On Feb. 26, Harrison County welcomes home the new leader of West Virginia University football.
The 26th has been deemed Rich Rodriguez Day by the Harrison County Commission. The first-year coach of the WVU football team will be on hand in Clarksburg to have breakfast at the Bluebird from 7:30-8 a.m., before heading to the courthouse for the reading of the official proclamation in the county commission courtroom on the second floor.
Rodriguez will then head upstairs to Judge Thomas Bedelle's courtroom on the third floor to present a short speech and have a meet-and-greet with the public. Refreshments and cookies will be served.
"It is open to the public and we would like everyone who would like to meet him and hear him speak to come out," County Curcuit Clerk Don Kopp said.
Kopp originally had the idea to honor Rodriguez, who started his coaching career at Salem College.
"I presented the idea to the county commission and gave them all the background on Rich," he said. "The Commissioners were all for it."
Kopp said Rodriguez was happy to come back to the area where he got his start.
"He was real excited," Kopp said. "He wanted to do it, but he's a real busy guy, too. The only problem we had was finding a day."
After two consecutive holidays that fell on Monday, the commission finally settled on Feb. 26.