Rich Rodriguez on NCAA investigation: 'We'll see where it takes us'
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Tuesday he's not surprised the NCAA has decided to continue a formal investigation into whether his football program committed major violations.
"It's not surprising," Rodriguez said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. "Just following up and continuing their questions and their investigations. As mentioned (in the university's official statement), everybody at the university and the football program have been and will always be totally cooperative."
In August, the university began an internal look into allegations Michigan abused NCAA rules concerning practice time.
The letter said "the possible violations primarily involve the matters" already under review, and the NCAA intends to complete its investigation by Dec. 31. NCAA investigators have been on campus periodically throughout the fall, and Michigan hired an outside firm in September to assist its own compliance department investigation.
"They’re doing their job and like I said everybody at the school has been totally cooperative whether it’s coaches or staff members or players or administration," Rodriguez said. "As a coach, the only thing I would say, you’d love for this to be over as soon as possible, but they have to go through the due process and we’ll see where it takes us."
Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.