He Did What?: Alleged NCAA Violations Further Tarnish Rich Rodriguez

Adam BoutonCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 06: Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines looks on while playing the Miami of Ohio Red Hawks on September 6, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The University of Michigan paid an arm and a leg to tear Rich Rodriguez away from West Virginia.

The university has yet to receive anything in return for its radical investment.

Several former and current Michigan players cried foul in a report released Saturday stating Rodriguez routinely violated NCAA rules by exceeding practice and training time limits.

This is another sorry chapter in the Rodriguez regime and further tarnishes his legacy as head man in Ann Arbor.

Already a controversial figure when he arrived on Michigan's campus, Rodriguez may have swung at strike two perhaps setting himself up for early termination and a ticket out of Michigan if something else happens.

The timing also couldn't be worse for Rodriguez.

After one of the worst seasons in Michigan football history in 2008, Rodriguez was already walking on thin ice heading into 2009. A big turnaround was expected and anticipation for the opening of the new season was at its peak with just one week left before the first kickoff.

Training camp had Michigan fans everywhere excited and ready for a fresh beginning.

Now, many aren't sure what to think.

I do.

The NCAA and the university need to investigate. Should any of the anonymous players be speaking the truth, Rodriguez should seriously be considered as possibly an ex-coach at the University of Michigan.

Bo Schembechler must be rolling in his grave.

A university known for dedicated, loyal, and trustworthy players and coaches, Michigan has suddenly transformed into a basket case.

Players are coming and going, coaches are having to focus on alleged violations instead of gameplans and nobody knows where the heck Michigan will finish in the Big Ten standings.

It all started the moment Rich Rodriguez walked onto the Michigan campus.

Lloyd Carr must be in disbelief. This would have never happened under his guidance.

If Rodriguez did exceed limits, than pushing young athletes past the NCAA rules would be a major issue. He obviously hasn't demanded the respect from his players, either, as they are the ones talking. Again, this probably would have never crossed the minds of any of the players when Carr coached.

To go along with that, the fact is also that he's making headlines for the wrong reasons and none of the right ones.

Michigan used to be a staple of what was right in college football.

College football programs across the country admired the Wolverines for its work ethic, loyalty, and success year after year. Now, they probably are mirroring a different school.

Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin made a very thoughtful, careful and considered approach when deciding on Rodriguez as his head coach.

As of right now, I bet even he's wondering if he made the right choice.


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