Reading some of the live reports of what was said during the press conference today, it appears U of M may have done what every university does at some point—not 'exactly' follow the rules. This is not the big story the Free Press initially wrote up, but something tells me they'll find a way to make today's press conference into (again) something it is not.
What it is (if you take the time to look at the quotes) is an admission that UM did not completely follow the rules:
Quality control staff were present during stretching routines. Things like this led to an overage of two hours of additional practice time some weeks.
When students had an unexcused absence during class they were disciplined over the summer. According to the rules, while they are to be disciplined in the Fall and Winter, they are not to be disciplined in the Summer for this.
Also, the CARA forms were not turned in on time. To alleviate this, the athletic department is switching to an online CARA form which should make it easier for student athletes to get them in.
What does it amount to? Minor allegations and a hearing in August. It will most likely bring self-imposed sanctions of some sort from UM's athletic department just to save face. As incoming athletic director David Brandon said, "Rich Rodriguez is our football coach and he will be our football coach next year. There's nothing that I see in what has come out from the notice of allegations or our internal investigation that leads me to believe there should be any change in the status of our football coach." If these were major findings don't you think he would've held off on that announcement?
Maybe now the press can put some time in covering U$C paying players or Florida having players on their team arrested time and time again. The press might even venture up to Oregon to see what all the fuss is about. Most likely, they'll find a way to continue this witch hunt after Rich Rodriguez. How sad is that...
Anyway, this press conference is a relief. Michigan will be okay. Obviously no fan wants to see their school go through this, but it's nice to know the part where we fans are in the dark is somewhat over. We know (more so) what happened now, and in this writer's opinion, it's something very minor that will result in a slap on the wrist (possibly a self imposed slap).
UPDATE -- Here is a fair look at the situation.