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Rodriguez's contract at Michigan includes $4 million buyout

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Rich Rodriguez agreed to six-year deal
worth $2.5 million annually when he left West Virginia last month
for Michigan.


The contract, which has not been finalized or signed, also
includes a $4 million buyout. The terms of Rodriguez's deal were
confirmed Sunday by school spokesman Bruce Madej.


West Virginia has sued Rodriguez to collect on a $4 million
buyout clause in his contract with the Mountaineers.


When Rodriguez was introduced as Michigan's new coach on Dec.
17, school officials declined to comment on any details of the
deal.


The Ann Arbor News reported Rodriguez signed a letter of intent
on Dec. 16, the day before his first news conference in Ann Arbor,
after obtaining several parameters of the contract through a public
records request.


Rodriguez's buyout decreases by $500,000 in each year of the
deal, the newspaper reported, and he can earn a $300,000 bonus if
Michigan wins a national championship and $200,000 if it plays in a
Bowl Championship Series game.


The Associated Press made a public records request last month
for Rodriguez's signed contract.