U-M to investigate allegations of NCAA violations


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan athletic director Bill Martin released a statement Sunday night saying the school will launch a full investigation into the allegations made by current and former Wolverines players of NCAA violations committed by the program.

Players told the Detroit Free Press and ESPN.com that Michigan violated NCAA time limits for practices and offseason workouts, including having players spend 10-12 hours at the football facility the Sundays after games.

"We are committed to following both the letter and the intent of the NCAA rules and we take any allegations of violations seriously," Martin's statement reads. "We believe we have been compliant with NCAA rules but nonetheless we have launched a full investigation of the allegations in today's newspaper. We have already reached out to both the Big Ten and the NCAA and we will have more to say on this as soon as we have completed our assessment."

Former Michigan wide receiver Toney Clemons, who has since transferred to Colorado, told ESPN's Joe Schad on Sunday night that the allegations made in the Free Press report are accurate.

"The allegations are true," Clemons said. "Nothing is fabricated or exxagerated in that story. I was there on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. depending on if guys needed treatment. You were there daylight to nighttime."

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez and associate athletic director for compliance Judy Van Horn also released statements Sunday night.

"We know the practice and offseason rules and we stay within the guidelines," Rodriguez's statement reads. "We follow the rules and have always been completely committed to being compliant with all NCAA rules."

"During the season, the NCAA limits 'countable' practice activities to 20 hours per week," Van Horn's statement reads. "There are activities that don't count, such as rehab and getting taped. We educate our coaching staffs and student-athletes [in all sports] to keep everyone informed of the rules. Also, compliance and administrative staff conduct in-person spot checks of practice during the academic year and summer. We have not had any reason to self-report any violations in this area with any of our sports."