West Virginia coach

Rich Rodriguez

declined to comment yesterday on a report that he was meeting with Michigan officials about the Wolverines' football coaching vacancy.

Rodriguez said little upon arriving at the Morgantown airport on a flight from Toledo, Ohio. "Going to practice. I'm going to practice," he said before getting into his car.

The meeting was first reported by Sporting News Radio, which said Rodriguez and his agent were in Toledo to talk with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin and university president Mary Sue Coleman.

Michigan is looking for a replacement for Lloyd Carr, who announced his retirement last month after 13 seasons. The Wolverines lured basketball coach John Beilein away from West Virginia last April after firing Tommy Amaker in mid-March.

West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong said he was unaware Rodriguez, who has a hefty buyout clause in his contract, was in Toledo. Pastilong would not say whether West Virginia had given Michigan permission to talk to Rodriguez, citing university policy.

Two other rumored candidates, LSU's Les Miles and Rutgers' Greg Schiano, have said they are staying at their respective schools.

Rodriguez is 60-26 at No. 11 West Virginia (10-2), which plays No. 3 Oklahoma (11-2) next month in the Fiesta Bowl.

In other college news:

* Kevin Sumlin, an assistant under Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops for the past five seasons, was introduced as Houston's coach after agreeing to a 5-year deal.

* David Cutcliffe, the former Mississippi coach who spent the last two seasons as Tennessee's offensive coordinator, was hired by Duke, the Associated Press has learned.

* Forward Duke Crews is sidelined indefinitely from Tennessee's basketball team with an unspecified heart condition.

Winter Sports

* Bode Miller was back on the World Cup podium for the first time since breaking away from the U.S. Ski Team, finishing second in a super-G event in Val Gardena, Italy. He finished 0.02 seconds behind winner Didier Cuche, of Switzerland.

* Americans Eric Bernotas, of Avondale, Chester Cuonty, and Katie Uhlaender posted decisive victories in the World Cup skeleton races at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y, with Bernotas setting track records in both heats. Bernotas, 36, totaled 1 minute, 48.98 seconds for two runs to earn his fourth World Cup victory.

* World bronze medalist Kim Yu-na, of South Korea, led the women's field in Grand Prix Final figure skating in Turin, Italy, despite an error, while 14-year-old American Caroline Zhang was a surprise second. American Kimmie Meissner was fifth. On the men's side, Japan's Daisuke Takahashi was first; the top Americans were Evan Lysacek, third, and Johnny Weir, fourth.

Sport Stops

* Tournament host Tiger Woods shot a course record 10-under 62 to take a four-shot lead over Jim Furyk in the Target World Challenge, in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

* Chris Evert and Greg Norman are engaged, less than a year after divorces from longtime spouses.

* Hall of Fame boxing historian Hank Kaplan has died of cancer at age 88, leaving behind archives that dated to the 1800s.

* England's Lisa Hall shot a 3-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead over compatriot Laura Davies after the second round of the Ladies European Tour's season-ending Dubai Ladies Masters in United Arab Emirates.

* Hungarian Laszlo Cseh broke his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley at the European Short Course Swimming Cahmpionships in Debrecen, Hungary, finishing in 3 minutes, 59.33 seconds. *