“Deteriorating” relationships

I really don’t give a damn about football, but watching the Rich Rodriguez-WVU fiasco is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, as the event evolves with something new every day.

The latest is the AP report about the deteriorating relationship between Rod and the WVU administration, as revealed by emails all last fall. Two points:

If Rod wanted “total control” of the football program, he obviously forgot who he was dealing with his. Joe Manchin is the reincarnation of Arch “all power emanates from me” Moore; he will be personally involved in anything he wants to be. Witness his takeover of the various boards in state government, like the Parkways Authority and the EBA. He only uses the chain of command Caperton developed to shield himself from problems.

As a taxpayer, it’s kind of insulting that so much of the negotiating was being done between the WVU administration and Rod’s agent Mike Brown, and his financial adviser Mike Wilcox. It’s bad enough that Garrison excluded the athletic department from the discussions, using only his Chief of Staff to talk to Rod’s side, but why are state employees discussing state money issues at a state-funded institution with some dude’s personal money people? Rod worked for the state; he should have been doing the talking.

Which just goes to show how colleges (especially athletics) have become big businesses and lost their way when it comes to educating young people.

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