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ConwayGamecock
08-06-2010, 09:33 AM
W. Virginia receives notice from NCAA

ESPN.com news services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The NCAA has accused West Virginia's football program of five major and one secondary rules violations from 2005 to 2009, including under former coach Rich Rodriguez.

The allegations released Thursday allege student managers, graduate assistants and others worked with football players on their skills and techniques in violation of NCAA limits. The alleged violations occurred under both Rodriguez and current coach Bill Stewart.

The allegations say both Rodriguez and Stewart failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance. The NCAA made similar accusations against Rodriguez during an earlier, separate investigation at Michigan.

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said Thursday that WVU has fully cooperated with the NCAA.

"West Virginia University has always prided itself on its commitment to compliance," Luck said in a statement. "We take this responsibility very seriously. I know that our coaches and staff are fully supportive of these obligations."

The NCAA has interviewed more than 80 people during the past nine months, Luck said. The NCAA arrived on West Virginia's campus in April following its investigation into Rodriguez's practices at Michigan.

Luck said West Virginia has already taken strides to avoid further improprieties, including reducing the number of football staff members and restructuring the student manager program. The school also came up with new guidelines for which tasks non-coaching assistants could and could not perform. Luck said West Virginia may impose other measures in the wake of the NCAA's notice.

Stewart became West Virginia's head coach in 2008, taking over for Rodriguez, who left for Michigan after the 2007 season. Under Rodriguez, the Wolverines are being investigated by the NCAA for five potentially major rules violations, including those limiting the time spent on practice and football-related activities.

In May, Michigan self-imposed a reduction in the number of assistants -- so-called quality control staff -- from five to three and banned the assistants from practices, games and coaching meetings for the rest of the coming season.

Michigan admitted that not only had players put in too many hours, but also that too many people were acting as coaches. The school said non-coaches had crossed the line in specific situations and engaged in coaching activities as defined by the NCAA.

"There was absolutely no intent by this coach or any of his assistant coaches to hide anything from compliance," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in May. "We disagree, I disagree, that Rich failed to provide an atmosphere of compliance. Rich has a history of following the rules."

Rodriguez said in a statement that he has always taken compliance seriously and "sincerely felt our program was open and transparent."

"I regret any mistakes that were made or rules that were misinterpreted," he said. "Any errors certainly weren't made intentionally. I openly discussed my past practices with NCAA investigators and will continue to cooperate fully during this process.

"I have redoubled efforts with my staff and our compliance team to improve several processes, strengthen communications and work to ensure these mistakes won't happen in the future," he said.

Brandon said there will be no change in Rodriguez's job status as a result of Thursday's NCAA announcements.

"We're not part of the inquiry at WVU and we have limited access to the information pertaining to this investigation," Brandon said. "We're certainly paying close attention to the situation, but we all need to let the process and the facts unfold before we draw any conclusions. I'm not going to speculate about any aspect of the outcome.

"I've already said Rich is our coach this fall and WVU's announcement does not change that fact."

Among the NCAA's allegations involving West Virginia:

Between the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, non-coaching staff members monitored and/or conducted skill-development activities with football players at least two days a week in the spring and summer.

Between the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, non-coaching staff members sometimes analyzed video with football players.

From 2005-06 to 2007-08, non-coaching staff members sat in on coaches' meetings that they were not allowed to attend.

From 2007-08 to 2009-10, non-coaching staff members did the above and also provided advice and/or corrections to players pertaining to technique and plays.

The NCAA also wants to know if West Virginia believes Rodriguez and/or Stewart knew or should have known of the violations and/or that they were violations of NCAA rules.

"I have spoken at length to Coach Bill Stewart and his staff and I am convinced that they believe in operating a fully compliant football program," Luck said. "Coach Stewart and his coaches have my full support, the full support of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the full support of the university."

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Just Some Hog Dude
08-06-2010, 09:38 AM
That is just like Memphis and Calipari. It doesn't matter to Rich Rod now.

Herchel
08-06-2010, 09:41 AM
Too bad he turned down the Bama job.

Storm
08-06-2010, 09:49 AM
great spin by Michigan fans right now. The gist is:

"Hey, this obviously shows he just didn't know the rule. He was doing it before he came to Ann Arbor and nobody ever corrected him. It's not his fault the rule book is so ridiculous."


LMAO

Honestly, I don't know what's going to happen, but he better win at least 8 games this season if he wants to hold on to his job at UM. If not, look out for the old drunk himself to come home next season.

Just Some Hog Dude
08-06-2010, 09:55 AM
Does Michigan still want Les Miles?

Storm
08-06-2010, 10:04 AM
no, I was talking about Jim Harbaugh

DBS
08-06-2010, 12:13 PM
Does Michigan still want Les Miles?

he said drunk, not retard.

