WVU President Garrison’s statement on Rodriguez leaving for Michigan

We understand from reports in the news media, and from conversations that Coach Rodriguez has had with his team and his staff today, that it is his intention to resign and take a position at the University of Michigan. However, neither the athletic director nor President Garrison has heard from the coach today to confirm his plans.            

 “We will move forward with the football program. One thing that Mountaineers all know is that no one person carries a team forward,” said Garrison.            

“From the President’s office, the instructions that we will give to our athletic department as they go about the task of selecting a new coach will be clear.           

“We expect to find a coach who will represent WVU values. We expect to find a coach who will bring the right student-athletes here, treat them well, and assure that they leave prepared both academically and athletically for what lies ahead in life. And we expect to hire a coach who knows how to win, and win in a way that reflects who we are as an institution.           

“Above all, we will bring into our program only people who understand and value the incredible opportunity that it is to be the head coach of the WVU Mountaineers – a team that represents not just our University, but the entire state of West Virginia           

 “We’re looking forward to the Fiesta Bowl, and this coaching change will do nothing to lessen the support we plan to give our players on the field in Phoenix.”

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