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Posted on Mon, May 16, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

Michigan football team ahead of schedule in cutting practice time required from NCAA violations

By Michael Rothstein

CHICAGO —The Michigan football team cut its practice time more rapidly than originally expected in order to faster fulfill the 130 hours it must dock itself due to NCAA violations.

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Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon (above) said he expects the Wolverines to fulfill their reduced practice time requirement ahead of schedule.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Monday at the Big Ten spring meetings that the Wolverines have already removed two-thirds of the hours (roughly 85) docked due to the NCAA extra practice probe under former coach Rich Rodriguez.

“We haven’t been releasing it hour-by-hour but I get a weekly report hour-by-hour,” Brandon said. “We’re about two-thirds of the way through. We have accelerated that process from where we really need to be at this point so we’re running well ahead.”

Brandon did not say how far ahead of schedule the team was in fulfilling the self-imposed penalty, but did say he expects the Wolverines to satisfy the requirements well before the deadline. Michigan started cutting practice hours prior to summer practice last season and has until the end of the 2011-12 academic year to complete the task.

The Michigan athletic director -- who essentially dealt with the NCAA investigation as his first act on the job last year -- said dealing with the probation is an ongoing process.

Michigan admitted guilt on four of the NCAA violations in May and self-imposed two years of probation along with cutting quality control assistant coaches from five to three for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Michigan also changed the way the compliance department reports and monitors countable athletic hours due to the investigation.

“Being on probation is no fun. It requires an extra level of reporting and commitment and we’re living through that,” Brandon said. “We lived through a period of time where we took part of our administrative staff and put them on the sidelines. Reduced the quantity and basically were in a position where they weren’t helping our program as part of the penalty.

“So we had real, tangible penalties we dealt with and are still dealing with as part of the violations that we were found guilty of.”

Michigan fired Rodriguez, who led Michigan during the violation period, in January and hired Brady Hoke.

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



Wed, May 18, 2011 : 2:22 a.m.

thanks for the heads up on the difference between dust and particles of ground up rubber-like substance. your college education (i think?) is really paying off. but i will accept that (3-yards and a cloud of ground up rubber-like substance) is the same difference as dust. . . GO BLUE. . .

Blu n Tpa

Wed, May 18, 2011 : 11:32 a.m.

umgb47 I think you are having fun with this, and not making fun of me, but my comparison is that Coach Borges new offense is NOT in any way related to the old running based power football of decades ago. As Coach Hoke and Coah Borges haave stated many times since arriving in AA they will use the skill set of the playeres already here, including putting the ball in DRob's capable hands, and feet, on a regular basis. Anyone saying anything else is just not paying attention. Tim Go Blue!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:58 p.m.

Just two very brief comments- 1. Wow, Tater has issues..........give it up, dude. The fit was wrong and he's an analyst-wanna-be now 2. So, the new credo for Michigan football is 3 yards and a cloud of ground up bits of rubber thingeees? Alrightee then.

Blu n Tpa

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:25 p.m.

Stating that Coach Borges' offense will be "3 yards and a cloud of dust" is as illusionary as the possibility of creating "dust" from FieldTurf. (It's small particles of ground up rubber-like substance.) The offense is as up-to-date as the playing surface and the statements containing negative comments concerning Coach Carr and the mythical group 'Carr-tel" is the product of minds that can't accept the reality of the present. Further defense of the WCiMFH is ill spent time and counter-productive to the extreme. Whereas 800 people showed up to hear Coach Carr was selected to join the College Football Hall the Fame, there might be 1/100 that number pining away as members of the MCC. tater, based on your post, I guess the "Carr-tel" are also voting members of the CFHoF. Hall of FAME Coach, not NCAA hall of shame, caught breaking the rules, and found responsible for doing so, WCiMFH Coach who led Michigan to the worst bowl defeat EVER! And if DB hired a great coach, you think it will be because Coach Hoke is just lucky? And LS, no one seems really bothered that when asked by the family of a young man what would be in their son's best interest, Coach Carr gave an honest answer, and you guy gave NOTHING! Maybe it's because one man stood up for what he believed in and the other didn't have a clue. Enjoy the summer and Go Blue! TiM


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:13 p.m.

I was referring to "umgoblue47" and his comment about 3-yards. It's a false choice -- either spread or 3-yards. He knows that and so does everyone else. Pure spreads do not work. They just do not. For a team to "win crystal" they need a balanced offensive attack and a great defense. Auburn got lucky. Very lucky.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:10 p.m.

Spot on. There is no indication -- none, zero, nada -- that Hoke and Borges plan a "3 yards and a cloud of dust" strategy. No, it won't be slot-ninjas running like cockroaches while a running quarterback is pummeled play after play. But we've already seen that. It didn't work that well. Nice try with the "false choice" argument, however. But that didn't work well either.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:43 p.m.

i support coach hoke, but if we don't keep some part of the spread mixed in with the pro-set we will be right back to 3/yards and a cloud of dust and losses to the teams that run the spread. the defense will be fixed and with an offense that spreads the field you will see a lot more W's. . . GO BLUE. . .


