WVU Turns on Rodriguez
Mountaineer faithful sending death threats after coach leaves for Michigan, says mom
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 7:23 AM CST
Retiring Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, left, shakes hands with Rich Rodriguez, former head football coach at West Virginia, as the Rodriguez family arrive at the University of Michigan for a news conference...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rich Rodriguez's abrupt departure from WVU to become head coach of Michigan's football program has left Mountaineers fans in an uproar and his family under siege, reports the Charleston Daily Mail. Rodriguez's mother tells the paper that her grandchildren have received death threats at school, and her son's West Virginia home has been vandalized.

"What it feels like is your kid getting beat up at school all the time and you can't stop it," said Arleen Rodriguez, "Think like a parent. That's all I can say." She said the Dec.16 decision to leave was no easy matter for Rodriguez, saying, "I don't think he felt wanted at WVU anymore."