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WVU pays $287K incentive bonus, still seeking $4 million from Rodriguez

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez received
a $287,000 incentive payment from West Virginia on Friday for goals
reached during the 2007 season.

Rodriguez is being sued by West Virginia in an attempt to
collect on a $4 million buyout clause in his old contract.

Among the incentives he reached this season was a one-time
$150,000 payment for winning the Big East championship and
receiving a Bowl Championship Series berth, and $25,000 for
finishing in the top 10.

Rodriguez's contract stipulated that WVU had 30 days from his
resignation to make the payment. Rodriguez took over at Michigan on
Dec. 16 and his resignation at WVU was effective three days later.

Bill Stewart coached the Mountaineers to a 48-28 win over
Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 and was named Rodriguez's
successor the next day. WVU was No. 6 in the final Associated Press
poll.

The incentives payment "is unrelated to the buyout clause in
the contract or the funds due to WVU under that clause," WVU
athletics spokesman Mike Fragale said Friday in a statement.