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Posted on Tue, May 25, 2010 : 11:08 a.m.

Michigan officials discuss university's response to NCAA allegations

By Pete Bigelow


Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and head football coach Rich Rodriguez answer questions from the press regarding their response to the NCAA allegations at the Ross Academic Center on Tuesday afternoon.

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11:32 a.m. Dave Brandon and Rich Rodriguez are concluding their teleconference.

Here at, we'll hold a live chat at 12:30 p.m. to discuss the university's response with fans, and check back frequently this afternoon for more stories related to the Michigan response to NCAA allegations. ______________

11:30 a.m. Dave Brandon: "The thing that will never happen again is that we will never have people at the lower end of the chain of command having discussions about things not happening, and those discussions not getting passed up the chain of command." ______________

11:25 a.m. Rich Rodriguez: "More than anything, my response details things I felt I needed to explain where mistakes were made and where communication can be better. ... As Dave (Brandon) mentioned, these corrective measures have already taken place."


11:20 a.m. How much money has investigation cost Michigan? "I don't have a clue," Dave Brandon says. "That's not relevant to me. ... Whatever it costs, it costs." ______________

11:18 a.m. Dave Brandon on Rich Rodriguez's job security: "Same questions in February and same answers. They (major violations) could be interpreted to trigger a dismissal cause in the coach's contract. We don't believe these rise to that level, to trigger that clause."


11:12 a.m. Dave Brandon on NCAA rules: "I personally believe when the smoke clears, there can be tremendous improvement of clarity with job descriptions and what is doable and what is not doable. We clearly had misunderstandings between our compliance department and the NCAA on these interpretations. ...

"I don't want that to be taken as a criticism of the rule. But we can go back and see where we made the wrong call ... on a rule that seems somewhat ambiguous." ______________

11:10 a.m. Probation means significant amount of detailed accounting between NCAA and Michigan. Sets up additional checks and balances, Brandon says, so NCAA has a close understanding of practices and processes at school.


11:08 a.m. "The reality is we had failures across the athletic department," Dave Brandon says. "Bad decisions were made." "Failures of communication." "The reality is the blame for this complex set of issues spans different areas and entities in football program and athletic department overall." ______________

11:05 a.m.: Athletic director Dave Brandon speaking first, calls today a "day of relief" for those who have worked for the past three months on the response. Says relief comes from the fact "it's all out there."


University of Michigan officials will hold an 11 a.m. teleconference to discuss the school's response to NCAA allegations of wrongdoing in the football program.

We'll be here with live updates from the teleconference.

Here's a rundown of the university's response.

Football coach Rich Rodriguez filed a separate response, and here's the details on his report to the NCAA.

Live updates will start in about 10 minutes.



Tue, May 25, 2010 : 5:54 p.m.

Everyone should write a caption as a memory bubble for this photo. Rod: I'm gonna be fired if I screw this up again! Brandon: What a dummy! I'm gonna lose money with this guy. Pathetic.


Tue, May 25, 2010 : 10:16 a.m.

So I'm clear on this...U of M got in trouble for practicing too much and having too large of a staff...And for this is they have to cut back on practice time and get rid of the extra coaches? It sounds to me like their "punishment" is having to actually abide by the NCAA's rules.