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:22 p.m.

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. Come on MCC, we're cheering for you to make it all the way to Acceptance. You can do it ! Your guy is gone, but you can do it ! We know it hurts, but you can do it ! Although today's comments still show the same denial, anger, bargaining, and even depression that we've seen since January. Go Blue !


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

Uh, yeah, DonAZ, "we're" in great hands: An AD who ignored one of his so-called "mentor" Bo's oldest beliefs that a head coach should get five years to finish what he started. An AD who has lied to the public numerous times while representing the University of Michigan. An AD who inspires so little trust that Jim Harbaugh turned down a chance at his dream job so he wouldn't have to work under him. An AD who caved in to the faction that sabotaged the program for three years because they felt Lloyd Carr was more important than the University of Michigan. A head coach who was 47-51 when hired. The dismantling of an offense that was ninth in the country in total offense last year. Yeah: "we" are in "great hands." If this hire turns out well, it will not be because it was a great hire. It will be because Brady Hoke turns out to be great at leadership, delegating, and knowing his own limitations. I hope it turns out well, but you can't assume that just because a member of the inbred Michigan coaching tree is now running things, Michigan will dominate again. Michigan hasn't dominated anything since the 1997 season. Lloyd Carr lost his last 4 games to TSIO. The only real hope, schematically, is that Mattison and Hoke have been away from the inbred Michigan coaching tree long enough to actually bring new ideas in. If there is anything to be learned from the last three years, it's that Michigan doesn't welcome outsiders and that a large segment of the Michigan fanbase is too ignorant and parochial to see what his happening nationally. Just bragging about being "leaders and best" doesn't make someone a leader, or even average. All it makes them is a parrot. So, the only way to satisfy the ignorant is by bringing in new ideas and convincing them that the ideas are "GOOD OLD MICHIGAN FOOTBALL." If Brady Hoke can do that, I will be very, very impressed.

David Vande Bunte

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:06 p.m.

"The dismantling of a defense that was 110th in the country in total defense, 108th in scoring defense, 112th against the pass and 95th against the run, 109th in turnover margin, 98th in sacks and 77th in tackles for loss last year" Fixed.

Lorain Steelmen

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 2:09 p.m.

Blun Tpa, Your post is correct, the 'mess' was first created by the Lloyd of Carr, and then he tried to undermine thr Rich of Rodriquez, as RR tried to turn it around. I think we are in good hands, now. Hopefully we can keep LC in Flordia playing lotsa golf. Especially keep him away from DRob...we sure don't need DRob transferring out. Meanwhile, 'go blue'....lets' get number 43!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 1:59 p.m.

Good hands? Never have those words sounded so sweet. With pro set; More victories we will get. blue hairs rejoice, DRob now has a choice! MEEEEEEEANchigan football will finally turn around. Hit the raod THEO and the Man Crush Crowd! TiM!

Blu n Tpa

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 1:31 p.m.

And yet the legacy of the WCiMFH continues to bring pain to the program. As already stated, the adults are back in charge and are working hard to clean up the mess left by others. It's encouraging to note that nearly everybody is finally on board with Coach Hoke, his staff, and the current and future roster of players building for a more successful and competitve Michigan football team. There is no doubt that the defense and special teams will be much improved and the offense will be led by the number 2 guy on a Heisman watch list, Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan Wolverines. With the plan to bring others into the offense, RBs, WRs and TEs, the before-mentioned DRob might actually finish games. Games that Michigan win. TiM Go Blue!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 12:11 p.m.

This is a non-story, witch hunt, waste of time, etc... The REAL story is that we have a commitment in the 2013 class of a QB from Michigan somewhere and his name is Shane Morris, or something like that. The story states that he is a PRO STYLE qb. Good hands? Never have those words been more wrong. With pro set; No points we will get. But blue hairs rejoice, And that's a sure bet! But the MCC is all for Michigan (always has been) and we will support our TEAM no matter what. But at least we're smart enough to see what's happening....................and it doesn't bode well. Go Blue.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:27 p.m.



Tue, May 17, 2011 : 1:06 p.m.

Time will tell ... and I believe time will show the rightness of the current staff. And they'll do it without bad poetry.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:33 a.m.

That is sooooooo exactly right DonAZ, man you said it! I just have this wonderful,confident feeling about the program now, in fact all the athletic programs. What a relief. I gotta give Prez Coleman a lot of credit for bringing Brandon on board. I was starting to get irritated with her because of B. Martin and whatshisname, but she's hit a home run with DB. TiM Go Blue!!!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 2:08 a.m.

The adults are in charge -- we are in good hands. Sleep well, my friends. We are in good hands.