Updated 11/4/10 at 11:18 am
The NCAA Committee on Infractions has apparently dropped the 5th allegation. This was probably the most concerning allegation, so that is welcome news. Specifically, it named Rodriguez and says he "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance".
It does appear that the NCAA added to Michigan's penalties slightly. Instead of 2 years of probation, it appears that Michigan gets 3. Still, this means the Free Press jihad against Michigan is over, and all of those crackpot theories about how the NCAA was going to nuke the football program into oblivion to make an example out of Rodriguez are gone.
The full report will be released from the university at 3 pm.
Original story follows..
Pretty significant news, as multiple sources are reporting that the NCAA will be releasing Michigan's punishments stemming from allegations that occurred in late August 2009.
AP source: Michigan "very happy" about NCAA ruling that will be released Thursday
Michigan suffered its first ever NCAA investigations into the football program, bringing, if possible, more gloom and doom to Ann Arbor. However, it appears that Michigan will be pretty satisfied with the ruling according to several reports.
Michigan acknowledged, after an internal investigation of their own, that they were guilty of four of the five alleged violations that the NCAA presented to the University in May. The only allegation Michigan disputed was that Rodriguez failed to "promote an atmosphere of compliance."
Michigan self-imposed penalties included two years probation and reduced training time by 130 hours over the next 2 years. This was double the time the NCAA says was questionable.
All reports look as if the news is as good as NCAA trouble can be. Perhaps the Wolverines get a bit of a silver lining this week. It's much needed after a terrible loss, seeing its only veteran CB get a season-ending ankle injury and, of course, the dark storm clouds of the media surrounding The Big House.
Because Michigan has admitted to 4 rule violations, and disputed a 5th, the best case scenario for Michigan is that the NCAA dropped the 5th allegation and accepted Michigan's self-imposed penalties. Rodriguez and AD David Brandon spent 8 hours in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Seattle on August 12th pleading their case.
1) The NCAA accepted Michigan's plea and dropped the 5th violation and did not hand down any other violations. Case closed.
2) The NCAA says Michigan was in violation of their 5th allegation and chooses to impose additional penalties. Michigan can (and likely would) appeal this decision.
Let's hope it's the former as a bit of good news (even if it's in the backhanded form of NCAA rule-breaking) would be welcome in Ann Arbor.