December 7th, 2006

Me one more time!

Breaking News: Alabama offers Rodriguez the job

The following is from the Mobile Press Register's breaking news section on AL.com. I'll include the full text because sometimes the link becomes out of date:

http://www.al.com/pressregister/breaking/index.ssf?/mtlogs/bama_breaknews/archives/2006_12.html#213075

This comes off the heels that Nick Saban HAS TURNED DOWN the Bama job officially, according to the Miami Herald: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/16186668.htm

The ball is in Rodriguez's court right now.

Sources: UA has offered Rodriquez coaching job
West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez has an offer to become the next head football coach at the University of Alabama, sources close to the hiring process told the Press-Register today. The offer from Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore to replace the fired Mike Shula was made this morning.

Terms of the contract offer were not made available, but multiple sources familiar with the situation said it is in the neighborhood of the most lucrative in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn's Tommy Tuberville is the highest paid coach in the SEC with an annual salary of $2.2 million. That is double the $1.1 million Rodriguez currently makes per season.

Rodriguez is considering the offer, according to the sources. He was scheduled to fly to Jacksonville, Fla., today for a Gator Bowl function. A West Virginia official said the flight was scheduled to leave Morgantown at 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time.

His answer is expected soon, perhaps as early as today. He did not immediately return a call from the Press-Register.

On Wednesday, West Virginia Athletics Director Ed Pastilong met for two hours with Rodriguez to discuss upgrades to the Mountaineers athletic facilities. "We want him to stay," Pastilong told The Associated Press.

Rodriguez, 43, has his alma mater to a 21-3 record the last two seasons and a berth in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl against Georgia Tech.

A source close to the process said today that Moore decided late Wednesday he could not wait until after the NFL season to speak directly to Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban about the Alabama vacancy.

Saban was considered by many as Alabama's top choice for the job left vacant when Moore fired Shula on Nov. 26. The Dolphins complete their NFL season Dec. 31 at Indianapolis.

- Thomas Murphy and Neal McCready, posted at 11:45 a.m