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Posted on Sat, Aug 14, 2010 : 8:03 p.m.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon issues statement after meeting with NCAA committee

By Staff

University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon released a statement today after university officials and staff met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Seattle.

The statement:

"We feel that the committee gave us a full and fair hearing today. Our statements today were similar to those we provided the NCAA earlier this summer: We own the mistakes we have made, we fixed some process and communication problems that caused them, and we’re keeping a close eye on this so it doesn’t happen again.

"I’m proud of the extra effort everyone has been putting into compliance these past several months. Rich and his staff - in coordination with the compliance group - have been working together to keep us on the right track.

"We will await the committee’s decision and we will not speculate about the outcome - we must let the process play out. We won’t comment further on this matter until after we receive the committee’s decision.

"We’re going to get back to Michigan now for the start of what we expect will be a great football season."



Sun, Aug 15, 2010 : 11:54 a.m.

So Rich and his staff are now working with the compliance staff, If he would have done that in the first place we would not be in this mess. Mi got a great deal they are only paying him $2.5 million a season to destroy the winningest college football program and it is only taken him 2 seasons. What a deal and he is still here.

Jaxon Boyfriend

Sun, Aug 15, 2010 : 11:43 a.m.

I'm with BlueinSc...the committee must have been in awe of Mr. Rodrigeuz's composure, intelligence, and general respect and knowledge for college football and rules. Look for the NCAA to issue an apology to our coach and University. hopefully before the ful dismantling of Uconnartists. Go blue!


Sun, Aug 15, 2010 : 11:41 a.m.

win, I agree with you on the fact that if RR has a winning record, whatever that record has to be, it will give him firmer ground in terms of staying on, regardless of the NCAA findings. However, that seems as if it would be hypocritical on the part of Michigan. If the penalties are severe and RR is found guilty of the charge he was fighting (hypothetical), Michigan shouldn't fire him for a losing record but keep him for a winning record. If they truly (again, hypothetical) want to fire him for the sanctions, then the record should be a moot point. I tend to agree with you, though, that the record will have a bearing on it. Where I disagree with you, though, is your misplaced concern as to whether Michigan will fire him if he has a losing record again this year. You seem to feel that he would still "deserve a chance." While I don't think Michigan will have a losing record this year, I would say that three seasons on the job with three straight losing seasons is more than enough chance at a great program like Michigan. You should want him gone at that point. Remember, whether or not you like RR, this is about Michigan. Some fans seem to have lost sight of that.


Sun, Aug 15, 2010 : 8:33 a.m.

Win said: "I still think RR deserves a chance to run his program. All of this is Not his fault. There is plenty of blame to go around. At the end of day though, he has to win!" My questions are: (1) Whose fault was it at Michigan? (2) Whose fault was it at WVU? Same leader, same result (minus even a mediocre W-L record of course). If he "3-peats", he will also "3 and out".


Sun, Aug 15, 2010 : 3:40 a.m.

I bet the NCAA Committee is in awe over Our King's intelligence and presentation skills. I'm confident that the NCAA will be issuing an apology TO OUR KING after this is all over. Long Coach The King


Sat, Aug 14, 2010 : 10:21 p.m.

wish I was more confident about this whole thing. Something tells me we could hear an answer from the NCAA just as the season comes to an end. If we have a good year, RR makes a case to stay on. If we are under.500 and the news is even slightly bad, he could be gone. I still think RR deserves a chance to run his program. All of this is Not his fault. There is plenty of blame to go around. At the end of day though, he has to win! Its always about winning!!


Sat, Aug 14, 2010 : 9:50 p.m.

I'm surprised Martin didn't have to go before the committe since he was the AD when this all supposedly went down. It's funny how he's absolutely vanished off the radar since Brandon arrived on the scene. I may be wrong, but I thought Martin was supposed to continue as the AD until Sept. 4 (UConn game) while training Brandon the ins and outs of the job. Not the way it has gone down, apparently, which is probably a good thing considering everything that went wrong under his watch in the first place.

Jake Church

Sat, Aug 14, 2010 : 9:34 p.m.

red cedar why so discouraged, our program has been beat up by the media for three years now. are you worried about oct. 9th. if not, you probably should be. don't concern yourself with the off the feild issues and worry about what's coming your way on gameday. GO BLUE!


Sat, Aug 14, 2010 : 8:14 p.m.

Come on, did Brandon have a seventh grader write up this statement for him?