Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez became emotional Monday while denying allegations that his program regularly violates NCAA rules on training and practice sessions. "We know the rules," Rodriguez said. "We go by the rules."
The Detroit Free Press story that detailed the alleged abuses sparked a probe by university officials. "We will have more to say on this as soon as we have completed our assessment," athletic director Bill Martin said in a statement.
A look at other coverage surrounding the allegations:
Joe Strupp, Editor & Publisher: Paul Anger, editor and publisher of the Detroit Free Press, defended the use of anonymous sources in the newspaper's story revealing alleged abuses of practice rules by the Wolverines. Thanks to Joe!
Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press: Former Michigan receiver Toney Clemons told the newspaper that he would tell NCAA investigators about excessive practice and workout hours when he played for Rodriguez. "Oh, yeah," Clemons said. "I'll always be honest. My mom and my dad raised me to be a stand-up guy. If they call me and I have to tell them my schedule, I'll tell them what I went through. I will definitely tell the truth."
Dave Birkett, Ann Arbor.com: Several Michigan players say no violations were committed and that the allegations will pull the team together as it prepares for Saturday's opener against Western Michigan.
Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press: Rich Rod may have the respect of some, and perhaps most, of the roster. But clearly there are some deep fissures inside the program concerning how Rodriguez coaches and how his players respond.
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: Rich Rod needs support now, and he knows it. He also needs victories.Eric Lacy, Detroit News: A Michigan State official says freshman quarterback Andrew Maxwell's written account of 14-hour days in preseason camp, which was posted on the school's athletics website, doesn't uncover an NCAA rules violation.
David Mayo, Grand Rapids Press: There isn't a competitive national program in existence where players don't understand they absolutely must exceed NCAA time constraints to remain competitive.
Ray Melick, Birmingham News: If fishing trips and textbook scandals weren't enough of a concern already, imagine if Rich Rod had become the Alabama coach.
Mark W. Smith, Detroit Free Press: More online reaction to the story.