Michigan to announce self-imposed sanctions against football team, will announce specifics next week
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
CHICAGO - Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Monday that the university will announce self-imposed sanctions against its football program for violating NCAA rules next week.
The university has until May 24 to respond to the official Notice of Allegations it received in February detailing five potentially major violations. Brandon said Michigan's entire response will be released publicly the next day.
"We’ve decided as we did from the very beginning we want there to be total transparency," Brandon said from the Big Ten spring meetings in Chicago. "Within 24 hours after the materials being delivered to the committee, we’re going to make them available to the general public. So you’ll have it all, you’ll have our responses, you’ll have the self-imposed sanctions, penalties, that we believe are appropriate. And you’ll have it all to look at."
In February, the NCAA alleged that Michigan violated rules concerning practice limits and staff size. The most serious charges were allegations that coach Rich Rodriguez failed to properly monitor his coaching staff and the university failed to monitor the football program.
Rodriguez said he has his own attorney, a common practice in NCAA cases, and will file his personal response the same day.
“Because I’m named in it I have to have my own response and then what we’ll do is meet with the university and the attorneys will meet and talk and try to get everything together on that,” Rodriguez said. “The university attorneys and my attorney have been working on this process since Day 1, so they’ll continue to do that.”
Rodriguez said he was one of “probably 40-some players and 20-some staff members” interviewed by the NCAA during last season.
“I have an opportunity to look at everything and to respond to it,” he said. “That’s a process that’s time consuming. I’ve had to take some time to deal with that, but I’ve hired an attorney that’s kind of got experience doing that to help with that.”
Did Rodriguez learn anything he didn’t know about before?
“I probably can’t talk about that right now,” he said. “I’d like to and I think there’ll be a time where we’ll address it. I think a lot of things that I would probably want to say will be in the response, but I don’t know if everything that I’d like to say will be in the response, and probably everything I would like to say probably I’ll never really ever say.”
Michigan is due before the NCAA Committee on Infractions Aug. 13-14 in Seattle. At that time, the committee can accept Michigan’s self-imposed penalties, add further sanctions or reduce the punishment.
Rodriguez said he’ll attend that hearing, which will be during the first week of fall practice.
“I know we’re all anxious to get it over with,” he said. “It’s a long process. For us, you’d rather it be over six months ago, but talking to everybody else this is kind of the normal time frame that it takes.”
Brandon said Michigan has not yet completed its response. The Wolverines could self-impose penalties including practice-time and staff-size reductions and probation.
"It’s never done until the postage stamp gets put on the envelope," he said. "So there’s still things that are under review and still final changes and additions being made."
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