Players: No Comment From Rod

West Virginia's players said they had not heard anything definite from head coach Rich Rodriguez as of Friday night.

"Beat Oklahoma, that's it," linebacker Bobby Hathaway said of Rodriguez's rumored interest in the head coaching job at Michigan. "There's nothing else to hear."

"Nah, nothing," said wideout Darius Reynuad. Added assistant Rod Smith: "About what?"

Former Michigan player and current Mountaineer senior free safety Ryan Mundy said he had not heard anything from Rodriguez. The players all quickly moved from the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility into the Puskar Center. None stopped to talk, only making general statements as they moved. The team did seem in fine spirits, however, following the first practice in preparation for the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl against No. 4 Oklahoma.

Rodriguez, who was beside WVU Sports Information Director Mike Montoro and walked ahead of WVU employee Mike Fragale, did not offer any comments. Rodriguez is expected to speak at an already scheduled press conference Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The coach flew to Toledo, Ohio today to meet with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin and University president Mary Sue Coleman, according to several media sources. The seventh-year West Virginia coach landed at Morgantown airport at 5:15 p.m. and was accompanied by his wife, Rita. He told WV MetroNews only that he was meeting with financial advisors and refused to comment on if he was indeed interested in taking the Michigan job.

"I'm going to practice," he said at the airport. "See you guys later. Don't get run over."

Rodriguez's buyout currently sits at $4 million. He was paid $1.7 million this season. Rodriguez turned down an offer from Alabama last season.


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