The war of words between Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez and West Virginia continued, with Rodriguez holding a conference call with reporters to defend his departure from Morgantown.
Rodriguez acknowledged shredding documents and making calls to Michigan recruits on this West Virginia cell phone. He said the papers that were shredded were all personal and that he made no recruiting calls before resigning to take the Michigan job.
He also said he is the victim of a smear campaign.
"You read the thing about erasing all the academic files, and then the next day, you read, 'Oh, no, we have the academic files.' So the corrections are on Page Six, and the lead story is on Page One. I'm thinking, OK, so you just let it pass because, eventually, people will realize there's a different agenda why they're doing this. But I just want everybody to move forward."
A report in Thursday's Charleston Daily Mail detailed phone calls made by Rodriguez, including 112 "suspicious" calls made to the same number Peterstown in his final two months on campus. But it turns out those calls were made to Rodriguez's voicemail box. Peterstown has the AT&T cell tower that routes Morgantown voicemail.
As some people put it, West Virginia, get a life!