As I ate my reheated pizza this morning, I opened my Kindle and flipped to the front page of the Detroit Free Press. Needless to say I was a little bit shocked at the front page article about the "rigorous football program under Rich Rodriguez". The article alledges that during the off-season workouts, players were pushed far more than the 8-hour limit, resulting in deteriorating grades and physical illness.
However, as NCAA sanctions and the like were mentioned, I began to see a glimmer of hope:
1. All programs do this. As everyone knows, in college (and high school sports, for that matter) off season workouts are not "voluntary", but mandatory if you ever want to see the field.
2. The coaches never strictly declared they were mandatory. Because of this, I'm not sure the NCAA truly can come back and slam the U-M football program. Besides, what are they going to do, take away our 3 wins from last year?
3. Finally, this seems to be another facet of the "wah wah family values" that we've seen develop over the last year and half. Hopefully the NCAA will take this into consideration when reviewing the situation.