Rift developed before Rodriguez resigned
Associated Press
Thursday, January 24, 2008

Even before the first snap at fall football practice, Rich Rodriguez and his agent were pursuing a promised "culture change" at West Virginia and a shake-up at the highest levels of the athletic department, e-mails obtained by The Associated Press show.

But by mid-November, Rod-riguez's agent Mike Brown was threatening to take his client elsewhere, warning WVU the coach was being mentioned for possible openings at Texas A&M and Florida State.

THE 'WHAT IF' GAME: Georgia's Brandon Coutu is too busy preparing for Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and an NFL career to bemoan a national championship game that never happened.

When asked, though, he'll gladly state cases for the Bulldogs.

Coutu, a kicker, doesn't claim the Bulldogs were more deserving of a title shot than LSU or Ohio State. But for the sake of argument...

"We definitely had an argument for being the two-loss team that should have had the opportunity to move forward and play for the national championship," Coutu said. "If we had played any of the other teams, I think we definitely would have given them a game, if not won."

NEBRASKA: New coach Bo Pelini signed a five-year contract that pays $1.1 million a year, and he can earn significant bonuses for his players' achievements on the field and in the classroom.

From the Thursday, January 24, 2008 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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