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Posted on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 2:14 p.m.

Michigan football program faces 5 NCAA violations, university has 90 days to respond

By Dave Birkett


University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and football coach Rich Rodriguez listen to incoming athletic director David Brandon speak at the Michigan NCAA media briefing on Tuesday. (Photo: Angela J. Cesere |

Michigan’s storied football program faces possible NCAA sanctions after an investigation revealed five potential major rules violations concerning in- and out-of-season practice time.

The university has 90 days to file a response, and is expected to go before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in August.

Read the documents

Notice of allegations

Letter to U-M President Mary Sue Coleman

Letter to Coach Rich Rodriguez

Letter to U-M graduate assistant

“I want to make clear that no accusation against our program is trivial,” incoming athletic director Dave Brandon said at a press conference Tuesday. “We take this report very seriously and we will learn from it and we will get better.”

Among the violations outlined in a Notice of Allegations received by the university Monday:

• Quality control staff members “regularly monitored” voluntary winter and summer workouts and “regularly assisted” with on- and off-field coaching duties from 2008-09.

• Football players were required to participate in more than the maximum allowed practice hours by anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours a week.

• Graduate assistant coach Alex Herron provided “false and misleading information” to NCAA enforcement staff on whether he monitored summer workouts he was not allowed to attend.

• Head coach Rich Rodriguez “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program and failed to adequately monitor the duties and activities” of his quality control staff.

• The athletic department “failed to adequately monitor its football program to assure” NCAA compliance.

Rodriguez accepted responsibility for the violations.

“I have always felt compliance is a priority for us and it always will be," he said. "We know we can do a better job in certain areas."

Brandon, who takes over for Bill Martin as Michigan athletic director March 8, indicated the violations were a product of not understanding NCAA rules and supported Rodriguez as Michigan's coach.

"Rich Rodriguez is our football coach and will be our football coach next year," he said. "Nothing leads me to believe there should be a change."

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.



Wed, Feb 24, 2010 : 1:07 p.m.

I would hope Rich's compensation (salary/bonuses/perks/etc) depend on the team's performance and his conduct. He should be disciplined for these offenses, possibly financially. If University finds that the offense are in fact egregious enough, he should be terminated. Like it or not, the football coach of a large University like UofM is a representative of the University. If his conduct does not support the values of the University, he has no place there.


Wed, Feb 24, 2010 : 10:48 a.m.

Let's see what Brandon learned from Bo. Core values of an institution should never be compromised in favor of a winning season, even if the game of football changes to a more "modern" style. Brandon is fortunate in a way that these allegations will give him the reason to get rid of this guy once and for all; just as Bo let Freider loose for disrespecting the School, in the face of losing in the tournament. Let Rod go now before he causes more shame on the School.


Wed, Feb 24, 2010 : 10:06 a.m.

I think this explains so many peoples views of Rodriguez.


Wed, Feb 24, 2010 : 9:54 a.m.

Message to MSC: Summon the Bulldog into action.

Rhe Buttle

Wed, Feb 24, 2010 : 9:26 a.m.

Its a scam... RR set it up for the players to violate; then when "caught", U0M athletic department will put "voluntary sanctions on the football program". Those sanctions will include "no bowl appearances for 3 years". Oh darn, no bowl appearances for 3 years. That give RR 3 more years where a losing season doesn't matter anyway, because "we're bowl ineligible". Scam, scam, scam. That's what I think. At least RR has achieved his first goal: move the football program out of the Schembechler era. He's done that well, they gone from winners to losers.


Wed, Feb 24, 2010 : 6:39 a.m.

rightmind---- they're not going to be hit with MAJOR violations, so most experts from espn are saying they will most likely get probation. Hence they will watch us closely. So I'll take my apology from you, if you are a michigan man with any integrity


Wed, Feb 24, 2010 : 1:24 a.m.

What the heck is "quality control staff?" And why is it a problem they monitored a workout? Sounds like that is what they are for. And to practice more than 20 minutes to 2 hours in a week is...well it just makes my maize and blue heart break. Such a horrendously long time. Oh my. The only thing worse is they didn't put their water bottles in the recycle bin. And the coach is supposed to be everywhere at all times seeing and monitoring everything that happens around the clock. Golly I am so shocked.


Wed, Feb 24, 2010 : 12:05 a.m.

It's hard to ignore five major violations. The good news is that it wasn't about the kids screwing up like our little brothers. Its just the coaching staff.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 11:18 p.m.

