NCAA Issues Notice of Inquiry to Michigan Regarding Football Program

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines watches warmups before the game with the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Michigan won 45-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The WolverineCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2009

ESPN reports that the NCAA has issued a notice of inquiry to the University of Michigan. A notice is issued when there is reasonably credible information available to suggest a violation may have occurred.

The investigation will be completed by December 31. It is unknown whether the NCAA is investigating allegations of minor or major infractions.

One concern, of course, will be the effect, if any, on recruiting. Fortunately, the December 31 deadline is prior to February's signing day, so recruits can make their decision after the first report has been made.

According to the Anti-Rodriguez Press , the next step after the investigation phase would be to issue notice of allegations, assuming any violations were found.

That would likely mean penalties, but the range of penalties probably won't be known until the allegations, if any, are revealed.

Keep in mind folks, the likelihood that these will result in major penalties such as losing scholarships and bowl suspensions is very low. This does not appear to be on par with the FSU cheating scandal or buying offensive lineman recruits.

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