offers $1.5m to West Virginia University
The negotiations between West
Virginia University and former West Virginia football coach Rich
Rodriguez continue with $1.5 million offer.
West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez has offered to pay
the university $1.5 million for his buy-out, was reported today.
Rodriguez, who took the head coaching job with the Michigan
Wolverines in December, filed a letter of credit Tuesday in U.S.
District Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. According to the
court filing, Rich Rodriguez submitted the letter of credit
"in the spirit of compromise and as an act of good faith to
assure West Virginia University that if this Honorable Court
makes an award against Defendant, said monies will be paid."
Rich Rodriguez is currently being sued by the West Virginia
University to collect on a $4 million buy-out clause.
"The amount owed by Mr. Rodriguez, under
the terms of the contract in effect at the time of his
resignation, is $4 million," countered WVU attorney Jeff
Wakefield and the legal battle between Rich Rodriguez and the
West Virginia University continues. A $4 million buyout clause
in the contract Rodriguez signed in August entitles the school
to the money, is the claim of WVU, and on the other side, the
former football head coach claims that the $1.5 million amount
he offered come from the first amendment of the Employment
Agreement at the date of his resignation. Rodriguez also says
the he was pressured by the school to sign the one-year
extension to his contract and that at that time he was promised
the buy-out would be lowered.