1995_wolverine... Too bad Mary Sue Coleman was rated the 2nd best University President in the country by Times Magazine this year. By the way, the problems at Michigan started in the 1990's with Gary Moeller, Steve Fisher, and the icing on the cake was when your "Living Legend" Lloyd Carr put Michigan in this situation when he had the #1 team in the country and lost the first game of the season to Appalachian State. It's the equivalent of blaming Obama for the State of the Union after only 1 year in office. Rich Rodriguez is Michigan's head coach for years to come. BTW, your boy Jim Harbaugh turned his back on Michigan the day after BO passed away...he's an obnoxious, sloppy drunk, much like your republican colleagues and can't hold a candle to Rich Rodriguez in the coaching department.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 9:48 p.m.

Mary Sue Coleman is doing a terrible job as a leader - look at how sad the state of both our major athletic sports programs is. They just cant seem to fix the problems, even with all the money that flows into the university athletic dept. I was also a Rich Rod fan, but this is unacceptable - he has shown himself over and over, in both his personal and professional life, to have poor judgment, leadership, management, and results. Both of them deserve to be fired. If this was a major corporation, they would have both been out the door today.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 9:32 p.m.

Rich Rodriguez is a total disaster. He has done a rotten job as head coach at Michigan and now these serious sanctions are his doing and his alone. The guy needs to be canned...not tomorrow... now. Rich Rodriguez has singlehandly (along with his ridiculously poor staff) has torn down the Storied Michigan Football program. Nice work Rich Rod. Whata doofus.

Chrysta Cherrie

Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 9:01 p.m.

Comments containing personal attacks have been removed. Please be neighborly to your fellow commenters.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 9:01 p.m.

chosen1: you have no clue what the penalties will be. Why do you spue crap?

Ed White

Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 8:33 p.m.

He's a Michigan man! Let's go Mountaineers.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 8:29 p.m.

Macabre Sunset, you have it right. I am no "hater", but RR has been a very expensive mistake. He has taken our once storied program to depths we have not experienced before. Time to cut our losses and send the Teflon Man (nothing sticks to him) on his way.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 8:15 p.m.

This is the biggest non-story in recent memory. If Michigan fires Rich Rodriguez after 2010 then it sets the program another few years, which haters would love, but won't happen. The allegations are trivial at best. The players practiced a few minutes too long per week because stretching was apparently considered practice time. Whoop de doo. Lloyd Carr was responsible for the most embarrassing moment in Michigan football history, Gary Moeller was a sloppy drunk, Steve Fisher watched as one of the biggest scandals in college basketball unfolded, Jim Harbaugh also is a sloppy drunk that didn't give a hoot about Michigan after BO died. I'll back Rich Rodriguez over any alternative. This is a minor blip that will fizzle away by the end of the week because there is only so much you can make out of nothing. How about the NCAA worry less about practice schedules, and more about the rampant criminal behavior of student athletes across the country. Michigan is going to change a form, self impose some discipline and the hearing in August will be a formality at best. Rich Rodriguez is the coach next year, and the current administration is behind him. If there was a time to fire him, it would have been now. Sorry haters but your wish isn't coming true. Michigan is going to set a record next year. First team to make a BCS bowl after not going to a bowl the year before. Rich Rodriguez will by smiling on the sidelines this fall and I'll be laughing all the way to a New Years Day Bowl. Go Blue!


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 8:01 p.m.

Macabre Sunset You need to do some research. Michigan did not have top10 recruiting classes in every year LC was head coach. And if you look at where his teams finished for the majority of years in the final rankings, they were far below where they should have been based on the level of talent and ranking of their recruiting classes.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 7:47 p.m.

I mean c'mon,its not like they were any good anyways. Not trying to hate just telling the truth(and you all know it).The extra practice obviously didnt help..this is just not a good program right now.They will get better as soon as r.r is gone.(I'm a state fan by the way-and yeah we aren't that good either).But this ought to be a warning sign to wolverines everywhere. lose rich=start winning again.just saying


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 7:42 p.m.

marzan, Get real, did you listen to Brandon's account of the practice time violations? On instance was 20 minutes another was an hour and the third was 2 hours per week. ESPN conducted a poll of college football players and the response from the more than 2000 athletes was they spent on average of 44.8 hours per week on football related activities. If the NCAA conducted an indept investigation of every major program they would find a hell of lot more issues than they found here.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 7:39 p.m.

