This morning it was reported the long drama between West Virginia University and new Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez was finally over. (Thank God !!!!)
According to news reports, Rodriguez will pay $1.5 million in three annual payments beginning January 2010. The Wolverines athletic department, his new employer, will pay $2.5 million by the end of July and cover Rodriguez's legal fees.
"To help Rich focus on the challenges ahead, we have worked with him to resolve the dispute between him and West Virginia University over the terms of his buyout," Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said. "Although he continues to disagree with the validity of the terms, Rich and the rest of us at Michigan felt that it would be best to get this distracting issue behind us."
The WVU Board of Governors held a special meeting Wednesday and approved the agreement, settling a case that attorneys Tom Flaherty and Jeff Wakefield were set to try this fall.
The settlement got me thinking -- what could a state like West Virginia do with a cash infusion of $4,000,000 ?
According to the US Census Bureau There are roughly 1.818 million people that live in West Virginia. Divided equally, they could receive $2.20 each. With a coupon, you could buy a six pack of good beer.
The average per capita income for a resident of the Mountaineer state is $16,667 per year. A shocking 16.2% of the population lives below the poverty line. That is almost 300,000 people that really can't afford a nice vacation.
One idea I have : the state could build some publicly accessible vacation homes. You know... nice mountain views, fresh air, indoor plumbing, the works. The good people of West Virginia deserve a nice vacation after what DickRod has put them through.
In West Virginia there are 40,000 licensed motorcycle drivers. Sadly motorcycle fatalities represented 7 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities compared to only 3 percent of registered motor vehicles. You could purchase 20,000 nice (the special $200 kind) safety helmets for West Virginians and save countless lives -- all in the name of Rich Rodriguez.
We all know that West Virginia is a game hunting heaven. At about $180 per weapon (via Wal*Mart) -- the state government of West Virginia could purchase 22,222 rifles for the local population.
A man could feed his family for years with the proper weapon.
Please submit your ideas for West Virginia. We will gather them and ensure they get into the correct hands.