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December 22, 2007 - Seth Staskey
It's unfortunate that former West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez has faced the amount of backlash for his sudden move to Michigan. I am sure most won't agree, but why is most of the blame being placed on Rodriguez for making a better move professionally. It isn't like if someone worked at a job that paid 20K and left that job for one that pays 30K. What's the difference? It's a step up and not by any means a lateral move. I am not a Wolverines or Mountaineers' fan, but I know there's a definite difference in the two programs and think that the Michigan job is one of the top 5-8 jobs in the country. Those opportunities just don't come around too often and it was an opportunity that R-Rod couldn't turn down. He turned down one of those jobs last year in Alabama and I think he came to grips with the rationale that WVU won't ever be in the upper echelon of college football and made the move. Now, I do have a problem with how Rodriguez went about the change. He kind of snuck around like a little kid afraid of getting in trouble from his parents. He had come out and said Michigan has contacted me and I think it's something I need to look at then most people wouldn't feel that he simply turned his back on the Mountaineers' program. There's a simple cure for all of these problems that Mountaineer fans are enduring right now. The team needs to go to Glendale, Arizona and win the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. If that happens and then they make a good hire, such as Doc Holliday, Jimbo Fisher or Terry Bowden and then things might start to get a little better in Touchdown City. Until then, it's still going to sting.
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