Report: University of Michigan football program broke training rules
Six current or former University of Michigan football players say off-season workouts go beyond NCAA guidelines, the Detroit Free Press reported today. The players, not named in the article, said members of coach Rich Rodriguez's staff directed the workouts. Read the complete story here.
The players also allege they exceeded NCAA limits on football-related activities during the 2008 season and Michigan staffers watched voluntary scrimmages this spring. If true, the allegations could result in NCAA penalties. In a statement, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez denied any infractions were committed. “We know the practice and offseason rules and we stay within the guidelines,” Rodriguez said. “We follow the rules and have always been completely committed to being compliant with all NCAA rules.” Michigan spokesperson Dave Ablauf said it’s too early to know whether the university will investigate the allegations. “That’s a discussion that will have to be had once everyone’s taken a look at this,” Ablauf said. Michigan opens the 2009 season Saturday against Western Michigan.