The Michigan football team cut its practice time more rapidly than originally expected in order to faster fulfill the 130 hours it must dock itself due to NCAA violations.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Monday at the Big Ten spring meetings that the Wolverines have already removed two-thirds of the hours (roughly 85) docked due to the NCAA extra practice probe under former coach Rich Rodriguez.
The deadline for completing the practice reductions is the 2011-12 academic year, but according to Brandon (per ESPN):
"We're well ahead, and we will have given back all of those hours well before ," Brandon said.
Still, Brandon said the sanctions will have left their mark on the program.
"Our football team has practiced less than our competitors, and practice is one of the things you rely on to get better," he said. "So to a certain extent, we're at a competitive disadvantage. We had real, tangible penalties to deal with, and we are still dealing with them."