If there is anything good that can come out of this, and there is damn little, it's that the situation will be very clear next year. Anything less than 8 wins next season means RR is on his way out. Up until this mess, it was questionable whether a 6-6 or 7-5 season would be enough to give him another year. That will no longer be debated. He wins 8 games min or he's gone. Good luck RichRod, you're going to need it.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 7:34 p.m.

RR wanted to win very badly and was under a lot of pressure to win quickly. Since he had so many young and inexperienced players (because most of the good players either graduated or left early because they didn't like RR and/or his system) he probably figured he could make them better by practicing longer and more often and at some point decided it was worth the risk to break the rules and probably figured that nobody would find out. He didn't count on some of his own players being whistle-blowers. What I don't like about RR is that he appears to do whatver is expedient regardless of whether it is against the rules or not. I think U-M deserves better than this. Say what you will about Lloyd Carr, his program obeyed the rules as did that of his predecessors.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 7:16 p.m.

The most humorous part of the violation is that in the end Michigan football is still pedestrian. You would think that with all of the extra practice time, they could avoid getting trounced by Michigan State and the rest of the Big Ten with honest programs. Michigan State had a number of bad seeds this year, but it was taken care of internally with integrity. The fact that Michigan fans stick by their thug, cheating joke of a coach really says a lot about what they are about.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 6:34 p.m.

Its very clear that the NCAA is trying to make a example out of this.Squash a fly with a sledge hammer.The NCAA rules book is about 4 or 5 inches thick.Not your most well read book,to say the least.The NCAA is like dealing with the IRS,neither one of them knows the rules themselves.Rich needs to win,and win now.If he doesn't win next year,he's gone,bottom line.I agree with a another person on here.The new AD didn't want him here to begin with.Like i said before, Rich has a more year period,end of story.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 6:26 p.m.

What no poems? I want my poems!!!! This King has one more season to win and win big. Les Miles just said "So your telling me there's a chance"


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 6:22 p.m.

You U of M honks crack me up. If this story was about Purdue, Florida or Alabama you would be all over them. The facts are he broke the rules and then wasn't smart enough to cover his ass like every other "Institution of Higher Learning" does to keep themselves off the radar. The guy has been a train wreck since he decided to sign that extension at WVU. I pray to God Almighty they do not fire him because this on going soap opera over the past few years has been priceless. The sad truth is he will be kicked to the curb after another ugly season. "The Leaders and The Best", child please! Just like every other D1 program. Just not smart enough to play the system.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 6:06 p.m.

did anyone hear ohio state since 2000 has 301 minor violations


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 6:02 p.m.

From an MSU fan's perspective, this is almost perfect. Enough to be a distraction -- even RR will have to be involved with responding to the allegations -- but not enough to dump RR now. (Whom would UM bring in at this juncture?) Instead, RR hangs around for another year. If he wins fewer than 7 or so games, he will then be released. (But it will be interesting to see how UM handles that. If they let him make it through the entire season, they probably cannot then say he's being dismissed for the rules violations, as that will be in the past. So a big payout will be needed.) With RR's departure, UM football is thrown into turmoil for another couple of years. Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?

Macabre Sunset

Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 5:54 p.m.

leathercouch, anyone who knows football knows Michigan had considerable talent when Rodriguez took over. In fact, Michigan had a top ten recruiting class in every year Carr was at the helm. There were dozens of athletes Martin's Folly had around for depth. This year's class is the first in recent memory that hasn't been ranked in the top ten. In fact, it may not be a top 20 class. The problem? His ego. As anyone who knows football could tell you, drastically changing a system, without regard to the personnel on hand, will result in a poor record. Rodriguez simply implemented his system on offense, then paid no attention to the defense. The result was predictable. Now, here's the problem. He's had time to recruit, but he hasn't recruited well. The system is a gimmicky version of the spread (cue those who don't know anything about football claiming it's somehow equivalent to Florida's spread, which is entirely different). It's not going to work in a top football conference. Meanwhile, the defense continues to regress. No, Michigan did not improve in 2009. The team was, in fact, even worse than it was in Rodriguez's first year. The offense was the second-worst in the Big Ten and the defense was so bad that even Illinois racked up enormous gobs of offense. Rodriguez is an unmitigated disaster as a coach. As anyone who knows football could tell you, he doesn't get it, is in over his head, cheats, and should be shown the door as soon as humanly possible. This is why he's known as Martin's Folly. That's how we will remember our soon-to-be-gone athletic director.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 5:40 p.m.

