I don't like the words "coming down."
NCAA Investigation Announcement Tomorrow?
as well. I thought the same thing about the "coming down" statement, but who knows with Bernie's goofy ass.
I'm expecting someone will follow this up by finding ridiculous YouTube clips of Bernie segments, but I can't do it myself because I'm working on my undergrad senior design project.
"Come on down! You're the next contestant on The Price is Right!"
I can't imagine any sort of sanctions/penalty being announced tomorrow since the NCAA has spent the entire weekend grilling USC in Phoenix. All I could see happening at this point would be an announcement that this is all over with little/no punishment or that they are going to continue investigating.
Grilled USC releases such a savory aroma! Maybe there'll be a side of roasted Duck. Which in turn invites the question, 'how hard is it to get players to not commit assault?'. Obviously, much harder than I would've guessed.
In a way, though, it boils down to the difference between white collar and blue collar crime. Rob a dude at gunpoint for $80, go away for a few years in a federal pound-me-in-the-ass penitentiary. Embezzle a few million, pay a fine, do some community service, spend two years in a minimum security nerds-only day care. Be a violent face punching idiot Duck, get suspended/kicked off the team. Be a weasely rule annihilating Kiffin, get called in front of the NCAA, lie a bunch, lose a couple of scholarships for a couple of years. Shady recruiting is ultimately worse for the sport we love than a few face punches, but the slo-mo replays aren't as replayable. Thus, punches meet with harsher penalties (eh, Sparty?).
Bernie Smilovitz is second only to Eli Zaret in Sports Journalism annoying pool. (no those at the paper which shall not be named don't count. They're irrelevant to any and all discussion on "journalism.")
they outlasted Van Earl Wright by a long shot
is Don Shane the only trusted name in metro detroit sports anymore? its been a while.
(Bracing self for board reaction either way)
All you need to do is prepare yourself for the reaction if the news is bad. If the news is good we'll get some front-page muppets and 38 giant F-YOU open letters to the freep on the board. They'll all say the same thing, so you can just avoid them.
Well, I should have stated this, but I'm operating under the assumption that the Freep will declare victory either way. And what do you mean? I can't just avoid the board! I've got essays to write and exams to study for. That's patently not an option.
Well, I guess now I'll be following MGoBlog tomorrow at work.
Oh, wait, I already do that.
My hope is that we get no convictions and prove that the freep is full of it. But we will find out tomorrow aledgedly.
Were the players overpracticing committing felonies?
is happening today but they don't have a time yet.
"This is going to be a win for Rich Rod"
He said it this morning as I was driving in. (He is on the morning show this week)
Freep: "Rich Rod Tramples NCAA Toddler For Win, Will NOT Play Peek-Aboo"
"This is going to be a win for Rich Rod"
Well duh. Don't you know he's all about winning at all costs?
show me one example of the "win at all cost" mentality with Coach Rod. Oh yeah, that's right. His win at all costs mentality burned Justin Turner's redshirt late last season. Don't be a hater. Let the facts come out and then post that stuff.
that was sarcasm from Wahoo
I apologize for the "hater" tag. It's just so hard to tell these days with the influx of the Free Press hate.
see post two below.
For the record, I'm very, very nervous. The NCAA has gone through everything with a fine tooth comb. If nothing is found, M truly is the cleanest program in the land, and I'll have a new fuzzy warm feeling for RR.
Conference is supposed to be at 11:00 a.m., I think.
so is this really happening? or is everyone still just speculating?
The press conference? That appears true. Rivals, Scout and people on the radio are all saying an announcement is expected today.
As far as the outcome, I think that's more speculation, but some educated speculation.
Then it is not true. Ask Drew Sharpe.
The word on the street is just a bunch of little crap infractions that every program everywhere is guilty of, and the press conference will announce that the NCAA said to, "be careful."
As such, the Freep headline tomorrow will read as follows:
"Rodriguez, Michigan Football Guilty of Numerous Infractions, Narrowly Skirt Major Punishment"
I think you're right, but it's still significant to have allegations against the football program proved true, even if they are minor and everyone else does the same thing.
