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

Updated: January 29, 2008, 10:11 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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