Monday Feb. 11, 2008
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The lawsuit over a $4 million buyout
clause in the contract of former West Virginia University football
coach Rich Rodriguez is headed back to the court where it
A federal judge ruled Monday that the matter belongs in
Monongalia County Circuit Court. That's where WVU filed the case
after Rodriguez resigned to take the head coaching job at Michigan.
WVU had argued that because it's an arm of state government, it
can only be sued in state court.
U.S. District Court Judge John Bailey agrees. He says the
university is not an independent body.
The ruling also says it's clear the outcome of the case will
have an impact on state funds because any money paid to or held by
the university is considered the state's money.
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