October 29, 2007

Rod Talks Hands, Feet, and Snaps

MORGANTOWN-- West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez took the opportunity to dispel a few incorrect notions that some have expressed concerning the Mountaineers' offensive hand signals, as well as the speed of tailback Steve Slaton and the snaps of center Mike Dent, during his weekly conference call on Sunday afternoon.

During the first quarter of Saturday's win over Rutgers, ABC sideline reporter Bonnie Bernstein reported the Scarlet Knights had deciphered the hand signals used by the WVU offense, causing Rodriguez to scramble to change his calls in time for the game. When asked about the validity of the report, Rodriguez scoffed.

"Coaches always worry about other teams figuring out their calls," Rodriguez said. "We always use multiple guys to signal in plays from the sideline. (Bernstein) may have talked to someone who had talked to one of our former coaches back in the summer or something, which they're allowed to do, but we weren't overly concerned about it. We were ready for all the scenarios."

Pressed for clarification as to whether that meant there was a concern prior to the game, Rodriguez responded, "That's not correct. That's not true."

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