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Rodriguez testifies he felt pressured to sign contract

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez says W. Va. Gov. Joe Manchin and three members of West Virginia's board of governors pressured him into signing a new contract before the start of the 2007 season, even though it had a $4 million buyout clause he didn't want.
In a deposition taken last month and released Tuesday, Rodriguez says board members Steve Farmer, Drew Payne and Perry Petroplus also assured him that his outstanding demands for the football program would be met when Mike Garrison became WVU president.

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Dolphins go Long: 'M' tackle goes first

BY IAN KAY

NEW YORK - For former Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, Saturday's NFL draft held little suspense.
But that certainly didn't leave the day void of excitement.
From the moment NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduced him as the draft's first pick, Long sported a beaming smile beneath his aqua and coral Dolphins cap.
A business-like tone and measured answers during his press conference at Radio City Music Hall couldn't hide Long's elation for actually living out every college football star's greatest fantasy.

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'M' scrimmages at Saline

Emily Barton

BY DAN FELDMAN

Revamped team scrimmages before select fans

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Roster shaken up in practice

BY IAN ROBINSON

Rodriguez says depth charts

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Coach reacts to recruiting jabs

BY IAN ROBINSON

There seems to be a misunderstanding of what it means to be a gentleman in Big Ten coaching circles.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, in response to a question about whether there is an agreement among conference coaches not to recruit each other's verbal commitments, said last week, "I guess only between gentlemen."
Yesterday, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez defended his recruiting practices.
"If not being a gentleman is recruiting a guy 'til the end, 'til Signing Day, particularly after he visits - guilty as charged," Rodriguez said.

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Rodriguez gives updates on spring practice

Threet, Sheridan still frontrunners to start at QB

After saying last week that redshirt freshman Steven Threet and redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan have taken the lead in the competition to become Michigan's quarterback, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said yesterday that those two remain competitive with each other. But he said Threet has been a little better lately in recent live team situations.
Other than size - Threet is 6-foot-5, 228 pounds, and Sheridan is 6-foot-1, 201 pounds - Rodriguez doesn't see much of a difference between the two.

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Rodriguez denies Boren's accusations

BY DAN FELDMAN

The usually offensive-minded Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez got defensive Saturday, when the godfather of the spread-option offense had to respond to attacks from junior left guard Justin Boren.
After leaving the team last Monday, Boren released a statement saying the program's "family values have eroded." Rodriguez seemed irritated to be discussing the issue, calling that sentiment "ridiculous."

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Boren speaks out

Junior lineman releases statement to The Associated Press explaining why he decided to leave the Michigan football program

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Boren bids Blue goodbye

Brian Merlos

BY DAN FELDMAN

Michigan's offensive line, already an inexperienced unit, took a big hit this week.
Junior Justin Boren left the Wolverine football team Monday, leaving the offensive line with just one returning starter (redshirt sophomore Stephen Schilling). Boren was expected to start at left guard or center. He started every game last year, splitting time between the two positions, and earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention.

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