U. of Michigan Punishes Itself for Football Violations
The University of Michigan acknowledged Tuesday that its football program had committed several major violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, and said it would restrict the activities of its coaching staff and limit practice time in coming seasons as self-imposed penalties for the rule breaking. The announcement came as the university sent to the NCAA its formal response to allegations that it had exceeded limits on the time its athletes are allowed to spend practicing and playing sports and on the number of allowable coaches in football. Michigan officials contested an NCAA allegation that its football coach, Rich Rodriguez, had "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program." The case now goes to the association's Division I Committee on Infractions, which will decide whether to accept the university's findings and proposed penalties, or perhaps add to them.