West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez turned down the chance to coach at Alabama today, telling his players in a meeting that he'll be back for his sixth season with the Mountaineers.
WVU sports communications director Mike Fragale confirmed Coach Rodriguez is staying at West Virginia. A 5:30 p-m news conference was planned in Morgantown.
Rodriguez announced his intentions at a 3 p-m meeting and a loud applause could be heard from the room inside the Mylan Puskar Center at Mountaineer Field.
Rodriguez has built West Virginia into a Big East power, winning the Sugar Bowl after the 2005 season and a share of three straight league titles. The Mountaineers are 10-and-2 and will play Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, on January First.
In June, Rodriguez signed a seven-year contract that pays him one (m) million-dollars this year with a 50-thousand dollar annual raises after that.
Alabama fired Mike Shula on November 26th after the Tide went 6-and-6 in his fourth season and lost its fifth consecutive meeting with rival Auburn.
WEB EXTRA: click on the video link above to watch the unedited news conference with Rich Rod.