Report: Wolverines Players Blow Whistle on Michigan's Rule Violations

Tim CarySenior Analyst IAugust 29, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Fans of the Michigan Wolverines watch from the stands during the game against the Michigan State Spartans on October 25, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 35-21. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

In a story that could have major ramifications throughout Ann Arbor, the Big Ten, and the country, the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Michigan football program has ignored and/or broken NCAA rules that legislate the number and duration of approved workouts.

Michigan has the country's all-time winningest football program, and the accusations are sure to send shock waves all the way from Michigan to NCAA headquarters.

The detailed Free Press story by writers Michael Rosenberg and Mark Snyder has statements from six current or former players who claimed the Wolverines' coaching staff made demands on the players' time that greatly exceeded NCAA limits.

Rodriguez made a statement to the newspaper that "we follow the rules and have always been completely committed to being compliant with all NCAA rules."

While many programs are probably guilty of breaking certain rules knowingly or unknowingly, due to the myriad of rules and the many gray areas where teams would rather "ask forgiveness than permission," actual stories of players admitting to their school's violations are few and far between.

And the guess here is that Michigan's in some serious trouble.

(This story is also featured on, a Bleacher Report blog dedicated to Big Ten football)