I just did, after posting earlier above. A few talking-points about the differences and similarities between the Michgan and WVU cases:
- WVU got hit with loss of a couple of scholarships, unlike Michigan. Reason, apparently, was that the Mountaineers' "coordinator of recruiting operations (formerly director/ coordinator of high school relations)" had somehow been involved in "attending or observing meetings involving coaching activities or athletically related events," in some quasi-coaching role. In other words, if your recruiting staff gets involved, then you lose scholarships. It didn't happen at Michigan, and there is no time specified when it may have occurred at WVU.
- WVU got hit with loss of two GA positions, reducing from 7 to 5. Identical to Michigan.
- Reduction of CARA time, by something like "23 percent." A confusing and poorly-worded line from the NCAA. I don't understand that paragraph.
- Probation. Yadda yadda.
- Some more laughable NCAA minutiae: "For example, five video graduate assistants monitored or conducted skills-development drills and attended position meetings where they worked directly with coaches. Their participation qualified them as countable coaches and the program therefore exceeded its allowable number of coaches."
- And, significantly, the blame not placed entirely on the head coaches: "The institution also acknowledged it failed to properly monitor the activities of the two former head coaches and their staffs. According to the committee, a breakdown in communication among the football staff, the student services staff and the compliance staff contributed to a lack of consistent NCAA rules education, allowing noncoaching staff to participate in coaching activities and coaching staff members to engage in impermissible out of season athletically related activities." (Emphasis added in bold.)
It is hard to imagine any more puny "Major" violations. Significantly, I saw almost no evidence that anyone at the NCAA was even slightly concerned with large, wholesale CARA-time violations at WVU. And of course that was almost entirely the focus of the Free Press story which led to the Michigan investigation which led to the WVU investigation. And as well in the follow-up stories that were making Rodriguez out to be some kind of serial violator.