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Published: Wednesday, 5/14/2008

Rodriguez says West Virginia board pressured him to sign contract


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez says West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and three members of the West Virginia University board of governors pressured him to sign a contract last summer, even though it had

a $4 million buyout clause he didn t want.

Steve Farmer, Drew Payne and Perry Petroplus also assured Rodriguez his demands for the football program would be met when Mike Garrison became president.

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