Rich Rod: Down To The Fourth Quarter?

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22:  Rich Rodriguez the Head Coach of the Michigan Wolverines is pictured during the Big Ten Conference game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Michigan way, something that has been edified by coaches such as Fritz Crisler, Bo Schembechler, and Lloyd Carr, has been a way of clean play, staying loyal to the team concept of football, and being a representative of all that comes with being a Michigan man.

Never in the long history of Wolverine football has there been a hint of NCAA scandal, something that couldn't be said at places like Alabama, Florida, and my boys on the Plains.

All of that could change given what was reported in the Detroit Free Press when a group of current and former Wolverine players, accused Rich Rodriguez and his staff of rule violations.

After reading several tweets from Joe Schad, who interviewed a couple of players, the claim from them that they were normally in the facility from 10:30 in the morning to 9:30 at night, going far and beyond the allowed four hours that the NCAA requires per day.

According to the NCAA, during the football season, the weekly amount of time for football-related activities is 20 hours, so if this deems to be true, then Rodriguez, who went 3-9 in his first season in Ann Arbor, could be facing more pressure than a guy who likes a really hot girl in his church but is falling short of expectation from his peers.

The report also goes to say that 7-on-7 drills, which are according to the NCAA, supposed to be player-coordinated and without the presence of coaches, were observed by coaches.

So that means instead of trusting the players, Rodriguez decides to micromanage his program and have Big Brother watch over drills that are supposed to separate the ones who want to turn the corner around in Ann Arbor and the ones who don't.

The third allegation?

According to the same players that were interviewed by the Free Press, the expectation from Rich Rod and his staff was to spend two to three times the amount that is required by the NCAA for offseason workouts, which is eight hours including film review.

In Ann Arbor, the thing was that if you didn't do the required stuff for strength and conditioning, more work would be added on to it.

Sort of like when during my time at Crichton College, where I was a student assistant basketball coach, one of the players that didn't perform well on the track ended up being let go.

Obviously, and this coming from a guy that saw a half-dozen players let go last season, the stuff that can happen at a small school like Crichton can't happen at a school like Michigan.

You can let go of a half-dozen players at Crichton or some other small school and no one would give a damn.

But do something like this at a program that has tradition and integrity as its nameplate, then something should be done if these allegations are true.

And trust me if they are, then Rich Rodriguez will see a great big pink slip more than likely in the coming months.

That is, if some act of God happens.


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