If I understand what was said correctly (given nothing has yet been announced), it sounds like the alleged major practice time violations will not be proven true. Personally, I'll be extremely happy and relieved for Rich Rod and his program, even if there are some minor concerns. Now they can tell the Freep to go pound sand and get themselves ready to stomp UConn this fall.
Congratulations! You just did their work for them by giving them their next headline. That's the hard part. All that stuff that comes after that is inconsequential anyway, right? At least at the FREEP?
Does anyone have more information about the press conference, like will it be streamed somewhere?
man that IS scary. Because every time a journalist uses a colorful statement like that, you KNOW it means there's something to it because a sports-journalist in southeast Michigan would never exaggerate anything, or say anything misleading, would they?
Maybe they meant the NCAA is "going down" on Michigan. That sounds like a good thing... extra scholarships anyone?
That... that's entirely too disturbing. I hereby demand that you wash your mouth out with lifebouy.
My personal preference is Lux, but Palmolive has a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness. Life Buoy, on the other hand... YECCHH!
nothing worse than LAVA.
Now my tongue feels chafed.
"RichRod drops F-bomb, attempts to pass blame onto innocent neighbor."
"Also sabotages attempt to change tire, stranding family of four."
that says for sure the press conference is happening today?
They know everything.
to anything? Please?
but there are links behind paywalls. I don't know if that's helpful to you or not
and the CBS site that does the Press Conferences. I don't see anything scheduled as of yet.
Karsch on 97.1 reported this morning that he heard this was going to be a win for Rich Rod, and that there may be one minor violation, if any.
There was an article in the Michigan Daily a couple of days, maybe a week after that "secret meeting" about a new person in the compliance department. I looked for the link for a couple of minutes, but didn't see it right away, but I have heard all along as far as the CARA forms, well that was a couple of people in the Admin. playing the I don't really care for RR games, and didn't tell the staff that UM filled out these forms. The CARA forms are not a NCAA thing, but a UM thing. That is UM's method of compliance on the documentation of the workouts and what not. So if found guilty of that, they would essentially have not been compliant with their own plan.
So RR at least should be okay as far as the blame game on the CARA forms, I have no idea what to expect about the 20 hour rule and the mandatory workouts though.
But with the new compliance person hired in under the radar, and Karsch going on air about it probably being a win for RR, and there may be 1 minor violation, if any, I am thinking, actually hoping that this little compliance mishap is it.
I know, I know only 21 points, and no link to the Michigan Daily article. I wanted to try and ease some minds a little bit though.
any minor violations and this becomes a "ZERO SUM STORY", then those sons-a-bitches at the Free Press (Sharp and Rosenberg) should be sued for slander. They tried to flex their "muscle" and run RichRod out of town at the 3-9 season. They should hang those two douchebags.
Lets not get into the slander debate again, please.
but if there are no minor or major violatons, I am really going to be pissed. That was an assassination attempt that took place last August.
and lets leave lynchings out of it, plz
See definition above.
Then the Freep will have hung themselves. They will have alienated UM for nothing. Sure, they may still have their disaffected Illuminati Insiders but they'll have pretty much gone big and gone home. They'll try to spin whatever happens into a big story because they know what gets clicks, but from UM haters (and there are plenty) and indignant UM supporters, but without much there, it probably won't have been worth the tradeoff for future goodwill.
Franky, well-written posts carry more weight around here than points. Thanks for the info and here's to hoping you're right!
EDIT: Avoidance of irony.
that's a good point.
Does this apply only to Franky, or to the rest of us, too?
A good friend of mine is actually a Graduate Assistant on staff which is why I know a few of the details about some things on this. He called me and said that they are putting a presser today with Rich, Dave Brandon, and Mary Sue, he wasn't sure what time yet. Bullet points of the conversation though that things will be minor, I didn't ask what really, we only had a chance to talk for a couple of minutes, I am guessing it is those CARA form things that I explained in the last post I made, but as the face of the program he thinks Rich will take the heat for that one,and not cast blame (even though he could,and personally I wish he would) and move on, but behind the curtains, they know who the F'up was and has been replaced privately, which really tees me off, but that's another story I suppose.
a minor NCAA violation or a violation of UM's CARA forms? I don't want Coach Rod to take the heat unless it is truly his fault.
