The school issued its official response Monday night regarding NCAA violations committed by five of its sports, including secondary ones involving the football program. The most serious violation involved the women’s tennis program and prompted the NCAA to include the dreaded “lack of institutional control” into the allegations, although it appears likely that hammer will not fall on the football side of the ledger.
On the football side, all of the 63 instances noted by the NCAA involved potential recruits receiving impermissible benefits provided by players who were at the time members of the football program. The NCAA’s inquiry alleges those impermissible benefits occurred from 2005-2010.
The majority of allegations involve impermissible housing, transportation or meals, where an incoming student-athlete was provided a place to sleep (often on a couch or floor), a car ride or was provided free food by an existing student-athlete.
In football, the NCAA determined that total dollar value over five years was $4,934 for all of the housing, transportation and meals provided to 63 incoming student-athletes. All services ranged from $2.34 to a maximum of $417.55 and have been reimbursed by the student-athletes.
(Yes, you read that correctly; they got dinged in one instance for two dollars and some change.)
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In a sign that the Michigan Athletic Department knew the details of the allegations that the NCAA would level at the football program over the alleged practice time and compliance violations well before the announcement yesterday, the new spokesperson for the Athletic Department outlined the gist of the defense it will employ at the upcoming NCAA hearing on infractions. It's a ballsy defense that doesn't beat around the bush...and it employs a familiar face with a lot of star power to make it for them:
Despite the genius idea of hiring Allen Iverson as the new spokesperson for the Athletic Department (Dave Brandon, you are earning your salary!), it's a risky move by Michigan...some might even say it's stupid. But hey, USC just said "fuck you" to the the NCAA by hiring Lane Kiffin while under serious investigation for the violations that he spearheaded. So the "Fuck You" defense is not unprecedented. It usually doesn't work. But hey, since Bo Schembechler died right before the Game of the Century, Michigan has gone from 11-0 and on its way to the National Championship in 2006 to losing to Appalachian St in the biggest upset in college football history, getting embarrassed by Oregon at the Big House, one of the worst coaching transitions in the history of time, a 3-9 season with a loss to Toledo, followed by another 5-7 season, an additional 4 straight losses to hated rival Ohio State, fan outrage and scandals galore...so, the "Fuck You" defense may not be the smart thing to do, but God-damnit, it feels good!
GOD-DAMNIT NCAA! WE TALKIN' 'BOUT PRACTICE!