West Virginia University's Board of Governors has sued former football coach Rich Rodriguez 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 2-year period, with one-third of the total due 30 days after his employment's termination. His resignation was effective Dec. 19.
Rodriguez' agent, Mike Brown, declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Rodriguez was hired as head coach at Michigan after seven seasons in Morgantown.
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 Alex Macia, vice president of legal affairs and legal counsel for the university.
"There are very clear statements and factually incorrect statements by people who purportedly speak for the coach," Macia said. "There comes a time when you have to have a court pronounce as a matter of law what happened."
Rodriguez and the university agreed to a 7-year contract on Dec. 21, 2002, and it has been extended twice since. The latest revision was agreed to on Dec. 8, 2006, when Rodriguez was considering an offer from Alabama. The revised contract was to run through the 2013 season.
In addition to increasing Rodriguez' salary, the 2006 contract extension included a $100,000 supplemental payment to the assistant coaches' salary pool, and $6.2 million in improvements to the team's athletic building, the Milan Puskar Center.
University officials were not aware of and did not consent to Rodriguez' discussions with Michigan officials about the Wolverines' coaching job, the lawsuit said.
A summons issued to Rodriguez gave him 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.
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