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Posted on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 8:51 a.m.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says the university is on schedule for its response to the NCAA

By Michael Rothstein


University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, shown in March, says the university is on track to respond to the NCAA by May 24. (File photo)

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Monday everything is on schedule for the school’s response to the NCAA regarding the Notice of Allegations the university received from the organization in February.

“The timetable doesn’t change,” Brandon said after being a guest on the Michigan coaches radio show Monday. “No change.”

Michigan is required to submit its response by May 24. While Brandon declined to go into details about specifics regarding the investigation, he said he has been involved in every aspects of what is being prepared for both the response and the upcoming meeting in front of the Committee on Infractions on Aug. 13-14 in Seattle.

Michigan is responding to the Notice of Allegations which alleged five infractions against the university’s football program, including the allowed limit of coaches in restricted activities, exceeding NCAA-mandated time limits on practice hours, that Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and that then-graduate assistant coach Alex Herron lied to NCAA investigators.

“I participate in everything because at the end of the day, I’ll be one of those that goes before the infractions committee,” Brandon said. “And to the extent we put in place self-imposed penalties, that’s certainly going to be something I’m integrally involved in.”

Brandon did not go into specifics as to what those penalties might be.

He also said Michigan is paying attention to the investigation taking place at West Virginia, but that Michigan has “nothing to do with that.”

“We’ll find out information as you do, as the public does so far as I know,” Brandon said. “We don’t have any real standing or position in that. We’ll sit back with interest as a lot of people are, I suppose, to try and find out what that’s about but we will not be involved in that process.”

The one thing Brandon was clear about Monday was his support of Rodriguez - something that has not wavered since Brandon officially took over for Bill Martin on March 8. He said then that Rodriguez would be Michigan’s football coach this year.

And he has said it often since to the point where he is tired of, well, repeating himself.

“I understand it but it’s amazing to me people keep asking the question wondering if they’ll get a different answer,” Brandon said. “And they’re not. So they can keep asking it over and over and over again but they’re not going to get a different answer.”

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan sports for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.


Man in the Mirror

Thu, Apr 29, 2010 : 9:06 p.m.

It will well sorta be like what the NFL did with Big Ben. So not to worry RR and his football team will be alright.


Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 1:28 a.m.

I've got one thing to say in regards to this conversation: Go Wings!!! Okay, maybe it doesn't relate at all, but I went to the game tonight and the Wings were awesome. Maybe I'll be removed for being off topic...


Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 7:48 p.m.

Of course, there are going to be people that will maintain that Rich Rod is a "dead man walking". And all of Brandon's public support of Rich is just "code", right? What Brandon says "Rich Rod will be our coach for this season", the translation is "I am going to fire Rich Rod oh yeah you betcha!" Nothing could be further from the truth.


Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 3:09 p.m.

I did see that book Under the Bleachers, seemed to be more about projections in college football, i.e. - 'what if this would happen to a team, would we see this'. etc.? I just can't put stock in writings that guess scenarios for college sports, much like the book Chosen Unknown, about fantasy writing, comments without facts, guessing, etc. - not my cup of tea.


Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 2:45 p.m.

Much ado about nothing....good to hear Michigan has penalty sanctions ready for the NCAA in May....this taking much too long.... results in August....going on a long history of past sanctions/penalties, Michigan will be alright... NCAA will be impressed by UM self-penalties.... game over.... Mr. Rodriguez stays with the Michigan Family..... Meeeeeechigan Wins!


Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 1:09 p.m.

Geez, are some of you still claiming that RR dropped the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki good god get a life. RR is our, our, our, our, our, our coach not to mention that he's here to stay unless we're otherwise notified by the powers that be and that ain't gonna be anytime soon. If the team would have had its way the first year Bo coached he would have been fired and good god if it had been up to a large number of fans LLoyd would have been fired whoops, I mean LLoyd would have retired a long time ago. The folks that sign the checks love RR or he would have been gone. Listen boys and girls they won't hesitate to fire RR if they so choose and not you or I will have one bit of say in the process like it or not. They let us play on these blogs but in the end RR tenure will depend on the whims of the big boys and girls not you or I. I like RR he's got some ----'s and I'll take that type of person over complainers any day.

Terry Star21

Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 12:44 p.m.

Good for Mr. Brandon for consistently sticking with his coach RichRod. Look for several things; the NCAA will accept Michigan's self-imposed penalties, Michigan is not involved in the wvu investigation, wvu will come out looking bad (admin. goes to jail), and most importantly; Coach Rich Rodriguez will stay - and Michigan will became champions.


Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 12:15 p.m.

tater (the real troll) get your facts straight. RR completely changed the system and the people he brought with him were resposible for compliance. At the end of the day this is RR resposibility because it happened under his watch. I am sure the NCAA investigated back further than RR time and if Carr's staff had made the same mistakes UM would have been zinged for thoses too.


Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 11:33 a.m.

Those who stay will violation.


Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 10:55 a.m.

That's code for the news is bad and we are dragging our feet as along as is allowed by law to postpone the news as long as possible.


Tue, Apr 27, 2010 : 8:11 a.m.

How can Rich Rod sit there with a straight face knowing that he did this to the school.