A list of minor violations reported by Michigan's football program since 2005
While Michigan’s football program and compliance department are under the microscope for a series of failures that led to major NCAA violations, one document buried deep in the university’s release shows the Wolverines have committed relatively few minor infractions in recent years.
Exhibit 29 of Michigan’s response details nine minor violations the football program committed in the past five years. Five dealt with recruiting, two with amateurism, and six happened in the 2009-10 academic year.
Rowing (eight), men’s track (seven) and men’s basketball (six) were the only other sports to self-report more than five violations in that time frame. By contrast, Lane Kiffin committed six minor violations in his year as Tennessee coach.
Here are the minor violations committed by Michigan’s football program since the 2005-06 academic year:
July 13, 2006
The violation: An assistant coach impermissibly gave an interview to a recruiting publication.
The punishment: Michigan’s compliance office reviewed rules with the staff and the offending coach was verbally admonished.
Jan. 29, 2007
The violation: A prospective student-athlete who later enrolled accepted nominal benefits from a sports agent.
The punishment: The athlete was declared ineligible until he donated the value of the benefits, $63, to charity. His eligibility was restored.
March 25, 2008
The violation: Coaches conducted tryout activities with sport-specific equipment.
The punishment: “Key members” of the coaching staff, including coach Rich Rodriguez and assistant athletic director for football Scott Draper, had to review NCAA rules, and 12 players who participated in the tryout were forced to miss three hours of spring practice.
Oct. 3, 2008
The violation: An assistant coach called a prospective student-athlete after another coach already had phoned the recruit during a week.
The punishment: The assistant was verbally admonished and the staff was prohibited from calling the recruit for two weeks.
Sept. 9, 2009
The violation: Three players practiced without signing Big Ten and NCAA drug consent forms.
The punishment: The athletes completed the required paperwork and director of football operations Brad Labadie was issued a letter of admonishment.
Nov. 11, 2009
The violation: A football player engaged in impermissible modeling for two local stores.
The punishment: The stores were issued cease-and-desist letters to remove all images of the player from their websites, and the athlete was declared temporarily ineligible. His eligibility was later restated.
Nov. 13, 2009
The violation: A player received $84.42 of impermissible summer expenses in the form of lodging and utilities before he was enrolled. The infraction occurred in 2006, but was discovered during Michigan’s internal investigation.
The punishment: The player was declared ineligible until he repaid the undisclosed benefit to charity a day later. Players and coaches were required to review NCAA rules on benefits.
Dec. 22, 2009
The violation: An assistant coach called two prospects more than the allotted one time per week.
The punishment: The coach was verbally admonished and Michigan’s staff was prohibited from calling the recruits for two weeks.
April 27, 2010
The violation: An assistant coach text messaged a recruit.
The punishment: Michigan’s staff ceased communication with the recruit for two weeks and the assistant was issued a letter of admonishment.
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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.