Former WVU football coach Rich Rodriguez says Gov. Joe Manchin and three members of the university's board of governors pressured him into signing a new contract before the start of the 2007 season with a buyout clause he didn't want.
Judge Robert Stone has set an April 3 scheduling conference and hearing date on motions and counterclaims filed in WVU's lawsuit over the $4 million buyout clause in former coach Rich Rodriguez's contract.
West Virginia University wants a judge to dismiss counterclaims Rich Rodriguez raised to the lawsuit over his $4 million buyout, arguing he can't benefit from a contract, then refuse to comply with the parts he doesn't like.
Former West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez has offered to pay the school $1.5 million to buy out the final six years of his contract, according to a letter of credit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, W. Va.