BigBamaFan
08-07-2010, 01:34 PM
Too bad he turned down the Bama job.
At this point in the thread I feel compeled to thank Rita Rod for stopping Rich from taking the Bama job and Saban heading to Michigan.

KingDawg
08-08-2010, 12:35 PM
I'm not sure there's anything he can do to save his job this year. I look at who they have coming back and their schedule, and I just think they'll struggle to get to seven wins. If we give him 7-5, that would bring his overall record at Michigan to 15-21 (before a bowl game). Michigan fans: That's not acceptable, right? And contrast your situation with that of the Wolverines' two biggest rivals. Ohio State is a powerhouse that refuses to budge from their perennial perch atop the Big 10. Notre Dame is rejuvenated under Brian Kelly. Michigan's got to make their move or risk fading into Illinois-esque mediocrity.

Storm
08-08-2010, 01:19 PM
I'll wait until Kelly actually does something at ND before going crazy about that.

but yeah, it'll probably take 8+ wins to save his job this year. assuming he's not just fired over the sanctions. and then we get another 3 years of rebuilding.

yippee

Just Some Hog Dude
08-08-2010, 01:52 PM
I'm not sure there's anything he can do to save his job this year. I look at who they have coming back and their schedule, and I just think they'll struggle to get to seven wins. If we give him 7-5, that would bring his overall record at Michigan to 15-21 (before a bowl game). Michigan fans: That's not acceptable, right? And contrast your situation with that of the Wolverines' two biggest rivals. Ohio State is a powerhouse that refuses to budge from their perennial perch atop the Big 10. Notre Dame is rejuvenated under Brian Kelly. Michigan's got to make their move or risk fading into Illinois-esque mediocrity.

...expect a turnaround at Illinois.

KingDawg
08-08-2010, 02:02 PM
...expect a turnaround at Illinois.

I was really just using them as an example. Historically, Illinois is kinda everything Michigan is not. They have like ~ 500 all-time wins (average). Michigan has the most wins all-time. It would be sad to think that the Wolverines might just become another face in the crowd after such a storied past. But it can happen. Not too long ago, Syracuse was a team that was always somewhere in the national consciousness. They produced a ton of great players and played in a lot of good bowl games. Go look at how many wins they have and think about how many they could have if they didn't completely fall off the map over the last 10 years or so...

Just Some Hog Dude
08-08-2010, 02:05 PM
I think they have always been mediocre. It isn't a recent thing. Paul Petrino is taking over the offense though. They will be better atleast on that side of the ball.

Storm
08-08-2010, 02:08 PM
Michigan won't be down forever. l

Just Some Hog Dude
08-08-2010, 02:09 PM
Michigan won't be down forever. l

I suspect you are right.

YR_Tiger
08-11-2010, 12:28 PM
he said drunk, not retard.

LOL...Rep...hey wait a minute here...Les is my man...

YR_Tiger
08-11-2010, 12:38 PM
I'll wait until Kelly actually does something at ND before going crazy about that.

but yeah, it'll probably take 8+ wins to save his job this year. assuming he's not just fired over the sanctions. and then we get another 3 years of rebuilding.

yippee

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
Sat., Sep. 4 vs. Connecticut TV Ann Arbor, Mich. 3:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Sep. 11 at Notre Dame TV South Bend, Ind. 3:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Sep. 18 vs. Massachusetts TV Ann Arbor, Mich. 12:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Sep. 25 vs. Bowling Green TV Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Sat., Oct. 2 at Indiana * TV Bloomington, Ind. TBA
Sat., Oct. 9 vs. Michigan State * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Sat., Oct. 16 vs. Iowa (Homecoming) * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. 3:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 30 at Penn State * TV State College, Pa. 8:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Nov. 6 vs. Illinois * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Sat., Nov. 13 at Purdue * TV West Lafayette, Ind. TBA
Sat., Nov. 20 vs. Wisconsin * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Sat., Nov. 27 at Ohio State * TV Columbus, Ohio TBA

I think you win these 8

Storm
08-11-2010, 02:34 PM
i hope you're right, YR. I also think we have a good shot at beating PSU this year. They have a freshman QB that's totally different than what they've had the past 4 years. PSU may be down for the count this season

IllinoisDawg63
08-11-2010, 04:04 PM
...expect a turnaround at Illinois.turnaround in what?? men's tennis? Illinois is all about basketball. They only race with Indiana to try keeping elite.

IllinoisDawg63
08-11-2010, 04:09 PM
Is it possible Lloyd Carr gave RichRod a secret stab in back by RichRod's attending Carr's last game as coach(vs Florida)?

Storm
08-11-2010, 05:25 PM
it's no secret that Lloyd has never been a fan of RR. But he was an even less of a fan of Miles.

Storm
08-18-2010, 10:24 PM
b1tch.