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New Michigan coach Rodriguez says leaving WVU 'difficult decision'

Updated: December 18, 2007, 10:39 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Rich Rodriguez walked through a flashlight-lit locker room, down a darkened tunnel and stepped onto the Michigan Stadium field for the first time.

"It's beautiful," he said with snow covering his dress shoes.

A new era began at Michigan on Monday. The winningest program in college football ended its first coaching search since hiring Bo Schembechler nearly four decades ago by luring Rodriguez and his spread offense from West Virginia.

The process ...

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