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Rodriguez says W. Va. officials pressured him to sign in 2007

Updated: May 14, 2008, 12:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Former West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez says West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and three members of the university's board of governors pressured him into signing a new contract before the start of the 2007 season, even though it had a $4 million buyout clause he didn't want.

In a deposition taken last month and released Tuesday, Rodriguez says board members Steve Farmer, Drew Payne and Perry Petroplus also assured him that his outstanding demands for the football ...

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