Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a somber memorial service for the 29 West Virginia miners who died on April 5, drew thunderous applause from the Beckley, West Viriginia, crowd when he invoked Rich Rodriguez while describing the miners:
“They were fathers, grandfathers, sons, nephews, husbands and fee..onces (sic). They loved hunting, fishing, riding horses and four-wheelers. They hated the way Coach Rodriguez left West Virginia for Michigan (applause).”
Knowing what we now know about Rodriguez’s departure from Morgantown, if that remark provided some relief for the surviving family members of the fallen miners, I’m all for it.