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    Michigan football program broke rules, players say

    Michigan football program broke rules, players say
    Rodriguez denies exceeding NCAA time guidelines
    By MICHAEL ROSENBERG AND MARK SNYDER
    FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITERS
    Posted: 7:16 p.m. Aug. 29, 2009

    The University of Michigan football team consistently has violated NCAA rules governing off-season workouts, in-season demands on players and mandatory summer activities under coach Rich Rodriguez, numerous players told the Free Press.

    Players on the 2008 and 2009 teams described training and practice sessions that far exceeded limits set by the NCAA, which governs college athletics. The restrictions are designed to protect players’ well-being, ensure adequate study time and prevent schools from gaining an unfair competitive advantage.

    The players, who did not want to be identified because they feared repercussions from coaches, said the violations occurred routinely at the direction of Rodriguez’s staff.

    “It’s one of those things where you can’t say something,” one current Wolverine said. “If you say something, they’re going to say you’re a lazy person and don’t want to work hard.”

    That player was one of six current or former players who gave lengthy, detailed and nearly identical descriptions of the program to the Free Press.

    “We know the practice and off-season rules, and we stay within the guidelines,” Rodriguez said in a statement issued Friday to the Free Press. “We follow the rules and have always been completely committed to being compliant with all NCAA rules.”

    If the NCAA investigates and concludes that U-M willfully and repeatedly broke the rules, the NCAA could find major violations. That could trigger probation, loss of scholarships and loss of practice time.

    Michigan, which has won more games than any program in college football history, has never been found guilty of major violations in football.

    The players say they routinely are required to work out or practice many more hours throughout the year than the NCAA allows. They also say members of Rodriguez’s staff have broken rules by monitoring off-season scrimmages.
    The university as well as the Big Ten are reportedly investigating.


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    Re: Michigan football program broke rules, players say

    “We know the practice and off-season rules, and we stay within the guidelines,” Rodriguez said in a statement issued Friday to the Free Press. “We follow the rules and have always been completely committed to being compliant with all NCAA rules.”
    Somehow, being "completely committed to being compliant" probably doesn't cut it.

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    Re: Michigan football program broke rules, players say

    Hey, if it takes a little "strettttttching" of the rules to beat ND, I'll take it. Two and Oh. And that freshman QB is looking good. Sure he'd be on the news if he went to USC...

    GO BLUE!!!
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    Re: Michigan football program broke rules, players say

    Looks like all those extra practices are paying off!

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    Re: Michigan football program broke rules, players say

    I used to play with tate forcier in Pop Warner and our high school team team beat his team on the Last play of the game on our homecoming night. He used to play for scripps ranch and PATRICK hENRY BEAT EM'


    Tate Forcier is a beast, i got to sack him once and pick him off
    but he still threw for over 500 yards and 5 td's. haha

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    Re: Michigan football program broke rules, players say

    HAIL TO THE VICTORS!!!!!!!!
    gO BLUE!!!!!!!!!

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