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Football player files missing
Fingers point to Rodriguez
By Dave Hickman
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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia officials are wondering if assistant coaches aren’t all that Rich Rodriguez took with him to Michigan. They believe he may also have destroyed all or most of the paperwork files relating to every player on the current Mountaineer roster and virtually all of the activities conducted by the program over the past seven years.
Soon after returning to work after the Fiesta Bowl a little more than a week ago, the staff at the Puskar Center found that most of the files — including all of the player files — that had been stored in Rodriguez’s private office were missing. In addition, all of the players’ strength and conditioning files in the weight room were gone.

“It’s unbelievable. Everything is gone, like it never existed,’’ said a source within the athletic department, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Good, bad or indifferent, we don’t have a record of anything that has happened.’’

According to the source, the files in Rodriguez’s office that are now missing included everything from records regarding summer camps — financial and otherwise — to data on boosters, recruiting and most everything related to activities within the program during Rodriguez’s seven years at WVU.

Most disturbing, though, is the absence of all of the players’ personal files, which included, among other things, contact information, scholarship money awarded, class attendance records and records on personal conduct and community service, be it positive or negative.

“If a player spoke to a school or did public service, we don’t have a record of it,’’ said the source. “If he broke a rule or missed class, we don’t have a record of that, either. We don’t have anything. All the good things these kids have done over the years, there’s nothing — not a picture of somebody speaking to a class, nothing. Why would somebody do that?’’

West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong did not return a message seeking comment Monday night. Neither could Rodriguez be reached for comment.

The files went missing sometime between when Rodriguez resigned on Dec. 16 and the time the team and staff returned from the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3. It could have happened as early as the first days following Rodriguez’s resignation because his old office was largely ignored by the support staff and the coaching staff between the time he left and Dec. 26, when the team and support staff all went to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl.

According to multiple sources, several people in the Puskar Center reported seeing Rodriguez and at least one member of his inner circle, video coordinator Dusty Rutledge, in Rodriguez’s private office shredding paperwork on Dec. 18. That’s the day he returned to clean out his office after being introduced as the Michigan coach at a press conference in Ann Arbor the day before. At the time, those who say they witnessed it either did not know what was being destroyed or paid it little attention to it until the files were discovered missing more than two weeks later.


While the files in Rodriguez’s office held a wide range of information, those that were discovered missing from the weight room office were more specific. Those included every aspect of strength and conditioning progress made by players under former strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Barwis, who along with most of his immediate staff followed Rodriguez to Michigan after the Fiesta Bowl. Those files included the progression made by each player in every specific area, from bench-press totals to 40-yard dash times. The files even included pictures of the players at different points in their careers.
While a source within the athletic department said the department itself wasn’t launching any type of investigation into the missing files — “Our plate is pretty full right now with trying to put together a staff and everything else,’’ the source said, “and we don’t have time to deal with [stuff] like this right now.’’ — it has apparently drawn the interest of the university’s legal counsel.

WVU lawyers are in the process of trying to recover $4 million from Rodriguez as a condition of breaking his contract with six years remaining to become the coach at Michigan. While Rodriguez has maintained that West Virginia breached the contract by not fulfilling all of its terms — an argument the university denies — the school filed suit in Monongalia County Circuit Court last month detailing what it claims are breaches by Rodriguez above and beyond simply breaking the contract. Those include calling recruits to tell them of his decision to switch schools before he told his own team. It certainly would not help Rodriguez’s case if the school can prove that he also destroyed what WVU officials consider state files on his way out.


Who knows what is true or not, but what a mess!!!

http://www.wvgazette.com/section/Sports/WVU/2008011432

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January 15th, 2008, 10:07 am
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Wow, not sure why he would be taking the players personnel files. Sounds to me like West Virginia is trying to smear his name. Are you telling me they didn't have copies of these records?

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January 15th, 2008, 11:55 am
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IMO taking the strength and conditioning files is shady, as is anything to do with personnel files that HE himself didn't compose...

That said, IF the strength and conditioning files were his work-product, having his recommendations, etc. on them, I can see taking those too... Additionally, anything involving the daily activities of the team, that he composed and crafted, should have all been taken as his work product as well IMO...

I don't see why a coach should have to leave behind everything that he used to get where he got, simply because he did that work at that place of business. An argument can be made that they paid him for it, and therefore it is theirs, but IMO a much stronger argument is that they paid for his services while he was there, and those files make up "him" as a coach and person... With the proper procedures in place there are a number of people that can do the same job as he did with little to no drop off...


January 15th, 2008, 1:41 pm
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In reality, the AD isn't even pursuing it. I don't know if that is a good indication whether that is a good sign it wasn't as big as the media is making it or not.

Maybe it is just a smear tactic...

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January 15th, 2008, 1:49 pm
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Unfortunately the print media in WV is not exactly top-notch. The university doesn't seem to be terribly concerned by this at the moment but the newspaper seems to be trying to create a story. Unfortunately many WVU fans eat this stuff up b/c they are still very angry about how Rodriguez left; these fans are in the minority, I assure you. Most WVU fans are relatively pleased with the new staff and are looking forward to next season.

With all that said, if this story is true it could get ugly. Any records that the NCAA, university, or athletic department required the staff to keep (and many of the missing files likely fall into this category) would likely be considered property of the university. That is, the staff was actually paid to keep records dealing with certain aspects of the program. The staff may have developed certain documents or systems that they would be free to take with them provided that these items were above and beyond what was required. If they destroyed things they were required to keep there could be problems.

The only thing that sounds fishy to me personally is the apparent fact that the staff didn't ask WVU if the university objected to removing/destroying the info. Usually documents are shredded at an employer's request and that doesn't appear to be the case here. Creates the illusion that there is something to hide. Stay tuned...


January 15th, 2008, 6:02 pm
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I want to copyright the phrase "Shred Offense" before everyone starts using it. :D


January 15th, 2008, 7:31 pm
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http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3197764

Looks like WV is going to investigate this...

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