Rodriguez to Leave WVU for Big House

44-year-old wunderkind will bring no-huddle spread to Michigan
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2007 7:59 PM CST
West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez gives a thumbs-up Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, during a news conference in Morgantown, W.Va. Michigan has hired West Virginia's Rodriguez as its next football coach...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Michigan's turbulent month-long search to replace legendary coach Lloyd Carr is over. Rich Rodriguez, the six-year coach at West Virginia and one of the architects of its devastating no-huddle spread offense, will defect after compiling a record of 60-26 at his alma mater. His salary is rumored to be in the $2.5 million range.

His excited mentor, ex-Mountaineers coach Don Nehlen, tells the Detroit News, "I think it's tremendous. There are very few Michigans. When you coach at West Virginia you walk on water in West Virginia, but when you coach at Michigan, you walk on water, period. There's a difference. Some people around here don't want to believe that."