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Michigan players turning on Rodriguez

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Or rather, they're turning Rodriguez in.

    ESPN is reporting that several current and ex-Michigan players have gone to the Detroit press under condition of anonymity to lay out how Rodriguez is requiring them to practice much more than the NCAA allows as a maximum. Also, that members of staff supervised the "voluntary" 7ons over the summer.

    This is going to cause a huge stink. Michigan doesn't tolerate NCAA violations and was about as clean as a program gets under Carr.

    Michigan Cheating?

    EDIT: Oops. Now that football season has started, was this supposed to go in the Pub?
     
  2. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    I saw that. I'm wondering if it is a case of players you wouldn't want in the program because they don't want to put in the voluntary time to compete, or if there is some meat to this. If coaches were running summer voluntary workouts, that seems to be a pretty big violation in my book.
     
  3. The Guest

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    This aint intramurals! This is the Little 10.5, brother!

    An oddly similar issue to the one that prompted "The Rant".
     
  4. JimmyBuff

    JimmyBuff Well-Known Member

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    Beginning of the end for RichRod..


    Not sure where Michigan will go for a coach though.. Maybe Brian Kelly at Cincinnati?
     
  5. CarolinaBuff

    CarolinaBuff Weekend Poster Club Member

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    Sounds like a case of "voluntary" workouts that are in essence mandatory. I would think that this is a fairly common practice among many I-A programs. :huh:
     
  6. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    College football has become a year-around occupation for the players and yes the "voluntary" workouts are mandatory if a kid wants to keep his standing on the team.

    That said there are rules in place by the NCAA around summer activities as well as in season practice time. No coaches are allowed at the summer practices, only an athletic trainer, and no filming of the practice may be done. Most schools have a small group of players who are put in charge of organizing and coordinating the activities. Some schools will "coincidentally" have an assistant or more in an office that overlooks the practice field "unintentionally watching" and giving feedback. Some other schools are very carefull about this even having coaches walk longer distances to avoid contact with the practice fields.

    There are lots of fine hairs to be split about what is permitted and what is not but it sounds like Rodriguez has stepped way over the line of the rules. We are not talking about a Rick Neuheisel interpretation like calling from across the street but a flat out violation. Practice hours in season is the same thing. It is defined by the NCAA, schools may stretch things a little this way or that but from the reports RichRod went way past what can be explained by a little error in interpretation.

    The question now is what happens. Michigan has been fairly clean in the past and as a big name school can probably look forward to favorable treatment from the NCAA under their "punishment depends on who you are" policies demonstrated by their unwillingness to do anything with U$C and some other big money schools while hammering some smaller programs with lesser violations.
     
  7. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    This will divide the team in the short term, and de-focus them at a critical time, if nothing else. The prior coach was real popular with the players and RichRod walked into some issues here. Sounds a bit familiar to me....
     
  8. buffaholic

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    Wonder who the former starter was who is no longer with the team?
     
  9. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    wow. so ****ing glad this isn't happening to CU
     
  10. Daaah

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    Clemmons?
     
  11. LilBunky

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    If by "clean", you don't count forcing players to major in "athletic track academics", taking classes such as "Football Theory", "Exercise" and "History of Sports".....Don't believe me? Read what Jim Harbaugh former UM QB/Stanford HC said about that little secret.

    UM and tehO$U have played that players' track crap for years on end! Remember when an Ohio St. RB ran afoul of his coachs when he wanted to take pre-med classes and they said "No"!

    Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of hypocrites! M go blow!
     
  12. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    **** id take a football theory class and history of sports that sounds bomb those sound like great electives
     
  13. stampy

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    Rodriquez should heed the immortal words of Machiavelli.

    "It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things; for the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experience of it."
     
  14. LilBunky

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    Not when they were taught by teachers who were...uh, shall we say of "limited" academic expertise/experience....such as the UM head and asst coachs?:wow:

    Bo was full professor at UM and his upper-level class consisted of story-telling and anecdotes, most having been told to the players about a thousand time before!:lol: Like taking a class in your family's history taught by your boring great uncle Jake, droning over the same stuff you heard him tell you last Thanksgiving!
     
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  15. sackman

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    Hmmmm, possibly a young man sitting out a transfer year in Boulder perhaps?
     
