Details of NCAA ruling in favor of Michigan, Rich Rodriguez
The NCAA’s Committee On Infractions found that Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez failed to monitor his football program, but not that he failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.
That distinction was made in the committee’s public infractions report, released Thursday afternoon, and amounts to a reduction - but not a dismissal - of the charge against Rodriguez.
Committee On Infractions chair Paul Dee described the change in the allegation brought by the enforcement committee as a more fair description of the violations committed by Rodriguez.
Michigan had earlier agreed with NCAA findings that four major rules violations had occurred within the football program, but in an August hearing, fought the allegation that Rodriguez had failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.
In finding that Rodriguez failed to monitor the program, the committee wrote, “Even though the head coach discussed the activities with the strength and conditioning coach, he apparently either failed to ascertain what activities were taking place or to recognize they were impermissible.”
The second half of the alleged violation - the failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance - is not mentioned in the committee’s 29-page report.
The NCAA largely agreed with sanctions the university imposed on itself in May, in which the university docked itself 130 practice hours through the end of the 2012 academic year and placed itself of two years of probation.
The NCAA added a third year of probation.
In addition, the NCAA found the university had indeed committed a rules violation in exceeding allowable practice times. But the committee wrote that "though serious," the overage was "far less extensive than originally reported and that no student-athletes were substantially harmed."