Rodriguez Won't Coach In Gator Bowl

Tonight in Jacksonville, Florida, there is a confab of Gator Bowl officials and representatives of the 2007 Gator Bowl teams, West Virginia and Georgia Tech. Included is West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez. But bowl officials reportedly have been told that Rodriguez won't be there to coach the Mountaineers in the game.

That does not necessarily mean that Rich Rodriguez is headed to Alabama as the new head football coach of the Crimson Tide. But if he is not going to be coaching West Virginia in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day from Jacksonville, Florida, that could be an indication he is accepting the Alabama offer.

Rodriguez, 43, has been reported as holding an offer from Alabama to take over the Crimson Tide football program. The Bama job became available nearly two weeks ago when Mike Shula was fired by Athletics Director Mal Moore.

Today's meeting at the Hyatt in Jacksonville was described as "a networking function" to promote the Gator Bowl game.

While Rodriguez may not coach in the Gator Bowl on the first day of 2007, Alabama's football team will play in that Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville on September 29 against Florida State.

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