Report: Michigan ‘very happy’ with NCAA verdict on football program

3 Nov

An end to the NCAA’s investigation into the Michigan football program apparently is nearing.
According to the Associated Press, a person with knowledge of the situation said the NCAA’s final decision regarding violations by the Michigan football program will be released Thursday. The source told the AP Michigan is “very happy” with the final outcome.

In August, Michigan went before the NCAA Committee on Infractions during a hearing in Seattle and challenged the NCAA on one of the five major violations that had been alleged — that Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez had failed to “promote an atmosphere of compliance.”Michigan had already accepted responsibility for the other four major violations and self-imposed penalties. The NCAA’s final decision Thursday, which will bring to a close an investigation that began in late August 2009, will reveal whether it believes Michigan warrants additional penalty.

The Michigan program already has self-imposed penalties, including two years probation. The program also has cut back practice and training time by 130 hours over the next two years, a penalty that began this summer. Michigan has cut its number of quality-control staff from five to three individuals and banned them from practices, games or coaching meetings for the rest of the year.
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