Rich Rodriguez is 8-16 in two seasons as Michigan coach, and now the program is facing possible sanctions after an NCAA investigation revealed five potential major rules violations concerning in- and out-of-season practice time.
It's a first for the storied program.
The Detroit Free Press reported the possible violations last August after interviews with former players, current players and parents of players. The program faces probation, a loss of scholarships and a loss of practice time. A bowl ban also would be possible. Michigan has 90 days to respond and is expected to appear before the NCAA Infractions Committee in August.
Reaction to the Wolverines' troubles:
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: The pressure is really on Rodriguez now.
Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press: It's a sad day for Michigan, which must decide what kind of program it wants to run.
Pete Bigelow, Ann Arbor.com: Concerns about the program should not be brushed aside.
Free Press editorial: Michigan needs to demonstrate that it has not lost control of the program. The fans and taxpayers who support the university deserve no less.
Jim Schaefer, Free Press: What the NCAA allegations say.
Free Press: Rich Rod: We made mistakes.
Dave Birkett, Ann Arbor.com: Incoming athletic director Dave Brandon says Rich Rod will return for his third season.