NCAA Says Rodriguez, Michigan Not in Compliance

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email
The NCAA says Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez once relished the idea of coaching in “The Game” — the annual rivalry showdown against Ohio State — but with a 5-6 record overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten, Rodriguez is not only fighting for a win today, but also his job.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The NCAA has found that Michigan's storied football program was out of compliance with practice time rules under coach Rich Rodriguez.

Incoming athletic director David Brandon disclosed the finding Tuesday. He says there were no surprises in the NCAA findings. He also says Rodriguez remains the coach.

Michigan has 90 days to respond and will appear at an NCAA hearing on infractions in August.

The NCAA has been looking into allegations raised last fall that Michigan players practiced or spent time on football-related activities beyond NCAA limits. Michigan is seeing how its internal investigation matches up with the NCAA findings and will consider implementing sanctions

The NCAA sent Michigan President, Mary Sue Coleman a notice of inquiry in October, saying it planned to complete its investigation by Dec. 31 of last year.

Michigan is college football's winningest program, but sputtered to a 5-7 record in 2009, Rodriguez's second season in charge of the Wolverines.

Rodriguez was the former head football coach at WVU.


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