Rich Rodriguez: Michigan practice log issue has been corrected
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez told a Columbus, Ohio, radio station he fixed the problem of unkept practice logs "as soon as I learned of the issue."
"Because of the investigation is still in the process, the NCAA won’t let us comment about it other than the fact that the practice log process, that thing was corrected as soon as I learned of the issue," Rodriguez said Tuesday. "And as soon as this whole thing is over I’ll be happy to discuss all the other details."
An internal audit conducted in May and released earlier this week showed Michigan failed to detail its practice hours both during last football season and the offseason.
The forms are not required by the NCAA, but used by Michigan's compliance department.
The NCAA is investigating claims Michigan exceeded limits of practice time.
Rodriguez, appearing on "The Big Show" with Chris Spielman and Bruce Hooley, talked about several other issues in advance of Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game:
â€¢ On whether the Michigan experience has been everything he thought it would be so far: "It’s been an experience. I think there was so much drama last year and when I left, and there were so many non-football related issues that it took away, I guess, some of the enjoyment that we could have had in building this process. And certainly when you don’t win, any coach will tell you if you’re not having success it’s not fun. Before we came here we lost five games in three years and played some pretty good teams and all that. Now, we’ve been struggling the last couple of years in the win column."
â€¢ On whether there will a concerted effort to target need areas on defense in recruiting: "Yeah, very much so. There was last year 'cause we saw this coming and certainly there will be this coming year and the years forward. We want guys that can run, big guys that can hit and make plays in space and do all those things because we're not as fast defensively as we need to be and we're not as big as we need to be. That's pretty obvious. Everybody wants those big, fast guys, but we got to have them. we've had them here in the past, but it's been several years since we've had the type of defensive talent that it takes to win championships. We've got a few of them, but we've got to get a few more."
â€¢ On his team's defensive struggles: "In defense of our defensive coachces, they’re trying everything. We’ve got some really quality coaches and they’re searching scheme-wise and everything to try to put guys ... in the position to make plays. That’s what coaches got to do and the players got to do it. I think our guys are trying, but sometimes we are a little bit overmatched at times."
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