It looks like U of M waded into some grey areas in terms of how to count hours and what QC guys can do. It seems like Rodriguez may have thought that QC coaches could do things that they can't.
NCAA Rule 19.5.2 - Major Violations
you should print this on a flier and distribute it at street corners.
Just because the NCAA makes an arbitrary rule does not mean U of M should submit itself to punishment for a supposed violation of that rule because:
(1) It is hard to know if you even violated the rule because the rule does not always have a clear meaning.
(2) NCAA rules do not equal morality. The NCAA makes money by forcing schools that want to play FBS football to participate in other, non-profitable, NCAA sports. The NCAA is a joke.
I read through all of the violations, and it looks like they have pretty specific information about when practice time violations occurred. Yes, they are nowhere near the level that was reported in the Free Press, but it's clear that they consistently screwed up with it. My guess is that the practice time stuff doesn't amount to much punishment wise. Slap on the wrist for not understanding the rules or something, but I don't think that is the bad part of this.
I think the bad part is the QC guys acting as coaches. In my non-insider / uninformed reading, that whole situation looks like a conscious decision to skirt the intention of the rules, if not the rules themselves. They bring in five QC guys with poorly defined positions that appear to act regularly as coaches which is bad enough, but then they appear to be present and coaching at voluntary off season activities is pretty damning. As early as March of '08 (three months into Rodriguez's tenure) the compliance department is asking questions about these guys and it never gets resolved. That is a failure on the Compliance Department's part and the football team's part. I would be willing to bet if someone steps up right then and says, "this is not right" none of this ever happens.
Basically, I don't like this QC thing at all and I think that's where the real hammer will fall from all this. That sounds shady to me and I don't think it can be realistically explained as an "honest mistake."
That sounds far too rational to be wrong... and that scares me a little bit lol
I would really like to know who turned the Freep onto this information and why.
What the hell is going on. I read the front page but in all honesty, it was a little over my head. Anyone care to guess what will come of this?
Most likely very little. Check the second post down on the front page for a summary. Basically, slightly over time. QC guys getting too involved. One QC guy provided false information (probably not intentionally). 2 other rules that apply to all situations.
The biggest thing that bothers me about all this crap is that all of the Ohio States, USC's, & Lane Kiffins of the world get off scott-free despite the fact that the things they are investigated for provided significant competitive advantage: people acting as de-facto agents for High School kids & providing money and other gifts to players families as incentive to attend said school.
Then to think that ESPN, Freep, etc... relate the instances is just infuriating. I guess when it comes down to it, I don't care what the media or anyone else says about the program. Circle the Wagons and all that...
is our coach, I'd like to suggest that you stop your mouth-breathing at once, and just hold your breath until the end of 2010,in the hope that your dream of a new coach will come true.
copying and pasting the same text multiple times in the same thread? i applaud your dedication to trollism, sir.