If This is Rich Rodriguez' "BOMBSHELL", Then Where's the "BOMB"?

Ryan TCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2008

Rich Rodriguez's agent, Mike Brown, stated that he would let a "bombshell" out on January 15, concerning the West Virginia vs Rodriguez suit.

Well, Mike, if this is the"bombshell", it didn't explode very well.

Rodriguez states, "He knew I did not want to sign it with the large buyout, but assured me that as soon as he took office, he would address it."

HELLO! Rodriguez, didn't you just sign another $4 Million dollar buyout?

Not too concerned now, are you?  Rich Rodriguez, the thing is, this is just your statement on this issue. You said that West Virginia was making things up in their plot to ruin you.

Well, Rich, I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me like you are expecting a lot of people to trust your word on this...and you know, that is hard to do.

See, Rich, if I were an actor, and I wanted to make $1,000,000, but they didn't put that in writing and said, "Just trust us we will raise your pay from $500,000 once the movie's done," I WOULDN'T SIGN THE CONTRACT. Get the drift? 

So what you're saying, Rich, is that West Virginia backed out of there VERBAL commitment, right?

Well, didn't YOU do the same? Remember what mommy and daddy always said about two wrongs not making a right.

From the Associated Press: 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- More than two weeks after he was sued over a $4 million buyout clause in his contract at West Virginia, Rich Rodriguez turned in a second resignation letter, claiming university president Mike Garrison reneged on a deal to reduce and possibly eliminate the clause.

The letter, obtained by The Associated Press and bearing Rodriguez's name, indicates the tactic his legal defense will take when he files a response to that lawsuit in U.S. District Court. Rodriguez resigned with a one-sentence letter on December 18, to take the coaching job at Michigan, touching off a bitter public dispute in which each side has accused the other of lying.

The latest letter is dated January 10, 2008. WVU general counsel Alex Macia did not immediately confirm that the university had received the letter, and WVU spokesman Bill Case did not immediately respond to a phone call Friday asking for Garrison's response.

The disintegration of the relationship between Rodriguez and the WVU Athletic Department is documented in a series of e-mails written over a five-month period and released to the AP under the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

They show Rodriguez's agent, Mike Brown, fighting to get his client more operational and marketing control over the football program and over money Rodriguez helped raise through a booster organization he founded.

They also show Brown threatening to take his client elsewhere as early as mid-November. WVU sued Rodriguez for breach of contract on December 27.

In his latest letter, sent to Athletic Director Ed Pastilong, Rodriguez restated his displeasure with how slowly WVU was responding to additional demands he made in December, 2006, when he passed up a $12 million deal at Alabama. They included allowing him to have his own web site, an issue that raised legal concerns for the university.

Rodriguez ultimately signed the new contract with West Virginia on August 24, 2007. Though the university has acknowledged it planned to reduce his buyout clause to $2 million in 2008, the January 10, letter claims that Garrison told Rodriguez he did not believe in buyouts and might eliminate it entirely.

"He knew I did not want to sign it with the large buyout, but assured me that as soon as he took office ,he would address it,'' Rodriguez' letter says. "I told him the four million buyout was unfair and Garrison agreed, but said the Board of Governors would not change it at the time due to publicity concerns.''

E-mails from Garrison's chief of staff, Craig Walker, show the university was still working on Rodriguez' demands as of December 13, 2007, and the administration has told the AP it did not change its position after that date.

Rodriguez' letter, however, claims that he was told on December 15 , in a private meeting with Garrison, that the university had done all it could and would not honor his outstanding requests.