Michigan Can't Comply with NCAA, Faces Sanctions

Jay NicolsCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2010

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)
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Critics of the Rich Rodriguez regime finally have substantial evidence to exile him from Ann Arbor.

Today, the University of Michigan is looking at a few scenarios, now that the NCAA have levied five alleged violations against its football program.

Those scenarios include self discipline, a rebuttal of allegations, and possible NCAA sanctions in scholarship losses, coaching staff limitations, and/or probation.

The five allegations are:

  1. Winter and summer workouts were monitored on a regular basis by quality control, and they assisted with coaching duties on and off the field in 2008-2009.
  2. Players were required to practice longer than the allotted time during the offseason. In some instances, it was an extra 20 minutes or up to two hours of practice time per week.
  3. Alex Herron, graduate assistant coach, lied to the NCAA enforcement staff about his involvement in summer workouts. He was not permitted to be in attendance according to the NCAA bylaws.
  4. Coach Rodriguez "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program and failed to adequately monitor the duties and activities," according to the letter.
  5. The athletic dept. did not monitor the football program as closely as it should have to ensure compliance. 

These five possible major NCAA violations loom on the eve of the 2010 football season as Michigan reveals the new and improved Big House. Another Rich Rodriguez year and another negative story to boot.

According to an article by Dave Birkett on AnnArbor.com, Michigan has 90 days to respond.

If these are major violations, what is paying your RB to play at your school worth?

As Allen Iverson once said, "We talkin' 'bout PRACTICE!" 


What's Next for Michigan Football

Athletic director-in-waiting David Brandon said during the news conference that "Rich Rodriguez is our football coach and will be our football coach next year, nothing leads me to believe there should be a change."

Nothing should change. Yes, the coaching staff seemed to be incompetent when it came to keeping compliance, but the fact that these alleged violations are major is the more concerning fact.

Rodriguez will be on the hot seat this season when sanctions are handed down, and anything but progression will not be acceptable.

This was careless on behalf of the football staff and avoidable. Although I believe an extra 20 minutes or two hours doesn't hurt the player, rules are rules. They broke them, and what is done, is done.

Take your punishment and move on.