Mountaineer coach happy where he is
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez says he's not a candidate for the opening at Nebraska.
Published reports have mentioned Rodriguez as a possible successor to Frank Solich, who was fired by Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson on Saturday after a 9-3 season.
"I'm at West Virginia. I'm not looking for any jobs," Rodriguez said Monday. "Hey, I went through all of that last year. I don't want to do it again."
West Virginia officials, wanting to secure their coach after he was mentioned for other jobs last year, signed Rodriguez to a seven-year contract that pays him more than $700,000 this season and increases to $1 million in its final year. The new deal includes a $2 million buyout clause for both Rodriguez and WVU.
Rodriguez earned a $75,000 bonus for winning a share of the Big East title and will receive an additional $25,000 for coaching in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 against Maryland.
The Omaha World-Herald mentioned Rodriguez and several others as potential candidates: former Marshall and Georgia coach Jim Donnan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders, Oregon's Mike Bellotti, Utah's Urban Meyer, California's Jeff Tedford and Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier.
"I don't know why," Rodriguez said of his name being mentioned. "There's never been any contact and I'd be surprised if there was. I have no interest in leaving."
Rodriguez led the Mountaineers to an 8-4 record after starting this year 1-4.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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