  16. AlferdJasper

    AlferdJasper Well-Known Member

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    Since I knew someone recruited by UM last year, I followed them for a bit. (He didn't end up there, luckily.) I don't know which of these were starters last year (some left before season even began), but that program has had an exodus of sorts since RR arrived.
    Here's a short list (there are more):

    In addition to Toney Clemmons to CU,
    Justin Boren to OSU within months of RR's arrival.
    QB Ryan Mallet to Arkansas.
    QB Justin Feagin dismissed from team by RR (notable because he was recruited by RR after Ryan left.)
    LB Taylor Hill left team. (Rich Rodriguez recruit - went to Pittsburgh?)
    RB Mike Cox threatened to leave, but changed his mind - for now.
    RB Sam McGuffie to Rice.
    WR Mario Manningham (drafted by NFL)


    Typical fan response?
    :puke:

    Michigan record in 2008 was 3-9.
     
  17. The Guest

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    But again, it's not dissimilar from our own staff change in 2006. I actually like RR, and I don't hate Michigan, so I wish him luck. I think his deal has been raw enough already.
     
  18. AlferdJasper

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    Actually, Toney Clemmons has said very little and nothing negative about UM and his experience there. He is lauded as one former player they think has a lot of class in the way he handled his transfer.
     
  19. MrFrumpylane

    MrFrumpylane Well-Known Member

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    Correct guess.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4432956

     
  20. AlferdJasper

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    I could be mistaken but I don't think Clemons was a starter at any point. Didn't he only have like 14 catches?
     
  22. MrFrumpylane

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    Another tidbit I'd like to quote from the link above.

     
  23. Tadploe

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    And who said football or other sports are not a full time job? Pay the players:rock:
     
  24. LilBunky

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    Wasn't his gripe that he WASN'T a starter? :wow:

    I seem to recall his stats were miserable, he couldn't have been a starter!
     
  25. AlferdJasper

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    He didn't gripe about being a starter, it was more like this:

     
  26. LilBunky

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    All this because the AD didn't have his cell phone with him when he went sailing, and therefore couldn't speak with Les Miles before LSU got to Miles with keys to the castle and the treasury!

    Too funny!:rofl2: Was he related to Tharp???

    UM's done for the next four years or more!
     
  27. JimmyBuff

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    Although I think Rich Rod is in trouble up there, this is not that big of a deal and I'm sure it happens at every other school in the country.. Coaches find out who's working in the summer, who's committed to the program, who's putting in extra work, etc.. Its not required to spend extra time, but its "expected" work the coaches want the players to put in. ..


    And as Coach Hawk would say..... ITS DIVISION ONE FOOTBALL...
     
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  28. AlferdJasper

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    I went to one of the Michigan sites where - surprisingly - I still have access.

    Suffice it to say, the article in the Free Press is a main topic of conversation - I lost count at 15 or so threads on it.

    Highlights:

    1. One guy thinks all the fans from his site should wear tshirts to the first game that say:
    I am VOLUNTARILY here 6 hours before game time!

    (okay, that was sort of funny.)

    2. They are "just saying" that if they ever play Colorado in a bowl game, Toney Clemmons better watch out. (Said by fans, not players.) Note: some folks expressed disbelief they'd ever play Colorado in a bowl game in the near future because they are deluded into believing that their 3-9 record was a fluke and they are playing for the NC this year.
    One poster went as far to say if they played Colorado in a bowl game, he'd be disappointed because he expects they will do better than that this year. Sigh.

    3. Most take the party line that the whole story is made up by people (i.e. the media) who don't like UM. These people are convinced that Rich Rod can do no wrong, and would NEVER ask his guys to work a minute overtime.

    4. To explain the quotes by current and former players, it's all players who "couldn't cut it" or who bore a grudge.

    5. Pretty much did not see a single post saying "what if these guys are telling the truth, or even partial truth?" There was zero support for any players who blew the whistle, even those still on the team. I find that kind of disturbing, but I've seen CU fans do it to CU players, so nothing new there.
     
  29. The Guest

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    So it sounds as though Michigan fans are exactly like all other fans.

    Any threads over there on CU/CSU at Invesco?
     
  30. AlferdJasper

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    UM fans don't even know who CSU is.
     

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