From an MSU fan's perspective, this is almost perfect. Enough to be a distraction -- even RR will have to be involved with responding to the allegations -- but not enough to dump RR now. (Whom would UM bring in at this juncture?) Instead, RR hangs around for another year. If he wins fewer than 7 or so games, he will then be released. (But it will be interesting to see how UM handles that. If they let him make it through the entire season, they probably cannot then say he's being dismissed for the rules violations, as that will be in the past. So a big payout will be needed.) With RR's departure, UM football is thrown into turmoil for another couple of years. Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:53 p.m.

Yes, the MSU fans want us to keep RR for 20 years.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:47 p.m.

go ahead and imagine it metric. if that helps justify you jumping on the pile. the problem we have is that we were at practice for 5-20 mins too long per day. the problem MSU has is they organize frat house beat downs. not quite the same. granted the NCAA wont crack down on msu for that but still...the issues are not even close to the same. we will deal with ours as needed. and you can deal with yours...


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:47 p.m.

This story kind of buries the lede. The allegations in the Free Press story alleged excess practice hours by as much as 9 hours on a Sunday. Assuming that 20 minutes was more common than two hours the entire basis for the Freep story goes away. That doesn't make the other violations insignificant, but I suspect that once you put any program under the microscope things will turn up.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:44 p.m.

MetricSU - we wouldn't know about the allegations because the Freep would put it on the back page. In fact, MSU would never have been investigated, because the Freep would never have pursued reporting the story in the first place. Besides, if MSU came out and said we made sure our kids went to class, did stretches, and advised them on how to improve their football skills when practicing voluntarily... well I would have said "Wow, good for Sparty!"


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:37 p.m.

I think it was evident by the product on the field that michigan hardly practiced at all. what were these kids doing for so long at the practice facility, Playing XBox NCAA? Im just glad Rodriguez has job stability. i think David Brandon aught to offer Rodriguez an additional 10-20 year extension, but this time without any "out" clauses.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:36 p.m.

One can only imagine what the UM apologists who are saying this is no big deal would say if the allegations were about MSU. That's the real test of objectivity. I think we know the answer for almost all UM fans posting on this site. If the NCAA said that Dantonio did not provide the proper atmosphere for NCAA compliance the UM bunch would be all over it.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:35 p.m.

UMFan - never said UM will go 9-3, because I do not think it is possible under RR, especially with the loss of Graham and the only two running backs who took meaningful snaps. His system simply will not work in the Big 10.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:34 p.m.

In defense of U-M, I'm not surprised they didn't understand all the rules. The NCAA makes up these absurd rules to try and protect student-athletes from spending too much time in their sports and not enough in the classroom. In practice, these rules DON'T work at all. Every school and athletic program get around them. We were just a little dumb and got caught. Athletes WILL spend whatever time they need to, to excel on the athletic field, whether or not the coaches tell them to or not. Anyone who thinks that top athletes at USC, OSU, Texas, Duke, or wherever are not spending any more than 20 hours per week practicing are living in a dream world. That being said, the rules are the rules. And to avoid the goons from the NCAA to come down on you, it behooves any athletic program to thoroughly understand the rules. If we're guilty of something, it's not understanding all the silly NCAA rules thoroughly and making sure we're complying with them. And obviously, people should never lie. That's a big no-no. It's hard to believe that U-M's compliance people were doing everything perfectly right before RR took over and Carr was still the coach. The Free Press and their yellow journalism didn't seem to go on witch hunts when Carr was there. In either case, don't go blaming RR for everything. Hopefully, U-M can convince the NCAA goon committee that these are minor violations and that we were not willfully trying to violate the rules.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:30 p.m.

So let me get this straight, we are accused of: Assuring players attend class and get an education Helping players develop skills while they are voluntarily practicing Exceeding mandatory practice times by 20 minutes to 2 hours a week because of a misinterpretation of how you count to doing stretch exercises and warm-ups I know NCAA Allegations of any type are not a good thing. Frankly, the allegations pale in comparison to the types of infractions being discussed at USC, or even our own Ed Martin basketball scandal. Gee, we asked them to do stretches and go to class, and showed them how to improve their skills when voluntarily practicing.... OMG! [sarcasm]


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:19 p.m.

Ahh the King has another thing to add to his stellar resume. Hail the King. Truth always prevails


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 4:19 p.m.

