Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > General Football > NCAA Football

Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Pro Bowl
8:00PM Eastern on ESPN

Thread Tools
Old 10-27-2009, 11:12 AM   #1
Dino 6 Rings
Living Legend
Dino 6 Rings's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Arkansas (formerly New Jersey)
Posts: 8,279
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6891
Thanks: 32
Thanked 108 Times in 59 Posts
Default NCAA tells U-M it believes major violations might have occurred

NCAA tells U-M it believes major violations might have occurred
It tells U-M it believes major violations might have occurred
Gregg Krupa / The Detroit News
The NCAA on Monday notified the University of Michigan it has reasonable cause to believe major violations might have occurred in the operation of its storied football program.

But what remained unclear is whether the NCAA has uncovered new or more evidence of major violations or whether it's merely pursuing the original allegations, from some current and former Michigan players, that NCAA rules regarding practice time were violated. NCAA investigators have been working since early September in cooperation with independent investigators appointed by the university to determine the veracity of the allegations.

In issuing an official "Notice of Inquiry" to the university President Mary Sue Coleman on Monday, the NCAA made clear, formally, its investigators will determine if major violations occurred.

Among other implications, coach Rich Rodriguez's contract calls for his termination if he's found to be responsible for major violations of NCAA rules.

Several observers who have participated in NCAA investigations said the notice of inquiry does not necessarily mean matters have suddenly taken a more serious turn in Ann Arbor.

"They were already serious circumstances," said Michael Buckner, a lawyer who assists universities in conducting investigations of alleged violations of NCAA rules. "What has been going on up to now is that NCAA investigators have been sitting in with the university's investigators on interviews and reviewing any evidence that has come to light. We always advise universities to do that, to get the NCAA involved, right away. And Michigan was smart to do that.

"Now, the NCAA is saying they have enough to say it merits official inquiry on behalf of the NCAA."

'We remain committed'
While the NCAA notified Coleman its enforcement staff intends to have its investigation completed by December 31 -- a time frame that struck some experts as short -- subsequent notifications from the athletics association could move back that date, perhaps considerably.

When she announced the appointment of an outside counsel to investigate the allegations of violations of NCAA rules regulating practice time, appointing a veteran, former NCAA investigator to do the job, Coleman also announced she had called in NCAA investigators to participate fully in the process. University officials sought to portray the development Monday as a continuation of the ongoing probe.

The news release issued by the university said the NCAA notice indicates "it will continue its investigation of allegations ... "

Outgoing athletic director Bill Martin said, "We continue to cooperate with the NCAA on this matter, which is why we reached out to both the Big Ten and the NCAA as soon as we heard the allegations. We remain committed to following the letter and the intent of the NCAA rules."

Buckner and others said the action by the NCAA might simply comprise official notice of what the NCAA had intended to do all along -- investigate the school, based on the original allegations -- regardless of whether university officials called in NCAA investigators.

Once the NCAA either cooperates with a university or opens an investigation on its own, any allegations uncovered are investigated -- even well beyond the scope of the original information that gave rise to the probe. Now that the NCAA has formally informed Michigan of its intent to pursue the matter, the NCAA investigators also will pursue any other allegations that surface.

'Reasonable cause'
David Price, vice president of enforcement for the NCAA, who issued the notice of inquiry, also informed the university he's heading the investigation, along with Thomas Hosty, NCAA director of enforcement, and Jackie Thurnes, associate director of enforcement.

NCAA officials, as is association policy, would not comment on the specifics of the investigation. But a spokeswoman did say any notice of inquiry means that the NCAA has uncovered "reasonable cause to believe that major violations have occurred."

"The NCAA enforcement staff initiates an investigation only when it has reasonable cause to believe a university has violated rules and the NCAA has reasonably reliable information that a major violation may have occurred," said Stacey Osburn, associate director of public and media relations for the NCAA. "The enforcement staff will then begin a review to determine the credibility of that information, and whether a major violation has taken place."

Experts said that might well not be a major development.

"I think this is just a natural sequence of events that should occur when you have numerous former and current players making allegations that there have been rule violations, in this case, practices too long," said Rick Karcher, a sports law expert at the Florida Coastal School of Law.

"It's just a first step."

The next step would either be a determination by the NCAA that the accusations are baseless, or a formal "Notice of Allegations" detailing precisely what is supported by evidence.

At that point, the university still would have an opportunity to defend itself before the NCAA would seek to determine if the alleged activities occurred, and whether they constitute major violations.

SuperBowl Wins - How many does YOUR team have?
Steelers 6, 49ers 5, Boys 5, Packers 4, Giants 4, Skins 3, Raiders 3, Pats 3, Broncos 2, Fins 2, Colts 2, Ravens 2 Bears 1,Jets 1, Bucs 1, Rams 1, Chiefs 1, Seahawks 1, Saints1
Dino 6 Rings is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
Southern Belle
TackleMeBen's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: where all the cute men are(especially the one in my avatar)
Posts: 4,854
Gender: Female
Member Number: 4435
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: NCAA tells U-M it believes major violations might have occurred

the NCCA can go rot on a log. every school probably has done something that violates their stupid rules.

In memory of my brother Michael, who gave me my love of sports. I will miss you!
TackleMeBen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2009, 02:58 PM   #3
Living Legend
revefsreleets's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Akron, Ohio Home of LeBron James
Posts: 15,403
Gender: Male
Member Number: 5353
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: NCAA tells U-M it believes major violations might have occurred

On one hand, we all know Rodriguez is a dirtball, so these allegations could certainly be true, and his "word" on the matter means less than nothing.

On the other hand, a disgruntled player or two are likely to say anything just for revenge. Maurice Clarett claimed all sorts of ridiculous nonsense after he was kicked off the Bucks, so there are two sides to this.
Official Steelersfever Arians Nuthugger
revefsreleets is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts