NCAA finds Michigan out of compliance

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez admitted to making “mistakes” in wake of the NCAA finding that the football team failed to comply with practice time rules under his watch.

At a news conference on Tuesday in Ann Arbor, incoming athletic director David Brandon, who takes over as AD on March 8, revealed the NCAA allegations levied against the Wolverines. And although he said there were no surprises in the report, indicating that the administration was well aware of potential infractions, Brandon offered his full support of Rodriguez, who is 8-16 in two years at the university.

In the NCAA report that was received by the school on Monday, Rodriguez was charged with failing “to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program,” as well as neglecting to track what his staff was doing and whether his players were following NCAA rules.

In addition, the report stated that the athletics department failed to make sure its football program was complying with NCAA regulations.

While Brandon admitted that the athletic department made mistakes, he did not believe that there was any “loss of institutional control.”

The university now has 90 days to respond to the charges and is scheduled to appear at an NCAA infractions hearing in August.

According to the Associated Press, Michigan will compare how its internal investigation lines up with the NCAA findings and will consider implementing self-imposed sanctions.

Based on the contract he signed when he arrived in Ann Arbor, Rodriguez can be fired for cause if the NCAA, the Big Ten or the school determines he committed a major violation of NCAA rules or he intentionally committed any other type of violation of NCAA rules.

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