Macabre Sunset - Rich rod isnt going anywhere. and NO there has been no blind eye turned to the win/loss record just a simple understanding of those who actually KNOW football and that you cant take a team that lloyd carr had and have them run the style of play michigan is desiring to currently overnight. We are not happy with the results and we are demanding better. if you had ever played football on a team with more than 30 or so players i would assume you would know that depth is HUGE!!!! not only for the actual games themselves but in practice and in scout teams and even having upperclassmen that know the program to teach it to the underclassmen. it doesnt happen overnight. he came here with 129 players that had never been a part of his football philosophy before and about 25 of them may have had the athletic tools to actually succeed in it. the team he inherited sucked at tackling and was slow. you can help with the tackling thing but you cant coach speed. you either have it or you don't. again if you didnt see improvement last year from the year before you dont know football that well. and on top of that this is going to be the first season he has been here that they will actually have some depth (albeit not that great of depth, depth nonetheless) with experience in his system.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:52 p.m.

This is pure nonsense, but I'm sure it will be beat to death in the interest of causing as much pain as possible. The Free Press "reporter" and the whiner(s?) who left the team have managed to stir all this up to cause harm and for no other reason. There was no altruistic goal of making practices holy and sanctioned for these poor defenseless lads, or for becoming the squeaky cleanest program in football. It was sour grapes pure and simple, and everybody will get dragged through it, much to the private delight of the previously mentioned instigators I am sure. Bravo fellas, way to uphold "standards" by having none yourselves.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:49 p.m.

detroitrocks- u don't make much sence b/c in an earlier post of yours you say michigan will have a terrible year without BG, then later you post michigan will go 9-3? I smell a sparty

Jed I Knight

Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:48 p.m.

"send not to know for whom the bell tolls..." Lets hope its tolling for the end of the train wreck UM Football has become.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:48 p.m.

"marzan and dading were hoping for rr's dismissal so their msu could stand a better chance in the future. but instead they're having a bad day. when this race car is totally finished, msu will be in the rear view mirror....once again." yea, without Richrod as coach they might lose to MSU. oh wait.

Sean T.

Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:47 p.m.

Why is anyone bringing up MSU? I see that some Michigan fans have lost their marbles when it comes to devotion to RR. This should be about what is our next move and how we move on from here. Everyone that dislikes RR isn't a troll, hater or any other loathesome name. They are disappointed by the fall of our program and how long will it take to recover if RR doesn't workout. All responsiblity falls on the shoulders of the head coach and what product he puts on the field. If this situation gets worse are we supposed to turn blind to the facts just like many are doing to our win-loss column. With a few recent signings of 2010 recruits, we may have more allegations on the way. And then what? Are we gonna look the other way and blame it on the sun? The problem is we're starting to look alot like MSU around here. Go Blue! Win or go home.

Macabre Sunset

Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:47 p.m.

The irony is that despite all the cheating (and having extra organized practice time *is* cheating - the NCAA is very strict here), Rodriguez still turned in the worst two seasons in Michigan football history. He needed to be fired two months ago. We're stuck with him for another season, unfortunately. But nothing short of a winning record in the Big Ten and full compliance with all NCAA rules should save his job. We haven't forgotten what a winning season is, have we? There were 40 of them in a row before this poor excuse for a coach took over. Martin's Folly.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:42 p.m.

I can't believe that anyone would think that a MSU fan would want RR dismissed. You can't pay for this kind of entertainment, and all RR has done is lead Michigan to the absolute depths of the Big 10. I would say give him an extension, but my guess is that he will be canned prior to spring ball. If you think the old blue guard hated this guy before, you ain't seen nothing yet. And the new AD is one of them.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:38 p.m.

fresh...what USC did is not even close to what our football team did. you are comparing apples and shawn whites goggles dude... not saying what U of M did was right. and it is serious. just saying that for "potential major violations" they are the most minor you can get. and with the exception of the grad assistant completely lying about being there the rest of the stuff could be dealt with as just people finishing workouts. 5-20 mins a day over the limit is not like they were holding complete practices with pads. that being said having QC guys regularly monitoring in winter/summer workouts and reporting to the coaches is the biggest potential major listed. i dont know how they explain that but i dont expect anything major to come of it. maybe a couple games will be blacked out but dont expect them to lose schollys or bowl sanctions. not for this.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:37 p.m.

What a bunch of nothing. Go Blue!


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:36 p.m.

there were really only 3 team infractions. the first 3. as for the last 2, they were a consequence of the first 3. i mean, without the first 3, the last two do not exist.

scooter dog

Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:32 p.m.

Well BOO HOO,makes all you crybabies want to run right out and blow another few grand on season tickets don't it.complain,complain,complain.I hope they go 0/12


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:26 p.m.

i agree with you umfan22. marzan and dading were hoping for rr's dismissal so their msu could stand a better chance in the future. but instead they're having a bad day. when this race car is totally finished, msu will be in the rear view mirror....once again.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:25 p.m.

