Morning Briefing: RichRod reaction, MSU picks up recruit

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Rich Rodriguez's settlement with West Virginia dominated the headlines this morning, but there are a few other tidbits of note. Here's a look around the league.


  • There were concerns about Rodriguez before Michigan hired him, and Wednesday's overdue settlement didn't do anything to make them go away, Michael Rosenberg writes in the Detroit Free Press.

  • Rodriguez signed a contract at WVU and eventually had to abide by it, but Michigan's brass never should have let this drag on so long, Jim Carty writes in the Ann Arbor News.

  • Rodriguez wanted to push forward and fight the lawsuit, but ultimately, the distraction and the PR damage for Michigan led him to settle, Angelique Chengelis writes in the Detroit News.

  • Wondering about RichRod's current contract? Take a look at what we know at this point.

  • West Virginians were satisfied with the outcome and relieved that the ordeal is over.

Big Ten

  • Now that Rodriguez's legal issues are more or less finished, he can focus on those belonging to one of his key players. Running back Kevin Grady pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges and will appear in court Aug. 14, during the thick of training camp.

  • You mean there's another Big Ten football school in Michigan? Believe it. Michigan State continued to stock its strong 2009 recruiting class with center Nate Klatt. Coach Mark Dantonio celebrated by throwing a strike at Comerica Park.

  • Former Penn State star LaVar Arrington soon could become a bar owner in State College. The Daily Collegian has some suggestions for the backer-turned-businessman.

  • Apparently, being a member of the Ohio State Alumni Association doesn't guarantee a chance to get into The Shoe every fall, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Wisconsin students know the feeling.

  • Remember Ohio State quarterback Bobby Hoying? He'll soon be an OSU Hall of Famer, along with Jeff Uhlenhake, according to Doug Lesmerises' blog in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

  • Summer vacation has been anything but for Purdue defensive end Ryan Baker, who is getting quite familiar with I-65 as he drives from an internship in Indianapolis back to campus in West Lafayette. He should talk with Indiana's Bruce Hampton.