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We're starting to get some denials from Rodriguez:

Rodriguez reacts to Alabama speculation

"I've not talked to anybody, nobody's offered me anything, I didn't even say I was interested," Rodriguez said. "All these rumors came up, I said, 'I don't address rumors.' It's as simple as that."

Later on the show, Rodriguez said, "It's very upsetting to me, the night before the game, to have my family and recruits and players wondering what's going on, when I've told them all week there's nothing going on."

Rodriguez angry over reports he's Tide bound

Rodriguez called in to "Statewide Sportsline" - a radio talk show broadcast throughout West Virginia - late Friday afternoon after an Internet story posted hours earlier said that he would accept an offer to coach at Alabama if one was made.

But asked directly by host Greg Hunter, who also wrote the story Rodriguez disputed, if he would indeed accept an offer from Alabama, Rodriguez said, "Right now, I'm not even going to address that."

Rodriguez then added, "I'm going to repeat myself as clear as I can. I plan on being the coach at West Virginia for the rest of my career if they'll have me. That's what I'm planning on doing.

"I don't plan on calling or talking to anybody this week. I don't plan on talking to anybody next week. I don't plan on doing anything but everything I can for West Virginia football. That's the end of the story. That's it."



Fire Shula Now has a good post on what has been a bad week for journalism.

Update [2006-12-2 12:29:24 by Todd]:
The West Virginia Fanhouse has audio of Rodriguez's denial on Sportsline. They also wonder who will be more distracted by the courting of their coaches by bigger schools, the 'Eers or Rutgers.