If we get major anything does usc and there football team never get to play again cuz going a few hours over is the same as buying and paying players to play football and basketball, you people that hate RR just like the free press will never be happy with anything he does he is the coach its time to stop being against each other no matter if RR is coach or not its about being a fan of UM not just the coach. I love the fact D.B said RR will be the coach sorry free press go back to ur love of msu,and the rest of the haters sorry fo yea.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:24 p.m.

While rules may haven broken, I do not agree that the whole team should be punished for something a few individuals did. If the NCAA really wanted to get coaches attention, they would fine them for the infractions. The coaches, not the players violated the rules. The players were just following what the coaches demanded. I personally believe that the NCAA selectively imposes sanctions on whichever team they believe deserves the punishment. I realize that some will say it is a team sport, but according to that rationale, when one player commits an infraction, the whole team should be punished. The infractions were made by the coaching staff and they should be the individuals who pay. JMO.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:22 p.m.

I wish all you walmart wolverine's, eeeer.... sparty trolls would go back to comenting on the halve of the MSU football team that didn't get suspended. You "so called Michigan fans" make me sick. GO BLUE ALL IN!!


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:21 p.m.

Boy, UM apologetics in full force. What is it about "major" that most of you don't understand? Hate to break it to you, but this is serious. There's no allegation of lack of institutional control, but both RR and the compliance office are specifically listed as not providing the proper atmosphere for compliance. Exactly how is UM going to respond to that if the other allegations hold up (as it appears they will)? Anyone objective can see that both RR and compliance are being accused with looking the other way, and that's serious.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:18 p.m.

Yelmonian - of course the freep says that. they are the ones that "broke" the story. if it turns out it was all minor issues that everybody in the country violates and no penalty is handed out other than a tounge lashing the freep looks bad (if its possible to be worse than they already are). the freep blew the whistle early and depended on thug outcasts of the system to drag it down with outlandish statements. of course they want the program to fall. they huffed and puffed. its just too bad this big house is made of bricks.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:15 p.m.

Ok chosen1, but marzan states "total disregard of the rules" what? are you kidding me? If you know RR at all you would know he is a good man with a great heart, and a will to win for Michigan. This is petty bolonga. Michigan does hold itself to a higher standard than other big programs. Every other school in the country does it, (not that i'm saying its right)but you should hear from the players some of the stuff other colleges do to get them to go there. RR does none of that. I'm sick and tired of people bashing our coach when they know no more than the average espn watcher on the state of Michigan football.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:15 p.m.

I want to make clear that no accusation against our program is trivial. While no violations are trivial, some are more disconcerting than others. This entire fiasco is the result of the blubberings of traitor Josh Boren, er I mean an unnamed source, to a reporter looking for a scoop. On the other hand, Alex Herron should know what his duties are and adhere to them. RR will survive this bump in the road and make the Michigan faithful proud.

dading dont delete me bro

Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:09 p.m.

in this case, practice DOESN'T make perfect...they need to let rich rod go...


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:07 p.m.

Lokalisierung - it is my understanding, and I may be wrong, that they are allowed to practice on their own time whenever they want, however as a mandatory practice there are limitations on how often they are allowed to practice. marzan - really? you can't beleive this?


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:06 p.m. defense of marzan, its not all on the compliance office. The noa states that RR and staff members were sent memos for various things and their responses were slow to very slow. Its why the quality control guys were questioned alot. Compliance office asked for job descriptions and those weren't sent for some time after initial timeline of violations.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:05 p.m.

You obviously have no idea what goes on in this program day-to-day, and receive your info from the mass media. Get your facts from a reputable source, and stop the hunt for our coaches head.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3:03 p.m.

According to the Freep article, the opening of the NCAA letter says that all violations should be considered Major, unless stated as minor. None are listed as minor. And they consider a repeat offender due to the Basketball violations.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 3 p.m.

3 & 4 are the only ones that should matter. Obviously kids all over the place practice more than they "should." It's their lives and for many at a program like Michigan could be their careers. Big woop.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 2:58 p.m.

Even though the results of this will be secondary and minor issues (aside from Herron lying to the the investigators), there will be no major penalties. But we will be closely watched and monitored by the NCAA and have to hope that RR will learn and teach all the rules to his staff and team.


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 2:57 p.m.

I can't believe that Michigan tolerates Rich Rod's total disregard of the rules. I'm disappointed. I thought that the school held itself to higher standards.