06/27/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Joe Biden Slams Rich Rodriguez At West Virginia Miners Memorial (VIDEO)

President Obama and Vice President Biden were among the attendees at Sunday's memorial for the 29 miners who were killed in a West Virginia explosion earlier in the month. While the event was somber, the vice president still managed to work in a sports crack -- by bashing one of the state's most prominent ex-coaches.

Rich Rodriguez left West Virginia University for Michigan after the 2007 season, and not all Mountaineers fans were happy about his departure. WVU was recently visited by NCAA investigators about possible rules violations -- and Rodriguez could be in similar trouble at his current school. (He also caught heat for comparing his team's struggles to Hurricane Katrina.)

Speaking about the fallen miners, Biden said, "They loved hunting, fishing, riding horses and four-wheelers. They hated the way Coach Rodriguez left West Virginia for Michigan." The vice president's jab was met with substantial applause. Scroll down to watch.

WATCH: (via College Football Talk & Charleston Daily Mail)