with the Mountaineers.
A loud applause could be heard from inside the Milan Puskar Center at Mountaineer Field after Rodriguez told his team he would be staying at his alma mater.

"Obviously I'm very excited to stay here and I plan on being here a long time," Rodriguez said later at a news conference. "We've done some pretty good things over the last five years or so. We're not done yet. We're going to continue to grow."
Rodriguez head coaching career
Rich Rodriguez
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Rich Rodriguez has guided West Virginia to three Big East championships and four straight New Year's Day Bowl games, including the 2007 Toyota Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech.

COACHING RECORD:
With West Virginia: 49-24 (2001-present)
With Glenville State (Div. II):
With Salem (Div. II): 2-8 (1988) 43-26-2 (1990-96)

Rodriguez will receive a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season from West Virginia. Other details of the deal were not immediately released.

"There weren't many reasons not to go. It's all about the reasons for staying," Rodriguez said. "I'm biased, this is my school. I think it's a great place to raise a family. We've always had a great athletic tradition."

Seems like Alabama is still searching for a coach. I still think they should go after Norm Chow, especially since NC State already got a coach.

ESPN reports that Jose Uribe (ex-SF Giants shortstop) died when his SUV crashed. Jose wasJose Uribe from the Dominican Republic and is survived by his wife, Wendy Guerrero, and at least 14 children.

Jose was 47 years old. Rest in Peace.


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