Thursday, February 25, 2010

Michigan Football: Point / Counter Point the NCAA Investigation


Posted at 8:00am -- 2/25/2010

Michigan Football: Point / Counter Point the NCAA Investigation

Well, by now everyone in the universe is aware of the five violations quoted by the NCAA. In Columbus, the media is mockingly stating “well, Michigan could not have over-practiced football, it must have been lacrosse they were spending all their time on.”

We are extremely happy that David Brandon is the AD at Michigan. He showed leadership, take charge attitude, and he is not even started the job yet. Like we have said since he was named AD he was a great hire and probably the best thing for Coach Rod!

We at GBMW have decided to infer the positions of various factions concerning the NCAA investigation and offer a simplistic point/counter point framing to start what will certainly be a long path of discussion in the months ahead.


Point: Detroit Free Press -- They were correct in pointing out that there were significant issues caused by wrongdoing.

Counter Point: There was nothing worth months of front page reporting and all the media attention it received, that this was motivated by personal agenda and even greed and not for purist reform.


Point: The head Coach was not involved in the snafu.

Counter Point: The head Coach is the boss and is making a lot of money to know and be responsible for everything involving the program, especially the football program at a place like Michigan.


Point: Cara forms were not required at West Virginia.

Counter Point: This is Michigan, not West Virginia, and it is the head coach's job to know and understand proper protocol.


Point: Twenty minutes is a minor issue when you are practicing this long and Michigan was not really practicing, just stretching.

Counter Point: Any time it is TEAM activity that players are required to do it counts, PERIOD!


Point: Using Quality Control personnel is a wide spread and common practice in college football.

Counter Point: This is Michigan, not anybody else, and using the personnel improperly is a violation and should not be done.


Point: Herron was covering his own fanny.

Counter Point: Herron was covering for higher-ups and told to lie.


Point: Quality Control Staff -- Everybody in college football takes attendance and punishing Michigan for doing it is unfair.

Counter Point: Again, this is Michigan, not everybody else is being investigated and doing this is a violation and everyone knows it.


Doc4blu is planning an article on the likely thinking of the NCAA and just how serious all of this is. Hopefully, this can be put up in a few days.

Written by GBMW Staff

Go Blue -- Wear Maize!


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

An excellent format for covering this issue. Reading one-sided rants gets old quickly.

Anonymous said...

Point: Detroit Free Press -- They were correct in pointing out that there were significant issues caused by wrongdoing.

Counter Point: There was nothing worth months of front page reporting and all the media attention it received, that this was motivated by personal agenda and even greed and not for purist reform.

How about pointing out how they got the information, coaxing freshman players, only talking to former disgruntled players...etc.

Point: Cara forms were not required at West Virginia.

Counter Point: This is Michigan, not West Virginia, and it is the head coach's job to know and understand proper protocol.

This is Michigan..blah, blah, blah. If it's such a great university why did this fallout come from within? How about the university cover items that might be a change from West Virginia? What about the actual Department that was in charge of this? They just get a pass and stop doing what they are supposed to do because a new coach is in town?



Sorry for the rant....enjoy the blog guys!

Toothpick

ErocWolverine said...

Toothpick,

Understand what you mean, but it still happened so no matter what the FP will look like they did their job by investigating.

Again they will lose a lot of Michigan fans by how they handled it that is for sure.

Well as far as your second comment. I know where you get your information from and beleive he is not telling you everything, but I BELIEVE ALL college programs have some type of log issue. Michigan calls theirs CARA forms.

You do realize that 4 out of the 5 infractions came from within the football program and not the AD office?

I have talked to several people that have said since the Northwestern player that died a few years ago in the off season work-out program that the NCAA requires teams to do logs on the time the players put in.

Two university people one at Toledo and one at Bowling Green said they have to fill these reports out by position group. Saying the NCAA told them that if something happens they better have these reports because if not the coaches and the university would/could be held responsible so it would make sense to actually do the logs.

Anonymous said...

Hey Eroc....you don't have to post this one....just wanted to respond. My biggest issue is the "this is Michigan" comments thrown towards RR. Now I agree that M is a bigger monster than WV but if you hold RR to the motto of "leaders and best" than the university should follow suite. That doesn't seem to be the case and RR has taken all the heat. But, as you say I get my info from one place so maybe the scews my view....I did ask around the board to posters that I believe have legit resources and everything seems to be following in line with the main man...but I take your word that maybe all things haven't come out because I know how close you and the rest of the contributors to this site are to the program as well.

Thx, Toothpick

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