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Will Michigan Ever Come Back?

The Michigan Wolverines are in turmoil. Will they ever come back?

As infractions go, this isn't buying recruits or letting players live in mansions for free,...

As infractions go, this isn't buying recruits or letting players live in mansions for free, granted. But it is a serious case of "where there's smoke, there's probably fire." Yes, sure, these are "technicalities" but remember what technicalities are: they're rules. Even aside from the competitive advantage that sneaking practice hours gets you (in Michigan's case, I guess the answer to that appears to be "very little") we have to recognize that being a student athlete, especially in the modern era of graduation rate requirements, is a difficult job, and allowing coaches to take hours here and there just makes it worse. If the NCAA's mission is to protect the student athlete, this is one of the most legitimate infractions cases they've pursued in quite some time because, in a very real sense, they're protecting athletes (at Michigan and everywhere else) from "practice creep" where the 4 hour-a-day limit morphs into four-and-a-half, and then into five, and the only option the athlete has is to just grin and bear it because you know there's some hot-shot freshman who's just dying to get on the field. The bottom line is that the rules are the rules, and if the limit is four hours a day, a coach with competence and integrity would ensure that his workouts didn't exceed that limit.

At a time when reactions to the NCAA accusations against Michigan range from the disinterested to the apoplectic, Pete Holiday offers a measured and reasonable argument for why this matters. I have not always been on the best of terms with Holiday, but I have to take a moment (as someone without a 'Dawg in this fight) to say: "Good job."

Rich Rodriguez Sued (Again!) For Nearly $4 Million

Rich Rodriguez Sued (Again!) For Nearly $4 Million

On Michigan and the Free Press

I want to weigh in on some not-so-breaking news: The Detroit Free Press ran a story Sunday outlining NCAA rules violations by Michigan’s football program under Rich Rodriguez. The allegations are...

Credit Where Credit Is Due For Ed Pastilong

WVU athletic department took proactive steps to safeguard the university against any allegation of impropriety during Rich Rodriguez's tenure.

For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, the nominees are...

For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, the nominees are...

The Patented Rich Rodriguez Meltdown Has Begun

The Patented Rich Rodriguez Meltdown Has Begun

Rodriguez Gets Screwed, ESPN To Cover Live

At 11:30 AM this morning, ESPN will cover live the Rich Rodriguez press conference responding to (confirmed) allegations of NCAA violations. Of course, while the Detroit Free Press and ESPN's Joe Schad have deemed these allegations accurate, Rodriguez and Michigan's compliance officer have denied them. Will that stand continue? From his time here, we know how awesome this could get.

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