Coach Blasts West Va. For Shredding 'Lie'

Rodriguez bemoans 'smear' campaign since decamping for Michigan
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 5:00 PM CST
New Michiganl head football coach Rich Rodriguez, right, is greeted by Michigan head baseball coach Rich Maloney, left, at a college basketball game with Indiana, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in Ann Arbor,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rich Rodriguez slammed accusations that he shredded important files before leaving West Virginia University to coach the University of Michigan's football team as “lies” in an interview with the Toledo Blade. Rodriguez broke his silence on the troubles that have marked his departure, lashing out at the anonymous source in the athletic department that “smeared” him with the shredding rap.

"They're painting a picture like I'm the only one that had those files, and I threw them all away. That's not the truth, Rodriguez says. Contrary to the reports, he said he cleaned out his office that day like normal, and took time to say emotional goodbyes to “25 or 30 players,” removing only personal files.