The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

June 11, 2009

HERTZEL COLUMN: Rodriguez calls home

MORGANTOWN — This is a true and personal story, one that does have a point if you will bear with me for a few paragraphs.

Back as I was going through my first divorce, I met a young lady with whom I fell very much in love. There was a whirlwind romance, an engagement ring, wedding plans, invitations sent out.

If there was any problem at all it was that she was far more mature than me.

She was 20. I was 32.

Two weeks before the marriage, I got cold feet and backed out, rationalizing that it was too much a rebound, too close to my divorce.

For the next 10 years we led separate lives. Then when she went through a trying personal time, she contacted me.

We became friendly again, but when she met the man who proved to be her true soul mate, she married him and we drifted apart.

The other day my cat, Lisa, died. She had grown to be something more than a pet, closer to a best friend, and losing her was far more emotionally damaging than I thought it would be.

Needing consolation, I picked up my phone and called the lady I had almost married.

On the surface this was more personal than anything sports related … until I picked up the newspapers on Wednesday and saw Rich Rodriguez had picked up a telephone and spoken with a couple of West Virginia reporters.

One was a return call from one placed a week earlier, the other had to be very similar to the one I placed to my one-time love in a moment of need, for as Rodriguez would admit in talking to that reporter, it grew out of some inner turmoil.

“Let’s just say it’s not been the most fun year of my life.”

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