at 1. lets hope this goes well.
Link? Will it be broadcast?
What do you think the Freep dbags will ask at the Q and A? If it goes well they should slink out like snakes, but I am sure they will defiantly ask RR how he thinks the NCAA missed the obvious infractions?
we'll see how the Q & A goes afterwards...maybe should pull a Tiger so the goons @ the freep can't start anything. I hope they outright denounce the findings from the freep, and make them look as bad as possible.
I await Tim's twitter updates..
it's going to be a CARA issue, which means an internal issue not a NCAA violation.
The CARA reports are not required by the NCAA but they are part of the UM NCAA approved compliance procedures. UM failed to follow its approved plan. That will likely by some kind of "failure to monitor" violation. It will be minor.
There's no way that the NCAA spends 6 months in your house and you walk away clean. It's impossible, I don't care who you are.
But we shall see in a couple hours.
I agree that the NCAA will find something minor to "justify" the time they spent at UM. What sucks is that Rosenpuke and Shyster will also feel that their "expose" was "justified." The rule book is so huge and ambiguous that everyone is violating something, even if they are trying to run the cleanest program in the history of the NCAA.
We will obviously find out soon, but I can't imagine any outcome that would merit more punishment than the free pass given to OSU for their multiple minor violations in Tressel's tenure. IIRC, that equals "nothing."
If nothing comes of this I will be as childish as possible and send mocking tweets to all the freep guys.
Mark Snyder: freepwolverines
Michael Rosenberg: freeprosey
Drew Sharp: drewsharp
and let's add:
Dave Birkett: davebirkett
for being a jerk in the press conference.
btw. if this comes out unfavorable I'll cower in a hole somewhere until it all blows over.
when nothing comes of this...
I was thinking of something along these lines:
@freepwolverines @freeprosey If it doesn't fit, you must acquit. Try journalism next time boys. Can't wait for the freep to go under. #dbags
I like where your head's at. I will join you in this tweetcrusade. . . hopefully. Otherwise I, too, will find a hole to cower in. Or at least an emergency stairwell in my office building.
Will any one from MGoBlog be there tweeting or anything?
I wonder what to think of the fact that Rich Rodriguez will be at the presser. I can only imagine that it's a good sign, right? Michigan has not in the past displayed disgraced coaches publicly before firing them. They do it more discreetly.
You're probably right that it's a good sign, but I don't think there was ever a chance of Rodriguez getting fired for this.
....I believe even a secondary violation could make his contract voidable by the University. Most coaching contracts at EVERY school contain language allowing the school to cancel the contract at their choosing if the NCAA finds a violation. RR is going NOWHERE RIGHT NOW because of the NCAA investigation but a violation could give the University the ability to get out of his contract in the future if it doesn't work out for other reasons.
I don't think legally you can keep Rodriguez for the season after violations are discovered and then still fire him with cause.
These CARA form compliance issues are not Rich's fault per say. He will take the heat as the face of the program, but he was never told that they existed. I explained it in detail in the other thread about this, but if they voided his contract over things that were the athletic department's administration's fault, well that would be criminal.
If major violations were found, then he would have been in extremely hot water at the very least. Unless of course you are saying that you don't think there was ever a chance of finding major violations.
That's what I mean. A couple days after the Freep report came out it was pretty clear that the systematic overrunning of practice hours thing carried no weight. I think that's the only thing that might've constituted a major violation.
If Rodriguez had been found guilty of major violations, The University probably would have had no choice but to fire him. Of course, as Brian has pointed out previously, Rich has been doing this for 10+ years and probably knows what a major violation would be.
This whole drama over practice time violation has been [email protected] ridiculous and I hope somebody at the Freep loses his job over this thing.
We have been "practicing" all weekend for this.
Mandatory practice on Sundays. All day. Like, for nine hours. And not all of it like, getting taped or eating or watching The Simpsons in the film rooms.
Sundays, fer Crissakes! The holy day of rest. The one day of the week that Free Press staff spend, uh, reading the New York Times and watching Stephen Henderson on local tv with Sam Riddle and Huel Perkins...
Can't post my own thread yet. :(
But this is similar timing and where people are.
Good news, he's going Blue. Expect it to be official in a little bit. :)
Welcome to the community. You will receive enough points to post if you do things like post links to back up your information.
I would love to provide one, but there isn't a link out there yet. :)
Not someone I can name, but someone I trust.
Considering the timing of today, the presser, etc. I'm not sure when it will be officially confirmed.
Understandable. I can wait.
Very exciting! Beyer is a great get.
I love the 2011 class thus far.
I thought MSU owned in-state recruiting? ;)
Haha, agreed. I like how we are getting great in-state recruits early. Zettell will be icing on the cake
Wait, I thought Rich Rod doesn't like defense; could we have 3 defensive commits before end of Feb? What magical world am I in? Is this Narnia?
Now, if we could only find freakishly tall recruits who can ride dragons and run about faster than humans, only to stop to plug into the wisdom of past generations.
Will update this. Not sure on the exact time frame of an official announcement. The (quick) conversation I had was a bit vague, but it sounds like a short timeframe of a day or 2 ("a few days" was the quote), as opposed to today.
My guess is this week at some pt.
how many times RichRod says "I want to talk about guys who play for Michigan" 2.5 seems like a fair line, and I'm going with the over.
I'd say an over/under of 1.5 per question answered; for a canned speech, 0.5 per minute. And I, like you will take the over.
I hadn't spent a full work day refreshing MGoBlog since Demar Dorsey Day. This should be fun.
And already I have a knot in my stomach.
-- I guess I have to keep checking back to find out... I'm sure this is nothing, and I am grateful for the twitter accounts of the bastards responsible for this. I can't wait to blow up their accounts...
The NCAA investigation will have uncovered major violations. These violations will destroy the Michigan football program, which will end up taking down the entire University. With the bankruptcy of the University of Michigan, so goes Michigan St (because without us around, they really have no reason to exist)...with both Universities wiped out, the whole state of Michigan collapses, and with it goes the auto-industry. Without a functioning auto-industry, the fragile US economy is pushed over the edge, goes into freefall and we never recover. We become a third world country with China as the sole superpower. Without the responsible leadership of the United States in the world, nuclear war surely happens in a few decades. This results in the total destruction of earth.
I might be a little too Michigan-focused though...it's possible.
On the bright side, I just saved 15% on my car insurance by switching to Geico.
Shit. I don't have enough ammo and food stored yet.
No, I'm saying that I just saved a boatload on my car insurance.
but I'd argue that India and China would share superpower status.
The first part of my prediction has come true. The rest is all but inevitable now. Someone hold me.
If this is the school discussing this, will they speak on what/if anything the NCAA found? Is that normally how these things operate, or does the NCAA issue a statement first?
The NCAA, for pretty much everything short of the death penalty, prefers the schools themselves announce the findings of an investigation. Mary Sue made the announcement in 2002 when the Ed Martin sanctions were put in place. This isn't out of the ordinary.
And more importantly, in fairness to the players who have been working their butts off to bring Michigan football back...
If it's announced today that no violations were committed, the Freep needs to make that their front page story.
Anything less than front page will be an injustice to Rich Rod and the players.