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Rodriguez spurns 'Bama, stays at W.Va.

Spurned again, Alabama is resuming its latest search for a coach.

This time it was West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez saying no Friday to the program still yearning for a leader to steer it back to the powerhouse days of Bear Bryant.

Rodriguez opted to stay at his alma mater instead of taking a reported six-year, $12-million offer from Alabama that would have nearly doubled his previous deal.

Rodriguez, who grew up about 30 minutes from West Virginia's campus, said he plans "on being here a long time."

"There weren't many reasons not to go. It's all about the reasons for staying," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez will receive a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.

Now Alabama must renew its search for a replacement for Mike Shula, fired Nov. 26 after going 6-6 in his fourth season.

O'Brien to N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina State hired Tom O'Brien away from ACC rival Boston College as coach. O'Brien, 58, led Boston College for 10 years, going 75-45 and appearing in eight straight bowl games. The Eagles face Navy in the Dec. 30 Meineke Bowl, but he won't coach in that game. Frank Spaziani, the Eagles' defensive coordinator, will serve as interim coach.

CINCINNATI: Brian Kelly will make $800,000 a year as coach, about 61 percent more than predecessor Mark Dantonio.

State: FAMU to pay Joe

TALLAHASSEE - Florida A&M agreed to pay fired coach Billy Joe $135,000 to settle a lawsuit after the NCAA cleared him of recruiting and eligibility violations.

"All I was seeking was justice," Joe said. "I did not want to denigrate or wrong FAMU because I love the institution."

USF: Sporting News named defensive lineman George Selvie as a second-team freshman All-American. Quarterback Matt Grothe and linebacker Chris Robinson were honorable mention.

FLORIDA STATE: Fullback Joe Surratt had surgery on his right shoulder and will miss the Dec. 27 Emerald Bowl against UCLA.

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