Moutaineers fans get a chance to vent anger

By Scott Wright Published: January 1, 2008
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A lot of West Virginia football fans would pay a lot of money to whack former head coach Rich Rodriguez with a stick.

It will only cost five bucks.

On Saturday night, the Charleston Civic Center was filled with Mountaineer fans rooting on their basketball team against Oklahoma, but come Wednesday, a few thousand of them will return to the arena for a Fiesta Bowl watch party when West Virginia takes on the Sooners at 7 p.m.

And Rodriguez will be on hand — in the form of a piñata that fans can take a swing at for $5, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

That's just one of a variety of things West Virginia fans are doing to show their displeasure for Rodriguez's recent departure to take the head football coaching job at Michigan.

If smacking a paper-mache Rodriguez isn't good enough, Ed Schoettker is providing another option for angry Mountaineer fans.

The Charleston resident arrived at Saturday's basketball game with a life-size cardboard cutout of Rodriguez — with a few of his own modifications, of course.

Covering the West Virginia logo on his shirt was a yellow "M.

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