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Jacksonville State’s Rich Rodriguez accuses foe of spying

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Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez makes the Victory Walk before the game against Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in Michigan Stadium.Mich 090509 Kd008
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Jacksonville State head coach Rich Rodriguez accused this week’s opponent of spying on his program.

Rodriguez, who previously coached at West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona, claimed Tuesday that a “couple staff members” from Stephen F. Austin were at his team’s spring game.

“That’s not really supposed to happen,” Rodriguez said, per ABC 33/40 News in Alabama. “But we’re making plans accordingly, you know, so if they’re over there thinking they have our plays or what have you, signals or something like that, we’ve changed things since the spring.”

Rodriguez, 59, is in his first season at Jacksonville State, an FCS program in Jacksonville, Ala., that competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Gamecocks will move up to the FBS as a member of Conference USA in 2023.

He compiled a 118-83 record and led his teams to 10 bowl games at West Virginia (2001-07), Michigan (2008-10) and Arizona (2012-17).

Jacksonville State’s game against Stephen F. Austin is on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Montgomery, Ala., and will be televised on ESPN.

–Field Level Media