Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, regents mum on NCAA investigation
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman quickly left a Board of Regents meeting Thursday and did not make herself available to reporters following a meeting in which an internal audit regarding the school's football program was on the agenda.
Michigan spokesperson Kelly Cunningham said Coleman would not comment about an on-going NCAA probe into possible violations stemming from how much Michigan's football team practiced last year or anything else related to athletics.
"She supports the coach (Rich Rodriguez) and she supports the football team," Cunningham said.
Regents also declined to comment on the investigation.
Regent Andrew Richner said during Thursday's meeting that the board had been made aware of the NCAA investigation, but had been advised by legal counsel not to comment. Richner also declined comment following the meeting.
Michigan released an internal audit earlier this week showing the football program failed to complete logs detailing how much time players spent performing Countable Athletically Related Activities.
Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez does not personally fill out the forms, which are not mandated by the NCAA but part of the university's compliance process. Rodriguez was made aware of the situation by the university's audit office July 24.
Rodriguez's program was the only of the school's varsity sports not to submit practice logs.
On Wednesday, Rodriguez declined to address the issue, saying only that "the log process for those forms was corrected as soon as I learned of the issue."
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