IF that is all it is that particular item would be a minor NCAA violation, because they violated their own plan of compliance. Each team has to submit a plan of compliance to the NCAA rules as far as how they log and monitor the 20 hour a week rule. UM has these CARA forms, and if they are not filled out( which he was never told he had to) they would be in violation of their own plan of compliance.
I know Rich hasn't put up or shut up on the field, but I sincerely feel bad for the guy, just the things that this particular Grad Assistant has privately shared with me, the guys has put up with a lot of crap that he shouldn't have had to from inside his own athletic department, because they feel they are outsiders. Lots and lots of stories I could tell. I hope Rich writes a book someday haha
the most awful defeat imaginable for the Free Press. And people will get that.
Because that story could have been written in two days. And it wasn't.
Let's all be clear, here, Men of MGoBlog; what happened is that news of the CARA reporting breakdown (again -- a departure from U-M internal policy and NOT an NCAA violation in any way, shape or form) was written up by U-M's auditors in memo form and distributed to what we used to call the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics. Clearly, somebody on the distribution list leaked it. It got to Mike Rosenberg, who just as clearly got the idea, "Hey, if they don't have the Cara reports, that means they can't defend themselves if somebody complained about hours. Rosenberg then set out to find those complainers. By his own admission, Rosenberg sought all of his interview subjects; they did not come complaining to Rosenberg or anyone else. Rosenberg took the CARA memo, and turned it into a story.
Now, if it turna out to have been just the CARA reporting, and not a serious, repetitive NCAA violation, it should be seen as the most profound, comprehensive defeat imaginable for the Free Press. A complete and total embarassment for Rosenberg. Who blew the story complete out of all proportion and decent context.
But rest assured, the Freep WILL claim victory; even if it is just a reporting-forms matter, the Freep will claim that it has served the interests of student athletes, and whatever tiny sanction is imposed, proves the Free Press was really onto something.
(Nota bene, everyone -- the CARA forms were never part of the original story. Rosenberg clearly did not want to let on that part of his backgrounding. At the same time, we do know with certainty, from my own questions put to Rosenberg and FOIAs of the Free Press' FOIAs, that the Freep did not ask for any documentation until AFTER they ran with the Sunday paper story just before the football opener last year. And, the Freep never gave anyone at Michigan a heads up about the story, until they made telephone contacts on the Friday before the Saturday online posting of what would go into print for Sunday!)
We know better. The Free has proven iteself as a disgrace. Not with one story, or stories from one weekend in August of 2009. The Free Press has proven to be a hostile, stilted, crummy. desperate operation with month after month of hack reporting on Michigan football.
It doesn't mention what you've heard. But wow, how devious - set Rich Rod and staff up not to be in questionable compliance, leak to the Freep, Freep does the expected hack job, and bring down an NCAA investigation on the program.
I hope David Brandon comes in, roots Machiavellian crap like this out, cleans house, and pulls some press credentials while he's at it.
The only question is how hard is it to fire someone at a public institution. I would imagine there are more bureaucratic procedures than were at Domino's. It's not like The Apprentice ...
RT @schadjoe: Michigan presser 1 pm EST; update w Prez and RichRod on NCAA inquiry
ANN ARBOR, Mich. --- The University of Michigan will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Regents Room at the Fleming Administration Building regarding the NCAA report about the football program.
The briefing will include U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, incoming athletic director David Brandon and football coach Rich Rodriguez. They will take questions immediately following their statements.
Why Fleming and not the Junge?
No press is bad press unless it is the Free Press - "NCAA goes down on big blue but comes up satisfied.”
no wammies no wammies no wammies
Fox 2 just reported that they are sending a crew out to the presser and will have coverage of it during the 5pm news.
Any idea of where I can watch this? I'm in Chicago so unfortunately I don't get the local Detroit/Ann Arbor stations. Online would be fine.