Coming Full Circle

WVU's rise in the national rankings has sparked more interest in the Mountaineers' head football coach, and one result of that increased attention is a television special set to air soon.

Mountaineer football coach Rich Rodriguez will be the subject of a one-hour special which will air on Fox Sports Net-Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 9 p.m.

"Rich Rodriguez … Coming Full Circle," will explore the coaching career of WVU's head coach, as he made his way up the chain of the college coaching ladder. During his journey, he had a program shutdown (Salem College) and turned a Division II program (Glenville State) into a national power. The Grant Town, W.Va., native was also passed up for a head coaching job after leading Tulane to a bowl win in 1998, and then he rolled the dice by turning down the head coaching job at Texas Tech in 2000 before taking over at WVU in 2001.

The story will feature in-depth interviews with Rich and Rita Rodriguez, Terry Bowden (former coach at Salem), Tommy Bowden (who coached with Rich at Tulane and Clemson) and Don Nehlen, plus former players and other assistants who worked under him along the way. It will also include rare, behind the scenes video of his coaching career from 1986 to present day.

Dan Potash, the former sports director at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg and is now a reporter for FSN-Pittsburgh, will produce the hour-long special.

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