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Michigan Football Program Self-Imposes Sanctions for NCAA Violations

The University of Michigan has been undergoing allegations of NCAA violations relating to the school’s football program over the last several months, and on Monday disclosed the fact that infractions had in fact been committed.

As a result, the University self-imposed penalties upon themselves and made the details of those sanctions public.

Over the next two years, the football program will cut 130 hours out their practice schedule beginning over the summer months in 2010.  Additionally, they will cut back on assistant coaches as well, now down to three from five that control the practice time and schedules.

“We’re imposing on ourselves what we believe is corrective actions,” remarked Michigan athletic director David Brandon to The Associated Press. “Ultimately, the NCAA will decide what the appropriate sanctions and penalties are.”

Michigan also offered up a two-year probationary period.  Under head coach Rich Rodriguez, the Wolverines have tabbed an 8-16 record in two season.  They University also requested that they not be considered a repeat offender due to violations that occurred back in 2003, in the basketball program.

The allegation of the violation arose in the fall of last year, during the Wolverines season.  In spite of them, Rodriguez was allowed to keep his job and coach for at least a third season leading the college football’s all-time winningest program.

The NCAA has been in contact with the University and set down a minimum of five major rules infractions that they believe were committed by the program.  The issue at the forefront of it all is compliance, and abiding by the practice rules that every institution must follow.

“We think that is overly harsh,” Brandon stated. “We do believe that there were things he could’ve done better and Rich would be the first to agree that details he delegated shouldn’t have been in retrospect.”

“That’s usually a result of something deemed to be an offense that created a competitive advantage,” Brandon added. “Those kind of sanctions are also typically related to academic fraud, gambling, recruiting violations and extra benefits”

Rodriguez has taken part of the responsibility along with six other members of the staff and athletic department.  Assistant coach Alex Herron was fired by the program after it was revealed that he held practices that were outside the confines of NCAA rules and regulations.

“The university agrees that it failed as a whole to adequately monitor its football program to assure compliance regarding the limitations upon the number, duties and activities of countabale football coaches and the time limits” for practice,” the NCAA’s letter said. “The university also agrees that Rodriguez failed to satisfy the monitoring responsibilities required of head coaches.”

Scott Tompsett, Rodriguez’ attorney, issued a statement from the coach upon learning of the NCAA’s response.

“Very disappointed that his administrators failed to provide the job descriptions on multiple occasions and he is disappointed that the compliance staff never brought their failure to his attention. Rodriguez has always had an open-door policy for anyone to bring matters to his attention.”

As the University looks to move on into the 2010-11 college football season, Online Sportsbooks are beginning to field wagers on the BCS Championship, with the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide headlining the list of betting favorites.


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