Rich Rodriguez era still haunts West Virginia

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 17:  Head Coach Rich Rodriguez of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks on during the Big East Conference game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium November 17, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

West Virginia has become the latest football program to be accused of violating NCAA rules, according to The violations (five major and one secondary) occurred from 2005 to 2009, which includes the time span that former head coach Rich Rodriguez was there.

Among the NCAA’s allegations involving West Virginia:

• Between the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, non-coaching staff members monitored and/or conducted skill-development activities with football players at least two days a week in the spring and summer.

• Between the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, non-coaching staff members sometimes analyzed video with football players.

• From 2005-06 to 2007-08, non-coaching staff members sat in on coaches’ meetings that they were not allowed to attend.

• From 2007-08 to 2009-10, non-coaching staff members did the above and also provided advice and/or corrections to players pertaining to technique and plays.

The NCAA also wants to know if West Virginia believes Rodriguez and/or Stewart knew or should have known of the violations and/or that they were violations of NCAA rules.

The good news for WVU is that AD Oliver Luck is cooperating with the NCAA and seems to be taking a proactive approach with dealing with these allegations. But seeing as how current head coach Bill Stewart is also being accused of “failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance,” this obviously isn’t good news for the current state of the Mountaineer football program. (Not in terms of wins and losses, but more so image.)

When will West Virginia ever be rid of Rich Rod?

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