West Virginia University's board of governors sued former football coach
yesterday to collect a $4 million buyout of his contract with the school.
The lawsuit, filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court, says the university believes Rodriguez doesn't intend to abide by the contract.
The buyout clause requires Rodriguez to pay $4 million to WVU over a two-year period, with one-third of the total due 30 days after his employment's termination. His resignation was effective Dec. 19.
, declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Rodriguez went to Michigan after seven seasons with West Virginia, which he led to four Big East championships and a 60-26 record.
West Virginia officials decided to ask a court to enforce the contract after supporters of Rodriguez questioned its validity and the coach did not disavow those statements, said
, vice president of legal affairs and legal counsel for the university.
Also, Illinois offensive coordinator
emphatically denied a report Wednesday by the Sporting News that he had been interviewed to fill the vacancy at West Virginia.
Louisiana State senior all-American
will miss two to four weeks of the basketball season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her right knee.
, a 6-foot-2, 203-pound wide receiver out of Fort Hamilton High in Fork Union, Mass., has given a written commitment to Rutgers. He is ranked 44th nationally and chose the Scarlet Knights over Syracuse, Connecticut, and Cincinnati.
A member of a U.S. House committee investigating performance-enhancing drugs in baseball says there's little to be gained by having players testify at a hearing next month.
"If we went back to every player, we would have to do research every morning, noon and night," Rep.
(R., Conn.) told the Associated Press yesterday.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled a Jan. 15 hearing featuring former Senate Majority Leader
, author of a report linking more than 80 baseball players to steroids and other performance enhancers. Commissioner
and union leader
are to attend.
Former major-league player and longtime Braves coach
, 68, died of leukemia Tuesday in Atlanta. He was the bench coach for the Braves between 1991 and 1998.
The New York Yankees completed a $3.75 million, one-year contract with
, 35. The righthander was 2-5 with a 3.42 ERA last season for Colorado.
, 29, signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals. The Florida Marlins' primary catcher the last two seasons, he batted .237 in 2007.
signed a one-year contract worth $1 million plus incentives with the Houston Astros.
The ATP, the governing body of men's tennis, confirmed that Italians
, ranked 31st, and
(258th) had bet on tennis matches.