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December 5, 2006

Report: Moore meets with Rodriguez

According to an Internet report, University of Alabama athletics director Mal Moore met with West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez Tuesday afternoon about the Crimson Tide's coaching vacancy.

Rodriguez, Moore and UA president Dr. Robert Witt are in New York for tonight's National Football Foundation awards banquet.

"It was an informal meeting," Rodriguez told espn.com.

When asked how long the meeting lasted, Rodriguez turned to his wife, Rita, and said, "25, 30 minutes. How long did it last, Rita?"

"Ninety minutes," Rita Rodriguez said.

"Oh," Rodriguez said. "Well, we didn't talk about anything specific. We didn't talk about plans or facilities or anything."

According to the report, Rodriguez refused to speculate on what would happen next.

Rodriguez is 49-24 record in six seasons at West Virginia. He signed a three-year extension with the Mountaineers on June 24 and has six years left on his contract, which pays him about $1.1 million annually with the possibility of more than $400,000 in additional performance bonuses. The contract includes a $2 million penalty if he leaves West Virginia before Aug. 31, 2007.

The amended contract increased Rodriguez's supplemental compensation for work such as radio/TV appearances and other promotional activities to more than $510,000. That sum increases to $900,000 beginning Jan. 16, with $50,000 increases each additional year until the contract expires after the 2012 season.

Rodriguez, 43, would also receive a $600,000 annuity from the school if he's still coaching the Mountaineers after the 2011 regular season.

Alabama fired Mike Shula on Nov. 26.

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