West Virginia football program investigated by NCAA
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
By Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia University officials confirmed today that NCAA investigators recently interviewed some university officials about potential rules violations involving the school's football program. West Virginia's assistant athletics director for communications, Michael Fragale, would not comment on the specifics of the investigation, but issued the following statement to the Post-Gazette:

"The NCAA has met with individuals involved with the West Virginia University football program to identify any potential rules violations," the statement said. "The university has fully cooperated with the NCAA during this process. West Virginia University and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to operating its athletic program in conformance with the legislation and policy of the NCAA and the Big East Conference."

Sources close to the situation confirmed the investigation centers around former coach Rich Rodriguez's time in Morgantown, when he coached the Mountaineers from 2001-2007 before leaving for Michigan.

On Feb. 23, Michigan officials announced the NCAA had accused its football program of five potentially major rules violations.

West Virginia media relations director for football Mike Montoro said current head coach Bill Stewart will not comment on the matter, nor will athletic director Ed Pastilong.



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