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Posted on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 5:19 p.m.

Accused graduate assistant Alex Herron no longer part of Michigan football program

By Dave Birkett

The graduate assistant accused of lying to NCAA investigators is no longer part of Michigan's football program.

Alex Herron, who was named in a Notice of Allegations the NCAA sent to Michigan last month, does not appear on Michigan's spring list of administrative personnel.


Alex Herron

Courtesy of U-M

Herron was a graduate assistant last season when the NCAA said he twice "provided false and misleading information" to its enforcement staff and university investigators about whether he monitored offseason workouts.

A Michigan spokesperson declined to say why Herron is no longer with the program or what led to his departure.

Michigan faces possible probation and other penalties if its found to have violated five NCAA rules. Experts said the university can minimize its punishment by self-imposing some penalties. One measure the school is expected to take is disassociating itself with Herron.

Five other quality control assistants alleged to have watched voluntary offseason workouts against NCAA rules - Adam Braithwaite, Dan Hott, Josh Ison, Eric Smith and Bryan Wright - are still with the program.

Braithwaite was promoted to safeties coach, Hott and Smith are now graduate assistants, and Ison and Wright are staff interns. Michigan re-named its quality-control assistants staff interns this offseason.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Sat, May 15, 2010 : 4:44 a.m.

Well unfortuantly guys i know the whole story cuz Herron is someone close to me if u cant tell by the name haha the NCAA and the michigan football staff is so screwed now that they made many illegal moves so good luck to all you michigan fans out there say goodbye to ur team and staff lol. Hope yall win more than 4 games this year.


Wed, Mar 17, 2010 : 10:49 p.m.

thats why they "decline to comment" It attempts to create doubt. Sometimes it works. Depends on your strength and intelligence whether it works on you.


Wed, Mar 17, 2010 : 11:14 a.m.

Did I read this wrong or does the article say, "A Michigan spokesperson declined to say why Herron is no longer with the program or what led to his departure."? Put down the torches... there might be another reason. IF you think for a second that this move wasn't COMPLETELY thought out, then you don't have much faith in your University. Don't tell me that RR made this decision all by himself!?!?


Wed, Mar 17, 2010 : 10:45 a.m.

you guys crack me up if you know college off season sports at all the whole coaching staff is at fault for this! not one person can take the fall!! Rich Rod messed up bad and now doesnt want to take the fall!! Maybe this will make him cry again on national TV!!!


Wed, Mar 17, 2010 : 10:16 a.m.

Well, not too bad. Its not like it was our players that were out there cheating like GreenWhoWillNotBeNamed. This is only about our coaching staff. It's fair to assume that this is reflective of the overall staff but not the kids. That's a big difference.

Sean T.

Wed, Mar 17, 2010 : 2:26 a.m.

I guess this is cleaning house huh?

university brat

Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 7:37 p.m.

Yeah, right! Herron acted as a rogue (I've deplored the overuse of that word in the media) entity in the midst of RichRod and his controlling demeanor. And his comments to the NCAA enforcement team were totally his own. "Time Reveals All Truths"

David Briegel

Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 7:20 p.m.

Under the bus!


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 7:08 p.m.

Our King is a beautiful, gentle, and kind King. I'm sure that Mr. Herron sacrificed himself so that our innocent King would not be distracted from perfecting The Spread. Mr. Herron did not have to do this, he chose to do with out of love for Our King. Long Coach The King


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 6:54 p.m.

How convenient to make Herron the fall guy. By the way, I love (not really) how some fans often take out their anger on the media for doing their jobs and reporting news that they see as unfavorable. Guess what? If you don't want to read it...DON'T!!!! America is great like that.


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 6:41 p.m.

Well RR and Barwis needed a Fall Guy....and this guy was perfect to lay blame on, lol.


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 6:23 p.m.

Alex Herron, Under the bus you go.........


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 5:28 p.m.

A lot of people do!!


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 5:11 p.m.

Who really cares.


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 5:03 p.m.

I see. So is this the "fall guy" for RichRod? Yes he lied to the NCAA, but under who's direction? That's the $64,000 question.


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 5:02 p.m.

Im sure nothing realy changed with West Arbor!


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 4:57 p.m.

Also Davie, did you proof read this or was your editor asleep at the wheel. I could be wrong but I don't think "offseason" is a word. Possibly off-season or off season might fit better? No?


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 4:55 p.m.

Nice article Davie. "Michigan re-named its quality-control assistants staff interns this offseason." Is this a fact? Or is there a slightly different job description that now requires a new title. Companies do this all the time. But you don't know that you have never had a real job.


Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 4:54 p.m.

I am so glad to see him gone bye bye!!!!!1