sending the media free pizza and bread sticks is not a NCAA violation.
ENTHRALLING photo of a hotel hallway via Angelique Chengelis on Twitter.
First, the official statement from Athletic Director Dave Brandon:
Statement from Dave Brandon Regarding NCAA Hearing
We feel that the committee gave us a full and fair hearing today. Our statements today were similar to those we provided the NCAA earlier this summer: We own the mistakes we have made, we fixed some process and communication problems that caused them, and we’re keeping a close eye on this so it doesn’t happen again.
I’m proud of the extra effort everyone has been putting into compliance these past several months. Rich and his staff – in coordination with the compliance group – have been working together to keep us on the right track.
We will await the committee’s decision and we will not speculate about the outcome – we must let the process play out. We won’t comment further on this matter until after we receive the committee’s decision.
We’re going to get back to Michigan now for the start of what we expect will be a great football season.
And now, a few relevant newsbits via the Twitter accounts of the various beat reporters who were there:
Principal U-M figures are arriving in hearing room, including Rich Rodriguez... Others arriving: former GA Alex Herron, UM s/c coach Mike Barwis, Big Ten comm Jim Delany, UM asst AD Scott Draper, UM fac rep Percy Bates. about 9 hours ago via UberTwitter
Brandon wouldn't specify timetable for hearing committee ruling, but said it was a wide range of dates 23 minutes ago via tweetdeck
Fmr. Michigan grad assistant Alex Herron (who we think is him) left the meeting room at 9:15 a.m. Not sure if he is done for the day.
about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck
11:07. Alex Herron returns to the meeting room off semi-full elevator, buttoning up his tan suit as he walked.
Alex Herron is out of the room and heads into the elevator and gone with Draper. Lunch break.
about 5 hours ago
Brandon on hearing: "It was a very fair and thorough hearing ... feel good about fact we were given that opp and the process will continue."
22 minutes ago via web
NCAA's final UM verdict? Brandon: "They gave us wide ranges of time. But that's not for me to announce."
19 minutes ago via web
Brandon: "We're going to go back (to UM), we're going to prepare for a great season were going to get focused on football"..et ncaa do work
12 minutes ago via web
And non-hearing news:
U-M AD Dave Brandon sent the waiting media pizza and breadsticks -- Domino's, of course. Greatly appreciated.
BigTen commish Jim Delany just chatted with the media about some conference issues. Said divisions should be decided within a month.
Michigan AD Dave Brandon on U-M/#Alabama: "Maybe."
Brandon talked with NotreDame AD Jack Swarbrick & said they are "excited about continuing the series and working on what form that takes."
More on the NCAA hearing after the weekend.
sending the media free pizza and bread sticks is not a NCAA violation.
He can deliver the pizza, but he's not allowed to watch anybody eat, and he can't offer any coaching on how to split up the bill.
Also, if you cut the pieces, into smaller pieces, you have to record the number of pieces on forms called "CARA" forms (Countable Athletically-Related Aberrations), and turn in the forms every week. All forms need to be co-signed by Rich Rodriguez, Mike Barwis, Judy Van Horn, Bo Schembechler, Don Canham, Gerald R. Ford, Dave Brandon, Brandon Graham, Brandon Minor, Brandon Inge and at least 1500 registered voters from Brandon, South Dakota. Oh, and also Michael Rosenberg needs to see them all, pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act Request.
Not all slices are countable slices.
That is all that needs to be said!
But then again on a side note - tonight at a wedding here in Denver, I bet a guy (my brother who went to CU) 3 bills that Michigan will have more wins than CU! I couldn't believe the shit he was talking about RRod! 4 Months from now - I should have a new autographed helmet!
Already have a Brady - MgoBlog should decide!
But no lava crunch cakes? It's a slap in the face.
DBrandon certainly knows how to string words together in convincing fashion.
Time for football.
The only positive to come out of this mess is that from his conduct is is apparent that Michigan finally has an AD in Brandon who is probably unequalled. I wish he had been on the scene a few years earlier.
Also: we now have confirmation that beige suits are popular again.
Win or lose, the University Officials and Coach Rodriguez took their best shot and stated their case.
They were forthright, admitted their mistakes, have taken their punishment, and have implemented procedures so this will not happen again.
The rest is up to the NCAA.
(How does this compare to the attitude of USC?)
At the end of the day, it is done, and Rich Rod can focus on his football team.
Next up: some awesome practices, some great position battles, sweet debate threads, and finally . . . football!!
Now it's waiting time. After today, we have no control over the final NCAA decision.
I hope that Dave Brandon didn't provide any pizza for the Freep reporters.
he did. Cheese, pepperoni and EColi.
Can't even believe we give them the time of day. Go Blue !!!
I believe AP member organizations are allowed to change the headline when they re-publish, just so everyone knows. People will most likely see this story, but maybe not with the same title.
They were followed by as many as 12 boxes of material being brought into the hearing.
"When you have never done something before you never know what it's going to be like. We were very well prepared, our representatives, our internal counsel, our legal counsel we brought in, our specialists, everybody did a great job preparing us for what took place in there," Brandon said. "We went in there with a lot of confidence and a clear understanding of what our objectives were and as I said we got a very fair and open hearing."
Between the lines it sounds as if the meeting went well.
At least there were no surprises.
Those quotes are very telling...
What happens if the the Mafia doesn't agree with UM's self-imposed punishments? Are there speculations out there for additional consequences? What UM should have done is promised them a bigger cut of all the revenue they provide. That will shut them up.
On to September 4. A must win. Nerve wracking to think about it!
In high school, I had two trips to the principle's office.
The second* was junior year, when I was a well-established, nerdy all-A's kid, and got sent to the Principle by a particularly hateful drama teacher for doing another class's homework during a classmate's performance. My parents both arrived for my "hearing," ready to provide detailed records of homework schedules and extracurricular activities, and super-interested in having an open discussion about the course of their child's education, and ready to do whatever it took to ensure such an academic travesty would never again occur. Meanwhile, I was sweating bullets and imagining a letter about this transgression being read by a Michigan admissions officer.
The Principle was blindsided. Disinterested and biased parents and repeat offenders he knew how to deal with, but the over-apologetic school newspaper editor nailed by a spiteful drama teacher for doing Calc problems while classmates, literally, were reciting phone numbers on stage -- this was was not something he ever imagined. He acted stern, we played out the scene, and no, Michigan didn't get a letter about my disobedience.
Oh, I got some crap for it for weeks after from kids with not-quite-so-clean records who loved the chance to see Saint So-and-So take a fall, but I am today astounded about how much time and worry and fear I put into something that was so obviously not at all a big deal.
No matter what the assholes say, this is not a big deal. Worthy of taking seriously, absolutely, but not a big deal.
* The first was a good old-fashioned fight, which I think even up 'till the mid-'90s every guy in high school had to participate in at least one fight freshman year, just so the barbarians would know he would.
Thank god that's over, now we can all just focus on the countdown to the demolition of UConn.