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Moutaineers fans get a chance to vent anger

By Scott Wright Published: January 1, 2008
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In his hand was a bottle of "Devil's Juice.” And adorning his head were a pair of horns.

Schoettker was letting Mountaineer fans write personal messages — no vulgarity allowed — to Rodriguez. He was most proud of a message that simply read "$ Slave,” which he said was written by a 6-year-old girl.

After the Fiesta Bowl, Schoettker plans to ship the Rodriguez cutout to the Michigan athletic department.

"He told us last year that he was staying,” said Winfield, W.Va., resident Bill Ayers, referring to Rodriguez's decision to turn down the Alabama job after the 2006 season. "He has the right to leave and to seek better employment, but we're upset with the way he left the state and the way he left his players.”

"What he did to us shows a lack of character,” said Ed McNeil of Charleston. "We thought we had a coach with very high character. That's what he preached to his players.

"He's made a lot of us into Ohio State fans.”