"We certainly appreciate Coach Bird's efforts in helping us
build this program. He is a quality coach and person and we all want to
wish him the best of luck in the future as he and his family pursue
other opportunities," Rodriguez said.
The wide receiver position, which Bird coached, had come under fire in recent years for a lack of productivity. The Mountaineers managed just 1,993 passing yards this year, placing them 104th out of 117 Division I-A teams.