So Mitch weighs in with an column revealing some actual nuance and not a lot of finger pointing at M over yesterday's story. No link, but a couple of quotes:
"But how big a bruise? If you read only headlines, you'd see "Michigan Admits to Four Major Violations" and think, "Wow! Big news!"
But, these are NCAA violations, not criminal ones. And an NCAA violation can be picking up the tab for a hot dog."
"So let's put this in perspective. While Michigan is flogging itself for too many practices, and the NCAA may flog it further for too many practices, those same parties are in the middle of trying to create a new super conference so they can add even MORE football to the schedule and make even MORE money from it, while not paying the kids a dime.
In light of that, punishments over practice look ridiculous. College football is a business that thinks nothing of flying student-athletes all over the country for highly rated TV night games -- inevitably affecting their study time -- yet wants to clobber teams over an average of 40 minutes of practice a week (which is roughly what Michigan's claim of 65 extra hours over two years comes out to)."
"Besides, as NCAA violations go, I'm sorry, but this is not an atom bomb. It's not cash in a suitcase. It's not falsifying grades. It's not phony jobs. It's not point-shaving.
If Michigan's self-imposed sanctions are accepted by the NCAA, then how will the program change? A few less practice hours? A few less quality-control people?
Meanwhile, Brandon vehemently declared his support of Rodriguez. So if critics wanted a new coach out of this controversy, they failed.
Funny. If the Wolverines had won titles in 2008 and 2009, too much practice would have seemed an unfair edge for Rodriguez -- yet he would have been more popular.
Instead, you have a losing program, a chastised coach, angry fans, defensive alumni and, despite explanations from the athletic director, a lot of people still wondering how big a deal this is.
So much for closure."
So while he does mention the Ed Martin thing to make the point that we haven't been virgins before, this is an actual column filled with perspective, IME.