MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -Rich Rodriguez may try to prove his claim he was fraudulently induced to sign a coaching contract with West Virginia that included a $4 million buyout clause he now refuses to pay.
Monongalia County Circuit Judge Robert Stone granted key victories Thursday for both sides in a two-hour pretrial hearing. Rodriguez was not present at the hearing.
Rodriguez resigned in December after seven seasons with the Mountaineers to take the coaching job at Michigan, where he's also agreed to a $4 million buyout, and took some of his coaches and recruits with him.
WVU sued Rodriguez Dec. 27, sparking a public feud marked by accusations of lying, destruction of documents and broken promises. The case was briefly sent to federal court, where a judge decided it should be heard in state court.
WVU claims Rodriguez owes the full amount he agreed to pay in his contract.
Rodriguez, however, claims he signed that agreement under false pretenses, expecting certain verbal promises from the administration to be kept. They included the reduction or elimination of the buyout clause - a promise WVU denies.
A key motion by WVU was granted, involving the request for any documents related to Rodriguez' hiring and contract discussions with Michigan. The documents could help WVU prove it was Rodriguez who broke the contract and did so because he wanted to - not because WVU forced him to quit by failing to honor verbal promises.
A motion to expedite the trial was denied. Stone said it probably won't be resolved by midsummer. Both sides had wanted to settle the matter before football season.

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Cal vs. Hawaii College Football Pick California and Hawaii kick off the 2016 college football season from Sydney, Australia tonight. Will the Rainbow Warriors cover as huge...
Thumbnail Cal, Hawaii can put up points Will tonight’s College Football Kickoff between Hawaiiand Californiaprovided plenty of offensive fireworks? Here’s our take on the total.
Thumbnail Bettors backing Cal vs. Hawaii Despite the majority of public bettors backing California for Friday’s college football kickoff contest, the line has moved in favor of Hawaii.
Thumbnail Clemson Season Win Total Prediction   Few would argue that the best player in college football resides in Death Valley. After narrowly missing out on the ultimate prize this past January, will...
Thumbnail Western Kentucky Season Win Total Prediction In Conference USA country, one school’s offensive attack stands a cut above the rest. We’re talking about a crew so brilliant that even video-game...
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages