Taaffe Issues Statement Denying Hire

Hamilton head coach Charlie Taaffe has issued a statement denying he has been hired by West Virginia University, according to the Tiger-Cats official site.

Taaffe, who was reported to have been hired by WVU by some West Virginia media sources, released this statement: "I was contacted by Bill Stewart (head coach of West Virginia University [WVU]), a long-time friend of mine for over 30 years and he asked to talk with me about the possibility of joining his staff," said Tiger-Cats head coach Charlie Taaffe. "The reports that have come out indicating that I have joined the WVU staff are completely inaccurate and I have not signed a contract to become part of their team."

Also, Hamilton team president Scott Mitchell released this statement: "Reports that Charlie Taaffe has joined the football coaching staff at WVU are completely untrue," said team president Scott Mitchell. "Charlie has called me to tell me there was no truth to it, and the reporter who printed the story has subsequently apologized to us as an organization. Charlie Taaffe is an excellent football coach, and the fact that other teams or institutions would like him to be involved with their programs doesn't surprise me. We have made a commitment to Charlie to be our football coach through at least 2009 and I would fully expect that to be the case."

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