His Wolverines, who are 1--2 (no doubt to the delight of many in West
Virginia), play No. 9 Wisconsin on Saturday.
Dan Patrick: Do
you go into chat rooms and read what's being said about you?
Rich Rodriguez: I
like to read USA Today and what some local folks are saying, but so many things
out there aren't true, I'm in a better mood when I don't read it. If there's
something I need to know, my people tell me.
DP: Could you sum
up what happened last December [Rodriguez left West Virginia before its bowl
game, sparking outrage and a lawsuit over his $4 million buyout fee, which he
and Michigan ended up splitting] in a way that is fair to you and West
RR: I don't want
to go through that whole thing, but I'm sure everybody is glad it's over. I
don't think the whole truth came out. There's great people at West Virginia,
and in the state, and that's my home. I have family there. I hope the facts
will come out and people will say, Hey, he decided to change jobs, let's wish
him well and move on.
DP: Would you ever
schedule West Virginia?
RR: [Laughs.] I
don't think that would be a good idea now. Maybe in eight or ten years, we may
have a nonconference opportunity....
DP: Eight or ten
RR: How long does
it take for people to move on?
DP: I don't
know—20 years? Will you be there then, Coach?