Rodriguez’s grandfather left Spain for the coal mines of West Virginia. Looking for a better life, the family moved to Chicago, where Rich was born.
Still, Wikipedia page administrators refused to change the birthplace, despite Bacon later confirming his source: Rodriguez’s mother (who might know).
In defense of the Wikinerds there are several sources out there that either state Grant Town as his birthplace, or blurring things a bit, indicating that Rodriguez is “a native of” Grant Town. I’m guessing Rodriguez a) doesn’t consider himself a Chicagoan, as he grew up in West Virginia, and b) probably preferred to highlight the Grant Town roots on early bios as he was coaching in the South and especially in Morgantown. All that said, his current mgoblue.com bio still says he’s “a native of Grant Town.”
I’m not exactly sure when the change was made, but I believe the final straw may have been the 2009 Spring media guide which confirms the Chicago birthplace in Coach Rod’s bio.